Guide to grantmaking

This step-by-step guide can help you or your foundation focus your intentions and give you the tools to develop a program of environmental giving.

Step 4. What region, issues and people do you want to focus on?

It is now useful to think of an issue and region in which you are interested.

Or it might be that you have a specific group of people in mind. At this stage, the scale doesn’t matter: it could be a national issue or confined to your local neighbourhood; you may want to focus on a whole region such as northern Australia or a single species like the numbat or a particular group of people like youth. You may have already articulated this in step 3 because it is something about which you are passionate.

What is important is that you decide on something and make this explicit. See below for examples of issues. Alternatively, you might be interested in people and how they are affected by environmental issues.

The issues

The environmental issues and solutions are:

  1. Climate change
  2. Indigenous land and sea management
  3. Inland waters
  4. Land and biodiversity
  5. Marine environment
  6. Sustainable cities
  7. Sustainable economy
  8. Sustainable food systems
  9. Toxics

What groups of people might you fund?

  • Youth
  • Australians living in rural and regional areas
  • The sick and elderly
  • Those suffering the burden of poverty and other forms of social disadvantage
  • School children
  • Farmers
  • Scientists
  • Volunteers
  • Activists
  • Media
  • Environmentalists
  • Indigenous Australians
  • Women’s groups
  • People with disabilities
  • Migrants

Ask yourself

  1. What the region or issues you want to focus on?
  2. Are there particular groups of people you would like to assist or fund?

Record your answers in the worksheet (pdf)

Join a funder group

Connect with the issues, connect with members, and connect with members around the issues. Find a funder group that is right for you.