Supporting Young Australians

Supporting and empowering the next generation to build a better future for all Australians

Since its inception in 1991, the Vizard Foundation has placed significant importance on improving the welfare and education of young people and disadvantaged children. Recognising that young Australians are representative of our future, we have both conceived and supported a great number of initiatives aimed at improving welfare for disadvantaged young Australians, providing opportunities for young Australians in the arts and research spheres, and importantly, providing opportunities for young indigenous Australians.

Most recently, we have funded an Indigenous Trainee Program and Curator of Indigenous Art through the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). This mentorship program provides opportunities for Indigenous people to develop curatorial skills in the professional environment of the NGV. Current Curator of Indigenous Art Hannah Priestly was appointed through this process and has since gone on to curate a number of successful touring exhibitions of Indigenous art.

Other notable programs we have funded in support of young Australians include:

  • The James Macready-Bryan (JMB) foundation, supporting young sufferers of acquired brain injury so that their financial, rehabilitation and accommodation needs are fully met.

  • A Veterinary Residency Program at Healesville Zoo in partnership with Melbourne University, aimed at fighting the extinction of Victoria’s terrestrial wildlife species.

  • The Monash Art Ensemble, an award-winning ensemble comprised of students from Monash University, which has recorded seven albums alongside world leading composers and performers.

  • Melbourne Youth Music, providing talented young musicians with the opportunity to rehearse and perform in high quality ensembles and have their costs fully covered.

  • Down Syndrome Victoria – providing support to individuals with Down Syndrome for a life of meaningful inclusion in the community.

  • The Melbourne Press Club Student Journalism awards, rewarding excellence in journalism.

  • The Monash and Melbourne student Comedy Revues, providing budding comedy writers and performers with guidance from expert mentors, producing a breeding ground of Australian comic talent.

For more information about these programs, click through using the links below.


The JMB Foundation

Down Syndrome Victoria

NGV Indigenous Curatorship Program

Melbourne Youth Music

Monash Art Ensemble

MPC Student Journalism Awards

Student Comedy Revues

Healesville Veterinary Residency