Honouring our heritage
and community

The Melbourne Cup Foundation is the embodiment of the VRC's core values.

It draws on our long history, heritage and commitment to continuous improvement to equine wellbeing, and strong community support and participation.

Donate to the Foundation

The Melbourne Cup is ingrained on Australia's soul, it is part and parcel of the Australian story. Since its inception, the VRC has embraced its central role in promoting Australian racing culture, in facilitating equine welfare and wellbeing, and in providing education and training across many industries. These three pillars form the Foundation's very purpose.

Heritage & Culture

Donate to support the preservation of Australia's racing history.

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Heritage & Culture - Keystone Project

Expanding our Heritage Centre

The heritage and culture of Australian racing is in our DNA. Since the first running of the Melbourne Cup in 1861, the VRC has been here to celebrate and promote the best of Australia's racing heritage.

Help us bring a national focus to our current Heritage Centre, with plans for a new and immersive Racing Museum. It will commemorate the Melbourne Cup's past, and honour those who help shape this national event each year.

A tax deductible donation can support the creation a world-class destination. Make a donation

Equine Health & Wellbeing

Help ensure the health and wellbeing of our vibrant racing community.

Equine Health & Wellbeing

Championing optimal outcomes for equine health

The VRC is ethically bound to deliver critically important outcomes in the interest of horse wellbeing. We act with purpose and integrity to safeguard the care and wellbeing of horses throughout their lives, as well as the people in our racing community and their families to ensure they are mentally healthy and have the support they need to thrive.

Become involved with The Melbourne Cup Foundation. Support projects that will make a real difference to horses and the industry. Make a donation

Community & Education

Help us to grow our extensive learning programs, and in giving back to our community.

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Community & Education

A partner in our community

The VRC has been part of the Australian community since our inception in 1864, and has always believed we can only be as strong and healthy as the local, national and industry communities in which we serve. We recognise these relationships are all important to our business and operations, so we intend to actively partner with educational institutions to facilitate training in racing, hospitality and event management.

Your contribution will help ensure success for the next generation in Australian horse racing, and that our communities benefit from our efforts, as we do from theirs.

Help newcomers build valuable skills and capability through scholarships and mentorship. Make a donation

An initiative by the Victoria Racing Club

The VRC understands its role as a leading voice in the community and has a strong desire to be seen to be giving back to the people of Melbourne, Victoria and Australia.