Media Release: Variety to Distribute $1.2m Sprout Funding for SA Kids

29-Sep-2017 12:45 PM

Variety – the Children’s Charity of South Australia is responding to the growing number of children living with disadvantage and diagnosed with special needs through the ‘Variety Sprout Fund,’ and they are calling for final applications.

The fund is a first of its kind for the leading children’s charity that will see an additional $1.2 million injected into the state over three years to individuals and organisations for innovative programs that support children in need.

The Variety Sprout Fund was borne from boardroom discussion about how Variety could extend the ‘net of impact’.

As a grants-only provider, Variety distributes funding directly to families with children in need or to those organisations who assist them.

The problem for smaller organisations achieving great impact in the community is the limited funding.  In order to grow or innovate, organisations are in need of new and longer term sources of funds – hence the Variety Sprout Fund was born.

Variety will allocate funding to successful applicants over three years, this may include wages and other costs not currently considered under the existing Variety grant criteria; enabling them to concentrate on their core business – helping more children.

Eight South Australian organisations, selected by an independent panel, will be successful in receiving a share of a total of up to $1.2 million over three years.

“We want to invest to help South Australian children be the best they can be, especially those who are not part of our usual support systems,’’ said Dr. Kathryn Zeitz, Chair of Variety SA Board.
‘’Through this fund, we are increasing our impact in this state, supporting innovative thinking and changing children lives now and into the future,’’ she said.
Anyone with an innovative program or initiative to support children in the state is encouraged to apply.

Since 1983, Variety has granted more than $51,000,000 to distribute to children in need in the state, including schools, hospitals and other children’s charities. 
Applications close Friday, 6 October – visit

Interview Opportunity: Dr. Kathryn Zeitz, Chair of the Variety SA Board of Directors.
Ph. 0418 294 556

Media Opportunities: Please contact Ammi Trainor, Marketing and Communications Manager. 
Ph. 0488 055 028

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