Grants for campus staff

The grants process is changing in the short term to support the most urgent needs of the hospital.

The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Foundation is committed to continuing to support the RCH and our campus partners as we navigate COVID-19. To do this, we need to implement interim changes to the Grants Approvals Process.

This means only urgent proposals for funding should be submitted. Urgent proposals are defined as:

1. Projects relating to COVID-19
2. Continuing an existing grant
3. Projects the Chief Executive Officer, RCH deems to be urgent. These projects need to be delivered within the next three to six months.

The Grants Committee will review these urgent requests as and when they arise.

Please note that priority will be given to clinical projects that directly impact patients and or develop new models of care specifically related to COVID-19.

This new interim process will help ensure the RCH Foundation can meet the most pressing needs of our campus. Please be assured the RCH Foundation will honour all current funding commitments.

If you have any questions at all or would like further information, please contact the Grants team at [email protected]

Thank you for your support.


Thanks to the generosity of the Victorian community, the RCH Foundation supports the hospital and its campus partners, MCRI and the University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics, to deliver the paediatric healthcare advances that make this the centre of medical excellence it is today.

All donations to the RCH are made through the RCH Foundation, which are then directed to the hospital via grants. All staff have the opportunity to apply for a grant. This is done through a formal application process, which is undertaken for all projects and initiatives requesting funds from the RCH Foundation or external funding bodies like philanthropic trusts and foundations.

Priorities for funding are set and driven by the RCH. The RCH Foundation works closely with the hospital to provide sustainable, long-term funding in support of these priorities. All funds raised by and donated to the RCH Foundation are preserved for the purpose of medical excellence. The projects, initiatives and activities funded by these donations create outcomes that are above and beyond the hospital’s normal day-to-day activities.

The RCH Foundation’s support of the hospital focuses on four key areas:

Learn more about funding pillars

The granting process

Before you submit your proposal for funding, please discuss your idea with your manager.

*MCRI and University of Melbourne applicants please seek internal approval from management prior to starting this process.
**This is managed within the online system and reviewed by Heads of Departments, Management Accountants and Executive Directors; followed by the RCH funding proposal committee and finally the CEO and CFO.


For initial queries and those regarding the RCH Funding Proposal Committee, please see your RCH Head of Department.

For any other queries, please contact the Grants Office:

[email protected]
03 9345 7062


Submit a proposal for funding
The grant proposal process
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