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.


Applicants should understand the key dates and deadlines when submitting a grant application to ensure their portion of the process is completed in a timely manner.

The submission deadlines are in place to allow enough time to review your proposal. Leaving submissions until the last RCH deadline could result in delays, putting your application at risk of missing the RCH Foundation Grants Committee meeting. Applicants need to ensure their proposal for funding is submitted within sufficient time to be reviewed internally for approval by the RCH ahead of formal submission to the RCH Foundation.

Once submitted to the RCH Foundation – proposals up to and including $50,000 are considered by the RCH Foundation Chief Executive Officer on a monthly basis.

Proposals with a total value over $50,000 are considered by the RCH Foundation Grants Committee who meet quarterly as above.

RCH Online Funding Proposal Submission Form due RCH Philanthropic Funding Proposal Committee Meeting (all proposals reviewed)RCH Foundation Committee Meeting ($50,000+ considered)
16 September 20194 November 2019March 2020
14 October 20192 December 2019
2 December 20193 February 2020
13 January 20202 March 2020 June 2020
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20 July 20207 September 2020December 2020
17 August 20205 October 2020
14 September 20202 November 20202021 Dates TBC
19 October 20207 December 2020