A sustainable future is fundamental to our vision for Australia. Environmental sustainability is one of the Sidney Myer Fund and The Myer Foundation’s five core values while addressing climate change is one of the two abiding themes of the current (FY19–23) strategic plan.
Our philanthropy is informed by the Sustainable Development Goals and we recognise the imperative of the UN Paris Agreement to limit global warming to at least 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, reinforced by the IPCC’s Global Warming of 1.50C Special Report (2018) and Physical Science Basis Report (2021). Urgent action is required now to at least halve emissions by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2050. Greater ambition, a plan for action, and economic, social and environmental transition are crucial to meeting global climate goals this decade.
The Myer Foundation is pursuing a suite of strategies – a portfolio approach – to advance our commitment to environmental sustainability. Grantmaking supports organisations taking discrete but complementary approaches that effect systemic change, with more than 90% of The Myer Foundation’s own financial resources now invested in ESG (environmental, social, governance) assets. While environmental sustainability is largely the remit of The Myer Foundation, the Sustainability & Environment Program's budget has been augmented by the Sidney Myer Fund, which has invested a material proportion of its own corpus into ESG assets.
Sustainability & Environment Program grantmaking
Should you believe your organisation’s work as a whole aligns with the focus area please send a brief email to firstname.lastname@example.org for the attention of the Program Manager.
Organisations must meet a range of eligibility criteria to be considered for funding. Projects, programs, initiatives, departments and/or campaigns will not be considered. The Sustainability & Environment Program does not accept unsolicited applications.
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