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Grants Program

The Kingston Charitable Fund 2020 Grant Program is now closed.

The 2021 Grant Program will open early 2021. More information and application details will be available early 2021.


2020 Grant Recipients

The 2020 Kingston Charitable Fund grant recipients are:

Anglican Parish of Longbeach Food Distribution Centre (Pantry 5000) - $5,000 for their Christmas Hamper Program, to support the cost of Christmas food hampers distributed to those experiencing hardship.

Brainwave Australia - $5,000 for their Equipment and Therapies Program, providing financial support to disadvantaged families with children who have been diagnosed with a neurological condition by funding modified and new equipment, and specialised therapies.

Christian Resource Care Limited - $5,000 for their Christmas Dinner Program, a Christmas celebration including dinner and musical for families where every family receives a hamper and every child a Christmas present.

Emerge Women & Children’s Support Network - $4,335 for Updating Artwork and Printing Brochures, to enable safety plans to be distributed across the Kingston area for the information of women and children seeking support and assistance with family violence.

Mordialloc Life Saving Club Inc - $5,200 for The Schools Water Safety Awareness Program, aiming to reduce the number of aquatic related injuries and drowning deaths through aquatic education.

Mums Supporting Families in Need - $8,395 for their Essentials for Every Baby Program, aiming to ensure every parent/carer can access the essentials necessary to enable them to meet the basic needs of their baby.

Special Olympics Australia, Melbourne Southern - $1,000 for purchasing bathers. Competition bathers to be supplied to athletes at a highly subsidised price as Special Olympic athletes are usually some of the most disadvantaged financially.

St Kilda Mums Inc - $7,695 for their Material Aid for Vulnerable Families in the City of Kingston Program, providing essential material aid such as prams, cots, car seats, clothing, toys, linen, bottles, nappies, wipes, clothing, toiletries, books, linen and shoes to those who need it most in the City of Kingston.


The 2020 Innovation Grant recipients are:

Creativity Australia - $30,000 for their With One Voice Kingston Program, a weekly program, led by a conductor and volunteer committee, where people both disadvantaged and advantaged come together to sing, help each other out with whatever they need in life; language assistance, professional mentoring, help with transportation, a second hand washing machine, or simply friendship and feeling part of something.

Bayside Community Care Inc – $12,500 for their Social Prescribing Program, to undertake a small Social Prescription trial, to develop an evidence-based model that reflects community needs and is sustainable for future expansion.


Frequently Asked Questions 

Who is eligible?

Applications are invited from charities that help local Kingston residents and have Deductible Gift Recipient Item 1(DGR) and Tax Concession Charity status.

Who awards the grants?

All applications for funding from the Kingston Charitable Fund are considered by the Grants Assessment Panel. The Grants Assessment Panel consists of  the Mayor; one other councillor; the Chief Executive Officer; a representative from the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation and two Council appointed community members.

What are the two grant streams?

Annual Grants

Provided for activities and programs that meet community needs, make the community stronger and more connected, and complement Council’s activities in the community. Grants in this stream are usually up to $5,000 however, applicants are encouraged to apply for an amount appropriate to their activity.

Further details are available in the Grants Program Guidelines

Innovation Grant

Introduced in 2015 in response to requests from community groups to provide a larger investment for new programs and projects.Applications are invited for the one-off grant of up to $30,000 to fund an innovative new project, activity or initiative.

Further details including the assessment criteria are available in the Innovation Grant Guidelines

For further information regarding the Kingston Charitable Fund, please contact 9581 4518 or email