The Readings Foundation

The Readings Foundation was established by Readings’ managing director Mark Rubbo in 2009 to support Victorian individuals and organisations that wish to further the development of literacy, community work and the arts.

Readings donates 10% of its overall profit to The Readings Foundation each year, and crucial funds are also raised from donations by Readings customers. You can make a donation to The Foundation at any of our shops in return for gift-wrapping, by attending Readings events and through using the accommodation window service, as well as via the purchase of the anthology Readings and Writings: Forty Years in Books. All donations to The Foundation over $2 are tax deductible.

The Readings Foundation grant committee includes Readings managing director Mark Rubbo, author Helen Garner, Peter Donoghue (ex-managing director of Publishers John Wiley Australia), Gerald Smith (Phase III Accounting) plus current and former Readings staff members.

2014 Grant Applications Now Open

The Readings Foundation supports the development of literacy, community work and the arts through annual grants. Applications are welcomed from Victorian individuals and organisations with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status.

Click here to download the application form and guidelines.

Applications close on at 5pm, Friday 8 November 2013.

For all enquiries, or to make a donation to The Readings Foundation email Ingrid Josephine at

Past Grant Recipients

Some of the projects we supported in 2013 included Roomers, Ardoch Youth Foundation, 100 Story Building and Melbourne City Mission’s Braybrook Classroom.

Read about all the successful applicants for Readings Foundation grants from 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010.

The Readings Foundation is also pleased to provide ongoing support of the Sacred Heart Mission, the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s HIPPY (Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters) program and the Glenfern Writers' Studio.

roomers Spoken Word from Roomers at our St Kilda Shop.

100_Story_Building Author Bernard Caleo at the launch of 100 Story Building in Footscay.

Ardoch Governor-General Quentin Bryce helping out Ardoch Youth Foundation.