Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation (VFFF)
We know that rural and regional young people have big ideas to create a better future for themselves and their communities.
We also know that it can be really hard to find funding for early-stage work.
Backing the Future gives 20 individuals* or groups of individuals** across NSW and QLD $50,000 to advance an idea to support rural and regional young people aged 12-30 to:
- Access Decent Work; or
- Care for the Environment; or
- Contribute to Society; or
- Explore Christian Faith and Values.
Each year, VFFF will open applications for both a NSW and QLD round. Applications for the QLD round open in February 2024. The NSW round will accept applications in August 2024.
There is great diversity across Backing the Future grants. In past rounds, stronger applicants demonstrated a:
- Genuine connection to or understanding of the rural and regional area/s they’re working in;
- Commitment to elevating youth voices, either through a youth-led project or working alongside young people; and
- Strong motivation to deliver their project.
Feel free to reach out to the VFFF team if you want to discuss whether your idea is eligible.
We are eager to support early-stage work that might not otherwise be eligible for philanthropic funding. For this reason, Backing the Future does not accept applications from registered charities or organisations.
Other exclusions include: individuals seeking support for scholarships, public fundraising appeals, disaster appeals, political projects, litigation and/or political lobby groups.
*Applicants must be aged 18 or older.
** Groups of individuals will need to nominate one primary applicant to undergo the selection process and lead the project.