Here are some of the most common questions asked about our grants program, which has been running since 2014.
Australian citizens and permanent residents of all ages, backgrounds and fields of endeavour - including art, sport, music, medical research, science, technology and social innovation - can apply for grants of between $5,000 and $100,000 from 3 May until 4pm (AEST) on 9 June 2021.
Check out the Tomorrow Makers page to learn more about the types of people we have provided grants to.
Grants can be used for a range of activities, including travel, equipment, study costs, research and more. Anything that can help you reach your goal with positive community impact will be considered for funding.
These grants recognise the power of an individual to create change, so organisations cannot apply. However, individual founders of small grassroots charities, small businesses or other groups can apply but must provide evidence that they are still the driving force. So too, researchers who are working within a larger team or institution can apply for a grant, but the funds must advance the individual’s work.
Yes, the Tomorrow Fund is open to individuals of all ages. However, applicants aged under 18 need the approval of a parent or guardian to apply. Permission can be provided via the application form and any communication will be directed to the adult. Of course, adults can help a young person with an application, but it must be submitted under the child’s name.
No. The Tomorrow Fund will only accept applications submitted by the individual who requires funding – that is, the application must be in their name. But we always appreciate people spreading the word and encouraging amazing friends or family members to apply.
If someone is having problems filling in or accessing an online application, they can email email@example.com for guidance.
If you click on the ‘Apply now’ button on our homepage it will take you to the application form. It will ask you to tell us what you want to achieve, how you plan to do it and what you’ve done so far to move towards your goal. You will also be asked to include a budget, online links that help tell your story and provide the names of two people who can provide a reference if needed.
We will only accept applications that have been submitted via the online Tomorrow Fund application form. If you are having any issues with the application form or need help, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
No. Applications close at 4pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time or AEST) on Wednesday 9 June. If you are in South Australia, Broken Hill, the Northern Territory or Western Australia, please take note that the AEST time applies. Applications are open for almost six weeks and, in fairness to everyone who submits on time, we have to enforce the deadline.
The AMP Foundation can only respond to your questions during AEST business hours – and we’re kept very busy on the closing day. To avoid disappointment, we strongly recommend submitting your application well in advance. The earlier the better!
Our assessment process typically takes three months, given the large number of applicants. During this time, the AMP Foundation may contact select (not all) applicants for more information, seek subject matter expert guidance and contact the referees of finalists. We aim to select our grant recipients by the end of September, but we will keep applicants updated on our timeline.
In any year we can receive 1,500 Tomorrow Fund applications, so we ask for patience during the assessment period. We will be in touch if you are required to provide more information or take part in an interview.
The assessment process is undertaken in stages. Anyone who reaches our final stage would have been contacted by the AMP Foundation several times – not only by email but also through phone conversations. Finalists will be made aware of the next steps. As always, be alert to potential phishing emails requesting bank details with the promise of receiving a grant. Visit the Scamwatch website to learn how to protect yourself.
Typically, some 40 individuals would share in the $1 million grant pool – but this can vary from year to year. We aim to announce our Tomorrow Makers later in 2021. Keep an eye on our social media channels (click on the icons at the bottom of this page to connect) and this site for more information.
AMP’s Tomorrow Fund is an initiative of the AMP Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AMP. Operating a series of charitable trusts, the AMP Foundation distributes income generated through its investments to the community. Since 1992, the AMP Foundation has invested more than $100 million into the community to help organisations and individuals bring about positive change.
AMP’s Tomorrow Fund is run in addition to the AMP Foundation’s existing charity work, which focuses on partnerships with non-profits that help Australians to build financial wellbeing. The AMP Foundation also supports AMP employees and advisers to give their time and resources to the community. For more, visit amp.com.au/ampfoundation.
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