Applications for this year’s AMP’s Tomorrow Fund closed in May. Huge thanks to the many amazing Australians who shared their special goals with us. We will announce our 2016 AMP Tomorrow Makers on 24 November.

AMP’s Tomorrow Fund has closed for 2016. Thanks to everyone who applied.

What makes an AMP Tomorrow Maker?

AMP Tomorrow Makers are of all ages and walks of life. They pursue goals across a range of fields – from art to technology, science to social innovation and sport, film, fashion, music, medicine and more.

They have determination, a definite plan and a strong desire to make a difference – either by creating something special or inspiring others.

Since 2014, AMP’s Tomorrow Fund has awarded 89 grants to amazing Australians doing great things. Read more about them here and watch their videos.

We will announce our 2016 AMP Tomorrow Makers on 24 November.

The selection process

AMP’s Tomorrow Fund 2016 has received so many high-quality applications from across the nation.

To give every applicant a fair chance at sharing in $1 million in grants, we are undertaking rigorous assessments with the help of AMP employee judges and external experts.

Our expert judging panel will then review finalists in August before meeting in early September to select our 2016 AMP Tomorrow Makers.

Please be patient during the assessment period. The AMP Foundation team will contact you or your referees if more information is required.

All applicants will learn of the outcome of their application by mid-September.

Making the news

Three amazing AMP Tomorrow Makers have made the podium at the 2016 Paralympics.

Lakeisha Patterson (see below) scored a gold in her first event, the 400m S8 freestyle. This was followed by a silver in the 100m S8 freestyle. Her team-mate Ellie Cole added more medals to her collection, winning silver in the 400m S9 freestyle and then a bronze in the 100m freestyle.

AMP Tomorrow Maker Katie Kelly won gold in the first Paralympic triathlon. Katie signed up for her first paratriathlon in 2015, just days after being declared legally blind. She was guided to victory by Olympian Michellie Jones.

Keep up with more AMP Tomorrow Maker news on Twitter @ampfoundation or Facebook

Lakeisha grabs gold in Rio

AMP Tomorrow Maker Lakeisha Patterson has realised her dream of winning gold for Australia in Rio, setting a world record in the process.

The Queensland teenager, who is known as ‘Lucky’ to her friends, won her first event in the pool – the 400m S8 freestyle. It was also the first gold for Australia at the Games.

Lakeisha has cerebral palsy, epilepsy and early onset Parkinson’s disease. She took up swimming as a toddler to help her cope with muscle pain, and soon developed a love for the sport.

“Swimming has saved my life,” she said. “By displaying my commitment, I hope others will be inspired to make healthy changes to their own lives.”

Determined to make it to Rio, over the years Lakeisha and her mum Sherryn put in many early mornings and clocked up thousands of kilometres.

This year, has been even busier, with Lakeisha juggling her Year 12 studies with training.

“If someone told me one year ago that this is where I’d be I would have said, ‘no, this is a joke’,” she said after her gold medal win.

Watch the young Australian’s AMP Tomorrow Fund video here.

AMP’s Tomorrow Fund has closed for 2016. Thanks to everyone who applied.