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2020 Grants Program

Welcome to the Kingston Charitable Fund’s 2020 Grant Process.

The Kingston Charitable Fund (KCF) was launched in February 2007 as an initiative of Kingston City Council in partnership with the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.

The Fund is a separate legal entity from the City of Kingston. It aims to raise much-needed funds to help charitable organisations that support people living in Kingston.

It has given out more than $500,000 to local groups since its launch.

The Kingston Charitable Fund raises money from local business and philanthropic communities in the municipality, which is then invested and the annual income earned is distributed back to the community in the form of grants.

The Fund is a sub-fund of, and administered by, the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation. The administration fee is equal to 1 per cent of the capital value of the Fund Account at the beginning of that Financial Year. The administration fee is charged against the income generated by the Fund in a Financial Year, prior to distribution.

Applications are now open for both the Grants Program and the Innovation Grant. You can apply for one or both.

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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


2019 Grant Recipients

The 2019 Kingston Charitable Fund grant recipients are:

  • Melbourne Anglican Benevolent Society Inc - $5,000 to support the cost of food distributed to emergency relief guests and the provision of Christmas hampers.
  • Christian Resource Care Limited - $3,000 for a food distribution program that allows those with verified financial hardship access to fresh food and groceries which they may otherwise be unable to provide for themselves.  
  • Make A Difference Dingley Village Inc - $10,000 for a program to assist people with the cost of utility bills.
  • The Food for Change Foundation Ltd - $5,000 to increase the land area where food is grown to be donated to those in need, as well as implement a local food rescue program with IGA.
  • Chelsea Community Support Service Inc - $5,000 to undertake a 12-month trial program to provide 500 cafe cards for clients to use at cafes in Chelsea.
  • Springvale Benevolent Society Inc - $2,000 for food parcels to be provided to clients during the Christmas period.
  • Bonbeach Life Saving Club Inc - $5,370 to purchase new boards to be used by the Nippers, CALD program participants and school program participants to assist them to learn and grow their confidence in water-based rescue.
  • L'chaim Chabad Inc - $3,000 to provide Challa, the braided loaves enjoyed at the Sabbath meal, to elderly citizens who are housebound or socially isolated.
  • Bayside Community Care Inc - $2,660 to update and replace the computers used by Bayside Community Care and the organisation’s volunteers.


The 2019 Innovation Grant recipients are:

  • Bayside Community Information and Support Services Inc - $8,000 to enable a 12-month pilot program providing Counselling Services to individuals, specifically those escaping or living with family violence.
  • Playgroup Victoria Inc - $10,500 to install rubber surfacing in the outdoor space utilised by the Follett Road Playgroup. The resurfacing will provide a safer play space for children and enable a wider range of activities in the area.