Foundation support for new projects

5 min·9 Feb, 2022

The December board meeting for Morris Family Foundation saw five organisations approved for grant funding, including two brand new projects.

The new additions include a national campaign aiming to strengthen Australia’s democracy; and work by a non-government organisation to support communities affected by the transition away from fossil fuels.

Apart from the new projects, the foundation agreed to continue support for three existing partners: Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network (AEGN), So They Can, and Australian Youth Climate Coalition.

The five projects join a range of others currently receiving support from the foundation across the impact areas of the environment, equitable growth, sustainable agriculture, and mental health and wellbeing.

Australian Youth Climate Coalition

The new projects being supported by the foundation are:

#OurDemocracy campaign

Craig Reucassel (War on Waste; The Chaser) has made a feature documentary that follows Christiaan Van Vuuren (Bondi Hipsters) as he goes on a journey to find out how much money has infiltrated and influenced political decision makers in Australia. Watch the full documentary on ABC iView.

The campaign attached to the film, which was released September 2021, is the #OurDemocracy campaign launched with the Make it a Big Deal website that encourages people to meet their local MP and connect with community groups working to reform our democratic processes. When our political system isn’t working, it functions as an obstacle to progress on every important issue.

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Environment Victoria

Environment Victoria is the state’s leading environmental non-government organisation. In 2021, EV’s aim is to make Victoria a national and global leader on climate action, including working to accelerate the renewable energy transition and restoring the Murray-Darling basin to health.

Their work to accelerate the renewables transition in Victoria includes making sure no communities are left behind as coal-fired power stations are closed ahead of schedule and sometimes without much notice.

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