Welcome to our first quarterly newsletter as we reopen our granting opportunities with a renewed approach.
Many of you have had input into shaping our new strategic approach and I want to thank everyone who has been involved, particularly my hard-working team. It’s an exciting time of change.
Our new updates will bring you news from the Ross Trust, with a focus on the work of the organisations we fund or partner with to help create positive social and environmental changes across Victoria.
This week marks a change of Chair for the Trust in line with our rotation policy and we welcome Geoff Nicholson into the role. Geoff has been a Trustee of the Ross Trust since 2016 and brings great experience from other social sector boards, as well as a strong finance and business background.
I’d like to thank Jenny Stephens for her steady leadership as Chair through this period of change for the Trust, which has been invaluable.
Congratulations to Ross Trust Trustee, Jon Webster, who was recently awarded an AM for his service to the law, to education and to the community. And as we move to strengthen our focus on biodiversity conservation, the Trust would also like to congratulate one of our long-term sector friends, the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network CEO, Amanda Martin OAM, for her well-deserved award in appreciation of her enduring commitment to, and leadership in, conservation and the environment.
We’d love you to take a look at our new website and read about our new granting strategy. We are proud of the work undertaken to get us to this point and curious to see where it takes us and our grantees, particularly with our intent of working in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Such significant change in our approach requires us to be flexible, adaptable and listen to any comments you may have. Please do not hesitate to contact us with your feedback.
CEO, the Ross Trust
New vision, new grants
Educational equity and biodiversity conservation are the funding priorities in our new granting strategy.
Our incoming and outgoing Chairs talk about what is driving this change as we head towards 50 years of the Ross Trust.
Our granting strategy focuses heavily on educational equity and biodiversity conservation and supporting organisations and initiatives that are most likely to achieve positive change.
Smart Grants of up to $40,000 per year for up to three years are now open for applications. Have a read of our theory of change models and granting guidelines before checking you are eligible to apply.
The new Ross Trust website features an interactive map which shows our grants for the last four years across Victoria. This is a function which will grow and expand over time as we add more historical and future data. Take some time to explore the new Foundation Fact Sheet and learn more about where it all started – with the late Roy Everard Ross.
We are always interested to hear your feedback, so please let us know where we can continue to improve.
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