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;
  • Focus on literacy, education and creative writing in all its forms; and
  • Support projects which respond to a perceived need within the community.

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.

The Readings Foundation awards grants on an annual basis. Applications for the 2022 round of grants are now closed.

To be eligible for a Readings Foundation Grant, your organisation must be: based in Victoria (or have activities based in Victoria); and have Deductible Gift Recipient (Item 1) status with the Australian Tax Office (or have an auspice organisation with this status). If you’d like to discuss your forthcoming application please feel free to contact our Grants Officer and arrange a time to chat.


The Readings Foundation is thrilled to announce a total of $200,057 has been awarded to the following 11 organisations for 2022:

  • Banksia Gardens: Aiming High VCE Support Program $20,000
  • Banyule Community Health: Somali Women’s Stories Project $20,000
  • Church of All Nations: Family Learning Program $20,000
  • Carringbush Adult Education: ‘Sing Say Share Play’ Family Literacy $18,039
  • Footpath Library: Footpath Library Melbourne Program $20,000
  • MWF First Nations Program Director $5,000
  • Paint the Town REaD: Books for Bedtime Program $19,670
  • 100 Story Building: After School Story-Making Workshops $17,350
  • Smith Family: Let’s Read Program $19,998
  • Western Chances: Scholarships Program $20,000
  • Wheeler Centre: Hot Desks $20,000

Since 2010 The Readings Foundation has donated over $1.5 million to amazing organisations in our community that support our most vulnerable people. Setting aside a percentage of all Readings Bookshop profits, as well as relying on generous donations from Readings customers, the Readings Foundation focusses on education and literacy programmes at the grass-roots level.

Past grant recipients

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

Making donations to the Readings Foundation

Readings donate a percentage of annual 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 should be directed to the grants officer Gabrielle Williams at