Fellow Impact Funding

29 Jul 2022

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If you had the money, what would you do to further achieve impact with your Fellowship?

The Churchill Fellowship Impact Fund was launched in March 2022 to enhance the outcomes achieved with Churchill Fellowships across all industries and sectors.

The Fund was set up to invest in initiatives that will create measurable and positive change for the Australian community at a national or local level by:

  • supporting Fellowship recommendations where funding is the main barrier to success;

  • prioritising initiatives where the applicant has been actively working to achieve impact from their Fellowship and other sources of funding are not readily available; or

  • identifying initiatives that actively share knowledge and insights, fostering collaboration and potential for maximising the ongoing impact within the community.

Calling for round two applications

Impact Funding round two launches on Friday 5 August 2022 and you’re invited to an information session to learn more.

The session will include an overview of the Impact Funding opportunity from Churchill Trust CEO Adam Davey followed by a Q&A opportunity. Churchill Fellow Tim McLennan (WA, 2016), who received funding in round one, will be there to provide insights on his approach to the application process, project planning and implementation.

Be sure to read the guidelines and write down any questions you may have – hope to see you and hear your great project ideas on 5 August!

Fellows making an impact!

We’d like to officially congratulate and introduce the first seven successful applicants. Their projects showcase a broad range of Fellowship award years, industries and topics and we’re looking forward to sharing their stories with you as they progress their initiatives.

Barbara Biggins (SA, 1989)

Barbara’s Impact project: to review and redesign Small screen, a monthly news review of developments in children’s media

Small screen, founded in 1986, is a unique publication on developments in children’s media, research, law, regulation, and opportunities for public participation. Barbara’s project will review and redesign the publication for online distribution, with the aim of expanding its database and increasing its audience and funding.


Morwenna Collett (NSW, 2018)

Morwenna’s Impact project: to conduct a feasibility study for a live-music accessibility charter

One in five Australians have a disability, and many enjoy live music (one of Australia’s most popular art-forms). Morwenna’s project builds on a pilot she delivered in NSW by delivering a feasibility study for a charter for the Australian music industry – ultimately to help make live music more accessible to more people across the country.


Catherine Crock (VIC, 2009)

Catherine’s Impact project: to stream performances into hospitals, medical schools and conferences to reduce stress and anxiety in healthcare settings.

Catherine works on a national scale to transform healthcare culture and environments through the arts. Her work focuses on the importance of kindness in the health system to improve culture and reduce bullying. Her project will enable her to reach a wider geographic interstate and overseas audience.


Nick Gorman (VIC, 2014)

Nick’s Impact project: to work with Yuin community members on the NSW south coast to develop a draft business plan for the processing, sales and marketing of roe products.

Roe is one of several products that can be developed to build employment, business and self-determination of the Yuin community. Nick’s Fellowship makes him well placed to support the Indigenous community in this venture.


Garry King (QLD, 2002)

Garry’s Impact project: to provide a pilot program of workshops for parents and professionals in Gympie and Lismore on non-suicidal self-injury.

There has been a significant increase in self-harming behaviours amongst school children in recent years, and Garry’s project will focus specifically on addressing self-harming behaviours following disaster events.


Tim McLennan (WA, 2016)

Tim’s Impact project: to create a demonstration smart-home for patients at Fiona Stanley Hospital, WA, so they can learn, explore and experience assistive technology before going home and back into the community.

By simulating a home environment with a wide range of contemporary assistive technology and smart home options (free of marketing forces), Tim’s project will enable patients to discover what’s possible and what works best for them to maximise their independence and control after an illness or injury. Hear more about Tim’s project when he joins us for the Impact Funding round two information session.


Margaret O’Connor (VIC, 2018)

Margaret’s Impact project: to establish a collaborative project to collect data for voluntary assisted dying in Australia.

In 2019, Victoria was the first state to legalise voluntary assisted dying with other states following. Margaret’s project is to develop an agreement to collect data from all states on activity and usage, and provide a cohesive national picture on voluntary assisted dying.

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