The Aesop Foundation

Informed by a 30-year legacy of nourishing our communities, our philanthropic endeavours involve partnering with charities that amplify the voices of those who may not otherwise have a platform, with a particular emphasis on the development of literacy.

The Aesop Foundation’s focus on story-telling and literacy recognises that stories offer the opportunity to share our own experiences and help us to gain an insight into the lives of others. Literacy broadens horizons, fosters individual agency and enables communication—both within and beyond our immediate communities. Viewing literacy in the broadest possible sense, the Aesop Foundation fosters cultural richness and, in turn, empowers people to share their stories in their own words and their own ways.

We aim to build long-term relationships by providing grants to charities who deliver programmes of sustained impact within the regions in which we work. By developing open and transparent partnerships, we support initiatives that align with both our funding objectives and our values. Since 2017, the Aesop Foundation has committed over AU$4.656m to charities in Australia.

Guided by our core values of respect, creativity, excellence, passion and integrity, we currently provide support to culturally-aligned organisations in Australia. It is our intention to open applications more broadly in the future. For queries relating to our philanthropic grants and initiatives, please contact us.

Footscray Community Arts Centre | West Writers
A professional development and mentoring initiative to inspire and elevate writers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

‘To have the sense of creative activity is the great happiness and the great proof of being alive.’

Matthew Arnold