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Regional Victorians with disability prioritised in $250,000 grant round

To celebrate 25 years of giving, the State Trustees Australia Foundation Community Inclusion grant round will be increased to $250,000 for 2020.

Ten grants will be distributed to charitable organisations for projects that encourage social inclusion and social participation for people living with disability. There will be special consideration to applications from rural, regional and remote areas of Victoria.

State Trustees Australia Foundation (the Foundation) was established in 1994 as a public charitable trust. Funded by donations and bequests from generous community members, the Foundation has distributed more than $26 million to charities over 25 years.

Examples of projects the Foundation has funded previously:

  • $20,000 for Community Living & Respite Services in Echuca for the expansion of their recycled range into upcycled products, and to train people with disability in these artistic skills.
  • $20,000 for OC Connections Enterprise to employ a team of eight individuals living with disability to expand OC’s mobile waterless car wash.

“Approximately 1 in 5 people live with disability and we want to provide more opportunities for them to work, connect, communicate and participate in their local community”, says State Trustees CEO, Matt Carrick.

“We want people to continue to love where they live and by enabling charitable organisations to create novel solutions, we hope that social isolation is reduced for all Victorians living with disability.

“Thanks to the generosity of individuals, families, and companies who donated to the Foundation during their lifetime or as a gift in their will, over $26 million has been distributed to charities over the past 25 years.”

Grant applications close 6 March 2020. For grant guidelines and how to apply, please visit the link below.

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Grant Guidelines summary

Projects may include:

  • Community awareness, education and engagement programs to promote social inclusion and address direct and indirect discrimination
  • Promoting participation in cultural life
  • Programs to support social participation, to reduce social isolation and improve wellbeing and quality of life
  • Provision of workforce and training opportunities

Preference will be given to projects that:

  • Provide an integrated solution to social inclusion and social participation
  • Show social innovation, which can be interpreted as ‘novel solutions to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than existing solutions’
  • Are from smaller community-led organisations
  • Are Victorian based

Eligible organisations

Grants can only be made to Item 1 DGR organisations which are registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission and endorsed with charity tax concessions.

Funding amount

Grants up to $25,000, with a total pool of $250,000.


Opens Monday, 10 February 2020 and closes Friday, 6 March 2020. Outcomes notified by Friday, 29 May 2020.


For queries about the guidelines, deadlines, or questions please contact the Foundation on (03) 9667 2845 during business hours or email

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