Make a difference.

Support the small charities making a difference to Victorians.

Our funding round is currently closed.

The next funding round opens 15 August 2016 and we will be accepting applications until 30 September 2016

  • Bairnsdale Neighbourhood House

    Bairnsdale Neighbourhood House seeks to increase the wellbeing of members of the East Gippsland community, particularly those who are experiencing difficulty, by providing training, support and assistance through their parenting programs, computer literacy classes, meals programs for the disabled and isolated, health information sessions and emergency relief. Through their food relief program, Bairnsdale Neighbourhood House has a strong, reliable supply of rescued and donated food through the generosity of local supermarkets and farmers and regular deliveries of rescued food from Second Bite.
    2016 grant: $25,000

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  • Good Cycles

    Good Cycles uses bicycles to develop vocational skills and support their participants to find meaningful employment. The Good Cycles Harbour Esplanade Bike Hub is designed to address key community issues, including mental health issues, youth unemployment and low physical activity in young people. Through providing vocational training, developing employment pathways, building resilience, reducing social isolation and encouraging regular physical activity, Good Cycles gives participants opportunities to take control of their lives while also providing them with a low‐cost and sustainable transport option.
    2016 grant: $46,500

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  • Spanish Latin-American Welfare Centre

    Spanish Latin‐American Welfare Centre (SLAWC) provides culturally and linguistically appropriate community services to the Spanish speaking community of Victoria. They have supported migrants and refugees from Spain and Latin America since 1977 through a variety of program and services including aged care and education services, tax assistance, and children’s playgroups. SLAWC also provides transportation to allow their Spanish‐speaking older citizens access to community services, reconnect with their community and participate in social activities creating a sense of belonging, increased wellbeing and preventing social isolation.
    2016 grant: $22,000

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  • Western Chances

    Western Chances supports young people in Melbourne’s western suburbs to fulfil their potential, awarding merit-based, tailor-made scholarships to students who have an identifiable talent, skill or pathway and a motivation to complete their education but face significant financial barriers. To help build futures for our young Victorians, Western Chances scholarships provide items including laptops, text books, myki cards and specialist lessons to ensure these young people are able to complete secondary school, go on to further education, training and employment, and break the cycle of disadvantage.
    2016 grant: $50,000

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Making a difference to Victorian lives

The Bank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund supports local charities and programs that deliver sustainable benefits to Victorian communities.

The Fund allocates cash grants in funding rounds with a focus on charities that receive little or no government funding.

Since launching in March 2013, the Bank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund has donated more than $1,000,000 to charities across Victoria. With the generosity of Bank of Melbourne partners, suppliers, customers and dedicated staff, we have been able to grant funds to over 50 Victorian charities. Every dollar we receive is given straight back to these charities who are improving the lives of Victorians. Because we can all make a difference in our local communities.



The Bank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund has supported local communities across Victoria since 2013.



Find out if your charity is eligible to apply for a Bank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund grant.

The Bank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund supports charities who receive little or no government funding and aren't big enough to generate significant fundraising income of their own. These organisations invest in projects that will improve the lives of Victorian communities. Charities may apply for grants of up to $50,000.

To be eligible for funding, your organisation must:

  • be located in Victoria
  • be focussed on helping neighbourhoods and local communities
  • provide a minimum of 12 months’ worth of audited financials
  • have an annual gross revenue of less than $3 million
  • receive less than 40% of your income from recurrent state, federal or local government funding (unless you have an income less than $1million per annum, in which case your Government funding can exceed 40%)
  • be endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (but not another ancillary fund). Deductible Gift Recipients must be listed with the Australian Taxation Office under Item 1 of the Table in Section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act, 1936.

We do not fund:

  • projects outside Victoria
  • organisations with an income of more than $3 million per annum.
  • organisations who receive more than 40% of their annual funding from government (unless they have an income less than $1 million per annum)
  • auspiced applications
  • organisations or projects with religious affiliations
  • sponsorship or fundraising appeals


Open 11 January 2016 Closes 29 January 2016
Open 14 March 2016 Closes 29 April 2016
Open 15 August 2016 Closes 30 September 2016


With the support of our generous partners we have been able to fund more Victorian charities in 2015.

Willett Marketing
Beck Property Group
Spotlight Group Holdings
Abbe Corrugated
Saatchi & Saatchi
Dennis Family Homes
Metro Quarry Group
Meydan Group
Beacon Lighting


Meet some of our past grant recipients who are delivering sustainable benefits to their local Victorian communities…