The latest funding round has resulted in 70 grants totaling $2,409,075 being awarded. The Arts and Knowledge & Learning programs were open for applications. However, several applications which had been undergoing further development from previous rounds were also considered under Community Wellbeing, Environment & Conservation, Health & Disability and Medical Research
In the Arts program, six grants were awarded totaling $1,331,550. Each project supported focuses on development of the respective arts sectors or mentoring of artists and future leaders.
Design Tasmania (DT) will receive $390,000 over three years towards an ambitious capacity building project which it nurture an innovative design ecosystem across Tasmania which is rapidly gaining an international reputation as an arts destination.
Arts Centre Melbourne will receive $300,000 over 2 years to support increased capacity as a Registered Training Organisation for production staff in response to a chronic shortage of suitably qualified production crew.
Ilbijerri Aboriginal Theatre Co-op will receive $200,000 over three years for the establishment of a leadership program to prepare mid-career Indigenous arts for executive positions within the Ilbijerri and the broader Australian performing arts sector.
The Australian Art Orchestra music leadership mentoring and development program will receive $175,000 over five years to develop the next generation of arts leaders in music. The program will offer five 12-month fellowships to emerging musicians to develop leadership including fostering international networks and exchanges.
The Guildhouse in South Australia will receive $149,550 over three years in support of the next iteration of Guildhouse’s proven artist mentorship program. The program, aptly named Catapult, will deliver 23 one-on-one professional development mentorships for visual artists, craftspeople and designers. The project also includes a research strand in partnership with the University of South Australia and Flinders University to capture the value of these mentorships over time, ensuring this knowledge can be shared nationally to strengthen sector capacity.
Lucy Guerin Inc will receive $117,000 over three years to help create a new hub (WXYZ Studios) for dance-makers. This grant will specifically help fund a full-time Studio Producer who will be responsible for running WXYZ Studio programs for independent artists including residencies, workshops, lectures, peer learning circles and open technique classes.
Under Health & Disability, one grant of $50,000 was awarded to the Eating Disorders Foundation of Victoria towards its Peer Mentoring Program for adults with eating disorders. This grant is a follow-up to a previous grant of $70,000 and will assist second year funding in anticipation of ongoing government support.
Four out of round grants (totaling $348,700) were made within the Community Wellbeing program. Two of these were the result of ongoing discussions with organisations as they developed their projects to meet the Foundation’s funding criteria. Whitelion Youth Agency will receive $130,500 over three years towards their Fruit2Work (F2W) initiative which provides realistic transitional employment for ex-offenders and a launching pad into work in the warehousing and logistics industry.
The Weenthunga Health Network will receive $180,000 (over three years) in support the Girls Resilience program which aims to support young Indigenous women to complete their schooling and consider careers in the health sector.
A further two impact enhancement grants were also awarded to The Australian Centre for Social Innovation ($19,600) and Whittlesea Community Connections ($18,600).
As a result of a successful one-year pilot project that was supported by the Foundation, The University of Western Australia Ocean Institute will receive a second Environment & Conservation grant of $365,000 (over five years) towards The Great West Ozzie Transect project which seeks to understand ocean wildlife recovery in Australian Marine Parks. This funding will be used to develop outreach programs and an awareness campaign to educate policy makers and the broader community about the importance of healthy oceans and designated protected areas. Summaries of surveys/expeditions will be also published online and the data is being contributed to national and international databases to inform further research.
In February 2017, The Foundation convened a forum of Medical Research Institutes (MRIs) to discuss the challenges MRIs have in developing and implementing a research impact framework that allows progress of impact and outcomes to be tracked over time. After the forum a group of five institutional members of the Australian Association of Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI) came together to form a Research Impact Working Group to address the challenge of developing a standardised approach to understanding research impact that is not merely focused on a limited set of measures, such as research publications and patents.
As a result, Telethon Kids Institute will receive a Medical Research grant of $140,000 over two years to take the lead role in this AAMRI Research Impact Working Group to develop a framework of good practices and indicators in consultation with Medical Research Institutes. The framework will improve the sector’s ability to optimize and demonstrate progress towards research impact, maximizing return of investment made by government, industry and philanthropic funders.
Within the Knowledge & Learning program, 39 Travel grants and 17 Conference grants were made. One International Learning & Development grant was awarded to the Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) to help fund a study tour to the USA to learn from leading lawyers and cutting-edge organisations about policies that successfully reduce the number of people incarcerated. The tour will result in the dissemination of learnings to the Australian legal sector via the publication of a HRLC report and presentations at forums, conferences and sector meetings across Australia. These learnings will also be beneficial for the philanthropic sector.
The Foundation congratulates all grant recipients in this funding round. Details of all grants awarded (and not subject to conditions) can be found in our Grants Database.
Image: Design Tasmania exterior. Photograph by Chris Crerar.