Dick Smith Matched Funding Grant

RABS is delighted to announced the Dick Smith matched funding project to help Australians in need.

Dick Smith’s $1,000,000 donation to Rotary will be managed by the Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) and be distributed to disadvantaged Australians identified by local Rotary clubs or Rotary districts as being worthy of financial assistance.

How to access assistance
RABS criteria for project registration is 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. Click here to apply.

Funds can only be directed to people in need or benefits can only be directed to 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.

The following actual RABS projects will assist in assessing a potential disadvantaged meeting the above criteria within your Rotary club area.

  • Provision of a modified family motor vehicle for 6 year old with cerebral palsy
  • Modification of home to assist access and functionality for quadriplegic
  • Distribution of food, street swags, etc to homeless
  • Overseas lifesaving medical procedures not available in Australia
  • Provision of bus for use as a standalone renal dialysis unit
  • Ongoing support for non PBS medicines for a sufferer of Lyme disease
  • Provision of a shower bus for homeless
  • Supply of eye gaze technology for children with severe physical disabilities and complex communication needs
  • Provision of prosthetics
  • Improve mobility with motorised wheelchair
  • Refugee support
  • Provision of mobile laundry for homeless

Should you require assistance or wish to get in touch with a club please contact: racg@rawcs.org.au

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.

Letter to Rotary Club Presidents