Current Grant Partners
For the year ended 30 June 2015 the Foundation donated grants totalling $4,787,000 to ten charitable organisations, most of who received grants as part of multi-year funding partnerships. A summary of these grants follows:-
Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence inYouth Mental Health $3,000,000
Orygen is a unique collaborative partnership of a philanthropic organisation (ColonialFoundation), Australia's leading university (University of Melbourne) and a major health care organisation (Melbourne Health), acting in concert as members/owners of the organisation.
Mental health problems are the chronic diseases of the young with 75% of mental ill-health occurring before the age of 25. Suicide is the leading cause of death in Australians aged under 35 and is largely preventable. Mental ill-health in young people also costs the economy more than $30 billion per year through direct costs and lost productivity. It is estimated that more than one million young Australians and their families are affected by mental ill-health every year.
Colonial's support, complemented by sustained growth in resources from a range of other funding sources, has enabled Orygen to grow several fold in size to become Australia's largest and most internationally recognised youth mental health research organisation. To date, over the past 14 years, the Foundation has granted funding of almost $42 million in support of Orygen's operations.
Orygen devise and conduct an innovative research program, provide health system and workforce development services, manage stigma-free community-based clinical services and contribute to mental health policy. Orygen's success has enabled it to attract major national and international competitive grant support and its staff have produced a high volume of impactful publications and translated their research in a potent way into routine clinical care across Australia and the world.
Whitelion aims to change the lives of homeless and at-risk young people by working with them individually, offering long-term, focused and intensive support. Colonial's funding partnership is midway through a three year term, the Foundation having committed a total funding of $1.335 million. The Foundation's grant funding supports a range of outreach programs conducted across three states (Victoria, NSW and Adelaide) in partnership with Open Family Australia.
Jawun – formerly known as Indigenous CorporatePartnerships $350,000
The Foundation was a founding funding partner of Jawun more than 13 years ago. This grant brings the Foundation's cumulative support to more than $3.3 million over this time. Jawun facilitates philanthropic and corporate alliances to develop Aboriginal leaderships, education and training,and economic and business development. Jawun aims to build sustainable capacity in the Indigenous communities it works with. Operations have been established throughout Australia including Cape York in Queensland, Goulburn-Murray region of Victoria, Redfern-Waterloo in NSW, North East Arnhem Land, the Central Coast (NSW) as well as the East and West Kimberley regions of Western Australia.
Beacon Foundation $248,000
This grant represents the fourth year of the Foundation's partnership with Beacon having committed funding support totalling $1.35 million payable over a six year period. The grants are applied to support the development of the highly successful Beacon program in 12 selective secondary schools, located predominantly in low socio-economic status areas in Victoria, Queensland, NSW and Tasmania. Beacon provides an intensive, in-school, mentor supported program aimed at young people aged 15 to 16 years. The program is designed to assist participants successfully transition post school into further education, training or employment. Beacon partner with an extensive group of corporate and philanthropic organisations to leverage their impact and increase opportunities for disadvantaged young people to lead successful and rewarding lives.
SANE Australia $221,000
SANE Australia is a national charity that aims to help all Australians affected by mental illness to lead a better life through support, training and education. Colonial's initial grant forms part of total funding of $1.085 million payable over the next five years to support the growth and acceleration of the SANE Forums. The Forums are a national initiative that enables Australians affected by mental illness to connect online and to support each other through the provision of two online moderated forums: one for those with Lived Experience and the other for Carers. Colonial's funding has enabled the Forum service to reach more users and improve the experience of those users through the provision of 'live' 24 hours a day, 7days a week moderation.
Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) $198,000
The grant forms part of a 10 year funding partnership totalling $2.7 million that began in FY2007. Colonial's funding predominantly supports two of AYO's main training programs: the Young Symphonists and the Chamber Players Groups. Colonial's funding has also enabled the Orchestra to perform concerts throughout the year in community settings with a number of free public performances staged in regional/rural Australia.
Australian Ballet $150,000
Colonial Foundation seed funded the "Out There in Schools" program when it was piloted in 2006. Since that time, the program has grown to become one of Australia's leading dance education incursion(school-based) programs. The program,led by a troupe of highly skilled Australian Ballet dance teachers, involves learning around movement. Non-competitive dance learning highlights the value of listening,seeing, physical coordination and expressive skills. Sensory development aids all aspects of learning for children in their formative years. The program is delivered to primary school aged children attending schools deemed to be disadvantaged, whether it be socio economic disadvantage or because of the remoteness of location. In FY2014, Colonial renewed its support of the program and committed further funding totalling $450,000, payable over the next four financial years,to support the program's expansion across all States and Territories of Australia.
Somebody's Daughter Theatre Company (SDTC) $100,000
SDTC is a Victorian based organisation established more than 30 years ago. Their mission is to work with those who are the most marginalised in our community, to deliver positive and sustainable social change. Colonial's grant represents the second year of funding support for SDTC as part of a five year partnership. Colonial's funding supports SDTC's "Vulnerable Child" Program. Colonial's grant has enabled SDTC to establish and develop an alternative arts-related programs to engage with disadvantaged and disconnected youth in the Geelong and wider community, to break cycles of abuse, addiction and disengagement.
Bangarra Dance Theatre $50,000
Bangarra is Australia's national premier Indigenous performing arts company, utilising dance, music and language to retell and rekindle Australia's rich Indigenous history. This is the Foundation's first grant of a three year funding partnership worth $500,000 to support the expansion of Bangarra's Rekindling Program. The Program aims to inspire pride, kinship, positive life choices and a sense of custodianship in young Indigenous Australians. This is achieved through a series of short residencies (called "gatherings") in schools and community centres that focus on high-school-aged students. The gatherings allow Bangarra to connect young people and community elders so that stories and culture are shared across generations.
Summer Foundation $25,000
Summer Foundation's mission is to aid in the resolution of young people living in nursing homes. In Australia, approximately 200 people under 50 are admitted to aged care nursing homes each year. Colonial provided a grant to fund the production and dissemination of a report on the design and technology to be incorporated into a new Housing Demonstration Project in the Hunter Valley (NSW). The report for which funding has been granted, will document the design principles of the Hunter Housing Demonstration Project and take the detailed specification for the build design, fit out and technology for the project and turn them into a 'stand-alone' report for use by housing providers, disability providers, government and other parties who may be interested in replicating this technology and design aspects into other housing models for the benefit of people with significant disabilities, enabling them to live more independently.