Since its establishment to date, the Foundation has committed to donate more than $115 million of philanthropic grants to over 70 charitable organisations.

These grants have focused on a variety of areas of need as set out below:

Community wellbeing
Health & disability
Mental health
Youth disadvantage
Education & vocational training
Medical research & innovation
Arts
& culture
Indigenous communities

Mental Health

Grants donated have covered a variety of organisations, examples of which are outlined here.

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Orygen
In 2001, the Colonial Foundation provided seed funding to catalyse Professor Patrick McGorry’s team’s initial work in early interventions for young people with mental ill-health. This led to the establishment of Orygen in 2001-02.
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SANE Australia
SANE Australia is a national charity that aims to help all Australians affected by mental illness to lead a better life through support, training and education.

Medical Research & Innovation

Grants donated have covered a variety of organisations, examples of which are outlined here.

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Bionics Institute
In 2012, Colonial commenced a partnership with the Bionics Institute that will see the Foundation committing a substantial amount over a six-year period.

Education & Vocational Training

Grants donated have covered a variety of organisations, examples of which are outlined here.

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Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS)
MITS offers an innovative education model to enable young Indigenous students from remote and regional communities in Australia, access to Australia’s best schools.
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Beacon Foundation
During a six-year funding partnership with Beacon, Colonial provided funding to support the development of the highly successful Beacon program in 12 selective secondary schools, located predominantly in low socio-economic status areas in Victoria, Queensland, NSW and Tasmania.
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DOXA
Colonial entered a four-year grant partnership with DOXA, with funding directed to support young people, aged 13 to 14 years and studying Years 7 and 8 at disadvantaged state and independent secondary schools, transition to secondary school.
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Jawun
The Foundation was a founding funding partner of Jawun commencing in 2003. The 17-year partnership has seen the Foundation provide multi-million dollar support to Jawun.

Youth Disadvantage

Grants donated have covered a variety of organisations, examples of which are outlined here.

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Whitelion
Whitelion aims to change the lives of homeless and at-risk young people by working with them individually, offering long-term, focused and intensive support.
Somebody’s Daughter Theatre Company (SDTC)
Somebody’s Daughter Theatre Company
SDTC is a Victorian- based organisation established more than 30 years ago. Their mission is to work with those who are the most marginalised in our community, to deliver positive and sustainable social change.

Arts & Culture

Grants donated have covered a variety of organisations, examples of which are outlined here.

Bangarra Dance Theatre
Bangarra Dance Theatre
Bangarra is Australia’s national premier Indigenous performing arts company, utilising dance, music and language to retell and rekindle Australia’s rich Indigenous history.
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Australian Youth Orchestra
Colonial’s funding partnership began in 2007 and continues to support two of AYO’s main training programs: The Young Symphonists and The Chamber Players Groups.
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The Australian Ballet
Colonial Foundation seed-funded the “Out There in Schools” program when it was piloted in 2006. Since that time, the program has grown to become one of Australia’s leading dance education incursion (school-based) programs.