FOUNDED IN 1887, WE ARE ONE OF VICTORIA’S OLDEST CHARITIES, RUN BY WOMEN FOR WOMEN. THROUGH EMERGENCY GRANTS UP TO $350, WE ASSIST VICTORIAN WOMEN, AND THEIR CHILDREN, IN DISTRESS OR CRISIS. EMERGENCY RELIEF HELPS IN ONE-OFF SITUATIONS, BUT MAY ALSO ASSIST WOMEN TO DEAL WITH ONGOING FINANCIAL DISADVANTAGE.
In 1998, The Queen's Fund set up the Education Fund to assist children to remain in education and allow women to further their education so they can find long-term employment and become financially secure.
Grants are allocated to women who are referred by community organisations and welfare agencies. 100% of money donated is directed to the women who have been referred to us (an historical bequest covers our overheads).
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The Queen’s Fund was founded in 1887 by Lady Loch, the wife of the Victorian Governor, to commemorate the 50 years of Queen Victoria’s reign, and in response to the worst mining disaster Australia had experienced; an explosion at the Bulli coal mine killed 81 miners and injured many more.
Lady Loch was motivated by a series of articles in The Age about the mine disaster.
To financially assist and empower single women and children in Victoria who are in distress, crisis or emergency situations
The Queen’s Fund encourages women to increase their self-worth, skills and knowledge through:
NUMBER OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN
ASSISTED IN 2016/17
AMOUNT OF ASSISTANCE PROVIDED
BY THE QUEEN’S FUND IN 2016/17
We work with social workers, who are in the best position to determine how to help the woman in need. They continue to support her after our emergency relief has been provided to ensure that she gets her life back on track. Our research shows our grants are a targeted and valuable tool for welfare agencies, particularly because we can react quickly to urgent requests.
Feedback from social workers and our evaluation process tells us our assistance:
42 AVERAGE AGE OF THE WOMEN WE ASSIST
The Honourable Linda Dessau AC
Gail Owen OAM
Kathryn de Bont
Thelma Castles OAM
Lee Ann Connor
Hall and Wilcox
Maree Davidson AM
P Gerard Nash QC
Ms Glenda Morrison
Women who have no supporting partner, and/or their children, are eligible.
The application must be assessed and referred by social workers or similarly qualified professional staff from appropriately accredited organisations. Residency in Victoria for a period of 12 months or more is required.
The Queen’s Fund provided funding for additional tutoring for a young person with ADHD and autism which had a direct impact on his education outcomes.Social worker feedback March 2015