Compassionate Matched Grant Funding

RABS is delighted to announce its Compassionate Grants program to help Australians in need.

As a result of a $1,000,000 donation to Rotary by Dick Smith, grants are now being assessed by the Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) and will be distributed to disadvantaged Australians identified by local Rotary clubs or Rotary districts as being

How to access assistance
Projects to be considered for grants must also meet RABS criteria for registration which are that the project provides direct relief to people in need. If the intended recipients are disadvantaged, the relief should target that disadvantage. The concept of disadvantage is unlimited and could arise from sickness, suffering, distress, misfortune, disability, destitution, helplessness or poverty, any aspect of the negative side of the human condition. The criteria are not prescriptive but are to be used as a guide to determine the disadvantage.  Only NEW projects will be considered.    Click here to apply.

In addition to meeting RABS criteria, Compassionate Grants will only be approved where the project funds are to be directed to people in need or to benefit a section of a community rather than the community as a whole. A project should arouse compassion within the community.

Priority for grants will be given to those whose disadvantage has arisen from an ”ad hoc” event over which the disadvantaged had no control, such as an accident, assault, medical condition etc.

Grants will match a club’s fundraising on a dollar for dollar basis subject to the following:

A qualifying project must have a minimum value of $2,000 (ie a minimum grant of $1,000) and a Club or District can qualify for up to 2 grants in any calendar year, subject to a maximum grant total of  $10,000.

The following RABS projects may assist in assessing whether a potential disadvantaged person or group meets the above criteria:

  • Provision of a modified family motor vehicle for a 6 year old with cerebral palsy
  • Modifications to a home to assist access and functionality for a quadriplegic
  • Financial assistance for a seriously injured sportsman’s family
  • Ongoing support for non PBS medicines for a sufferer of Lymes disease
  • Provision of a specialised bed for a person with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Supply insulin pumps to three children with juvenile diabetes
  • Provision of improved prosthetics for an amputee
  • Assistance to a family who lost everything in a fire
  • Provision of financial assistance to a young family whose mother drowned

 

Note:  Grants are not available as a contribution to other community groups for discretionary expenditure or to assist in running their programs.

For further assistance or to get in touch with a club please contact: [email protected]

 

Dick Smith and Rotary
Dick has previously given a significant amount through Rotary towards the eradication of the once widespread disease polio. This project has run for thirty years and is nearing completion, polio is now isolated to a few small enclaves in remote regions. Dick joins the likes of world-renowned philanthropist Bill Gates as a major supporter of Rotary and its various programs worldwide. On this occasion, the donation by Dick and Pip will be administered by the Rotary Australia Benevolent Society, for the benefit of local individuals and communities. Dick highlighted the fact many Australians suffer personal hardship, whether through accident, illness or misadventure. He considers Rotary one of the most trusted and respected charities in the world.

 

 

 

 

Should you require assistance or wish to get in touch with a club please contact: [email protected]

About Dick and Rotary
Dick has previously given a significant amount through Rotary towards the eradication of the once widespread disease polio. This project has run for thirty years and is nearing completion, polio is now isolated to a few small enclaves in remote regions. Dick joins the likes of world-renowned philanthropist Bill Gates as a major supporter of Rotary and its various programs worldwide. On this occasion, the donation by Dick and Pip will be administered by the Rotary Australia Benevolent Society, for the benefit of local individuals and communities. Dick highlighted the fact many Australians suffer personal hardship, whether through accident, illness or misadventure. He considers Rotary one of the most trusted and respected charities in the world.