We’ve come a long way since 2007…
Pictured: Mellem speaking at our Disability Forum in Feb 2019
We funded the first project in 2011. In 2015 we co-funded for the first time with The Sidney Myer Foundation to offer a grant round, and this collaboration continues over two grant rounds per year. In 2016 our first bequest enabled further expansion of our grants program.
Now, we have 2 major targeted grant rounds every year in collaboration with the Sidney Myer Fund, with a total amount of $40,000 (of which PFA contributes $20,000) granted per year. We measure success in a number of ways including the grant round traction, the application success rate, the national reach and the geographical reach.
Pictured: Refugee Advice & Casework Service, recipient of a PFA & Sidney Myer Grant in 2020
Families, Individual commission
Youth, Families and Ageing
Ageing, with Sidney Myer Fund
Disability, with Sidney Myer Fund
Suicide, individual commission; donor preference
Refugee and Asylum Seekers, with Sidney Myer Fund
Since 2016, we’ve funded major grant rounds of up to $25,000 towards systemic change for the betterment of LGBTQIA+ communities.
Since July 2017 we have had 4 small grant rounds per year for a total of $10,000, with most rounds resulting in 4 to 5 small grants awarded of $500 each. These grants have been increasingly popular amongst individuals and tiny grass roots LGBTQIA+ organisations. A total of 156 applications have been received to December 2020 resulting in 67 small grants receiving a total of $27,500.
The Small Grants program fills a gap that has existed in philanthropic support for small community groups, especially in regional and rural areas and for emerging activist and community groups. We understand that it is often difficult for these groups to access our large grants or mainstream philanthropy due to the requirement for legal status such as incorporation, and DGR status or finding an auspice that has DGR status.
Notably, a higher proportion of rural and regional applications have been successful than in the larger grant rounds with 28 of the 56 successful applicants (50%) being rural or regional compared with 17% of the large grant applicants.
AllOut social group, Blacktown NSW, Small grant recipient round 2, 2019 for low-risk social events within a safe space, and by establishing and promoting positive representations of queer people in Blacktown
“We were able to comfortably resource a number of events across a four month period. Examples of these events included a pizza and games night, (non-alcoholic) paint-n-sip event, and an end of year dinner event. We saw an estimate of 80 young people attending one or more of the events across the four month period.
We were unexpectedly contacted by a NDIS support worker youth service. At two of our events (paint-n-sip, end of year dinner) we hosted multiple LGBTIQ+ young people from this service. This was a benefit as it allowed us to develop connections with other services and become more inclusive as a service ourselves.”
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