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Learnings from grantmaking practice

Between June 2012 and June 2017, VFFF analysed 206 grant acquittals submitted by grantees.

While undertaking a Strategic Review in the 2017 Financial Year, we revisited these analyses and their ratings, to draw out learnings to strengthen our future work. Essentially, the idea being to understand the characteristics of grants that perform well and those that don’t – in order to inform our application, assessment and decisionmaking processes.

Our Learning from grant performance document presents the following information resulting from this analysis:

  • General learnings from these grants
  • Summary characteristics of higher and lower performing grants

We share this document in the spirit of transparency and as part of our commitment to share our learnings from success and failure. Please note that this document reflects the author’s interpretation of VFFF’s experience of this particular group of grants.

Latest Grants

  • Behavioural Insights Team
    $880,300 towards the final phase of the Code for Online Decisions and Ethics (CODE) Program.
  • Central Queensland Life Education Centre
    $50,000 towards the Mobile Learning Centre, delivering Life Education’s health and drug program to schools and early learning centres throughout Central Queensland.
  • Our Community Project (Tender Funerals)
    $50,000 to develop the Tender Replication Strategy and provide ongoing support to communities adopting the Tender model.
  • Outward Bound Australia
    $35,000 towards the Inspired Muslim Girls program, providing outdoor adventure education that builds confidence, resilience, cultural understanding and cohesion.
  • Raise Foundation
    $46,209 towards high school mentoring programs in Narrabri, Young and Wee Waa.
  • Sandgate and Bracken Ridge Action Group (Sandbag)
    $49,311 towards the employment of a Compliance Officer, essential to Sandbag providing services to those most vulnerable within their community.
  • Thrive Refugee Enterprise
    $35,000 towards a feasibility study of how best to support refugees and asylum seekers in regional NSW to start and run small businesses.