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13 new Impact Grants awarded

Changes to our grant round timetable resulted in an increased number of Impact Grants awarded for FY20.

We are pleased to advise the Trustees recently approved close to $2.4m for 13 new projects.

Our Impact Grants of up to $200,000 are for well-developed proposals that have strong potential to achieve significant outcomes within our program focus areas. The type of activities that may be considered include those that will result in benefits across multiple organisations or communities; have substantial reach in beneficiary numbers; or take a new approach to an identified sector issue.

While our Impact Grants are highly competitive with only 6-7 grants at this level approved each year, implementation of the new 2020 timetable for our grant rounds meant additional funds were available for Impact Grants and we were able to award a higher number of grants.

We congratulate our new grantees and look forward to implementation of their projects. Visit our Grants Database for our full searchable listing of over 4700 grants.


Anglicare Victoria $200,000
Rapid Response Lead Practitioner

To enable the successful expansion of an evidence-informed family preservation model (Rapid Response) which significantly reduces the numbers of children being removed from families and placed into out-of-home care (OOHC).

Foundation for Young Australians $200,000
Western YLab – Equitable Learning and Employment Model
To convene technical experts, local partners and young people to scale a feasible, equitable learning and employment model in Melbourne’s western suburbs, that is replicable in other contexts.

Deakin University $199,780
The Deakin Centre for Refugee Employment, Advocacy, Training and Education: Career Clinics and Employment Guide
Its key purpose is to finance the development and evaluation of careers clinics and an employment guide to support job seekers from a refugee background to gain employment.

La Trobe University $197,668
Fire in the Belly: grassland restoration through the cultivation of Aboriginal food and fibre plants
To improve and scale-up the ecological restoration of temperate native grasslands across Victoria, by bringing together Aboriginal, historical and ecological knowledge on the cultivation of Aboriginal food and fibre plants.

Monash University $193,309
Inclusive Gallery Experiences: Creating an Accessible Bendigo Art Gallery for Blind and Low Vision Visitors
To develop an evidence-based, technology-driven framework that provides accessible gallery experiences for people in Victoria who are blind or have low vision, and a more inclusive experience for all visitors.

North Central Local Learning and Employment Network $200,000
Strong Families Strong Children, Buloke
Scale a successful evidence-based early years initiative into a neighbouring shire to facilitate investment in the earliest years of vulnerable children’s lives, break the cycle of disadvantage & change trajectories.

Odonata.org $200,000
Rewilding Mt Kooyoora landscape Central Victoria
To establish a financially sustainable sanctuary (including full covenanting) which will form one of two cornerstone sites for the rewilding of endangered mammals across 15,000 ha of farming landscape scale.

Our Place $199,500
Early Years Quality Practice Framework for practitioners to improve disadvantaged children’s education and life outcomes
Expand Early Years Quality Practice Framework to individually monitor and support child development and improve quality of educator practice, and to build Our Place’s proficiency delivering the tools,PD and evaluation.

Port Phillip EcoCentre $98,145
Futureproofing Port Phillip Baykeeper: succession planning to protect our Bay through evidence, partnerships and education
To methodically transfer knowledge from current to future Baykeeper staff; ensuring continuity of strategic cross-sector partnerships and citizen science monitoring to understand, celebrate, and protect Port Phillip Bay.

Royal Women’s Hospital Foundation $200,000
BEAR in the Community: Building Early Attachment & Resilience for families in regional Victoria
Delivery of high-quality early intervention parenting support for vulnerable families in regional Victoria through upskilling and mentorship of existing local health and welfare workforce.

SANE Australia $200,000
SANE Assist: specialist professional support for rural and regional Victorians affected by complex mental illness
To enhance and scale up the SANE Help Centre’s capacity to provide specialised, professional supports to people living with complex mental health issues in rural and regional areas of Victoria.

STREAT $200,000
Scaling the STREATs Ahead program across Melbourne
To scale the successfully piloted STREATs Ahead employment transition program into identified high needs areas of Melbourne in partnership with aligned and trusted hospitality providers.

Youth Live4Life $110,000
Live4Life Goes Large: Scaling our successful model State-wide, improving youth mental health and reducing suicide
To enable Live4Life, an award-winning, community-grown, evidence-based rural youth mental health and suicide prevention model to scale-up and work with more communities across rural and regional Victoria; strategically and sustainably.