Date/Deadline: 01 Dec, 2021

The Ross Trust awards Smart Grants to support projects in educational equity and biodiversity conservation. These grants are to the value of $40,000 per year.

Their granting strategy focuses heavily on Educational Equity and Biodiversity Conservation and working in ways which are most likely to achieve positive differences in both areas.

To help organisations achieve the desired outcomes, they grant in three different ways:

Smart Grants: up to $40,000 per year for up to three years (online application)
Advocacy Grants: up to $50,000 per year for up to three years (by invitation only)
Challenge and Change Grants: $40,000 to $100,000 per year for up to three years (by invitation only).

If you are applying for a Smart Grant, click through to your area of interest and find out more about their theory of change models and grant guidelines before making sure you are eligible to apply.

• Biodiversity conservation

Desired Change: Victoria’s biodiversity is conserved, protected and valued by all as part of a healthy and resilient environment

The Ross Trust recognises the challenges to conserving Victoria’s biodiversity and protecting our unique native species. To contribute to addressing this issue, the Trust is working towards a desired change that is focused on conserving and building resilience in Victoria’s land and marine environments. This desired change will assist with guiding the Trust’s work and those seeking funding, to target and focus our work together, towards common outcomes.

Smart Grants are one of the ways the Ross Trust will fund organisations working to make a difference in biodiversity conservation.

• Educational equity

Desired Change: Young people in Victoria have equitable access to educational opportunities so they complete secondary school

The Ross Trust recognises the challenges to achieving educational equity and enabling young people to complete secondary schooling are particularly complex and multi-faceted. To contribute to addressing this issue, the Trust is working towards a desired change to support the improvement of educational outcomes for vulnerable students which engage and partner with students, not only in the classroom, but in the home and community. This desired change will assist with guiding the Trust’s work and those seeking funding, to target and focus our work together, towards common outcomes.

Smart Grants are one of the ways the Ross Trust will fund organisations working to make a difference in achieving educational equity.

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