The Hamer Sprout Fund

Current Projects



Seed is Australia’s first Indigenous youth climate network. They are building a movement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people for climate justice with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition.

This grant will assist them to bring together 20-30 of their most committed volunteer leaders for a “National Leadership Training” from remote, regional and urban communities across the country. This training will educate, empower and inspire volunteers to step up as leaders within the Seed volunteer network and in their own communities.

The Sapling School is a hands-on, innovative environmental education program for children aged 3 to 5. Managed onsite at the Abbotsford Convent by ACF Head Gardener Simon Taylor, Sapling School will teach children the principles of sustainable living and the importance of nurturing our precious environment.

Youth Climate Coalition

This year we support the Townsville Switched on Schools project, that will use YCC’s unique peer-­to-­peer education model to empower high school students to engage in environmental action. They deliver 5­7 Climate Justice Workshops to 200­- 300 high school students in the area, designed to spark their interest in climate change.

After the program, students will have the opportunity to join their high schools group in Townsville, the Student Climate Action Network (SCAN). They will provide ongoing mentoring and support so that students can co­-create climate solutions with their schools and wider community, such as Repower Our Schools campaigns, to transition their high schools to 100% renewable energy.

Farm Raiser

Farm Raiser is a not-for-profit establishing urban farms on unused school land. Through the sale of veggie boxes to the local community they will deliver a long term learning resource and healthy fundraising opportunity for schools.

The farms will empower and educate students about food production and healthy choices, provide affordable, local produce to the community in veggie boxes and it will fundraise by returning a portion of each box sold to the schools.

The Enova Energy Education project comprises of training volunteers as energy coaches who will travel to homes and events to assist individuals and groups to be more energy (and carbon emissions) aware. The goal is to create a more energy aware community in the Northern Rivers (NSW) and assist other communities to do the same.

The ‘Break it Down’ project started in 2014 with the backing of Hamer Sprout funding – and successfully initiated a cycle-based food waste collection and recycling project in Yea involving local secondary school VCAL students. The food waste that was collected by students was hot composted and supplied the then newly established Yea Community Garden – which grows food for Emergency Relief (food support for those in need), the local free Community meal, and for people involved in the garden and passers-by.