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Calling all not-for-profits and financial planners: final weeks for Future2 ‘Make the Difference!’ grant applications


Supporting disadvantaged young Australians through the financial planning community

Future2, the charitable foundation of the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA), is calling for grant applications as part of its Make the Difference! grant program, which supports projects that create opportunities for disadvantaged young Australians.

Community not-for-profits and charities are invited to apply for funding with the support of a local FPA member. The FPA member may be someone who is already involved with the grant applicant or can be someone who has only recently been introduced to the applicant but believes they deserve funding for the work they do.

Corinna Dieters, Chair of the Future2 Grants Committee said: “We encourage applications for funding across a wide range of programs that help young people reconnect with the community and build productive lives.

“Future2 is proud and excited by the achievements of the programs it has funded. Every life that is turned from disadvantage to opportunity is a success story – thanks to the tireless efforts of community organisations and volunteers who do amazing things with limited money.

“Each year, the number of quality applications for funding increases and the allocation of grants becomes more difficult. Applications received this year indicate the need for funding support is greater than ever. Through a disciplined review process, we try to ensure the grant money goes where it can be most effectively applied for the benefit of young Australians who are at risk.”

With funds raised by financial planning professionals, Future2 seeks to make a lasting difference to the lives of young Australians most in need. The funds committed this year will bring the value of grants awarded to $540,000 since 2007.

Many FPA members are closely involved with local community causes and have identified programs for funding support by Future2. For others, the grant application is the starting point and the financial planners go on to build a relationship with the community organisation, sometimes making a personal contribution through mentoring or volunteering.

The programs supported by Future2 range across the following areas:

  • Education, including skills training and leadership development
  • Engagement, including mentoring and juvenile justice programs
  • Employment, including work experience and job readiness training
  • Wellbeing, including remedial programs for drug and alcohol dependence
  • Independent living and social inclusion

The young people benefitting from Future2 grants include, for example, those who are outside mainstream education, living with intellectual or physical disability, fighting an addiction, living in dysfunctional families, in juvenile justice, or new migrants seeking a place in their adopted home.

All grants must be submitted by 31 July, with the grants announcement made on 19 November during the FPA Professionals Congress in Brisbane.

Find out more about Future2 grants and make your application at: www.future2foundation.org.au/grants.