Eligibility and Focus Areas

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for a grant from The Anthony Costa Foundation you must:

  • Be endorsed as a Tax Concession Charity (TCC), a Deductible Gift Recipient as covered under item 1 of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act of 1997 (DGR1) and be registered and up to date with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission. (Note: in certain circumstances the Foundation accepts auspicing through appropriately qualified organisations);
  • Propose a project that will benefit the Geelong region and/or other regional locations in which Costa Asset Management invests;
  • Propose a project that falls within at least one of the Foundation’s Areas of Focus (see below); and
  • agree to the Foundation’s Grant Conditions

The Foundation does not support the following:

  • Political activities
  • Religious organisations when funds would be used in whole or in part to further the organisation’s religious purposes (proselytising)
  • Purely Event Sponsorships (unless sponsorship or recognition of the Foundation forms part of a broader program, which meets the Foundation’s Eligibility for funding)
  • Sponsorship to attendance conferences or fundraising events
  • Sporting Clubs or Events
  • Restoration or heritage listed buildings
  • Retrospective or duplicated funding
  • Programs that discriminate or create community conflicts
  • Previous grant recipients who have not completed reporting and acquittal requirements

Focus Areas

The Foundation has recently updated its focus areas to include:

Equity in Education

We support improved equity in education. Education creates opportunities and empowers people to earn more, raise healthier families and achieve their fullest potential; there is a clear connection between education and disadvantage. We are especially interested in applications related to:

  • early years learning – ensuring that children enter school ready
  • Disengaged young people – supporting those at risk of disengaging or already disengaged to reconnect with learning and community
  • Innovative solutions that decrease the equity gap – ensuring that vulnerable populations, including those from low socio-economic status, culturally linguistic and diverse, first nations people and people with disabilities succeed

Health and Wellbeing

We support improvements to people’s health and wellbeing. Improving health outcomes can lead to lower costs, longer lifespans, and a wealth of social, economic, and human benefits for individuals and communities. We are especially interested in applications related to:

  • mental health and resilience
  • addiction
  • family violence/family strengthening
  • active and healthy lifestyles and life-style choices
  • innovative programs that support the health and wellbeing needs of vulnerable populations including those from low socio-economic status, young people, women, first nations people, culturally linguistic and diverse and people with disabilities

Vibrant and Fair Communities

We support a community that is vibrant, engaged and equitable. When there is equity, life is enriched for all. We are especially interested in applications related to:

  • homelessness and support for social and affordable housing to help create a fair and just housing system
  • food insecurity so that no one goes hungry
  • ensuring that vulnerable populations including, those from low socio economic status, young people, women, first nations people, culturally linguistic and diverse and people with disabilities are prepared and supported to engage in work
  • advancing gender equity by focusing on fairness and justice regarding benefits and needs for women and men, girls and boys
  • investments in leadership for vulnerable populations including, those from low socio economic status, young people, women, first nations people, culturally linguistic and diverse and people with disabilities
  • support for arts and culture as means to provide voice and equity for vulnerable populations including, those from low socio economic status, young people, women, first nations people, culturally linguistic and diverse and people with disabilities