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.

Readings donates 10% of its overall profits to the Readings Foundation each year, and crucial funds are also raised from donations by Readings’ customers.


The Readings Foundation in 2020


Applications have now closed for 2020 Readings Foundation grants. The successful applicants will be contacted before the end of the year.

In order to be eligible for a Readings Foundation Grant, your organisation must be: based in Victoria, or have activities based in Victoria, have Deductible Gift Recipient (Item 1) status with the Australian Tax Office, or have an auspice organisation with this status.


Readings Foundation Grant Committee


The Readings Foundation grant committee is comprised of Readings Managing Director, Mark Rubbo; author, Helen Garner; former Managing Director of the publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia, Peter Donoughue; the founder of Phase III Business Consulting, Gerald Smith; Vice President of the Small Press Network, Jim Hart, and a current Readings' staff member.

Applications for the Readings Foundation Grants 2020 are now closed.


Past grant recipients


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


Making donations to the Readings Foundation


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


Enquiries


Enquiries should be directed to the grants officer Gabrielle Williams at foundation@readings.com.au.