The information on these pages will help you determine if your organisation is eligible to apply for a grant from the Ross Trust, how your projects align with our theories of change and funding priorities, and should allow you to see how we might work together to create positive social and environmental change so Victorians can thrive.

Reading the information about our process will also give you some hints as to what you will need to do both before and after your application. If you would like to know how the Ross Trust generates its income for distribution as charitable grants, please read our fact sheet and governance information.

While the eligibility requirements are similar for all our grants, you can only apply online for the Smart Grants.

Please note: Smart Grant applications via our website for Biodiversity Conservation are on hold until 30 June 2023.
If you would like to discuss a potential application, please contact us

Our funding priorities

The Ross Trust awards Smart Grants to support projects in educational equity and biodiversity conservation. These grants are to the value of $40,000 per year. Please read the relevant theory of change, granting guidelines and complete the eligibility check before you apply.

Biodiversity conservation Educational equity
  • Theories of change

    We have developed theories of change to underpin both of our funding priorities.

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  • Grant types

    We offer three types of grants, but only one is applied for online. The others are by invitation only.

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  • Exclusions

    There are a range of grant exclusions which mean an organisation will not qualify for funding by the Ross Trust.

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  • Tips and hints

    Find out what you need before you start your application.

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  • Terms of engagement

    Once you receive a grant, there are a few things we need your help with.

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  • Measurement, Evaluation and Learning

    Guidelines for grantees - supporting learning and future decision-making.

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  • Impact investments

    From time to time, the Ross Trust has engaged in impact investing aligned with our current strategy and funding priorities.

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