Current Grants

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, Merri-bek or Yarra. For more information contact Bianca or Ben at the Inner North Community Foundation.

Funding currently available

Pathways to Employment Fund Grants Program 

The Pathways to Employment Fund is a flagship grants program of the Foundation with a focus on employment pathways for local people disadvantaged in their access to employment. This focus is shaped by our relationship with our founding and key ongoing sponsor, IntoWork, and a strong theory of change demonstrating the multiple benefits to community members that comes through workforce participation. The Foundation aims to be adaptive to the evolving needs of the community.

In 2024, the Foundation will grant successful organisations up to $20,000 for either single or multi-year projects. 

Multiyear funding will be for up to $20,000 a year for three years. Eligible organisations that are known partners to the Foundation, that have received funding from the Inner North Community Foundation for three or more times previously are encouraged to apply.

Find out more and read the guidelines here

Grants close on Friday 7 June 2024 at 5pm.

Northside Relief Fund

The Northside Relief Fund, is a named fund of the Inner North Community Foundation, established in partnership with Magistrates’ Court of Victoria and other generous donors. It aims to support local emergency relief and material aid organisations in the Inner North region.
Please note that funds raised are granted quarterly (September, December, March and June) and distributed into the three Local

Government Areas:

·       Merri-bek City Council

·       City of Darebin

·       Yarra City Council


Eligible organisations that provide emergency relief, are encouraged to register for this grants round with the Foundation. Funding of $1,000 – $1,500 will be allocated in a randomised fashion, to one or more registered organisations within the Inner North, with the total available funds dictating the value and number of grants each quarter.     

Read the guidelines here, and register your organisation for funding clicking on the ‘Apply here!’ button below.

Recent funding rounds

Getting Into Sport Fund

Grants closed.  

The Getting Into Sport Fund is a named fund of the Inner North Community Foundation. It was established in 2022 by a local resident, Jenny Vaughan. The purpose of the Fund is to increase the participation of women, girls, gender diverse and non-binary people in sporting activity in Melbourne’s Inner North (municipalities of Darebin, Merri-bek and Yarra).

The multi-year grants round supports local sporting groups with multi-year grants of $3,000 each year, for two years (based on satisfactory interim reporting). 

To apply, read the guidelines here, and contact our Grants Manager, Bianca on 03 8689 1922, to discuss eligibility.


Grants management platform

Below are step by step guides on how to apply for funds using our grants management software, Foundant.