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The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust has been caring for the Brisbane community since the 1950s. We provide critical grants and support to local and grassroots charities who help people dealing with our city’s biggest social challenges.


We believe that addressing these challenges, whether it’s homelessness, domestic violence or supporting people with illness or disability, requires community effort. This is why the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust is proud to support hundreds of lesser-known charities who work directly with people facing these challenges.


Across Brisbane, people rely on these little-known charities for food, support and hope. Unlike other major charitable organisations, these neighbourhood charities receive little financial support from corporates or government entities. They need as much support as those who rely on them do.


Every year, we support these charities with:

  • Two annual grants rounds of up to $10,000 per charity

  • Two ratepayer charitable support grant rounds of up to $5,000 per charity

  • Easter Grant of Easter eggs for disadvantaged children

  • Christmas Grant of children’s toys, Foodbank vouchers and small cash grants of up to $2,000 per charity.


The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust also runs a Major Grant program for large scale projects or for charities in emergent need. For more detailed information about our grants, please visit our grants page.


From making sick kids smile with Christmas presents and Easter eggs to supporting domestic violence refuges, to distributing nutritious meals to people experiencing homelessness and to giving school supplies to disadvantaged children, we have assisted hundreds of charities in making the lives of others brighter.


Most importantly, every single dollar donated goes directly to these local charities so they can continue helping people in need.


So when you donate to the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust, your donation helps support many different charities in neighbourhoods across the city. 


Through Brisbane’s giving spirit and the generous support of countless supporters, we were able to donate over $435,000, 2,500 Christmas toys, 2,800 Easter eggs and $3,600 in Foodbank vouchers in the past year to 103 charities.


Based on a thorough assessment of each applicant's financial needs and community benefits, the Trust supports lower profile, generally under-funded charities who provide prevention strategies and support services for people and families experiencing hardship.


Respect for all
as equals


for action

Caring for community

Acknowledging quiet achievers

Respect for all as equals

Understanding the changing needs of charity

Excellence in
non-profit governance

Acknowledging quiet achievers



Grow the Trust's capability to raise funds through traditional fundraising sources and new corporate partnerships.


Sustain an accountable process for distributing grants and in-kind donations.


Promote the Trust's objectives and raise awareness of the Trust's activities.


Advocate the needs of Brisbane's charities to potential donors, sponsors and supporters.


Implement partnership relationships with businesses and community organisations that align with the Trust's goals. 


Evolve and improve the non-profit governance of the Trust. 

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