Major Grants

An artist's impression of the new NGV Contemporary. Image courtesy of NGV.

In 2015-16 the Foundation's Board of Governors decided to separate Major Grants within its grantmaking program. Through the Major Grants stream, the Foundation will continue to recognise and consider iconic or significant projects, most of which will not fit within defined program area funding guidelines.

Projects are proactively sought out by the Foundation from which select applications are then considered once a year by the Foundation’s Board of Governors.

The establishment of the Major Grants stream aims to protect funding allocations for the Foundation’s core program areas. This ensures the Foundation's tradition of large and catalytic grants can continue to assist the delivery of significant projects in the community.

Recent Major Grants


National Gallery of Victoria - NGV Contemporary ($20m)

Monash University: Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences - Living Evidence Phase Two ($2.5m) 

Learn more about the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce, a part of the Living Evidence project.

  • Launch Housing Limited ($2.5m)
  • Murdoch Children's Research Institute ($500k)

 Learn more about the above grants.

  • Karrkad Kanjdji Trust ($1.77m)
  • Wintringham Housing Ltd ($2.5m)
  • World Vision Australia ($2.24m)

 Learn more about the above grants.

  • Clontarf Foundation ($2.5m)
  • HammondCare ($2.5m)
  • Homes for Homes ($1.25m)
  • Hope Street Youth & Family Service Inc ($1.8m)
  • Seed Foundation ($1.75m)

 Learn more about the above grants.

  • Guide Dogs Victoria ($2.5m)
  • Orygen, National Centre for Excellence in Youth Health ($3m)
  • Taronga Institute of Science and Learning ($1.5m)
  • The Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery (ACMD) ($2.5m)
  • The Ian Potter National Conservatory, Australian National Botanic Gardens (Canberra) ($1.9m)

Learn more about the above grants.

Before 2016, the following grants were made and are now categorised as major grants.


Major Grants are by invitation only. Invited applicants will be requested to submit their application, which will be considered by the Board of Governors.

This stream will be reviewed annually to ensure it continues to meet the funding principles of the Foundation.


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