The Hamer Sprout Fund



The mission of the Hamer Family Sprout Fund is “to build communities inspired to take action for a sustainable future”.

Our aim is to support projects and organisations that:

  • Promote innovation in environmental education
  • Facilitate engagement in environmental action
  • Advocate for environmental sustainability
  • Foster collaboration between young people engaged in environmental leadership

The Sprout Grants are provided as an incentive to new or established groups to develop initiatives that achieve this aim.

Each year, the Hamer Sprout Fund will consider applications from organisations that share the fund’s goals. We are particularly interested in giving to smaller organisations and projects to get them off the ground. Please contact us with your ideas and projects and we would love to discuss them with you.


The original Hamer Family Fund was set up in 2004 as a sub-fund of the Australian Communities Foundation. It commemorates the lives and work of the senior generation of the Hamer family:

  • Sir Rupert (Dick) Hamer AC KCMG (1916-2004): Soldier, lawyer, state premier, supporter of equal opportunity, the arts, the environment and an Australian republic.
  • Alan Hamer (1917-2012): Rhodes Scholar, chemist, businessman.
  • Alison Patrick (1921-2009): historian, academic, author.
  • Senator David Hamer (1926-2002): naval officer, federal MP, author, supporter of parliamentary reform.

The Hamer Sprout Fund is an offshoot of the Hamer Family Fund and represents the next generation of the Hamer family. We are part of the fifth and sixth generations of the family encompassing almost 100 cousins spread across the globe. We share the goals of the Hamer Family Fund with an emphasis on the environmental aspects of the Hamer family’s legacy. 

Click here to seethe Hamer Sprout Fund brochure.


Meet The Team

Ben Patrick

Ben is a Senior Associate at Holding Redlich, working in their commercial litigation team.  He is determined to improve Australia’s willingness to prioritise the environment, particularly in relation to climate change.  The Hamer Sprout Fund provides a great vehicle for this by combining family, great environmental organisations and a very good cause.

Dave Browning

Dave is passionate secondary school humanities teacher who is excited about continuing his family’s environmental and philanthropic legacy. He believes there is an exciting opportunity to invest in leadership, curriculum and communities that work towards promoting environmentalism and sustainability. Also, he is excited about promoting philanthropy amongst his generation, particularly through social media.

Lizzie Hamer

Lizzie is a graduate architect passionate about intelligent, environmentally sustainable design. She is working towards creating opportunities for communities to engage in shaping the future of their built environment through participatory design. A fresh graduate, she is excited to by the potential of the Hamer Sprout Fund to encourage young people to get actively involved in creating a better, more sustainable future.

Inger Boerema

Inger works for local government as an environmental educator, focusing on issues of waste and litter. She is inspired by the natural environment and this motivates her to help protect it for future generations. She is passionate about education and inspiring positive change in the community, and feels that the Sprout Fund is an excellent way to help progressive initiatives grow. Inger joined the Hamer clan only recently, after marrying Ben in April 2013.

Katherine Hamer

Kat is a passionate food lover who works in marketing and creative design. Having run a not-for-profit studio in London, teaching people under charity care pattern making, upholstery and sewing skills, she has returned to Australia full of energy to bring around environmental and social change.


Clare Hamer

Clare is a shiatsu practitioner with a passion for organic and biodynamic farming and holistic health. She is currently trekking through Norway working on organic farms, and we look forward to welcoming her home soon.

Julia Muniandy

Julia lives in Brisbane, has a young family and is an active member of her local community garden. Having worked in the community environmental sector for more than 15 years, she understands the importance of enabling young people to connect with nature using heart, head and hands, as a pathway to effective environmental action. She is excited by the potential the Hamer Sprout Fund has to support initiatives of young Australians who want to meet our current global environmental challenges.

Rory Brennan

Rory is living and working in Sydney as an electrical engineer, having graduated from university in 2012. He’s filled with hope for the ability of young people to meet this century’s big challenges, and believes in the potential of the Hamer Sprout Fund to leverage this into action for sustainability and community engagement.

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