SAM Shepparton Art MuseumThe new Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) building will be an outstanding example of exciting, best-practice contemporary museum architecture designed by one of Australia’s leading architects on a remarkable site in regional Victoria.

Shepparton Food Link

Food Link provides ready-cooked meals to hundreds of locals doing it tough throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Funds are raised to pay local catering businesses who have been impacted by restrictions, and passed on to local food service agencies for distribution.

Australian BalletFairley Foundation has a longstanding partnership with the Australian Ballet bringing dance educators to the region for a series of workshops and performance opportunities.

Shepparton FestivalThe Shepparton Festival is one of regional Victoria’s longest running Arts Festivals with over 25,000 visitors enjoying more than 40 events over 17 days in March.

Heinze Music ProgramThe Heinze Music Program provides quality music education each year to over 180 children and young people in 7 low SES primary schools within and around Shepparton, enhancing engagement in learning, language development and social skills.

Neighbourhood Schools ProjectThe Fairley Foundation have supported the training of three Play Therapists to deliver the Neighbourhood Schools Program in Primary Schools in Greater Shepparton.

Current & Recent Projects

  • Ormond College Scholarship – to support a student with accommodation expenses to Ormond College when studying at Melbourne University
  • Melbourne Symphony Orchestra – schools education program with MSO musicians and the GV Concert Orchestra
  • GV Health Scholarship – to support a GV Health employee to participate in the Fairley Leadership Program
  • Play Therapy – educator training for specialist therapeutic trainers
  • Story House – Shepparton Baptist Church’s ESL program for new migrants
  • ConocoPhillips Science Experience – subsidising student participation in STEM education
  • The Australian Ballet – dance education program
  • Boundless – work experience in Melbourne for Secondary College students from Shepparton
  • Doutta Galla – Aged care wall mural created by local Primary students
  • Gallery Kaiela – support for crowd funding appeal
  • Ganbina – Support for Annual Awards Night for three years
  • McGuire Secondary – Scholarships for music camp attendance, 2017
  • Mooroopna Secondary – Instrumental rental assistance for year 7s in 2017
  • Australian National Piano Awards – Provide 2nd Prize
  • Greater Shepparton Council – Street Rider
  • Harold Blair Scholarship for Indigenous Singers – Three year commitment
  • Radcom – After school and family support program for children at risk of disengaging from School, South Shepparton region
  • Regional Information and Advocacy Centre – Infrastructure support
  • Simon Baldwin Scholarship – attending Aspen 2015
  • SEDA – student visit to Hermmansberg
  • Lift Off – Tertiary Education Scholarships
  • Lighthouse Children’s Project – Children of Greater Shepparton Report; Youth Services Mapping; Youth Disengagement Research
  • GV Grammar School – Music School Redevelopment – the Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Recital Room
  • Mooroopna Primary School – Wind tuition and band Program; Violin program 2012-15
  • The Song Room – Music in Schools
  • Katamatite Lions Club – Eagle Sculpture ; commitment to regional rejuvenation
  • Ormond College – Indigenous Tertiary Education Scholarship
  • Shepparton Art Museum – Indigenous Ceramics Awards
  • Shepparton Arts Festival – music performances
  • The Big Sheppartonian – by John Tidey
  • Turning Point – Alcohol research
  • Melbourne University – Mimmini Buri
  • Headspace Shepparton – Merchandise
  • Consultant Pediatrician Peter Estaugh – Dookie Secondary Scolarships
  • GV Community Care – Administration Assistance
  • Rumbalara Aboriginal co-op – Bike ed


FEATURE: Lindy Tennant is head of music at Mooroopna Secondary College and over the last two years she has been running the band program at Mooroopna Primary one day a week. Over 40 children regularly participate in group lessons on flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone and percussion then in full band rehearsals, often combining with the junior band at the senior college. Not only are the children thriving and gaining in skills and experience in music, they are also showing increased rates of success in transition from primary to secondary. This seems to be due to the linkages the program provides between the campuses and the impact the program has on the children’s social and emotional well being as they seem to have more confidence and are more willing to give things a go.

So successful is the program they would like to expand it to other primary schools in the area, these being Tatura and Mooroopna Park. Fairley Foundation co funds the program at Mooroopna Primary and has extended this arrangement to the other two schools. Funds however don’t stretch to instruments and we are reaching out to the broader school community to see if others might have band instruments that are good quality but not being used. We are enormously grateful already to St Kevin’s and Caulfield Grammar for helping out – so far we have three drum kits, 3 trombones and a trumpet. We’d love to source all the instruments the schools need in this way if we can. The impact this has had so far is outstanding and we are very excited to see it expand to reach more children.

If you’re able to contribute, we can collect the instruments. Please contact Amanda McCulloch at Fairley Foundation on 0481 315 684 or

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Granting Guidelines

Whom we fund

  • Goulburn Valley (generally but not exclusively Shepparton) based organisations, which are locally focused and locally driven (Only in exceptional circumstances do we fund individuals)
  • Organisations with demonstrably high levels of integrity and the skill base to achieve outcomes
  • Robust governance and  transparent financial management

What we fund

  • Initiatives that can effect systemic change through innovation rather than are palliative solutions,
  • that are focused on prevention rather than crisis response,
  • that address our agreed priorities to support the arts, culture, music education, see children developmentally ready when they start school, fewer young people disengaged, greater tolerance of difference across minority groups and greater respect and accord with our Indigenous communities. 
  • where we can leverage our funding by obtaining support from other funders,
  • that are higher risk ventures having difficulty obtaining funding, but where potential pay off is high,

How we fund

Before any funding is made available we require a written agreement incorporating

  • Clear project plans
  • A set of criteria against which outcomes are to be measured incl key milestones and where applicable, timelines
  • A reporting process against criteria

We expect and will strive for a relationship with fundees that is strong and based on mutual trust. We respect the people in the community and take the time to build relationships and understand the dynamics of the group and its relationship with other relevant parties. We do not impose ‘solutions’ based on our world view but look for strong community buy in and engagement.

For a confidential discussion about your project concept contact Executive Amanda McCulloch on 0481 315 684 or email