Best Grant Program Award

Recognising the value of considered, effective and targeted philanthropic grant programs, which support positive social, cultural or environmental change.

Nomination Closed

The Best Grant Program Award showcases the work of program managers and gives people running private ancillary funds (PAFs) an opportunity to share the thinking behind their grantmaking.

Use our online form to nominate someone for the Best Grant Program Award.

Nominations are welcomed from Philanthropy Australia members, non-members, supporters and friends of our partner organisations.

You can nominate an individual from the Australian philanthropic and broader social change community. This doesn’t include organisations or paid professionals. An individual may not nominate themselves.

Current staff and council of Philanthropy Australia and members of the selection panel are not eligible for nomination.

Nominations are assessed by the selection panel on the following criteria:

  1. The issue or need that the grants program aims to address or support
  2. The evidence that has been used to inform the specific granting approach
  3. How the grants program contributes to more and better philanthropy
  4. Specific example of a grant, within your program, that exemplifies the qualities of the grants program
  5. Specify the one thing that makes this a knockout nomination

This award is for activity occurring in the last five years – this may include design, funding, outcomes and/or impact.

Nominees remain confidential and only finalists and successful recipients are announced.

To complete our nomination form, you will need to:

  • Address the selection criteria and give reasons why your nominee should be considered for this award (250 words).
  • Describe your nominee’s role in Australian philanthropy (300 words).
  • Give evidence of tangible delivery outcomes and impact (300 words).
  • Upload at least 2 photos (maximum 5), including a headshot, that can be used for promotional purposes if your nominee is successful.
  • Estimate their amount of philanthropic investment – financial and non-financial.
  • Provide at least 3 letters of support (maximum 5) from referees who can verify the nominee’s service, accomplishments and character.

Nominations for the Best Grant Program Award:

  • open [Day Date Month Year]
  • close [Day Date Month Year] at 5pm.

Submissions are reviewed by the selection panel for announcement at the Australian Philanthropy Awards celebration. This event is held on [Day Date Month Year] at [Venue].

You will be notified of the outcome of your nomination. If successful, we will be in touch with exciting details before the awards event.

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If you have any questions or would like more information about this year’s Australian Philanthropy Awards, contact us at [email protected]


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