Eligibility and Focus Areas


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/G21 region, Victoria;
  • 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

Based on a strategic review the Foundation has recently updated its Focus Areas. While many of the issues of interest to the Foundation remain the same, we have made some changes and have organised our interests to tell a different story about the difference we are hoping to make with our partners in the community.

Thriving Children and Young People

Children and young people are an important part of the communities in which we live and work. Unfortunately, there are too many children and young people that experience barriers and challenges that impact their ability to reach their full potential. While there are many elements that can contribute to children and young people reaching their full potential the Foundation will only accept applications in this Focus Area related to:

  • Mental health and well-being
  • Equity and opportunity in education

* Note, the Foundation defines children and young people as those aged 0-25.

A Safe Place to Live

Everyone deserves a safe place to live. Yet many people in the communities where we live and work are homeless or at risk of homelessness. While there are many types and causes of homelessness that make it a complex challenge, the Foundation will only accept applications in this Focus Area related to:

  • Homelessness and Housing
  • Family violence
  • Addiction

Creating Vibrant Communities

We want to live and work in communities that are vibrant, inclusive and equitable. While there are many elements that contribute to making communities vibrant the Foundation will only accept applications in this Focus Area related to:

  • Food insecurity and basic needs
  • Social, economic and cultural inclusion of people with a disability
  • Arts and culture


As noted elsewhere, potential applicants are asked to speak with the Foundation before submitting an application. As part of this discussion, we will help you assess how your potential application aligns with our interests, including our Focus Areas.