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.

Announcement, 27 November, 2017: Variety makes futures brighter for SA Kids by granting $1.2m to eight organisations

After a rigorous selection process, Variety – the Children’s Charity of South Australia today announced the eight successful applicants of the Variety Sprout Fund, who will receive a combined total of $1.2 million over three years, estimated to positively impact the lives of up to 185,000 children in South Australia.

The recipients of the funding encompass a range of areas across children’s well-being:

  • The Institute of Child and Adolescent Obesity Management – Danny’s Place ‘Be Your Best’ lifestyle education and support program
  • Autism SA – Sensory and social spaces for children and teens used for therapy as well as relaxation and socialisation
  • The Carly Ryan Foundation – Project Connect – aiming to reduce violence against women and children
  • Foodbank SA – Fresh Food Fridays – A program to provide fresh food packs for severely disadvantaged school children to take home on Fridays ahead of the weekend
  • Encounter Youth – Party Safe Education Program – alcohol and drug prevention
  • Still Aware – An education program aiming to lower the number of stillbirths in Australia
  • Multicultural Youth SA – Gateway: Refugee Child and Adolescent Early Intervention
    and Prevention Program for children with special needs
  • Down Syndrome – Fulfilling Regional Lives – Provision of an educational consultant for regional SA

The fund is a first of its kind for the leading children’s charity. They will inject the $1.2 million grant funding into the State in addition to their regular grants program that has exceeded $3m per annum for the past two years. As the Variety Sprout Fund grant is allocated over three years, it enables organisations to have security of long term funding, covering some costs not currently considered under the usual Variety grant criteria.

A sub-committee of Adelaide community leaders, Variety Chair, Dr. Kathryn Zeitz; Cardiologist and Chair of Variety’s Grants Committee, Dr. Bronte Ayres; Chair of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and Chair of the Australian Digital Health Agency, Jim Birch AM and Australian Federal Police officer and AFLW Head Coach, Adelaide Football Club, Bec Goddard, came together to shortlist the applicants. The shortlist of 12 was then considered by the independent Variety Grants Committee to select the finalists.
As a grants-only provider, Variety distributes funding directly to families with children in need or to those organisations who assist them. In the past 12 months alone, more than 33,000 South Australian children have been supported.

“Variety is excited to be able to provide this additional funding to help brighten the future of even more South Australian children,’’ said Dr. Kathryn Zeitz, Chair of Variety SA Board.

‘’We received a strong response to our call for applications and have made our selection based upon innovative programs that support a wider range of children in need,’’ she said.

Since 1983, Variety has granted more than $57,000,000 to assist to children in need in the State, including schools, hospitals, individual families and other children’s charities.

Meet the 8 successful Sprout Fund Organisations

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
Email: [email protected]