The Alec Prentice Sewell Gift


  • Direct grant applications cannot be made to The Alec Prentice Sewell Gift, grants are made via other program areas and generally, only one or two grants are awarded annually.

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Discovering the joy of writing and reading at The Grand Imaginarium. Image courtesy of Kids Own Publishing

Grants made through The Alec Prentice Sewell Gift aim to improve the opportunities available for disadvantaged children and lay the foundations for future positive health, social and educational outcomes.

The common thread of the grants is that they support education and encourage an interest in the environment, or the arts and literature, to create opportunities for personal development and assist children to overcome barriers that may limit their achievement.

The largest grant made through the Alec Prentice Sewell Gift to date is $500,000 over three years to Centennial Parklands Foundation to build The Ian Potter Children’s Wild Play Garden in Centennial Park in 2015. This purpose of this garden is to encourage children to engage with the environment through nature play. 

Recent grants awarded through The Alec Prentice Sewell Gift include funding to support the Stephanie ALexnader Kitchen Garden Foundation, Cool Australia and 100 Story Building. Details of our previous Alec Prentice Sewell Gift grants can be found in our Grants Database and Annual Reports.

Since the Alec Prentice Sewell Gift was set up in 2003, grants valued at $5.9 million have been awarded to 58 organisations around Australia.

Direct grant applications cannot be made to The Alec Prentice Sewell Gift, grants are made via other program areas and generally, only one or two grants are awarded annually. 

Grants submitted within the Arts, Community WellbeingEnvironment and Early Childhood Development Program Areas may be considered under The Alec Prentice Sewell Gift. 

Please also refer to the Funding Principles for further information. 


Feature Case Studies

  • TEACHaR closes an educational gap

    Education has the potential to be truly transformative, particularly for students experiencing complex disadvantage. Anglicare Victoria's TEACHaR program seeks to 'close this education gap' for students living in out-of-home. 

    TEACHaR - Transforming Educational Achievement for Children in Home-based and Residential care
    September 2013 - March 2015

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    ‘[Anglicare's] teachers were pivotal to [the student's] engagement in the classroom and willingness to come to school every day. This success cannot be underestimated. Also giving ... the College an insight into [the student's] world ... was critical to his successful integration into school.’

    John Fawkner College

  • DigestEd takes learning into the lion's den

    Zoos Victoria is one of the biggest providers of education outside the classroom in Victoria. An integral part of the education system, research shows that every school visits the zoo once every two years. However, our classrooms weren't moving with the times. Digest Ed was an opportunity to bring our education offering into the 21st century.

    Zoos Victoria
    Predator Precinct - Digest-ED at Melbourne Zoo
    January- December 2014

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    ‘We are fortunate to teach in a learning space which allows visitors of all ages to observe our amazing predators displaying their natural behaviours, all within metres of the students.’

    Learning Experience Team

  • Choosing to read

    The Flinders University School of Education based this project on a successful American evidence-based children’s literacy program. 

    Flinders University of South Australia: Education, Humanities, Law and Theology
    From learning to read to choosing to read
    February 2011 - December 2011

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    ‘I've seen growth in the kids. It's been exciting to be involved in something of this scale...seeing the kids' excitement about books grow. They are [now] happy to pick up a text from our bookshelf and engage in a book to read.’


  • Mentoring Mums

    Established in 1896, The Children’s Protection Society (CPS) is an independent child welfare organisation providing services in the northern and western regions of Melbourne.

    Children's Protection Society Inc.
    Mentoring Mums Program (The Doula Project)
    January 2008 - January 2011

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    ‘Describing Mentoring Mums as ‘...a wonderful program’, the mothers involved strongly supported the programs continued existence and expansion. ’


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