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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

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  • Alpha Australia
    $240,000 over three years towards the expansion of the Alpha Australia Youth Series, helping young people explore and discuss Christian faith.
  • Outward Bound Australia
    $124,520 in capacity building support, for the development of Outward Bound's community work.
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  • Phunktional
    $30,000 towards Beyond the Walls, empowering young people in custody through Community Arts and Cultural Development.
  • Australian Council of Social Service
    $50,000 towards Raise the Rate, a campaign to increase the Newstart Allowance, which has not increased in real terms in 24 years.