2023 Round one (June 2023)
Julie Morrison (VIC, 2018)
Julie will undertake a formal independent evaluation of the OPP court dog program. Her project aims to assess the program’s effectiveness and identify areas for improvement, ultimately enhancing its impact and benefiting the community.
Michael McSweeney (NSW, 2019)
Michael’s project involves planning and piloting a community theatre program while establishing a Bush Theatre Network. By harnessing the power of the arts, Michael aims to engage and empower communities, fostering creativity and social cohesion.
Taryn Lane (VIC, 2016)
Taryn’s project centres around the creation of the Community-led Climate Transition Handbook. Through this initiative, Taryn aims to equip communities with practical tools and knowledge to navigate the challenges posed by climate change and foster sustainable practices.
Kim Samuel (NSW, 2019)
Kim’s project focuses on developing Australian Design Guidelines for Access and Inclusion applicable to all residential development projects. By promoting universal accessibility, Kim aims to enhance the inclusivity and usability of built environments, fostering an inclusive society.
2022 Round two (September 2022)
Chris Boyle (QLD, 2012)
To spark the mobilisation of family and friends to prevent abuse, domestic violence and isolation.
Chris is the owner of the StandbyU Shield, which helps address complex social issues such as abuse, domestic violence and isolation through the mobilisation of family and friends. The program has three main elements: existing social networks; a plan to address risks; and a wearable device that connects to pre-identified safe networks.
Chris’ Impact Funding project is to further develop his program by building a cloud-based solution that will enable national (and world-wide) automation of the StandbyU shield, and reduce programming time of each shield by up to 90%.
Anita Collins (ACT, 2015)
To pilot a music program audit tool for school leaders.
Anita’s Impact Funding project will enable her to pilot an audit program for music education in schools, to make it easier for educators to identify areas that need improvement, map out a plan, implement changes and measure improvements.
Michelle (Shelly) Dival (WA, 2017)
To establish online learning for individuals to gain skills to create an Autism friendly home.
Shelly’s project is to develop a low-cost, accessible self-learning resource for people and families living with Autism and neurodiversity. This resource will provide the know-how for simple home modifications to minimise sensory overload and improve memory, decision-making, personal wellbeing, and growth.
Alex Kelly (NT, 2012)
To consolidate and create Impact Production tools.
Alex is an artist, filmmaker, activist and orchardist based on Dja Dja Wurrung Country. With decades of experience across film, theatre, communications strategy and troublemaking, Alex has developed a deeply collaborative practice that purposefully connects the disciplines of art and social change. Her Fellowship project was to research the social impact of documentaries. Her Impact Funding project will enable her to create and consolidate production tools to make them more accessible to other filmmakers and artists.
Lisa Penrose-Herbert (QLD, 2016)
To pilot an integrated eye health and vision screening program within Goondir Primary Health Services.
In delivering her Impact Funding project, Lisa will work in partnership with Goondir Aboriginal Medical Service to pilot and implement a screening project to address the significant gap in eye health experienced by Indigenous communities. Lisa plans to use existing programs and under-utilised retinal cameras to deliver this project. She has also identified two key barriers to using retinal cameras effectively that will be addressed by her work.
Jodie Williams (Norfolk Island, 2013)
To launch a new growth platform of sound art compositions with mental health support channels.
Jodie’s project is to share her sound heritage library with sound healing platforms. She will work with the Norfolk Island Hospital and Residential Aged Care Service to support aged care patients and those travelling offshore for treatment, by supplying music therapy devices containing her heritage audio library collection. Her project also includes re-branding her website to focus on palliative and bereavement care support for patients and families and linking to digital music platforms to reach a wider audience.