If you are applying for a Smart Grant, take our quick eligibility check online and you will find out whether you are eligible within a minute.
There is an eligibility check for both Biodiversity Conservation and Educational Equity.
The Trust does not have grant rounds but rather holds grant meetings four times a year to assess applications. When a Smart Grant application is received it will be allocated to the next available meeting.
Only one application can be considered per applicant in each funding round. You should familiarise yourself with the Ross Trust Biodiversity Conservation and Educational Equity theories of change and granting guidelines, to make the best judgment about your own priorities and which project aligns best with our levers for change.
We advise university applicants to submit an application via their advancement/development office or equivalent.
Yes, we do accept applications from government-funded schools.
Yes, however your project must be based in Victoria with the work carried out in Victoria.
Yes, but not for the same project unless significant changes have been made. Please contact the Trust to discuss the application before re-applying.
Yes, as long as they form an integral part of the project/request.
The grant we pay your organisation will not include GST as it is a gift, not a financial supply.
The Trust recognises that projects can change. Please contact the Ross Trust by email as soon as possible to discuss how to proceed.
No, it isn’t necessary to meet with the Ross Trust before applying for a grant.
Include at least two letters or emails of support from referees external to your organisation and any further letters of support from other project partners. Please ensure that support letters provide specific commentary about what you are requesting funding for, your organisation, staff/personnel and what support is being provided by each organisation, if applicable.
Referees must have sound knowledge of your organisation and/or your project, however they cannot benefit financially from your project i.e. be a contractor vying for work on the project.
If your organisation does not have an annual report you can provide minutes from the annual general meeting, annual information statement, Department of Education and Training Annual Report to the School Community, or similar. This information helps the Trust get a picture of the people within the organisation and the activities being undertaken.
The Trust understands that some organisations are not required to have audited accounts. The Trust will accept the latest financial management statements in lieu of audited accounts.
Examples of a governing document include a statement of purpose, constitution or charter. They are the formal documents that set out: the charity's charitable purpose or purposes, that the charity operates as a not-for-profit, and the way the governing body (such as its board or committee of management) makes decisions and consults members.
Generally, the process of evaluation, assessment and approval takes approximately four months from receipt of your application. After the Trustee meeting you will be notified in writing whether or not your application has been successful.
As the Trust is run by a small number of staff, unfortunately it is not possible for us to provide formal feedback about unsuccessful applications
The Ross Trust’s educational equity funding priority is focused on supporting the improvement of educational outcomes for vulnerable students so that they can complete secondary school. Please read the Ross Trust Educational Equity Granting Guidelines for more details.
The Ross Trust’s biodiversity conservation funding priority is focussed on protecting, conserving and restoring the variety of living, native flora and fauna within Victoria’s natural environments across land, rivers, wetlands, coasts and oceans. Please read the Ross Trust Biodiversity Conservation Granting Guidelines for more details.
No, the Ross Trust is working towards a desired change in biodiversity conservation and educational equity. This desired change will guide the Trust’s work and those seeking funding, to target and focus our work towards common outcomes.
The Ross Trust doesn’t fund research but may fund the translation of research outcomes into practical applications in the community and/or the environment.
In 1959, Mr Roy Ross founded Bayview Quarries and became Chairman of Directors. After its takeover by Boral Ltd in 1968, he formed Hillview Quarries Pty Ltd to operate an existing quarry at Dromana. Hillview Quarries continues to be owned and operated by the Trust and generates income for distribution by the Trust as charitable grants.
The Ross Trust is the only trust in Australia which derives its income from the profits of a quarry.
Mr Ross knew the financial and infrastructure benefits of developing a quarry in Victoria – both to himself and others. He reconciled his love of plants and trees and passion for conservation with his quarry business. This is the same balance the Trust strives to achieve today and you will see this reflected in its priorities.
Hillview Quarries Pty Ltd is operated by the Ross Trust for the primary purpose of fulfilling its responsibilities under the will to generate income in perpetuity to be distributed for charitable purposes.
After 50 years of operation the permitted reserves are nearing the end. Therefore, in May 2018, the Victorian Planning Minister approved a referral to undertake an Environmental Effects Statement (EES) to determine whether Hillview Quarries could re-commence and relocate its operations to the Boundary Road Quarry (a former Pioneer Quarry), also owned by the Ross Trust.
Read more about the project and ESS here.
If you want more background on the Boundary Road project, please explore this website.
The Trust urges all applicants to read the Ross Trust Ethics Charter and undertake their own due diligence and ensure their ethical approach aligns with the Ross Trust before applying for a grant.
If you familiarise yourself with our terms of engagement, they will give you a good understanding of what you need to do to meet your grant obligations.
Funds will be transferred within approximately two weeks after you are notified your grant application has been successful.
The terms of engagement for our grants specify the reporting requirements. Generally, there will be a requirement for progress and final reports.
As part of your grant, Ross Trust requires online annual progress reports and a final report within two months of completion of your project. Instructions and a reminder will be emailed to you. If you would like to submit a report earlier, please contact us by email.
Generally, the Trust requires a current grant to be satisfactorily completed and acquitted before awarding a subsequent grant.
Please see our Grantee guide to acknowledging the Ross Trust, which provides details of how request a logo and acknowledge the Trust.