Current Funds and Grant Programs Available

Bushfire Recovery and Pandemic Small Grant Program

OPEN, Taking applications

The 2019/20 Bushfires & Pandemic Small Grant Program has been established by Into Our Hands Community Foundation (the “Foundation”) in partnership with the Nelson Alexander Charitable Foundation and other generous donors.  It aims to support local community organisations and their work in the bushfire recovery and current pandemic period. 

Please note, the Foundation will allocate all donations made to the Foundation for the bushfire disaster to projects solely relating to bushfire recovery.

Program purpose 

The Small Grant program will provide up to $3,000 for projects that directly respond to the impacts of the 2019/20 bushfires and the COVID-19 Pandemic. All applicant organisations must be open and inclusive, actively engaged in community activity, and be significantly comprised of people who live, work, volunteer or study in North East Victoria.

We will fund community projects that:  

  • Deliver, practical, creative and innovative solutions to emerging challenges in the community
  • Are charitable activities that provide whole-of-community benefit
  • Are feasible and ready to begin quickly
  • Strengthen the diverse communities of North East Victoria  

Target activity for funding  

Grants up to $3,000 are available to support projects responding to the recent bushfires and/or the COVID-19 Pandemic, which assist people in North East Victoria. The Foundation will give priority to projects which will:  

  1. Improve Community Connectedness and Social Wellbeing – projects that facilitate community connectedness, support and develop volunteer community groups, and community preparedness to respond to the impacts of the bushfires and the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  2. Enhance the mental health of residents – projects that deliver support and assistance to people who are suffering mentally from the social and economic impacts of the bushfires and Pandemic.
  3. Develop Organisational Resilience and Capacity – projects that strengthen local not-for-profit organisations’ capacity, operational infrastructure, upgrading of equipment to improve service delivery. 
  4. Foster cultural vibrancy – projects that celebrate, preserve and promote local culture and identity, creative projects that foster the arts, and support for local artists and the arts community.

Due to the bushfires and the evolving impacts of COVID-19 on our community, the Foundation aims to respond flexibly. As a result, Grant Guidelines may be changed from time to time. 

Bushfire Recovery and Small Grant Guidelines

Bushfire Recovery and Small Grant Application Form

Please contact the Executive Officer if you prefer to use a fillable word document to complete the application form.

Black Saturday Victorian Bushfire Appeal Trust

CLOSED. Not currently taking applications

Into our Hands Community Foundation was established with a capital fund of $1 million from the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund  2012 (VBAF) to help address the needs of communities in the Alpine, Wangaratta and Indigo Shire by supporting medium to long-term recovery projects following the Black Saturday fires of 2009. 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 $970,000 over 8 years to over 100 community projects in North East Victoria.

General Grants Information – Into Our Hands Public Fund

CLOSED. Not currently taking applications

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 where funding is available.

Give Wangaratta Fund- General grants and Pitch Up Grant Process.

CLOSED. Not currently taking applications

Give Wangaratta is a local philanthropic community fund to support issues and causes that matter to the town and its neighbouring communities (RCOW)

It has a specific focus on supporting children, youth and families who are vulnerable.

The fund is currently working across the Wangaratta community build up its corpus for grant making. You can support the fund by donating here_- insert donation page link.

Each year the fund hosts the Give Wangaratta Pitch Up, a live grant awards and crowdfunded night which sees three local charities and non profits pitch to the crowd for funding and support.

Give Wangaratta runs a competitive grant process for the Pitch Up event. Please follow our social and news to stay up to date for when this grant process opens which will be in the second half of 2020.

More info on Give Wangaratta

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 the Grant Expression of Interest Form please click the link below: