Since its establishment to date, the Foundation has committed to donate more than $135 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

Healthy Ageing

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

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Walter & Eliza Hall Research Institute
In pursuit of its objective to support medical research designed to find solutions to the disabilities of ageing, during 2019, Colonial Foundation committed to fund $15 million to Walter and Eliza Hall Research Institute over 5 years.
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Osteoporosis Australia
Over 5.5 million Australians over 50 have poor bone health with more than 165,000 bone fractures occurring in 2018. Bone fractures are the most significant consequence of osteoporosis. Only 20% of people who come to medical attention with a ‘minimal trauma’ fracture are investigated for osteoporosis.
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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.

Youth Opportunity

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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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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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.

Rural & Regional Vitality

We are currently assessing funding opportunities in this sector, taking into account the effects of the recent bushfires throughout Australia.