The Queen’s Fund encourages women to increase their self-worth, skills and knowledge through:
Short-term emergency relief to alleviate immediate financial crises with rent, medical and household expenses
Educational grants to increase access to educational opportunities
Grants which give women a chance to rebuild their lives and nurture their children
Our vision is to financially assist and empower single women and children in Victoria who are in distress, crisis or emergency situations
Founded in 1887, by Lady Loch, the wife of the Victorian Governor, to commemorate the 50 years of Queen Victoria’s reign, and in response to the worst mining disaster Australia had experienced; an explosion at the Bulli coal mine killed 81 miners and injured many more.
The Queen's Fund is today one of Victoria’s oldest charities, run by women for women. Through emergency grants up to $350, we assist Victorian women and their children, in distress or crisis. Emergency relief helps in one-off situations, but may also assist women to deal with ongoing financial disadvantage.
In 1998, The Queen's Fund set up the Education Fund to assist children to remain in education and allow women to further their education so they can find long-term employment and become financially secure.
Grants are allocated to women who are referred by community organisations and welfare agencies. 100% of money donated is directed to the women who have been referred to us (an historical bequest covers our overheads).
The Queen’s Fund grant helped pay a 20 year old Ethiopian migrant's education expenses. "She is still studying the Diploma of Nursing and has completed her first placement."
— Social Worker Feedback, December 2018