R E Ross Trust

Up to $40,000 is available from R E Ross Trust to improve health and wellbeing of disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalised Victorians.


R E Ross Trust

The Ross Trust is a perpetual charitable Trust established in 1970 in Victoria by the will of the late Roy Everard Ross. Since its inception, the Ross Trust has distributed over $110 million in grants for charitable purposes in Victoria. Governed by five Trustees who manage the Ross Trust’s assets and distribute its income, the granting priorities of the Ross Trust are set by the Trustees who take into account the wishes of the Trust’s benefactor, Roy Everard Ross, and are influenced by the changing needs of the community.



The R E Ross Trust will direct resources towards projects and other activities that:

  • Address disadvantage and inequity
  • Encourage and promote social inclusiveness, community connectedness, health and wellbeing
  • Protect and preserve Australian flora and fauna.

In order to fulfil this commitment the Trust directs its resources to areas of the highest priority need where there is the greatest potential for impact. Therefore, the Trust currently accepts applications under four chosen impact areas.

Program Areas

  • Improved outcomes for the most disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalised Victorians
  • Improved outcomes for children and young people at risk (0–18 years)
  • Improved access to and achievement of equity and excellence in public education, arts and culture
  • Protection and preservation of Australian flora and fauna



The Trust is only accepting applications for one-year grants for a maximum of $40,000 until 14 February 2019. After this time, a new granting strategy and new guidelines will be introduced.



The R E Ross Trust can only consider requests from organisations that:

  • Operate in Victoria or who will use the grant for the benefit of Victorians; and
  • Have an ABN (Australian Business Number); and
  • Are incorporated or a company limited by guarantee; and
  • Are registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) (unless an eligible state government entity such as a Victorian government school).

Applicants are NOT required to be a:

  • Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR); or
  • Tax Concession Charity (TCC).



Applications close 14 February 2019.


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