The Direction of the Fay Fuller Foundation

archery-472932_1280What is the Foundation looking to fund?

For those following the journey of the Fay Fuller Foundation you would know that we have taken an emergent approach to our strategy.  One that is constantly learning, doesn’t have all the answers, and relies on our grant partners and wider community to keep us informed and challenge our views.

So one year after forging ahead, many meetings, conversations and cups of tea later we are ready to unveil the next iteration of our strategy and focus.

Our focus

From Health and Wellbeing to Health.

We’ve previously stated that we are interested in the area of health and wellbeing, but what we found was that by adding wellbeing our focus was too broad.  Every organisation was able to make a connection between their programs and wellbeing, even though we knew many weren’t necessarily where we wanted to be funding.  So we’ve given further thought to what health means to us and are using the World Health Organisation definition:

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

So that of course means that wellbeing will still be something that the Foundation will consider, but with a lens of overall health.  Wellbeing initiatives that fit well for our Foundation are those that are primarily and intentionally about improving the wellbeing of a group, not the by-product of another initiative.

Our priorities

We have also assessed the kinds of programs and initiatives the Foundation has previously funded and looked at those which have had the greatest impact, and have the potential for the greatest future impact and change.  For this reason we have made the decision to focus on:

  • Prevention
  • Cure
  • Capability

These three priority areas have been identified by the Foundation as allowing us to create the biggest impact possible.  We’ve also given a sneak peak as to what capability support means for us.

When will the next funding round open?

The Fay Fuller Foundation is not currently accepting unsolicited applications.  Our funding for 2015/16 has been allocated.

In 2016/17 we will be launch a new program that will allow us to explore our new focus and priority areas with existing and new grant partners so watch this space for future updates!