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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

  • Beechworth Men’s Shed

    Adopting the philosophy that ‘every man needs a shed’; Beechworth Men’s Shed encourages physical and mental activity to help improve health and wellbeing. They provide a venue with facilities that promote social interaction through a range of activities that build skills and provide training. It’s participation like this that works to improve the sense of belonging and connectedness in the community and reducing isolation, particularly for men who have been through a major life change such as divorce, disablement, bereavement or retirement. Beechworth Men’s Shed is actively engaged in the community and provides social activities such as woodworking, metalworking, craft, and recreational facilities to its members.
    2016 grant: $2,550

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  • Boots For All

    Boots for All breaks down barriers to sports participation and strengthens communities, promoting social inclusion among disengaged youth. They do this by collecting and distributing quality, new and used sporting equipment to vulnerable individuals. The principle purpose is to relieve poverty and social exclusion of at risk and disadvantaged children and adults by providing boots and other sporting equipment to enable those who are excluded because they are unable to afford these items. Since 2006 Boots for All have redistributed more than 40,000 pairs of football boots and other sports equipment to disadvantaged children and adults all over Australia.
    2016 grant: $50,000

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  • Edmund Rice Camps

    Edmund Rice Camps (ERC) provides recreational camping opportunities for children, youth and families that are facing hardship. By empowering and training young and energized volunteers they are able to help build strong communities; foster nurturing relationships provide positive role modelling and develop social connectedness. ERC has operated in Victoria for 30 years as a not-for-profit volunteer organisation. Children and families are referred to ERC by social services agencies. These programs play a role in early intervention support for at risk children and families.
    2016 grant: $10,420

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  • Enable Social Enterprises

    Enable is an innovative not-for-profit organisation that tackles high unemployment head-on in Melbourne's north to relieve poverty and the risk of homelessness due to lack of access to work and learning. Their mission is to break unemployment cycles and meet the needs of highly disadvantaged jobseekers through offering robust work and learning opportunities, and employment pathway programs. This is achieved through various commercial ventures including an online shop that commenced in late 2014. As a social enterprise, Enable’s vision is ‘a connected community without disadvantage’.
    2016 grant: $14,500

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  • Skyline Education Foundation Australia

    Skyline Education Foundation Australia provides intensive support to talented students from disadvantaged backgrounds, both socially and financially, for the last two years of their secondary education through the Skyline Bursary Program. The program eases the long-term financial pressures on families by supporting students to finish secondary school and helping create a financially independent future. This program provides students with the ability to look for opportunities beyond their circles. Skyline is backed by ten years of experience in the education sector and the delivery of the program is supported by the Career Education Association of Victoria.
    2016 grant: $37,952

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  • St Kilda Mums

    St Kilda Mums assists Victoria's most vulnerable families, ensuring that no child goes without the most basic material needs – a safe cot to sleep in, or a pram and car restraint to travel safely in. They re-home donations of pre-loved infant equipment and clothing from the community through their partnerships with Maternal & Child Health Nurses and local social service agencies. A large team of 1,000 dedicated volunteers clean and safety check all equipment and clothing. St Kilda Mums operates from three branches around Victoria – St Kilda Mums, Geelong Mums and Eureka Mums located in Ballarat.
    2016 grant: $41,042

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  • The Twentieth Man Fund Inc.

    The Twentieth Man Fund Inc. aims to reconnect young people with their families and communities, enabling them to reach their full potential and make a positive contribution to society. Young people in Melbourne’s west are facing increasing hardship that ultimately leads to behavioural problems. The pressure placed on a young person living in a low socio-economic area is not well understood by the general population. This pressure leads to the young person disconnecting from society in general, sinking into extreme levels of low self-esteem and self-worth, disengaging from school and family and engaging in high-risk activity.
    2016 grant: $22,500

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  • Willing Older Workers (W.O.W!) Inc.

    Willing Older Workers (W.O.W!) offers emotional and practical support to people aged 50 and over who are unemployed or underemployed, helping to preserve their dignity while they look for work. Most are embarrassed asking for help and struggle to make ends meet. Many don't qualify for government assistance; deemed asset-rich and income-poor, they struggle financially. W.O.W!’s list of free services include food hampers, resume writing, financial and debt advocacy, welfare advocacy, job-ready seminars, workshops and courses. Through their food program, mature-aged unemployed and underemployed people have access to groceries; the money saved by not having to buy food is used to pay bills.
    2016 grant: $50,000

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ABOUT US

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.

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SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY

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

DONATED TO CHARITIES
$1,231,881
CHARITIES FUNDED
60
VICTORIANS HELPED
171,507

APPLY FOR A GRANT

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

KEY DATES:

ROUND 1
Open 11 January 2016 Closes 29 January 2016
ROUND 2
Open 14 March 2016 Closes 29 April 2016
ROUND 3
Open 15 August 2016 Closes 30 September 2016

THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTERS:

With the support of our generous partners we have been able to fund more Victorian charities in 2016.

Mazda
Mediacom
Saatchi & Saatchi
Allianz
Arts Centre Melbourne
Australia Post
DWS
IVEO
Kemp Strang Lawyers
Swann Insurance
Willett Marketing
MCG
Mecca Brands
Schiavello

VICTORIAN CHARITIES WE HAVE HELPED

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

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Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes, all donations over $2 are tax deductible. Following your donation you’ll receive an invoice to your nominated email address.

What will my donation go towards?

Your donation to Bank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund will go towards local charities that receive little or no government funding. Charities can apply for funding through the funding rounds.

When will I receive my item?

The items on this site are a representation only. By purchasing an item you are contributing to the work of Neighbourhood Fund and not buying the item itself.

FAQ

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes, all donations over $2 are tax deductible. Following your donation you’ll receive an invoice to your nominated email address.

What will my donation go towards?

Your donation to Bank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund will go towards local charities that receive little or no government funding. Charities can apply for funding through the 2016 funding rounds.

When will I receive my item?

The items on this site are a representation only. By purchasing an item you are contributing to the work of Neighbourhood Fund and not buying the item itself.