In November 2008 The Myer Foundation and the Sidney Myer Fund together announced the 2009 Commemorative Grants Program, marking the 75th anniversary of the Sidney Myer Fund.
The 2009 Commemorative Grants Program awarded $28 million over five years to 13 major projects, supporting 49 organisations. Individual Myer family members contributed a further $8 million, bringing the total commitment from Myer family philanthropy to $36 million. The range of supported projects was exciting and diverse, representing many contemporary issues facing Australian society including affordable housing, climate change and the effects of prolonged drought in regional Victoria.
All of the supported projects accorded with the Myer Family’s traditional History plus imagination equals the future philanthropic foci, including health, education, science, environment, the arts and Australia’s engagement with the Asian region.
Common to all projects was the commitment to making an enduring and positive impact on society. Each grant represented a partnership, recognising that The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund cannot be effective grantmakers without good recipient organisations. Over the years, The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund have been privileged to forge strong and enduring relationships with many organisations that work for the benefit of our community.
Many of the projects supported through the 2009 Commemorative Grants Program have been completed while others will continue into 2014-2015.
Descriptions of all the initiatives supported through the 2009 Commemorative Grants Program can be found in the report, below.