Chloe with MumVariety Sprout Fund

We had a great response to our first round of grant funding through the Variety Sprout Fund – thank you everyone who submitted an application.

Applications for 2017 have now closed.

Stay tuned to hear more about the successful applicants!

A message from our Chair, Dr. Kathryn Zeitz:

Success Stories! Could you be one?

Our CEO, Mark McGill



Sprout Fund

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is the Variety Sprout Fund?
The Variety Sprout Fund is a new giving initiative of Variety SA which will offer a maximum of eight organisations and/or individuals a grant of up to $150,000 in total over three consecutive years (2018 – 2020). This will see us commit to an investment of $1.2m for the futures of SA children.

How is it different from Variety’s usual grant programs?
This funding differs slightly from our existing grant program because for the first time the funding is offered over three years. The fund is offered with the aim of working with other organisations or individuals to achieve mutually beneficial goals that ultimately enrich the lives of SA children.

Under this program, Variety may also consider funding wages and administrative costs where a sustainable outcome is likely to be achieved within the three years of funding.

Who can apply?
Individuals or organisations achieving great results for children in need in SA or with a new idea which could close the gap on unmet needs for South Australian children up to 18 years of age.

What can I apply for?
As always, Variety SA supports causes that assist children up to 18 years of age.
Applications are welcome for a broad range of proposals, including the expansion of an existing program to reach more children in need or new initiatives that will make a positive difference for children who deserve our support.

What/who isn’t eligible for funding?
• Variety SA does not fund research.
• Variety SA may not approve grant applications where alternative funding sources are available. Proof of any unsuccessful alternate funding should be included in the application.
• Applications will not be considered for retrospective funding.
• Applications for existing programs already funded by Variety will not be considered. New projects or programs or the expansion of existing ones (eg into regional communities or a new sector where there is unmet need) will be considered.

What criteria apply?
Variety does not provide cash grants. Instead, we purchase equipment and services directly on behalf of the grant recipient. This will need to be factored into your project/program budget. In some cases we may reimburse on presentation of receipts.
Each applicant (individual or organisation) must complete the Variety Sprout Fund application form available on the Variety funding portal (see below for process).
All questions must be answered and additional paperwork submitted as requested.
The following types of applications will NOT be considered:
· Ongoing funding, such as repairs or maintenance of equipment
· Research
· General and cash donations
· Retrospective funding (except in some situations)

What is the requirement for funding from other sources?
There is no requirement.
If the total project/program costs exceed $150,000 over three years the applicant will need to demonstrate confirmed and/or proposed sources of funding to cover the difference.
If there is funding available from other sources, particularly from government, this should be applied for.
If there is no other funding available, applicants can apply for the total project/program costs up to a maximum of $150,000 over three years.

What is the process?
Applications are now closed. Please be aware we are expecting a large number of applications, which will take some time to process.  A member of Variety’s Grants Committee may follow up with you via telephone, email or in person to discuss your application further.
The Grants Committee is expected to make its recommendations to the Variety SA Board in November and all applicants will be advised in writing by Friday 24 November 2017.  If your application is successful, a meeting will be scheduled to outline the process for implementing the grant over three years.

Key dates
• Applications open 4 September 2017
• Applications close 5pm, 6 October 2017
• Successful applicants advised 22 November 2017

Further information
Phone: 8293 8744