Grants Round Up, Funding Round 1 2017

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Snuff Puppets’ Snuff Skool Masterclass for Directors Lab Program. Image by Silverpod Productions.

The latest funding round brought over 140 full applications (invited from many more Expressions of Interest) across eight program areas. Of these, the Board approved 75 grants valued at $4.7 million. A further four grants valued at $930, 000 were also awarded subject to certain conditions and so will be announced at a later date.

In the Health & Disability program, nine multi-year grants were awarded totaling $1.94 million. Ngala Family Services received $100,000 over two years towards the Growing Strong Brains project which will run workshops for Indigenous parents providing clear and culturally appropriate children’s development milestones and provide young mothers and fathers with knowledge and skills to foster their children’s development from pre-birth.  

Hello Sunday Morning will receive $250,000 over two years to further enhance their successful Daybreak App by implementing a live health coaching program for users. This grant will assist Hello Sunday Morning to integrate the program with mainstream health services making it universally available across Australia.

A grant of $120,000 (over two years) was awarded to enable the Christie Centre Inc. to offer 50 people living with disabilities the opportunity to gain their Certificate II in Horticulture as part of the GrowAbility social enterprise. Spinal Cord Injuries Australia received a grant of $200,000 over two years to support the expansion of the organisation’s current disability enterprise.

The Education program awarded four grants totaling just over $1 million. Smiling Mind was granted $342,944 over three years to tailor its program to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of young children (aged 3-6). This program is already successfully used by 18,000 educators and school psychologists across Australia.

Telethon Kids Institute have been awarded $406,743 over three years to develop The Child Development Atlas (CDA) which will develop geographic maps of government administrative and survey data related to children. The Atlas will inform policy making, service delivery and capacity building, as well as coordination between service providers.

The Beacon Foundation will receive a grant of $495,000 over three years from The Alec Prentice Sewell Gift to further develop eBeacon, an online interactive platform of resources and mentoring program, which connects students to mentors via video chat technology. Based in Tasmania, eBeacon was developed in response to the increasing need in regional, rural and remote areas for students to access engaging careers education support and opportunities to encourage them to plan and set goals for their future post school.

In this round, seven Arts grants valued at $900,000 were awarded. Of these, Snuff Puppets will receive $70,000 over two years to establish Snuff Lab, a capacity building and puppetry development program that will train artists, bring in international expertise and provide pathways into the art form. The program will run for three years leading to an ongoing income stream from training programs.

The Information & Cultural Exchange Inc (I.C.E.) has been awarded $70,000 for a two-year music training program designed to tackle the entrenched gender inequality in the Australian music industry. All Girl Electronic will offer young women in Western Sydney training, mentorship and creative development opportunities in Electronic Music production. I.C.E. aim to facilitate jobs and performance/broadcast opportunities for young women entering the industry.

A grant of $80,000 was made to the Australian Jazz Museum (AJM) to develop a virtual jazz museum.  Currently the Museum’s unique collection is only accessible by visiting in person. This grant will enable AJM to upgrade their website enabling online access to the museum collection and to digitise a segment of the collection including memorabilia and music that is rapidly deteriorating.

In the Science program, one grant of $205,000 (over three years) was awarded to the Australian Academy of Science to develop a Decadel Plan for Biosystematics and Taxonomy in Australasia. The purpose of the 10-year plan is to advocate for and promote biosystematics and taxonomy to effect a real change in its status, visibility and funding in Australia. This will achieve broad benefits for industry, government and the community, including but not limited to improved biosecurity, conservation planning and understanding of the region's plants and animals.

The International Learning & Development (ILD) program aims to support senior staff of NFPs to travel overseas visiting like-minded organisations to learn international best practices in their relevant areas of operations, and to disseminate their learnings throughout their sector in Australia.  In this round, the Board approved six ILD grants totaling $84,000. These included the Eastern Domestic Violence Service Inc. which will receive $12,000 towards a visit to the USA and Canada to explore specific programs that are explicitly recommended by the Royal Commission in to Family Violence. The Geeveston Community Centre Inc. in the Huon Valley in Tasmania also received a grant of $19,000 for two managers to travel to the USA to intern at two community economic development organisations who are global leaders in their field.

The Board also approved 17 Conference grants valued at $123,513 and 30 Travel grants valued at $51,500.

Congratulations to all the grant recipients in this funding round. Details of all grants awarded can be found in our Grants Database.


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