Since 2016, we have committed more than $600 million in grants through more than 120 grant agreements with organisations offering new ways to break cycles of disadvantage and to achieve lasting change.

These are just a small selection of our partners to date.


Generation V (GenV) is a project that aims to re-define how we solve complex health and development problems, like mental illness, obesity, autism, learning difficulties and allergies.  GenV will invite every parent with a child born in Victoria in 2021-22 to participate.  For the first time, we will have holistic data on the health and wellbeing spanning a generation of children and their parents. This data will accelerate the work of all those trying to understand and tackle these complex problems, and give us a new foundation for building a healthier future.

Our partners: Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the Victorian Government.

Our role: The Foundation’s support is focused on developing the data technology, biobanking infrastructure and capabilities to support one of the world’s largest birth cohorts.
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Our Place is about transforming the setting for a child’s early learning and primary education into a site where families can access a range of social services. It transforms a school into a community hub.

Our partners: An initiative of the Colman Foundation in Victoria, Our Place has a range of partners from government and philanthropy.

Our role: The Foundation is able to make a distinctive contribution focused on building the internal capability needed to support implementation across ten sites to deliver services and outcomes for children and their families.
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The Front Project is an independent national enterprise committed to creating an early childhood education system that is of high quality so that all children, especially those experiencing disadvantage, realise the benefits of early education and thrive throughout their lives.

Our partners: We collaborate with a wide range of partners across the early childhood sector, universities, business and workforce.

Our role: The Foundation’s grant supports convening business and community leaders to explore systems leadership in the early childhood sector and how to improve the quality and accessibility of early childhood education.
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LifeSpan takes an evidence-based and systems-wide approach to suicide prevention that incorporates health, education, frontline services, business and the community.

Our partners: Our primary partner is The Black Dog Institute which works with clinicians, researchers, community groups and people with lived experience.

Our role: The Foundation’s support is the largest philanthropic contribution to suicide prevention in Australia and has funded four NSW trial sites. Learnings are now being applied to an additional trial site in the ACT.
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Health Justice Australia is a national charity and centre of excellence for health justice partnership – a service innovation that is transforming the way some of the most disadvantaged people in Australia access legal support. This collaborative model sees lawyers, hospitals and community health services partnering to bring legal help into healthcare settings; providing multidisciplinary support that can make a real difference for people who are vulnerable to social and legal problems that affect their health.

Our partners: Health Justice Australia is the national centre of excellence for more than 70 health justice partnerships across Australia.

Our role: We are supporting Health Justice Australia to identify the value and feasibility of health justice partnerships; and of Health Justice Australia as their national centre of excellence.
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The Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision is a whole-of-system framework to close the gap in Indigenous vision, by reducing avoidable blindness including eliminating trachoma. The team is working with governments, community organisations and the health sector for this project. 

Our partners: Indigenous Eye Health at The University of Melbourne is the backbone organisation for this project.

Our role: Our investment is to support valuable intermediation between different parts of a system.
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Affordable dialysis is a project to develop the world’s first portable, affordable dialysis machine which will be able to use water from any source and run on solar power. Portable and affordable dialysis holds particular promise for Australians in remote areas, especially Indigenous people, who carry a significant burden of kidney disease. 

Our partners: The Foundation is partnering with Ellen Medical Devices on this project

Our role: The Foundation’s contribution will assist with prototype enhancements and field testing.
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Quality Teaching Rounds is built around a new, evidence-led approach to professional development for teachers that allows them to observe each other’s teaching, followed by extended conversation guided by a common language and set of conceptual standards.

Our partners: This is a partnership between the Foundation and the University of Newcastle.

Our role: The Foundation’s contribution will enable the program to scale up from 200 to 3,200 schools over the next five years, as well as undertake rigorous evaluations, including several randomised controlled trials.
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