Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust Sub-Fund

Up to $10,000 is available to help women live safely and increase participation in the community.

Victorian Women's Benevolent Trust Sub-Fund


The Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust Sub-Fund provide small grants to eligible organisations for innovative programs for Victorian women and girls that directly address the purposes of the Sub-Funds.



The Victorian Women’s Trust was established in 1985 in recognition of the role of women in shaping Victoria.

The Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust is their grant-making entity and funds projects benefiting Victorian women and girls. Their grants have helped create opportunity and improve the lives of women and girls, often tackling issues others are less inclined to support and addressing emerging issues ahead of their time. They have consistently funded projects to provide a spectrum of support, research and program development to address family violence and abuse.

In marking this important philanthropic milestone, the Victorian Women’s Trust acknowledge the extraordinary and sustained support of their donors who together have assisted them to fund nearly 540 projects for women and girls, totalling over $6.5 million. In 2016 they wish to build on this proud history, honour the dedication of their donors and continue to reach out and support women and girls across Victoria.



At this stage, and indicatively, these grants can range from $3,000 to $10,000 depending on the amount available in the Sub-Fund.

Information About Each Sub-Fund:

The Con Irwin Sub-Fund

Supports innovative social justice projects that offer circuit breaking solutions to long-term problems of:

  • discrimination,
  • violence against women and children, and
  • inequality of educational opportunity

The Essie Burbridge Sub-Fund

Supports projects that provide leadership in cross-cultural understanding and strategies for combating racism to:

  • promote values critical to a vibrant and non-racist society;
  • build bridges between European, Middle-Eastern and Asian cultures; and
  • advance tolerance, compassion and understanding in the community.

The Prue Myer Sub-Fund

Supports projects for immigrant and refugee and disadvantaged girls and young women that:

  • provide them with positive mentoring opportunities;
  • improve their academic and educational outcomes;
  • encourage their engagement and participation in political life.

The Joan Hudson Sub-Fund

Supports innovative social justice projects that provide:

  • positive and effective community supports for mothers and their children;
  • new / improved opportunities for respite care for mothers of children with high-need  disabilities;
  • practical support for young women from less advantaged backgrounds to access educational and academic opportunities.

The Jean McCaughey Social Justice Sub-Fund

Supports research projects that relate to women in the areas of:

  • Homelessness;
  • Poverty and family well-being;
  • Strengthening local communities.

The Fay Marles Equal Opportunity Sub-Fund

Supports projects that provide:

  • Leadership training to increase young women’s working knowledge of equal opportunity legislation, structures and processes;
  • Research that strengthens knowledge of loopholes and gaps in equal opportunity     legislation, with a view to system improvement and policy change;
  • Education and engagement on equal opportunity issues in workplaces, organisations and in the broader community.



  • The Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust does not fund individuals.
  • Grant applicants must be endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office for Item 1, Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) and either Tax Concession Charity (TCC) or can prove that they would be charitable but for their connection with government (usually established by a letter from the ATO). Applicants must provide a copy of these endorsements, or letter from the ATO, at the time of application.
  • Eligibility is strictly limited to groups which operate for charitable purposes and either provide relief of poverty, sickness, suffering, distress, misfortune, destitution or helplessness amongst Victorian women or operate for purposes beneficial to Victorian women.
  • Projects must address the needs of women and girls living in Victoria.
  • VWBT is open to funding the project of an eligible organisation in partnership with another organisation.
  • VWBT does not provide matching or shortfall funding for government funded projects, infrastructure or operational costs.



Applications close 1 August 2016.


More Information

  • Source
  • VWBT 2016 Sub-Funds Guidelines
  • VWBT 2016 Application Form

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