The R E Ross Trust’s priorities and impact areas are reviewed on an annual basis as part of its strategic planning process. The Trust’s strategic objectives, which inform the areas and purposes for which the Trust makes grants, take into account the wishes of the Trust’s benefactor, Mr Roy Everard Ross. They are influenced by the changing needs of the community and the Trust’s ability to have impact in these areas.
The Trust makes grants in three ways. Organisations may only apply for funding in the Trust’s open grants process. Selection to be involved in the Trust’s Programs and Collaborations is by invitation only, and is based on a history of achieving successful outcomes in specific impact areas.
1. Open grants
An Open grant enables organisations can submit unsolicited applications for specific programs or projects that fall within the Trust’s granting guidelines. The Open grants program ensures the Trust remains relevant and aligned with the changing needs of the community.
The Trust selects and invites organisations to develop and design Collaborations in partnership with the Trust and does not accept open requests under this strategy. A Collaboration is a formal relationship between the Trust and an organisation or organisations that have demonstrated effectiveness in the Trusts priority areas. The Trust has developed these medium to long-term relationships in an effort to effect change on specific issues with the view that funding and assisting organisations in a long-term, intensive and supported way will help them achieve greater impact. Collaborations enable the Trust to work with organisations in a more intensive long-term way to effect lasting and systemic change.
The Trust selects and invites organisations to develop and design Programs in partnership with the Trust and does not accept open requests under this strategy. A Program is an area of work the Trust could administer itself, but chooses to work through respected organisations that have particular expertise to either give grants, or deliver a program on the Trust’s behalf. It is an outsourcing arrangement, which is closely managed by Trust staff and is designed and developed to achieve positive community impact in the Trust’s priority areas. Programs enable the Trust to have greater reach to communities and audiences it may not normally have reached while also supporting other grant-making bodies with particular expertise.
See the grant guidelines section for further information.
Ross Trust Granting Strategy