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

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

Pathways to Employment Fund Grants Program 

Grants now closed. 

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 2023, 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 3 years. Eligible organisations that are known partners to the Foundation, that have received funding from in the Pathways to Employment Fund Grants Program, more than 5 times previously are encouraged to apply.

Find out more and read the guidelines here

Grants closed Friday June 9 2023 

Getting into Sports Fund Grants Program 

Grants now closed. 

The Get Into Sport Fund was established in 2022 by a local resident. The purpose of the Fund is to increase participation of girls, non-binary people and women in sporting activity in Melbourne’s Inner North (municipalities of Darebin and Merri-bek and Yarra City Councils).

The Getting Into Sport Fund will make its first grants round in 2022-2023 and funding local sporting groups with grants of up to $2,000. 

Read the guidelines here, and apply using the link below. 

Bakers Dozen Social Justice Fund Grants Program 

Grants closed March 17 2023

  • Annual grants: 18 November 2022
  • Multiyear grants: EOI close 17 March 2023 
  • Seeding: open application 

The Bakers Dozen Social Justice Fund is a flagship fund of the Inner North Community Foundation. It was established in 2021 through a generous bequest left by local residents, Dr Christopher Baker and Kerri Hall. The purpose of the Fund is to increase social justice in Melbourne’s Inner North (municipalities of Darebin, Merri-bek and Yarra City Councils).

Christopher and Kerri were keen to have the voice of community at the table, and the fund is supported by local people who volunteer to sit on the Community Advisory Panel. The Fund defines social justice as:

Social justice is about fairness and opportunities for all to shape and participate in social, economic, civic and cultural life.

A socially just society is one of diversity and belonging. It reduces entrenched inequities in the distribution of resources and rights, promotes healing and understanding between people, and recognises the strengths and leadership of those silenced by inequity.

Sustainable social justice also recognises the relationship between care for people and care for place.

The Fund will make its second grants in 2022-2023 across the following grants streams:

  • Multiyear: likely to fund up to three grants of $20,000 – $40,000 per year for three years.
  • Annual: up to for four grants of $5,000 for larger activity 
  • Seeding: up to ten grants of $1,000 to respond to emerging needs
Please read the Grant Guidelines before lodging an application.

Organisations are welcome to apply to more than one grants stream, for different projects.

Inner North Report – Action Grants Program

Grants currently closed 

Based on thousands of conversations monitored over an 8-week period from right across the Inner North, the community has identified the things we could do to make the Inner North a better place to live, work and play.

They went on to select the top priorities — the things we should do first. Read more in the Inner North Report 2022: Who We Want to Be.   

There are now funds available for qualified organisations who believe that they can make a difference — Action Grants.The top priorities are big issues and cannot be completely solved locally. However, there are many ways to improve the impact they have on our community. We need to hear from organisations who are willing to try.
Priority will be given to applications which:
  • Propose local approaches to addressing these priorities
  • Want to undertake a feasibility assessment of a new idea
  • Want to work in new partnerships to strengthen people’s contribution to areas of local life

Funded organisations through this program will receive grants up to $5,000. For further information on eligibility and how to apply please see the program guidelines

We know what our community wants us to do, let’s get started — together we can make the Inner North an even better place. If you wish to join us and our other sponsors in investing in the future of our community contact: [email protected] or 8689 1967

Grant applications closed on 6 May 2022

Grants management platform

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