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The Victorian Women’s Trust was established in 1985 in recognition of the role of women in shaping Victoria. We conduct research, advocate for women, and every year we give out grants to projects that help women and girls thrive. Over the past 33 years, we have seen community projects take shape, grow and change lives — all through the power of targeted grant-making.

We are one of Australia’s few grant-makers dedicated solely to women. Each year, we give to high impact initiatives through our Community Grants Program, reaching women and girls across Victoria. We also proudly honour the life and contribution of women through our Sub-Funds.

In our decades of progressive grantmaking, we have given over $7 million in grants for over 600 projects that support women and girls in a range of ways. In 2019, we are building on this proud history, honouring the dedication of our donors, and continuing to support women and girls across Victoria. Be part of this history and help create a bright future for women and girls.

Applications must be lodged no later than midnight Friday 22 February 2019.

Small Grants Focus

The Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust supports innovative projects that help create an equal future for women and girls in Victoria.

In 2019, VWBT welcomes applications for projects benefiting women and girls, in particular, we seek applications that focus on safety for women and girls. And we particularly welcome applications that focus on safety projects that work with diverse communities such as Aboriginal communities; CALD communities; LGBTI* communities; as well as older Victorians; and Victorians with a disability and/or mental illness.

*applications must be for women identifying and non-binary people.

Grant Amount

For 2019 we will be conducting a Small Grants Program. Grant of up to $10,000 may be sought for a one year period.

We are also interested in applications for smaller grants, especially those that offer grassroots support for women and girls. We suggest a time frame of one year generally works well.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss proposals with VWBT prior to submission.

Application Timelines

Monday 26 November 2018 – Applications Open

Friday 22 February 2019 – Applications Close

Decisions about successful applications are made by Trustees in July/August 2019.

Eligibility and Exclusions

  • The Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust cannot fund individuals.
  • Grant applicants must be endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office for Item 1, Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) and either Tax Concession Charity (TCC) or can prove that they would be charitable but for their connection with government (usually established by a letter from the ATO). Applicants must provide a copy of these endorsements, or letter from the ATO, at the time of application.
  • Eligibility is strictly limited to groups which operate for charitable purposes and either provide relief of poverty, sickness, suffering, distress, misfortune, destitution or helplessness amongst Victorian women or operate for purposes beneficial to Victorian women.
  • Projects must address the needs of women and girls living in Victoria.
  • VWBT is open to funding the project of an eligible organisation in partnership with another organisation.
  • VWBT does not provide matching or shortfall funding for government funded projects, infrastructure or operational costs.

If Successful – Reporting and Expectations

Effective reporting benefits all parties. It helps us to better inform our donors and future grant-making decisions, and it helps the grant recipient by clarifying the links between objectives and outcomes. The wider community gains through exposure to the knowledge and experience from the project.

Successful grant recipients are expected to:

  • provide a final report on project outcomes and as appropriate, progress reports
  • complete a financial acquittal
  • co-operate with VWBT for our promotional materials and publications such as photos for our annual report and newsletters
  • accommodate site visits when requested
  • acknowledge VWBT in any promotional material or media resulting from the grant
  • work with VWBT, where appropriate, in exploring possible policy implications of the project

How to Apply

Complete the Small Grants application form here:

Apply for a Grant

Applications must address all questions in the application form.

Applications must be lodged no later than midnight Friday 22 February 2019.

other information

For queries or to discuss your potential application, please call 03 9642 0422 email Also, refer to our FAQs. See our full list of previous grants via our Annual Reports.