Poverty & Disadvantage Program Grantmaking
In line with The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund’s strategic pillar of organisations, the Poverty & Disadvantage Program makes multi-year grants to support the general operations of organisations whose work as a whole aligns with the focus area.
The grantmaking focus area for the current strategic period is improved transitions from education to further education and employment for Aboriginal young people and young people from refugee backgrounds, aged 15 to 25 years.
The Poverty & Disadvantage Program does not accept unsolicited applications. Should you believe your organisation’s work as a whole aligns with the focus area please send a brief email to firstname.lastname@example.org for the attention of the Program Manager.
The Social Studio
Supported with a grant of $355,000 over five years, The Social Studio is a not-for-profit social enterprise. The Social Studio uses the vehicle of a fashion business to work with refugee and migrant young people to develop skills and confidence, and pathways to education, training and employment.
The Sidney Myer Fund’s grant is not directed to one part of The Social Studio’s work or another. Rather it is designed to provide flexibility, to be directed to whatever part of The Social Studio’s operations that its management determines is the priority.
Small Grants Program
The Sidney Myer Fund supports two grantmaking programs making small grants of up to $10,000 each available to organisations and communities around Australia.
Small grants for applicants in rural and regional Australia are available through the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal’s Strengthening Rural Communities program.
The Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association’s Supporting Stronger Communities program makes grants up to $10,000 to tackle poverty and disadvantage in local communities in metropolitan areas of Australia, through the neighbourhood and community house network.