On 27 February 2017, we launched our 2017/18 AET Discretionary Grants Program in Adelaide with an event attended by more than 100 representatives from not-for-profit organisations, philanthropists and advisers.

Ben Clark our Head of Philanthropy, provided an overview of the AET Discretionary Grants Program which brings together 13 charitable trusts whose donors have entrusted us to make granting decisions on their behalf. Through this program we will grant up to $600,000 to eligible charitable organisations before 30 June 2017.

The 2017/18 Program will invest in South Australian based not-for-profit organisations (or those delivering programs in South Australia) that are building organisational capacity and effectiveness.  We are committed to funding South Australian programs and recognise the needs and critical role of small-to-medium not-for-profit organisations. It continues our strong heritage, gained over almost 140 years, through helping Australians to support their communities.

The Program has two underlying programs:

  • The AET Learning for Impact Program which supports organisations that recognise and value the role talented staff play in delivering outcomes for their organisation and the communities they serve.
  • The AET Small to Medium Investment Program which aims to provide untied investment for South Australian based organisations that are considered small to medium in size (approximately $5 million or less in annual turnover).

Thank you to representatives from our 2015/16 charitable partners - Jenny Parsons from the SA Museum, Terry Lyons from Novita Services and Dr Ingrid Burkett from The Australian Centre for Social Impact who presented case studies and gave valuable insights into the importance of professional learning opportunities for staff within the not-for-profit sector.

The funding round for the Program will open on 27 February 2017 and closes on 1 May 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by 30 May 2017 with funding agreements expected to be finalised before 30 June 2017.

To find out more about our AET Discretionary Grants Program and its underlying programs the AET Learning for Impact and AET Small to Medium Investment Program, please visit the philanthropy section of the website or contact community@aetlimited.com.au