The September Board meeting considered grants for round 2, 2017. Thirty-eight grants were awarded, totaling $2.2 million. A further 15 grants valued at $2.6 million were approved subject to certain conditions being met (e.g. additional funding being raised). These grants will be announced at a later date.
Applications were considered in the following program areas: Community Wellbeing, Education, Environment & Conservation, Medical Research, Science and Knowledge & Learning. Applications were also considered for funding by The Alec Prentice Sewell Gift.
The Community Wellbeing program received over 100 expressions of interest, with 27 organisations invited to make full applications. Eleven were submitted to the Board for consideration, of which six were awarded grants with a total value of $772,000. The remaining five applicants were also awarded grants (totaling $855,000) subject to certain conditions being met. In this round, instead of focusing on ‘new and innovative’ projects, the majority of Community Wellbeing grants approved were to organisations seeking funding to expand, consolidate or scale up proven programs.
For example, Save the Children was awarded $300,000 (over three years) to expand the successful OutTeach program from its original location in Hobart to Shepparton (VIC). Deakin University will receive $100,000 (over two years) to develop and trial a mentoring program (based on successful overseas models) for newly released prisoners delivered by ex-prisoners who have successfully reintegrated into the community.
In the Environment & Conservation program, three grants were awarded. The largest of these was a capacity building grant of $300,000 (over three years) to the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network (AEGN) to enable the organisation to embark on their next stage of development – to grow the amount, and improve the effectiveness, of environmental funding in Australia.
Two grants of $300,000 each were approved in the Science program for the Australian Landscape Trust and the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS). Both will fund early career researchers.
The grant awarded to the Australian Landscape Trust is over three years and will support a Fellowship for an ecologist to focus on evidence-based restoration of semi-arid landscapes. The grant to SIMS, also over three years, will help fund two early career researchers to work on the Sydney Harbour Research Program working towards ecological sustainability of urban harbours. A further Science grant of $600,000 was awarded subject to additional funding being raised.
After a hiatus, the Medical Research program area was open and received 33 applications. Two grants were approved: $200,000 to the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and $100,000 to the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI).
The grant to SAHMRI will assist in the purchase of state-of-the-art mass spectrometry equipment that is not currently available in South Australia. WEHI will purchase a Nucleofector device to discover new cancer immunotherapies with the support of this grant.
A further seven Medical Research grants (totaling $700,000) were awarded subject to further funding being obtained by the grantee. These grants will be announced once conditions are met.
In this round, applications to the Education program were by invitation only. The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) was awarded $145,000 over two years towards a professional development program for early childhood educators on sleep. Further grants were awarded in Education and by The Alec Prentice Sewell Gift but are subject to conditions and will be announced at a later time.
Within the Knowledge & Learning program, an International Learning & Development grant of $10,000 was awarded to the Ballarat International Foto Biennale for the Director to travel to international photographic festivals in Europe to learn programming and audience engagement models. Twelve Travel grants totaling $20,400 and 13 Conference grants totaling $71,722 were also awarded.
The Foundation congratulates all grant recipients in this funding round. Details of all grants awarded (and announced) can be found in our Grants Database.