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Granting Priorities

The Harris Family Foundation supports projects focused on troubled youth, homelessness, disability, health and medical research and animal welfare and the environment.

Grants are made to support the immediate and long-term needs of organisations that serve Victorians, or more broadly Australians. The Harris Family Foundation typically offers grants in the range of $10,000-$100,000, with any larger grants considered on a special merits basis.


The Harris Family Foundation is a Private Ancillary Fund and can only approve grants to organisations endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as a Deductible Gift Recipient Type 1 (DGR1) status and which are Income Tax Exempt.

The recipient organisation must be based in Australia or must be proposing to use the grant funds for the benefit of those living in Australia.

How to apply?

The Harris Family Foundation does not currently have open grant rounds.

Applications are by invitation only.

What We Do Not Fund

The Directors believe that by focusing the Foundation’s resources on defined areas of interest, we will be able to be more effective and strategic with our grant making in order to achieve the best possible outcomes.

A review of the Foundation’s funding priorities and funding exclusions are undertaken at regular intervals.

Currently, applications for projects in the following areas will not be supported:

  • Doctoral and post-doctoral research
  • Travel and conferences
  • Grants directly to individuals
  • Deficit funding or organisations with a potential negative equity position
  • Retrospective funding, meaning support for programs that have already taken place
  • General fundraising appeals
  • Activities that are harmful to the environment

Grants are made to support the immediate and long-term needs of organisations.