The latest funding round (Round 2, 2021) comprised 26 grants totalling $7,619,300 awarded across the Fair and Sustainable pillars, and including one impact enhancement grant in the Vibrant pillar and a sector support grant to Philanthropy Australia.
Within the Fair pillar, nine Community Wellbeing grants (totalling $1,110,000), three Early Childhood Development grants (totalling $1,710,000) and one $20,000 impact enhancement grant (through The Alec Prentice Sewell Gift) were awarded.
In the Sustainable pillar, eleven grants were awarded totalling $4,569,300. These included one major single-year grant ($500,000) awarded for core funding to ClimateWorks Australia, seven on-ground multi-year environment projects (totalling $3,121,300), two multi-year environmental research projects (totalling $928,000) and one $20,000 impact enhancement grant supporting the Australian Network for Plant Conservation.
In the Vibrant pillar, there was also one impact enhancement grant ($50,000) awarded to Contemporary Arts Precinct to help fund a public artwork commission to activate the Collingwood Yards site. Collingwood Yards will work with Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation and their First Peoples Reference Group to commission an artist or artists to create original artworks for the public spaces at Collingwood Yards. This will signal their intention to cultivate strong connections to the surrounding community and will recognise the significance of the cultural voice in a neighbourhood experiencing rapid gentrification and change.
In addition to the above-mentioned grants, $160,000 was awarded to Philanthropy Australia as a Sector Support grant in support of the peak body’s strategy development. This capacity-building grant is the Foundation's contribution to work being undertaken in 2022 by Philanthropy Australia to deliver its Blueprint to double structured giving by 2030 strategy. In this phase of work, Philanthropy Australia aims to build a coalition of giving by aggregating a broad-based group of leaders and change agents across the philanthropic, social, business and government sectors to shape the Blueprint's implementation and build a sense of shared ownership to meet the aspiration to double giving nationally.
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