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Grant Programs

Deafness Foundation Grants applications open 1st of June and close on the 31st of October each year



The Deafness Foundation celebrated the Deafness Foundations 2021 Grants Award evening on 31st March 2021.

The event was again hosted by Baker & McKenzie, in their wonderful board room in the centre a beautiful Melbourne. The evening was a great success merging face to face interaction with state of the art technology. It was supported by Baker & McKenzie staff.


 Our Governors Professor Geoffrey Blainey, Professor Field Rickards and Mr Peter Ickeringill were all able to attend.

Guest speakers Sofia Rahman - Hammond Care and  Emily Sheppard - Usher Kids, award winners from 2020, updated us on the amazing work they are doing in supporting the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community and described the impact of receiving a Deafness Foundation Grant

The Deafness Foundation was proud to award the below grants to a diverse range of applicants who support the DHH community in many ways. 


The Grants awarded in March 2021 included the following: 

  • Learning Links, (NSW) - Assistive technology to empower parents to develop case coordination skills to help navigate the NDIS Awarded $4,750

  • National Acoustic Laboratories - (NSW) Early language experience and later vocabulary development among urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children: a pilot study  Awarded $5,003

  • Varuna, the National Writer's House / Blue Mountains Writers' Festival (NSW) Blue Mountains Writers' Festival - Deafness Accessibility Project - Awarded $1,250

  • The Glendonald Association Inc (VIC) Zoom Conferencing / Auslan Interpreting – connecting deaf and hard of hearing people though Zoom meetings Awarded $1,423

  • John Pierce Centre (VIC) JPC 40th Year Celebration – 40-Year Short Book Production Awarded $2,214

  • Melbourne Deaf and Hard of Hearing Lions Club Branch (VIC) Providing Auslan services for deaf/hard of hearing people with new Lions Club Awarded $2,750

  • Endeavour Foundation (QLD) Improving accessibility for people with a disability by adding AUSLAN to 5 specialised learning videos for people with disability Awarded $2,500

  • National Acoustic Laboratories - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander caregivers' perspectives on supporting young children's hearing health and language development Awarded $3,800


2021 Awardees

  • Hayley Edgar                      Secondary  

  • Erin Fuller                            Secondary  

  • Maddison Hatcher             Secondary

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