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ANZEF’s Grant Round 2024

ANZEF’s annual grant rounds support initiatives that advance eye health equity and access for communities in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, and the Asia-Pacific region*.

Key Dates

Wednesday 20 March 2024 | Applications open

Wednesday 8 May 2024 | Applications close

September 2024 | Successful recipients announced

Who Can Apply?

  • RANZCO members and associates
  • Organisations and professionals working in eye health, global health and ophthalmic education

Selection Criteria – What We’re Looking For

ANZEF aims to support education, research and awareness/advocacy projects which demonstrate the potential for meaningful impact to address eye health inequities and improve access to eye care for Australian, New Zealand or Asia-Pacific communities. Focus areas can include, but are not limited to:

*NB: Project countries eligible for the 2024 Grant Round are listed below under “Specific Requirements”

Special Requirements

  • Projects must be delivered in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Indonesia, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Vanuatu, Samoa or Nauru.
  • The total value of funds requested per application may not exceed AUD $50,000.
  • Activities funded by this grant must be completed and the funds acquitted within three years of either the activity start date or first grant payment (subject to ANZEF approval).
  • ANZEF will not accept grant applications for projects intended for political association or religious purposes.
  • Applications must outline the needs being addressed and demonstrate the project’s capacity to achieve intended outcomes and aims within the funded period. Applications must include a project budget and implementation plan which outlines the project team, activities, and milestones for the grant period. Where relevant, please specify whether the project is finite or intended to continue after the grant period.

How to Apply

Please apply online via this application form before 11:59pm AEST on Wednesday 8 May 2024.

Projects may (but are not required to) contribute to advancing RANZCO’s Vision 2023 and beyond strategies for Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand.

We invite applicants to review the 2023 Grant Round projects for examples of initiatives that have previously received ANZEF funding.

Applications are assessed by the ANZEF Program Selection and Grants Sub-Committee and shortlisted applications are reviewed and approved by the ANZEF Committee. Administration of the grants program is undertaken by RANZCO’s Foundation (ANZEF) team. Meet ANZEF’s people.

Grantmaking decisions are guided by the objectives and limitations set out in the RANZCO Constitution and requirements based on ANZEF being a Deductible Gift Recipient, Class 1 PBI.

  • In line with RANZCO’s expertise in ophthalmological education, standard setting, and advocacy, ANZEF supports initiatives and partnerships in three priority areas:
    • Education and Capacity Building
    • Research and Innovation
    • Advocacy and Awareness
  • Foundation funding and partnership decisions are guided by how they will advance ANZEF’s mission and contribute to RANZCO’s strategic priorities.
  • If you are successful in securing an ANZEF grant you will be expected to help ANZEF communicate about your project and how the funds will support your aims. This may include (but is not limited to) sharing photos; relevant information about training / education, public health and other relevant outcomes; participating in interviews and coordinating testimonials from your organisation and participants. ANZEF will liaise with you and work respectfully around privacy considerations and cultural sensitivities. You will be responsible for securing permission to film and photograph forms.
  • All funding will require acknowledgement that RANZCO and ANZEF may use the work and outcomes for promotional purposes.
  • Grant recipients may be invited to present on their work and its outcomes at the RANZCO Congress after the project is delivered.
  • Reporting from funding recipients will be required in line with:
    • compliance and audit requirements
    • funding amount, size, and scope of the project
    • ANZEF strategic aims and impact evaluation needs
    • external commitments to other organisations such as regulatory bodies, sponsors and/or other funding partners

The ANZEF grant round is made possible through the yearly support of RANZCO Fellows and the generous contributions from our donor community. We sincerely thank every donor for their role in ensuring the sustainability of this grant round, which is instrumental in shaping a brighter future for eye health.

Congratulations to the six 2023 Grant Round recipients:

  • Western Murrumbidgee LHD Indigenous Eye Care Project – led by A/Prof Geoffrey Painter, Dr Dominic McCall and Mrs Kerrie Legg, Foresight Australia | Read more
  • Bad sugars, bad eyes – a culturally appropriate diabetic retinopathy screening campaign in the Kimberley – led by A/Prof Angus Turner, Lions Eye Institute | Read more
  • Mentoring workshop in Auckland for Māori and Pasifika future applicants to the Vocational Training Program – led by Dr Justin Mora, RANZCO Māori and Pasifika Eye Health Committee | Read more
  • Lions InReach Vision: improving eye care for Indigenous Australians, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers in Perth’s Metropolitan Region – led by Dr Marcel Nejatian and A/Prof Hessom Razavi, Lions Eye Institute | Read more
  • Sponsorship of Pacific Islands participants for microsurgical skills training – led by A/Prof Graham Wilson, A/Prof Con Petsoglou and Dr Yves Kerdraon, with the training run and administered by The University of Sydney | Read more
  • Expansion of support for Global Eye Health Workshop speakers at RANZCO Congress – led by Prof Mark Radford, Queensland Eye Institute | Read more


anzef@ranzco.edu for more information.