Voting opens for the 24 finalists in this year’s Australian Ethical Community Grants program

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John McMurdo

Australian Ethical members and public urged to vote online Australian Ethical has opened the online voting in this year’s Community Grants program with 24 charities shortlisted as finalists from 432 applications.

This year saw a marked increase in applications – up from 380 in 2019 – together with a significant uptick in queries and social media activity as the program continues to grow its reach.

Nick Chadwick, Foundation Officer at Australian Ethical, said: “We’re not surprised to see this increase. As the economic downturn bites, financial support for charities has fallen at a time when many of them are experiencing more demand for the services they provide.

“Coming so soon after this year’s bushfires, it’s putting a real strain on their resources and even threatening the survival of many. As a result, we could lose some very valuable programs and organisations, which I think makes this year’s Community Grants even more important.”

 

 

The Australian Ethical Community Grants program offers grants of $10,000 – $20,000 to Australian not-forprofit organisations and social enterprises operating both in Australia and overseas.

Each application is assessed against an impact assessment framework and as in previous years the finalists align with Australian Ethical’s three pillars of people, planet and animals.

Chadwick said: “The grants program is all about helping small organisations do big things which is why it’s targeted at grassroots organisations with an annual operating revenue of under $1.5 million.

“These past few months we’ve also been working with previous grant recipients to understand their situation and provide practical help throughout COVID-19. We’ve offered flexibility in reporting outcomes and deadlines with the option to shift funding to new projects to ensure their most important priorities are still met.”

The grants program is a defining feature of Australian Ethical’s role as a leading purpose-driven organisation. Grants are allocated from the Australian Ethical Foundation1 , which to date has donated more than $3.5 million to support organisations building resilient communities in Australia and overseas.

Last year saw more than 16,000 Australian Ethical super fund members and managed fund investors, employees, shareholders and the wider community vote to choose the final grant recipients.

John McMurdo, Australian Ethical CEO, said: “It’s never been so important for companies to advocate for change and use their scale for good. And while taking a stand is a good start, real action is what’s needed. “That’s why we’re so proud to make money matter and help improve the personal, environmental and societal issues that affect our members and the wider community.”

Voting closes 26 July 2020 with the final grant recipients announced in September.

Voting is now open.

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