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The Courier Charity Fund was established in July 2002 as a long-term community commitment, operating as a Sub Fund of  The Ballarat Foundation.

It has benefited and will continue to benefit regional-based charity organisations for specific, tangible projects.

The Fund grew out of frustration. The Courier was previously involved in charity drives where the amount of hard work was never reflected in the amount raised.

The aim is to have enough invested to be able to give away a sizeable amount each year without touching the capital invested. It will then become a fitting legacy for future generations and reflect The Courier’s role in the community since its inception in 1867.

The Courier Charity Fund has done an extremely effective job of raising funds through engaging the community in events ranging from black tie dinners and a visit from RocKwiz to the building of two houses and the renovation of a third, as well as numerous other smaller functions. Taking a lot of hard work but equally providing fun and rewards of generosity to the many individuals and organisation involved, The Courier Charity Fund provides a great model for others to mirror.

The Courier Charity Fund plays a vital role supporting, contributing to and utilising The Ballarat Foundation’s community strengths. The Fund has the independence to create its own outcomes, whilst achieving efficiencies through the statutory and administrative requirements undertaken by The Foundation.

Jointly we are growing a community owned philanthropic legacy to benefit generations to come.


Applications are now closed

Eligible organisations and community groups are encouraged to apply for funding on-line below.

Applications closed 5.00pm, Thursday, August 11, 2016.

To determine your group or organisation’s eligibility for funding please read the Funding Application Guidelines  before applying.

Please notify me when applications open for The Courier Charity fund grants


Sub-funds making a difference in our community.

posted by Pam McKee, 31 Dec 2016

The Courier recently published a large article about the different sub-funds of The Ballarat Foundation and the projects and programs they have supported recently.


Christmas Party and Funding Announcement

posted by Pam McKee, 20 Dec 2016

What better way to celebrate a fantastic year of working to make a difference in our community? Thursday 8th December, we held our Christmas Party at the beautifully restored Mechanics Institute’s Humffray Room. Recipients of funding through The Ballarat Foundation and United Way Ballarat for 2017 were announced at the event. Allocations committee chair, Mark Bruty, …read more


applications open for Courier Charity Fund

posted by Pam McKee, 14 Jul 2016

The Courier Charity Fund is a Sub-Fund of The Ballarat Foundation which provides funding is to assist regional-based community groups and charitable organisations in the greater Ballarat region who are seeking to purchase tangible equipment or assets to benefit the wider community.


twilight cinema

posted by Pam McKee, 04 Mar 2015

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS HERE... The Ballarat Foundation and The Courier Charity Fund are proud to present a Twilight Cinema screening of The LEGO® Movie on Sunday March 8 as part of the Ballarat Begonia Festival.


courier charity fund helps young people to drive

posted by Pam McKee, 09 Feb 2015

The grounds at Phoenix P-12 Community College are currently a hive of constant development with building works creating a fantastic community asset. On Friday however, the earth moving equipment and piles of dirt were put in shadow when the new Ballarat L2P Car fleet were launched.


courier charity fund gives community a playground

posted by Pam McKee, 21 Jan 2015

Centacare housing services manager Geoff Wallace is beyond excited by the generous donation of a playground for the Mitchell Apartments.


grease was the word at lakeside twilight cinema

posted by Pam McKee, 09 Mar 2014

GREASE was the word by the lake last night.The Pink Ladies were there, as was a very young Sandy and hundreds of others, to watch a Twilight Cinema screening of the classic musical from the seventies at Fairyland. The crowd joined in the chorus of much loved songs like Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted to You and Greased Lightning, revving up before the grand finale of You’re the One That I Want. Chills were multiplying even though the autumn weather was quite balmy.


rockwiz leaves ballarat abuzz

posted by Pam McKee, 10 Jun 2013

By NICOLE CAIRNS The Courier June 7, 2013, 11:30 p.m. ROCKWIZ’s first ever regional show, the city and cast were buzzing with excitement as the rock knowledge of those that attended the show was put to the test last night.