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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

  • Australian Schools Plus
    $6,306,443 in school grants and operational funding towards the Fair Education initiative.
  • Byron Region Community College
    $415,000 towards Sourdough Business Pathways, helping build strong and sustainable businesses in the Northern Rivers region.
  • First Steps Count Foundation
    $1,650,000 towards the construction and operational setup of the First Steps Count Child and Community Centre, Taree.
  • Human Rights Law Centre
    $382,332 to boost and diversify the Aboriginal Rights Team.
  • The Social Outfit
    $130,000 towards capacity building strategies.
  • Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation
    $50,000 towards the Refugee Action Support Program, supporting refugee students with language and literacy demands in the classroom.
  • First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation
    $40,000 towards the National Indigenous Art Fair, exhibiting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from 30 remote community art centres across Australia.
  • Eat Up Australia
    $48,023 towards Eat Up NSW, providing sandwiches for the young Australians who go to school every day without any lunch.
  • Best Employment
    $34,800 towards the Best Food Garden, producing and providing fresh produce to the Inverell community.
  • Queensland Youth Orchestras
    $25,000 towards the 2019 Regional Tour to North Queensland, providing concerts and workshops to regional communities.