Responsive grants

These grants are invitation only. Our granting budget for the 2024 financial year has been fully allocated, we are no longer accepting grant applications. Please revisit the website in the new financial year when our grants will reopen.

If you wish to express initial interest, please contact us.

From 1 July 2023, The Ross Trust will continue its responsive grant funding with a more specific focus on social justice and human rights for vulnerable members of the Victorian community, post the COVID pandemic.

The pandemic has exacerbated various social and economic inequalities, leaving many vulnerable populations in dire need of support. The pandemic has had deep impacts on cost of living; housing, food security, mental health, and access to legal support, particularly for the most vulnerable populations. It has also led to increased economic instability, particularly for women and young people.

Ongoing impacts of COVID and the likelihood of more natural disasters will compound these problems.

During the last few years, the Ross Trust with its commitment to the most disadvantaged, responded with many responsive grants. We were able to provide some immediate relief to at-risk people and communities severely affected by the pandemic and disasters – this support needs to be increased to more sustainable levels where we can.

As a result, we have refined our granting approach to address social injustices and violations of basic human rights, with a focus on women, First Nations Peoples, refugee and asylum seekers, ethnic groups, and LGBTI+ groups.

Our Responsive Grants funding priority is focused on addressing social injustices and violations of human rights. It is informed by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 5, Achieve gender equality, and empower all women and girls, and Goal 10, Reduce inequality within and among countries.