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Ballarat Women's Fund


Ballarat Women’s Fund has been created as a direct response to the need in our community. The fund has been established to address issues that women face such as:

  • Domestic or family violence
  • Safe, affordable rental housing for low-income earners
  • Equal opportunities in the workforce

Unfortunately, in Ballarat, family violence rates are higher than state and national averages.* Women also suffered more drastically during the Covid-19 Pandemic, with more women losing their job than men.*

Together we can work collectively to make a positive impact in Ballarat.

Ballarat Women’s Fund will promote gender equality initiatives, responses to family violence and female-focused crisis support projects.

Click here to find more information about how to apply for a grant.

How are funds from memberships used?

Individuals will be given the opportunity to become members of the Fund by giving $500 and a $30 administration donation annually to the fund, with the aim of raising $50,000 in the first year. All contributions to the Ballarat Women's Fund are fully tax deductible.

Half of funds raised annually through memberships will be directed into an annual grant distribution. The recipients of the grant will be determined at an event in March 2024 where members will hear presentations from three final applicants and vote for their preferred project. The winner will receive a minimum of $20,000 and the two finalists $2500 each and support with project development within the supporter network.

The remaining 50% of funds will be held in perpetuity and invested in line with existing Ballarat Foundation policy. The capital funds over 10 years will amount to $250,000. From the second year, income from the capital fund will be delivered back into the annual Women’s Fund program, adding value to the immediate response while maintaining fund capital.

Essentially, over time, the grants determined by the supporters of the fund will grow and deliver greater impact and sustainability. The fund will also be open to one-off donations to be split on a 50/50 basis to current year and perpetual uses.

A $30 donation will be applied to members to support Fund administration. This donation will ensure organisations which apply to the Ballarat Women's Fund receive training and support to make a powerful and effective "pitch" at the 2024 members' event.

It also ensures all reporting and governance required by the Australian Charities and Not For Profit Commission are met by the Ballarat Foundation as administrator of the fund and perpetual funds invested using the expertise of JB Were Philanthropic Services.

For contributions from businesses and major gifts, please contact Sandi Murphy. 


* ballaratfoundation.org.au/news/16/vital-signs

The Vital Signs report shows rates of family violence at significantly higher than state and national averages. In 2021, the rate of family violence common assault in Ballarat was 24.2 per 10,000 persons, approximately 12% higher than Victoria with a rate of 21.5. Family violence common assault in Ballarat peaked in 2018 with a rate of 26.9 per 10,000 persons. It has since decreased but has remained higher than Victoria for the past 8 years.

* grattan.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Womens-work-Grattan-Institute-report.pdf 

Evidence from COVID19 pandemic was that females were disproportionately disadvantaged by government policies. According to the Grattan Institute: The Covid recession hit young people, those in insecure work, and women particularly hard. Indeed, women are recovering from a ‘triple-whammy’ – they were more likely to lose their jobs, more likely to do a lot more unpaid work, and less likely to get government support. Women’s jobs were hit harder than men’s during the COVID lockdowns.