With applications closed in a number of program areas this round, a relatively small number of high-value projects were considered by the Board of Governors at our September meeting. Of a total $14,044,000 in new approved grants, $12 million has been awarded across three outstanding projects in our new Major Grants stream. Due to existing forward commitments some of these will receive first payments in 2018 or 2019.
The University of Tasmania has been granted $5 million over four years to help create a new performing arts centre. The Creative Industry and Performing Arts (CIPA) project will be a new collaborative multi-functional space in Hobart for the creative industries and performing arts, providing an exceptional environment for cross-discipline creativity and thinking and an amazing cultural asset for the Tasmanian community.
The University of Sydney will receive $5 million over four years towards the development of the Chau Chak Wing Museum. This new art museum combines the University's Macleay and Nicholson Museums and Art Gallery. The new museum will be housed in a purpose built facility that will be located at the main entrance to the university. The Chau Chak Wing Museum will aggregate these major cultural and scientific collections for public display in a state-of-the-art facility, greatly enhancing teaching, research and public engagement with one of Australia’s outstanding cultural collections.
In Victoria, The Australian Ballet was awarded $1.5 million to help 'Raise The Roof' of the Primrose Potter Australian Ballet Centre, a project that will help achieve key goals for the company, creating high quality facilities appropriate for the company’s increasing dancer numbers and world class artistic activities. The project will include upgrading facilities for artists, dancer health, rehabilitation and fitness, education and community engagement.
In the core program areas, just under $2 million will be shared across 14 projects plus a further $134,000 to Travel and Conference grants, including an International Learning & Development grant to Kids Xpress for a study tour to the UK and US to share and validate the components of the KidsXpress therapy program for children impacted by childhood trauma with overseas experts.
Eight grants were approved in the Community Wellbeing program area. Continuing our commitment to prevention of homelessness, we supported two projects that aim to help people in at-risk groups to develop financial and life skills that will help them keep their tenancy and prevent homelessness. St John’s Youth Services received a grant of $100,000 over two years, and Housing Choices was awarded $90,000.
Other Community Wellbeing grants included $70,000 to Peninsula Legal Aid to offer legal services to disadvantaged families in a school setting, complementing services already provided such as speech pathology. Plus SHARC (Self Help Addiction Resource Centre) received $93,000 over two years for a trial program of peer support for families of individuals who have gambling issues.
Of the other new grants approved, the largest was an Education grant of $500,000 over four years to the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) for phase two of a major research project investigating the ongoing effects of the right@home sustained nurse home visiting intervention for families and children. Payment of this grant is subject to confirmation of satisfactory results from the phase 1 randomised controlled trial of the program, which the Foundation also supported. Phase 1 focused on the impact of the intervention on parents, whereas phase 2 will look at the lasting impact of the program on children.
In addition, $300,000 over three years was awarded to the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation for a new Kitchen Garden Early Years Program which is being developed in response to demand from early years educators for customised training and resources, reflecting current thinking that obesity prevention should start earlier with children. This was awarded through the Alec Prentice Sewell Gift.
Congratulations to these and all our other grantees on their inspiring and innovative projects.
Details of all our recent grants can be found on our Grants Database.