We finished 2017 with almost $900K committed to 10 projects through the ACF Impact Fund. Over $400K has been granted to date and the balance will be distributed over the next five years.

It has been a big few months for our six inaugural Impact Fund grant recipients. We held workshops at the end of last year to co-design a reporting framework for each grantee. All strategies are now in place and we are excited to follow their progress, a few highlights are included below:

The Climate Council has been actively demonstrating the potential of renewables and battery storage to power the nation through their media, research and digital content. They recently released a report, ‘Fully Charged: Renewables and Storage Powering Australia’ looking at the potential of battery storage in Australia. You can access a copy of the report here. They also recently released a video highlighting the transformation of an old, abandoned mine in Kidston into a world-first solar + pumped hydro combo.

The Australian Marine & Conservation Society have made great progress with their campaign work in Cairns with the movement of Reef advocates rapidly growing. They also received national media attention in response to their media release about the governments proposed Reef rescue package.

Representatives from the Lama Lama Rangers met with politicians in Canberra late last year with several positive outcomes including public statements of support through social media and in the Senate. Lama Lama Rangers have since written to the candidates in their state electorate and are in touch with Country Needs People about more lobbying opportunities. A rescheduled trip with some Martu ladies from central Western Australia is being planned for March.

VCAT rejected an application by Woolworths for 40 poker machines in the Commercial Hotel in Whittlesea, Victoria (pictured above). VCAT specifically cited community opposition as a key factor in their decision to reject the application – a huge win! The Alliance is also gearing up for the three state elections this year.

ANDI held their first Community Workshop in November. This was the first major opportunity to bring together a broad range of civil society and community leaders to fully engage with and respond to ANDI’s detailed plans for the development of a national progress and wellbeing index for Australia. Mike Salvaris was also recently selected by the Community Indications Consortium Leadership for the 2017 Hall of Heroes Award (pictured above).

The Alannah & Madeline Foundation is progressing well in its efforts to ensure that the Australian community continues to be protected by a strong gun safety framework. A number of initiatives are underway including engagement and advocacy work.

 

Four agile grants have also been made through the Impact Fund over the past six months, responding to the following timely and emerging projects:

  • Human Rights Law Centre – Marriage Equality Campaign
  • Australian Council of Social Services – Poverty and Inequality Partnership
  • Uluru Statement
  • Anglicare Tasmania – Tasmanian Poker Machine Reform

 

What’s next?

Missed our announcement event last year? Watch a short video about each project on our website. We are also booking catch up sessions with the above organisations throughout April and May. Come along to hear about the projects, their progress and how you can be involved in 2018.

We are starting to talk to potential grantees about our 2018 grant ground and would love to hear your ideas! Please contact us if you know of any organisations addressing issues of national importance that would be great Impact Fund applicants. You can find out more about the Impact Fund focus areas and criteria on our website.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Femke Bosman, Impact & Evaluation Manager, for more information.