The Trust currently accepts applications in four  Program Areas

Download a printable version of the Ross Trust Granting Guidelines

Please note new guidelines will be introduced in 2019, to support a new granting strategy.

Statement of Commitment

The Ross Trust will direct resources towards projects and other activities that:

  1. Address disadvantage and inequity
  2. Encourage and promote social inclusiveness, community connectedness, mental health and wellbeing
  3. Protect and preserve Australian flora and fauna

In order to fulfil this commitment the Ross Trust directs its resources to areas of the highest priority need where there is the greatest potential for impact.

The Ross Trust currently accepts applications under four program areas.

Program areas

  1. Improved outcomes for the most disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalised Victorians
  2. Improved outcomes for children and young people at risk (0–18 years)
  3. Improved access to public education, arts and culture
  4. Protection and preservation of Australian flora and fauna

The Ross Trust will consider applications for the following purposes:

  • Specific activities, services, projects and programs
  • Building and strengthening organisational capacity and operations



The Ross Trust can only consider requests from organisations that:

  • Operate in Victoria or who will use the grant for the benefit of Victorians; and
  • Have an ABN (Australian Business Number); and
  • Are incorporated or a company limited by guarantee; and
  • Are registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) (unless an eligible state government entity such as a Victorian government school).

Applicants are NOT required to be a:

  • Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR); or
  • Tax Concession Charity (TCC).


Grant exclusions

The Ross Trust does NOT make grants for the following purposes:

  • To or on behalf of individuals including sole traders
  • To organisations or projects seeking auspicing arrangements
  • Capital fundraising for major building purchase, construction and maintenance works
  • General fundraising appeals
  • Motor vehicles and buses
  • Equipment purchases that constitute the total or majority of a grant request
  • Organisations or programs which are restrictive based on their financial, religious or cultural origin or Objects (as outlined in the governing documentation)
  • Organisations that receive significant and/or have a publicly advertised funding relationship with organisations that promote gambling, alcohol, tobacco or armaments
  • Sport, recreation or social activities for their own sake
  • One off activities such as camps and festivals
  • Scholarships and bursaries
  • Publications and printed materials that constitute the total of a grant request
  • Projects providing services for people with disabilities and/or learning difficulties; and their carers
  • Projects for the aged and aged-related issues
  • Arts projects for art’s or artists’ sake
  • Provision and delivery of health and medical services
  • Research, including scientific, medical, doctoral or post-doctoral
  • Protection and welfare of domestic animals
  • Emergency relief and material aid programs*

*The Ross Trust makes a substantial commitment to Emergency Relief and Material Aid through a triennial program and therefore does not accept unsolicited applications for this purpose. Please refer to the Ross Trust website for information on this program.