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
& culture
Indigenous communities

Youth Well-Being

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

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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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Orygen Capital Project
In addition to the annual contribution to Orygen's operations, the Colonial Foundation was pleased to be able to fund $5 million towards the redevelopment of a new purpose-built building at Orygen’s Parkville campus.
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.
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.
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.
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The Haven Foundation
During 2019, Colonial Foundation continued its support of The Haven Foundation by contributing $500,000 to assist in the purchase of a new property in Laverton, Victoria. The property will be used to construct a 16 bed fully self-contained Haven Home
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.

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.
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.

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.
The Australian Ballet
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.