Health & Disability funding objectives change
The Foundation’s Board has recently reviewed the funding objectives relating to the Health component of the Health & Disability program area. This review is part of the Foundation’s ongoing evaluation of all its program area funding objectives since 2015.
Effective immediately, the following guidelines will be in place for Health & Disability:
The Foundation prioritises funding for innovative programs that improve health outcomes for the Australian community through large-scale public health initiatives and/or enhance employment opportunities for people with a disability. Applications for this program area are considered once a year by the Board of Governors. Large-scale multi-year projects are encouraged.
The Foundation will support projects that seek to:
- Improve health outcomes for the Australian community through public health initiatives with a particular emphasis on mental health, Indigenous heath and health in rural and remote areas
- Encourage innovative approaches to increasing employment opportunities for individuals with disability.
International Learning & Development program under review
The International Learning & Development program (ILD) was formally instated in 2017. ILD grants are intended to allow senior staff of not-for-profits the opportunity to undertake overseas travel in the form of a study tour or internship to visit like-minded organisations, learn from international best practice and upon return disseminate learnings throughout the relevant sector. To date, only seven grants in this area have been approved. A preliminary evaluation of these grants indicates that they are still not achieving their goal of increasing NFP sector knowledge as was intended.
Therefore, the Foundation will close this program area in Round 2, 2018 in order to conduct a more rigorous review of ILD’s effectiveness. Results of this review will be presented to the Board in late 2018 and a decision made regarding the future of this program area.