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Eastern Star Foundation


2022 Grant Round

The Foundation is proud to announce this year’s grant round will have a total funding pool of $300,000 where grant applications can be up to the value of $100,000 a year for up to 3 years (if applicable) to support a program or initiative in line with its values, vision and mission.

Before you apply, read the guidelines below or download here.


Dignity, independence and hope

To empower those who enhance the quality of life for the ageing communities in Queensland.

Provide financial assistance to help initiatives become a reality for charities who care for Queensland’s ageing communities, support their independence, and who are committed to helping them live well.


Funding considerations

The Eastern Star Foundation aims to support program / initiatives that support the ageing communities in Queensland (i.e. people aged over 65), in particular, those who suffer from mobility issues, sickness or disease to improve and enhance their quality of life. 

The program / initiative must help older people to:

  • remain independent;
  • practice choice;
  • participate in their community;
  • have a support network;
  • experience healthy ageing.

The Foundation targets and funds program / initiatives which:

  • there is limited access to other funding; or
  • has a funding gap that needs to be filled for the program / initiative to proceed; or 
  • for an essential service to continue

Where possible, the Foundation encourages and prioritises programs and initiatives that support women over 65. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Foundation’s theory of change which has been detailed and outlined here

Grant eligibility

Applicants must be an organisation operating in Queensland for the benefit of Queensland and Queenslanders. Additionally, the organisation must be:

  • a registered charity with Charity Tax Concession status; and
  • be a Deductible Gift Recipient – Item 1 (DGR 1).

Exclusions and limitations

All projects must: 

  • be based in Queensland and be for the benefit of Queensland and Queenslanders. There may also be a broader benefit to Australians arising from the program or initiative.
  • be an evidence-based program / initiative that help older people to remain independent, practise choice, participate in their community, have a support network and experience healthy ageing.

The Foundation will not fund: 

  • projects outside of Queensland;
  • retrospective or deficit funding;
  • general fundraising appeals;
  • promotion of religion;
  • political organisations;
  • direct grants to individuals, including travel expenses, personal study or attendance at conferences;
  • charities who directly support animals unless the animals provide assistance for older people with a disability within the aged community (e.g. registered assistance dogs).

Key dates

Applications open: 9am AEDT, Monday, 2 October 2023

Applications close: 5pm AEDT, Friday 1 December 2023

How to apply


Read the guidelines above to make sure your project or activity meets the objectives. You can also download the guidelines here.


Register for the Australian Communities Foundation Grants Portal. If you already have an account through Australian Communities Foundation, please use your existing username and password. Make sure to note your username and password as you will be able to save and continue the form at a later date.


Preview the application questions here.


From 9am AEDT, 2 October 2023, you can apply here. If the application does not display automatically, you may need to click the Apply button in the top left of the dashboard and enter the access code: ESF2023.


Don’t forget to submit your application before the closing date: 5pm AEDT, Friday 1 December 2023.

Please note: All applications must be submitted in full with all supporting documentation by 5pm on the closing date. Any incomplete applications or applications received after 5pm will be treated as ineligible.

Need help?

Contact Charlene Yum, Grants Manager on 03 9412 0412 or email