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Con Irwin Sub-Fund


The Con Irwin Sub-Fund of the Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust was established to support innovative social justice projects that offer circuit-breaking solutions to:

  • discrimination;
  • violence against women and children; and 
  • inequality of educational opportunity.

The Sub-Fund reflects the desire of Hilary Irwin to honour and hold the memory of her mother Constance (Con) by continuing her community work and strong social justice commitments through grants from the Sub-Fund.

After conclusion of a funded project, organisations are required to submit a Project Report and Financial Acquittal.


For more information please go to the grants FAQS.

Please email your completed report to


Deakin University – Sexual Lives & Respectful Relationships (SL&RR) Peer Education program 

$6,190 grant

Deakin University’s Sexual Lives & Respectful Relationships (SL&RR) Peer Education program is a sexuality rights and violence prevention program for people with an intellectual disability in the community. In October 2017 Deakin will host the first SL&RR professional development day. The day is an opportunity for information sharing, professional development and networking for the SL&RR trainers, with a focus on developing group work and facilitation skills. This grant will make it possible for SL&RR Peer Educators (people with intellectual disability) to attend and be part of the development day.

Fitzroy Legal Service – Migration and Family Violence Legal Support Service

$7,926 grant

This grant will assist Fitzroy Legal Service to meet current and anticipated future unmet need relating to assistance for victims/survivors of family violence, particularly women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.  It will fund training and registration for two family violence lawyers to become registered migration agents, as well as registration through the Migration Agents Registration Authority which is required for a lawyer to provide migration advice.

Janet Clarke Hall Respectful relationships education for young men and women living and studying at Janet Clarke Hall, University of Melbourne

$3,000 grant

This project will enhance the College’s current program and commitment to building and maintaining a respectful and safe community through JCH’s orientation and transition programs. The main aim is to devise a program that can be used as a model or blueprint for other residential colleges nationally, to enhance awareness around respectful relationships in order to prevent sexual violence and better support survivors.

2016 Con Irwin Sub-Fund Grants

Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities Inc (ADEC), Wyndham Stronger Karen Women – Stronger Community Wyndham 

$4,680 grant

A workshop program to address family violence awareness for women from the Karen community in Melbourne’s west who suffer from mental illness. It will have a collaborative, evidence-based framework (trauma informed practice) and will involve social workers, mental health professionals and counsellors and the identified Karen women.

Tenants Union of Victoria, statewide – Family Violence Tenancy Training

$7,615 grant

State-wide training workshops on the intersection of the Family Violence Protection Act and the Residential Tenancies Act to specialist domestic and family violence services and other community and statutory service providers to aid in the prevention of homelessness or housing stress for female victims of family violence related issues. 

VICSEG New Futures, Wyndham Building Respectful Relationships in Diverse Communities

$4,984 grant

Building Respectful relationships in diverse communities is an intergenerational program that supports mothers and their pre-teen and teenage daughters to discuss a range of sensitive issues that arise for young people around forming romantic and sexual relationships and the family and cultural boundaries that underpin this important part of a young woman’s development.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead,  American Writer & Anthropologist


Would you like to make lasting impact in the community? Are you passionate about strategic, gender-wise philanthropy?

Establishing a Sub-Fund within the Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust is a practical and lasting way for you to strategically invest in advancing opportunities or reducing barriers for women and girls in Victoria without any administrative burden.

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