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The William Buckland Foundation has launched a new granting program with the aim of supporting  real change in four key areas of focus; Homelessness and Employment, Health, Education and Agriculture. 

The new structure of the granting program aims to have better impact, and make a real difference in improving the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians. In doing this well, we properly honour the legacy of William Lionel Buckland. The Foundation will call for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) in the first of the four – the Enabling Education Program – from 20th June. Submissions are sought for initiatives which support Victorian children and young people (age 0 – 25 years), especially those experiencing vulnerability or disadvantage, to attain better educational outcomes.

Applications open: Monday 20 June 2016

Applications close: 5.00pm Wednesday 20 July 2016

To find out more download guidelines

To apply please complete your online application here

Calls for EOIs in the other three focus areas will be scheduled over the course of the next 18 months.

The Trustees of the William Buckland Foundation are:

  • Mr C.G (Sandy) Clark; Chairman
  • Dr Jane Gilmour OAM;
  • Mr Graeme Sinclair;
  • Ms Christine Unsworth AM; and
  • Equity Trustees

For more information download the Annual Report


The Foundation which bears his name commemorates William Buckland, a highly successful businessman and pastoralist in the middle years of the 20th century. Initially involved in building the fledgling motor parts trade, his business interests expanded to include service stations, finance and investment companies and eventually a string of pastoral holdings in the eastern States and Northern Territory. He realised his great fortune by selling his private companies into public ones.

On his death in 1964, after bequests to his family and some favourite causes, William Buckland left the bulk of his large estate, £4 million, to establish a Foundation, the income of which was to be used in his words “to benefit a wonderful country and a wonderful people. Australia and Australians”.

Today, with careful stewardship by The Foundation’s Trustees, William Buckland’s legacy generates in the order of $6.5 million annually which is distributed for charitable purposes. From its establishment in 1964, The Foundation has distributed in excess of $92 million. The Foundation’s corpus is now valued at over $125 million.