The Readings Foundation

About The Readings Foundation

Established by Readings’ managing director Mark Rubbo in 2009, The Readings Foundation assists Victorian organisations that support the development of literacy, community integration and the arts.

The aims of the Foundation are to:

  • Aid the work of organisations that respond to the needs of disadvantaged groups living in our community;
  • Increase the community’s enjoyment of the word in all its forms, including screenwriting, music, theatre, art and the written word; and
  • Honour the importance of creativity in community-driven work.

The Readings Foundation grant committee includes Readings managing director Mark Rubbo, author Helen Garner, former managing director of Publishers John Wiley Australia Peter Donoughue and Gerald Smith (Phase III Business Consulting), along with current Readings' staff members.

The Readings Foundation grants funds annually.

Applications for Readings Foundation grants for 2017

Application forms will be available, and applications will open on Monday 26 September 2016.

The deadline for applications will be 5pm Monday 31 October 2016.

The Readings Foundation Grant Recipients for 2016

The Readings Foundation is proud to announce support for the following organisations and projects in 2016:

3081 Angels: 3081 Angels will deliver an early- and pre- literacy program to educationally disadvantaged children and families in West Heidelberg.

Brotherhood of St Laurence: Brotherhood of St Laurence will provide reading, storytelling, group play and books to the children and families participating in their Fitzroy and North Melbourne HIPPY programs.

Church of All Nations: Church of All Nations will extend their successful after-school Carlton Family Learning Program to include adult literacy, holiday programs, pre-school transitions and tertiary support.

Mallee Family Care: Mallee Family Care will support marginalised families in Mildura through their Reading Discovery program, which focuses on language, literacy, school readiness and resilience building.

Melbourne Indigenous Transition School: Melbourne Indigenous Transition School will build their library and improve their culturally inclusive resources to better nurture their regional and remote Indigenous students as they transition to Melbourne schools.

Preston Reservoir Adult Community Education: Preston Reservoir Adult Community Education will provide a weekly English language class for asylum seekers from Iran, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Afghanistan and Somalia.

Victorian Indigenous Literary Festival: Victorian Indigenous Literary Festival will be presented in partnership with First Australians Writers Network and the Wheeler Centre Organisations, and will develop and advocate stronger Indigenous representation within Victoria’s literary programming.

The Readings Foundation will also continue its support of the Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships in 2016.

For full details about the 2016 grant recipients, please see here.

Past Grant Recipients

Here is a complete list of previous successful applicants for Readings Foundation grants.


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 Readings Foundation using the online form below. All donations to The Readings Foundation over $2 are tax deductible.


Enquiries should be directed to the Grants Officer Leanne Hall at