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Applications for AMP’s Tomorrow Fund have closed. Thanks to the many amazing Australians who shared their special goals with us. We will assess all the applications over the next few months and 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 are getting set for the 2016 Paralympics.

Swimmer Ellie Cole aims to add to her seven-medal haul from the past two Games. Ellie underwent a shoulder reconstruction in 2013, so being selected for Rio was a triumph. Lakeisha Patterson (see below) is joining her hero Ellie in the swim team.

AMP Tomorrow Maker Katie Kelly is making her first Paralympic outing in the triathlon, an event that is also making its debut. Katie signed up for her first paratriathlon in 2015, just days after being declared legally blind. She will compete with Olympian Michellie Jones by her side on 11 September.

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

Wishing Lakeisha luck in Rio

AMP Tomorrow Maker Lakeisha Patterson is about to realise her dream of representing Australia in Rio.

Known as ‘Lucky’, the Queensland teenager 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 have 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.

“Life has been pretty crazy with preparations for exams and assignments,” Sherryn said. “But despite her school load, she recently managed to break her very first world record in the 100m Short Course Freestyle in Brisbane. It was most certainly an exciting lead up to Rio.”

Lakeisha is racing in the 400m freestyle on 8 September, followed by the 100m on 11 September, then the 100m backstroke on 13 September.

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

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