RSL trust fund grants

Grant applications are open across 4 categories with a total pool of over $215,000. Grant funding is made possible from money held in trust on behalf of Greensborough, Montmorency Eltham and Watsonia RSL’s. 

There are multiple categories of grants available:

  • equipment: up to $10,000
  • community projects: up to $10,000
  • minor capital works: up to $20,000
  • special purpose grants: for defibrillators

Key dates

  • Grants open: 23 October 2019
  • Grants close: 20 December 2019
  • Successful applicants notified: February-March 2020
  • Presentation events:February-April 2020

Eligibility criteria

Terms and conditions apply as are set out in the Banyule RSL Trust Fund Grants Program Guidelines(PDF, 246KB)

Applicants must

  • Be incorporated or have appropriate auspice support
  • Fall into one of the following groups
    • a legally constituted not for profit entity
    • a Charity or Benevolent Trust
    • a Public Company (not-for-profit)
  • Have an ABN, or be willing to complete a "Statement by Supplier"
  • Hold Public Liability Insurance and adhere to equal opportunity principles and sound work place health and safety practices
  • Have been established for a minimum of 12 months
  • Provide a current detailed profit and loss statement (preferred) or a detailed, current financial statement. Bank statements are not appropriate and should not be submitted
  • Submit 2 quotes
  • Provide support, programs or services that directly benefit people living in Banyule and/or Nillumbik.

What the grant will not fund

  • Proposals for funding of prizes, donations, gifts, sponsorships, scholarships, fundraising, uniforms or membership fees.
  • Projects that have started or have been completed (funding is not retrospective)
  • Proposed project is the responsibility of another funding body or level of government
  • Projects requiring ongoing financial support from the RSL Trust Fund.
  • Projects where the group/organisation has received full funding from another source for the same proposal
  • Projects run solely for private or commercial purposes
  • Political activities
  • Catering expenses
  • Planning and permit expenses, project management or auspice fees
  • The core business of educational, religious or medical organisations
  • Schools and churches are ineligible unless the project responds to an identified community need and provides wider community benefit. 
    Projects cannot be curriculum based or totally student/congregation focused.
  • Equipment that does not remain the property of the community group or club.
  • Recurrent operational expenses (including utilities such as gas, water and electricity) and consumables (such as stationery, fuel). 
    Requests to assist with these expenses may be considered in exceptional circumstances.
  • Applicants who have not met all acquittal conditions of previous RSL Trust/ Banyule Council Grants.

We're here to help

Need more information or someone to bounce your idea off regarding this RSL Grant program?

Contact Karen Molinaro on 9457 9955 (Mon–Thu)
Frances Gianinotti on 9457 9962 (Mon-Fri)