Community incentives programs

One of the South West Community Foundation’s key aims is to build a substantial, permanent trust fund, which supports projects that strengthen communities throughout South West Victoria. We believe in helping communities grow ‘from the ground up’ through community incentives, and generate funds for incentive programs through donations, endowments and bequests.

South West Community Foundation’s funds are held in perpetuity, which means the corpus funds continue to grow and the interest earned from their investment is used in the for community grant programs. In the first seven years of operation, the Foundation grew a corpus of $2.1 million.

South West Community Foundation and its community grant programs cover six municipal council areas in the south west of Victoria: Colac Otway, Corangamite, Moyne, Warrnambool, Southern Grampians and Glenelg.

South West Community Foundation objectives

  • Build a substantial, permanent fund for charitable purposes in our region.
  • Receive, manage and invest funds prudently to optimise funds available for distribution.
  • Provide a simple, cost effective way for people to make donations to their community.
  • Distribute the earnings back to the community for charitable purposes.
  • Support eligible projects which aim to strengthen and develop our community.
  • Assist groups to identify and source funding opportunities.
  • Facilitate partnerships that add value to the work of the Foundation.
  • Encourage giving by providing information, expertise, research and support to donors.
  • Encourage the development of a strong “Community Foundation Movement” across Australia.
  • Commit to sharing knowledge and creating a diverse, vibrant and innovative community.
  • Be part of new initiatives and achievements in community building.