The Trust currently accepts applications in four Impact Areas (refer to Areas of Interest)

Download a printable version of the Granting-guidelines-August-2016

The Trust will consider applications for the following purposes:

  • Specific activities, services, projects and programs
  • Building and strengthening organisational capacity and general 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
  • Have an ABN (Australian Business Number)
  • Are incorporated.

Applicants are NOT required to be a:

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

Grant Exclusions
The Trust does NOT make grants for the following purposes:

  • To or on behalf of individuals
  • Capital fund-raising for major building purchase, construction and maintenance works
  • General fund raising appeals
  • Motor vehicles and buses
  • Purchases of major items of equipment
  • Organisations or programs which are restrictive based on financial, religious or cultural origin
  • Sport, recreation or social activities for their own sake
  • One off activities such as camps and festivals
  • Scholarships and bursaries
  • Projects for disability services and learning difficulties and their carers
  • Projects for the aged and aged-related issues
  • Arts projects for art’s sake – however, the Trust will consider arts initiatives that support public education or that facilitate the improvement of social outcomes
  • Provision of health and medical services – however, the Trust will consider projects that improve access to the public health system or support early intervention, prevention and health promotion for the disadvantaged
  • Research, including scientific, medical, doctoral or post-doctoral
  • Protection and welfare of domestic animals
  • Unsolicited applications for emergency relief and material aid

Assessment process
When prioritising requests, the Trustees consider:

  • Evidence of need and value for money
  • Evaluation and measurement
  • Project reach and scope
  • Strong governance
  • Impact
  • Partnerships
  • Effective staff and/or volunteers
  • Sustainability