Australian Communities Foundation


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

The 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.


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