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Ross Trust increases environmental philanthropy commitment

Long-time AEGN member and supporter, the Ross Trust has released its new five-year strategy with an increased commitment to environmental funding, focused on biodiversity conservation.

Victorian not-for-profit organisations working to conserve and protect the state’s biodiversity, have an opportunity to apply for grants of up to $100,000 a year for three years.

Biodiversity conservation will be one of two major funding areas for the Trust, which will be putting a significant effort into building its capacity to support the sector.

The Trust is working towards a desired change that Victoria’s biodiversity is conserved, protected and valued by all as part of a healthy and resilient environment.

Ross Trust Program Manager, Rebecca Chew, said “We’d really like to support increased and coordinated biodiversity conservation activity and increased community support for conservation.

“We’re keen to speak with grant seekers and other funders who are looking at building collaborations and partnerships, building environmental organisational capacity – including those seeking to advocate for our environment – and improving public awareness and education.”

Ross Trust CEO, Sarah Hardy, said the intent behind the new strategy was to support organisations that are addressing Victoria’s biodiversity decline and contribute to meaningful improvements and change.

“We’re adopting some best practice ideas and exploring new trends in philanthropy with this new strategy. One of the great privileges of philanthropy is the ability to take risks, which can provide the breeding ground for many solutions to complex environmental and social problems.

“We know we don’t have all the answers; this strategy and working with partners in the for-purpose sector will allow us to continue to take risks and learn along the way”, Sarah said.

To find out more visit: or contact Rebecca Chew, Program Manager.