The Ross Trust is committed to creating positive social and environmental change so Victorians can thrive.
Since 1971, we have granted more than $150 million to deliver educational opportunities for young Victorians, assist community groups with social justice projects, enhance biodiversity, and respond to Victorians in crisis through emergency support and other assistance.
Today, the social and economic challenges faced by Victorians are significant and with the impact of the COVID pandemic still apparent, many vulnerable people remain in desperate need of support.
With this in mind, we are repositioning our FY24 granting strategy to better reflect the emerging needs of the Victorian community.
The Ross Trust has increased its annual granting allocation for the 2024 financial year to support:
• educational equity funding with an increased focus on school refusal
• responsive grant funding focusing on social justice and human rights, and
• a focus on building rural community resilience in Victoria.
As a result, funding to support biodiversity conservation will remain on hold for the 2024 financial year. While we remain committed to our many active biodiversity conservation grant partners that are undertaking significant work across Victoria and Australia, the urgency of the economic, educational and social challenge ahead requires an immediate response. We will review these changes for the following financial year and will continue to align our granting program with the areas of urgent need.
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