Apply for Funding

To be eligible for a grant your organisation must have the relevant endorsements, meet the grant criteria, and be based in (or providing services to) the inner north of Melbourne – in the municipalities of Darebin, Yarra and Moreland.  For more information contact Ben or Bianca at the Inner North Community Foundation on (03) 8689 1922 or email

Rapid Response Matched Fund – NOW OPEN

The Rapid Response Matched Fund grant program provides matching funds, up to $3,000, for projects that build stronger community connections. All applicant organisations must be open and inclusive, actively engage community members, and be significantly comprised of people who live, work, volunteer or study in Darebin, Moreland and Yarra.

Core to the Inner North Community Foundation’s Rapid Response Matched Fund is community matching, which requires grantee organisations to match the value of their grant with contributions from the community (e.g. volunteer time, cash, or in-kind (donated) materials, donated professional services etc).

Further details is found:


These guidelines are based on work developed by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal and the Seattle Neighborhood Matching Fund. We’re thankful for their support.

Please contact Ben or Bianca if you have other queries on (03) 8689 1967 or at

2019 Pathways to Employment Grants Round – NOW CLOSED

Applicants will be notified of outcome of their applications in July. The next round will open in 2020.

The flagship funding program of the Inner North Community Foundation funds projects that help vulnerable local people develop work and life skills and progress the journey to work. To see the types of projects we’ve funded in the past, see our Grant Recipients page.

In 2019, the Foundation will grant funds to eligible organisations to deliver projects that support pathways to employment via a broad range of activities, including building people’s capabilities and skills, community social infrastructure partnerships, alternative employment pathways, and early intervention.  All eligible applicants have met the Foundation’s key criteria detailed in the Grant guidelines_2019 document.

Announcement of the 2019 successful applicants will be made at our grant announcement celebration in August. Details of the announcement celebration will be updated soon. The event will be open to public to attend.