Community Leadership Grants

About the grants

The Menzies Alumni Community Leadership Grants will not only identify and foster the leadership qualities of our Alumni, but also support Australian community organisations which demonstrate a passion and vision for leadership, through the delivery of their community-based initiatives.

The purpose of the community grants is to provide the Menzies Alumni with access to funds to support their preferred community organisation’s work, and to demonstrate their commitment to community leadership, in addition to their academic and professional achievements.

There are up to five grants available each year: four grants of up to $5,000 (ex GST) and one grant of up to $10,000 (ex GST)

Key dates and selection process

The Community Leadership Grants will be open for application in September each year. Applications will be open for approximately one month.

The application is to be completed by the Menzies Scholar.

The Alumni Advisory Group and representatives from the Menzies Foundation will shortlist and select the successful applications based on the criteria outlined below. An interview with the community organisation or the Alumnus will generally not be required.


The Menzies Scholar

Must have received a Menzies Foundation scholarship or fellowship. This includes:

  • Menzies Scholars in Law
  • Menzies Scholars in International Law
  • Menzies Research Scholars in the Allied Health Sciences
  • Menzies Scholars in Engineering
  • Menzies Scholars to the UK (Medicine)
  • NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellows
  • Harvard Menzies Scholars (1969 to 2016)

The Menzies Scholar must demonstrate a current voluntary association with their preferred Australian-based community organisation, lasting more than one year. This association must include financial and in-kind support for the organisation, by the Menzies Scholar.

The community organisation

  • Must support the Menzies Scholar’s grant application and verify the applicant meets the criteria in relation to their association with the organisation
  • Must be a registered Incorporated Association or registered not for profit organisation with the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC)
  • Must be based in Australia, be community-based and undertake its activities (for which this grant will apply) in Australia
  • Must have a mission and values that align with those of the Menzies Foundation.
  • Must be willing and able to have details of the organisation published in materials produced by the Menzies Foundation.


The following types of organisations/groups/initiatives will not be considered for the Menzies Alumni Community Leadership Grants:

  • Religious groups or organisations
  • A University or higher education institute
  • Overseas initiatives or organisations
  • Unincorporated organisations
  • Individual sponsorship
  • Conference support
  • Private or non-government schools
  • Overseas travel
  • Political organisations or those aligned with a political entity
  • Perceived areas of conflict between the Menzies Scholar and the organisation
  • Perceived areas of conflict between the organisation and the Menzies Foundation

Alumni may only submit one grant application per year, however unsuccessful applicants can apply again in the next round of annual grants.


The successful Menzies Scholar and the community organisation must be accessible to the Communications Manager at the Menzies Foundation and will be required to provide information about the impact of the funds, within three months of receiving the grant.

As part of the application form, the applicant will be asked to outline the expected impact and outcomes, a timeline of expenditure and why the work is important to Australia.


Grants will only be paid to Australian community organisations that have the appropriate legal and governance structures in place. A one-off payment will be made to the organisation upon receipt of an invoice.

The successful Menzies Alumni applicant will not receive any funds. However, their community leadership contribution will be profiled through all appropriate communication channels at the Foundation.


Applications for 2016 are now closed. Application dates for 2017 will be announced next year.