Helen Macpherson Smith Trust

Next open date for applications is 23.05.2017 View Grant Dates

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How Our Grants Matrix Works

Matrix Obs Programs briefThe HMSTrust grants matrix is a graphic representation of our grants structure. The matrix has enabled the Trust to work more strategically, with greater efficiencies and to greater effect. The 5 x 5 matrix was developed to be an easy reference for grantseekers. The vertical columns represent the Trust’s five key objectives and the horizontal rows, the Trust’s five programs.

Key objectives:
 The proposed project is required to match at least three of HMSTrust’s five key objectives; and

Program and focus areas:
  The project must fall within one of HMSTrust’s five programs and is required to address at least one of the selected program’s three focus areas, which define the Trust’s areas of interest.

Key Objectives

The Trust’s five key objectives apply across all programs and focus areas. Applicants are required to match a minimum of three objectives, of which one must be selected as a ‘primary objective’.

Strengthening rural and regional Victoria
To strengthen the capacity, resilience and potential of communities in rural and regional Victoria.

Reducing inequality
To reduce disadvantage, protect basic rights and extend opportunities for Victorians, with a special interest in equity for women, girls and Indigenous Victorians.

Enabling sustainability
To enable viable and sustainable initiatives that will continue to have an impact well beyond the period of our grant.

Building organisational capacity
To develop the capabilities and capacity of organisations, communities and sectors to improve long-term benefits to Victoria.

Encouraging collaboration and partnership
To maximise the impact of the Trust’s social investments through collaboration and partnerships across community sectors. Partnerships include other service providers and/or other funders including government.

 Programs and Focus Areas

Applicants can apply in one program only and projects are required to match a minimum of one focus area within that nominated program.

Purple dotEDUCATION
GOAL: To improve access to quality, relevant and supportive education through initiatives that provide disadvantaged Victorians with the opportunity to reach their full potential. 

Education focus areas:

  • Engaging and retaining P-12 students
    Initiatives that target students at risk of disengaging from school.
  • Creating vocational pathways
    Certified education and training pathways that lead to meaningful work.
  • Transitioning migrants and refugees
    Education and training opportunities that will enable migrants and refugees to transition into Victoria’s culturally diverse communities.

Orange dotCOMMUNITY
GOAL: To improve the outcomes of current and future generations of Victorians and enable them to build fulfilling lives as active participants in a cohesive society and strong economy.

Community focus areas:

  • Strengthening family cohesion
    Programs and services that strengthen the family unit.
  • Advancing early childhood development
    Initiatives that focus on the social, emotional and cognitive development of disadvantaged pre-school children.
  • Building financial resilience
    Programs that improve financial knowledge and behaviour of vulnerable Victorians, and provide access to quality financial services and products.

 Red dotARTS AND CULTURE
GOAL: To increase local participation, encourage public engagement and develop a sense of place by giving voice to communities through creative initiatives.

Arts and culture focus areas:

  • Enabling social inclusion and access
    Creative projects that facilitate and develop increased participation, understanding and respect for Victoria’s diverse and disadvantaged communities.
  • Developing digital capability
    Strategic adoption of digital platforms, resources and tools that enable arts organisations to function more sustainably and effectively, attract participation from new groups of Victorians, and increase audiences.
  • Expanding the creative economy
    Innovative projects that generate new jobs and expand employment opportunities for Victoria’s creative sectors.

 Green dotENVIRONMENT
GOAL: To protect and improve Victoria’s natural environments through responsible conservation projects that advance cooperative and sustainable practices.

Environment focus areas:

  • Conserving and restoring biodiversity
    Projects that benefit at-risk habitats and species indigenous to Victoria.
  • Protecting natural systems
    Projects that protect and improve land and water systems to meet the environmental and economic needs of current and future generations.
  • Nurturing sustainable landscapes
    Initiatives that encourage sustainable land practices and improve connectivity across landscapes.

Blue dotHEALTH
GOAL: To improve affordable access to quality health services in rural and regional Victoria.

This grants program is ONLY available for Social Impact Grants and has one specific focus area, which will be reviewed every three years. The current focus area is:

Health focus area:

  • Improving access to mental health services in rural and regional Victoria
    Projects that provide affordable access to a full range of reliable, quality mental health services for Victorians living in rural and regional Victoria.