Kingston Charitable Fund

The Kingston Charitable Fund aims to make the community stronger and more connected by supporting charitable organisations.

The Fund was established in February 2007 as an initiative of Council in partnership with The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.

Now more than ever, our local charities need funding. With your help, we can continue to provide grants for programs that are helping to make a difference in Kingston.


2023 grants program

Applications have now closed for 2023.

For further information regarding the Kingston Charitable Fund, or the 2023 grants application process, please contact 1300 653 356 or email


Who is eligible?

  • Charities who benefit Kingston residents, and
  • Have Deductible Gift Recipient Item 1 status (DGR) 
  • Have Tax Concession Charity status (TCC) 

Who awards the grants?

The Grants Assessment Panel award the grants and the panel consists of: 
  • the Mayor 
  • one other Councillor 
  • the Chief Executive Officer or their representative 
  • two council appointed community members 
  • a Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation representative  

Grants assessment panel: community members

We are seeking two new panel members to represent our community and assess grant applications to the Kingston Charitable Fund.

This is a voluntary position to serve on the Kingston Charitable Fund grant assessment panel for the next two years (2024 and 2025).

The Kingston Charitable Fund is a charitable fund account of the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation (LMCF).  Eligible charities can apply for grant funding to support projects that serve the City of Kingston community.  Applications for the grants are generally open during February and early March and the grant assessment panel meeting (which includes representatives from the City of Kingston and LMCF) is held in approximately mid-March.

Please submit a letter to explain what experience and skills you can bring and how you meet the following criteria:

  • Strong interest in charitable work
  • Knowledge of Kingston community groups and charities
  • Experience with community grants
  • Reside or work within the City of Kingston

Expressions of interest can be emailed to

Disclaimer:  If you have previously served on the Kingston Charitable Fund Panel, you are eligible to apply for the two open positions.

2023 grant recipients

  • Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) - $7,592 for their Animal Care Program for ACS Heatherton Hub
  • Bayside Community Information & Support Services (BayCISS) - $7,250 for their Winter Energy Program
  • Brainwave Australia - $9,250 for Pathways to Employment for young people living with disabilities
  • Cancer Patients Foundation - $7,500 for their Look Good Feel Better program
  • Chelsea Community Support Services (ChelCSS) - $5,000 for Chelsea Christmas new beginnings 3.0
  • Christian Resource Ministries - $6,500 for Christmas Lunch and presents - 2 day event
  • FareShare Australia - $3,251 for Equipment for their Volunteers Kitchen Garden Program
  • Make a Difference Dingley Village - $7,250 for Families Hit the Hardest - relief help
  • Melbourne Anglican Benevolent Society (Pantry 5000) - $5,000 for Christmas Hampers
  • Society of St Vincent de Paul Conference, St Andrew's Parish - $5,000 for Food voucher deliveries to deserved families
  • Special Olympics Melbourne Southern Club - $1,987 for bowling uniforms for Special Olympics Athletes
  • Team Sports 4 All Pty Ltd - $10,000 for their Help All Kids Play Team Sports