Grants Program 2018

Our Grant process for 2018 is now closed and we are conducting assessments.

The Foundation will be in touch with all outcomes pending Board decisions. Successful and unsuccessful grants will be notified in early October 2018.

Into our Hands Community Foundation was established with a capital fund of $1 million from the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund (VBAF) to help address the needs of communities in the Alpine, Wangaratta and Indigo Shire by supporting medium to long-term recovery projects. This Trust provides grants under the strict parameters of the VBAF Trust Fund, the Foundation can only support projects that assist those directly affected by the Beechworth-Mudgegonga Fire Complex.

The Foundation also hosts a general community fund from funds raised locally, through partners and thanks to generous donors.

Funding Streams and Grants available
This financial year the Foundation will have two funding streams available for grant funding. Projects will need to fit in one of these two categories:

Small Commemorative Grants

2019 will mark 10 years since the Black Saturday fires on 2019. In commemoration, the Foundation will offer a limited number of small grants directed specifically for bushfire affected communities who would like to run activities that
• Improving Community Connectedness and Social Wellbeing
• Community Capacity Building for Future Disasters
• Community Events and Arts Programs
• Reconnecting Community with Nature

Regional Transition and transformations (strategic grants program)

The Foundation would like to call for expressions of interest from potential partner organisations that have ready projects or concepts that can support community strengthening, resilience and positive transformation for our region and communities. We are interested in visionary, multiyear projects that have a whole-of-region impact approach and can demonstrate broad and multiple benefits for the community including but not limited to:
• Region wide or pilots/ programs/ projects designed to innovate and improve outcomes for beneficiaries
• Infrastructure and precinct developments in line with community priorities
• Innovation and social enterprise concepts
• Research, planning and project development
• Partnerships and connections that will enhance non-profit capacity to serve
• Leadership, talent and ideas for positive change in our community
• Regional and community development approaches that seek to build community capacity, assets, opportunity and vibrancy.

General Grants Information 

Into Our Hands Community Foundation provides grants to support a wide range of local initiatives to develop stronger communities.  Our Foundation provides support in the areas of:

  • Community development

  • Environment

  • Arts and culture

  • Social services

  • Education

  • Health

For each grant round, the Foundation may target a priority area or areas within the above scope.  If you are interested in applying for any grant with the Into Our Hands Community Foundation you are encouraged to:

  • Sign up to receive our newsletter, which includes grant announcements and other information

  • Get in touch with the Into Our Hands Community Foundation

  • Read the Grant Guidelines to check your eligibility

  • Complete the online grant application below

Grant Information Workshops 2018

In 2018 we are running three grant information workshops across the North East to get the word out there about our grants and the support we offer to our region. Workshops will also cover grant application tips and support local non profit networking and connections!

Register your interest below. Venues to be announced.

City of Wangaratta: Tuesday 7th August 10.00am 

Alpine shire:  Wednesday 8th August 10.30am 

Indigo Shire: Beechworth, Thursday August 9th 5.30pm

Workshop Presentation 2018

For tips on writing a strong application and how to access alternative funding, a link to a power point presentation is provided

IOH Grant writing workshop 2018 FINAL

Grant Guidelines & Grant Application

To view Grant Application Guidelines please click links below:

To view Grant Application please click links below:

Please note our formal application process is now closed for 2018 .

Manual application form for your grant application drafts:

Word doc. 2018 Commemorative Grants application form 

 Word doc. 2018 Expression of Interest form. Strategic Grants- Regional Transition and Transformation 

Note:  Manual form only for drafts all final grants must be submitted via online form via formstack (link opens August 1) 

Past Grant Recipients

2015 Grant Recipients
2014 Grant Recipients
2013 Grant Recipients