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.

To date, Into Our Hands Has distributed over $870,000 over 6 years to over 100 community projects in North East Victoria.

GRANTS 2019 and BEYOND

The Into Our Hands is currently reviewing of annual grant strategy to explore how we continue to operate a community grants program in perpetuity.

For organisations and community groups  seeking funding or support we welcome you to submit a project expression of interest to our Board of Directors for consideration.  The Into Our Hands Community Foundation Board meet every six weeks, 11 times a year and can review project submissions as they are submitted.

Funding Streams and Grants available
For organisations and community groups  seeking funding or support, we welcome you to submit a project expression of interest to our Board of Directors for consideration.  The Into Our Hands Community Foundation Board meet every six weeks, 11 times a year and can review project submissions as they are submitted. The Board will consider these on a case by case basis, assessing them against VBAF funding criteria and overall impact to our region. Projects that are considered for funding will be invited to submit full applications following a Board review.

 VBAF Grant criteria and focus areas: 

• Improving Community Connectedness and Social Wellbeing
• Community Capacity Building for Future Disasters
• Community Events and Arts Programs
• Reconnecting Community with Nature

The Board is especially interested in projects  that can support community strengthening, resilience and positive transformation for our region and communities.

We are interested in visionary ideas 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

  • Complete and submit the Grant Expression of interest form below

Philanthropy and Grant Advice

Into Our Hands Community Foundation can also provide local community groups and non profit/ charitable organisations with advice and support to achieve alternative funding from other philanthropic organisations. Please subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Facebook to receive updates about current and open funding rounds from other philanthropic and government funding agencies. We also can act as a referral for some local corporate organisations that run community grant schemes.

Some of our funding partners include:

Grant writing tips presentation

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

To view Grant Application Guidelines and Forms please click links below:

Past Grant Recipients