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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

  • Centre for Policy Development
    $600,000 for the Cities and Settlement Program - to enhance employment and settlement services for refugees.
  • Crusaders Union of Australia
    $3,000,000 as a matched funding incentive towards the redevelopment and expansion of the Crusaders’ Lake Macquarie camp site.
  • UNSW CHeBA
    $200,000 towards the Dementia Momentum.
  • Philanthropy Australia
    $75,000 to join Philanthropy Champions, an ambassadorial group of philanthropic leaders committed to enhancing the capacity of the philanthropic sector.
  • WeBelong Inc
    $45,000 towards the Jesus Club – a program providing support, training and resources for local churches to reach people with disabilities.