Dave Grants

In memory of Dave Burnett, Z”L (1985 – 2008)


Dave was a Taglit-Birthright Israel alumnus, a 2005 recipient of Schusterman’s Charlie Award and a participant at the first ROI Summit, back in 2006. Dave personified all that a community might look for in a young leader and everything that a person might look for in a friend. He returned from his Taglit-Birthright Israel trip with a deeper insight into his Jewish identity and infused with an enthusiasm that burned brightly for the rest of his life.


An activist by nature, Dave led AUJS (the Australian Union of Jewish Students), was an elected leader in student politics at Sydney University and was a leading figure in the younger ranks of Australia’s Conservative Party. A participant in many Schusterman programs, Dave had a deep connection with Israel coupled with a commitment to his home community in Sydney. Dave’s love of celebration, communal action and networking transformed him into a whirlwind of activity and innovation in every moment.



Even though seven years have passed since losing Dave, we still feel the gaping hole in our community. But we hold dear our memories of him, which continue to inspire us daily to emulate his standards of vitality, passion and commitment – by touching as many lives as possible, igniting their ability to act on Jewish values and dancing with them until dawn and beyond.


At the first AJF & ROI Australian Gathering is 2012, it was announced that a fund had been created in Dave’s honour to inspire and ignite new ideas and programs for the Australian Jewish community. 


Terms and Conditions


For the sixth time, the Australian Jewish Funders, Schusterman Family Foundation and ROI Community are looking to seed new initiatives that;

  • are innovative

  • significantly enhance Jewish life in Australia and involve/engage a significant number of Jewish people 

Dave Grants can be used to support a project, start up, social enterprise or other community building initiative and can be used to support a one-off event that is designed to enhance Jewish life; be it a conference, workshop, spiritual gathering, guest speaker and more.​

Each application must be a collaboration between at least 2 LaunchPad Retreat graduates;  that can be 2 people from this cohort, or one person from this cohort and the second from another.

What successful applicants will receive

  • A grant of up to $7,500 AUD

  • The Dave Grant process has been established to nurture and seed the creation of new initiatives in the Australian Jewish community. So for the first time, recipients of the grants are invited to participate in a 10-week Incubator Program which will be facilitated in partnership with Startsomegood, an organisation that is dedicated to supporting not-for-profit businesses and social enterprises. The program will guide and mentor recipients in bringing their projects to life. The 10-week course includes:

    • 5 modules with 14 online video lessons

    • Action focused worksheets

    • Peer learning opportunities

    • 3 x in-person group sessions

  • Ongoing support from LaunchPad and the LaunchPad Innovation Manager

Key Dates


Grant applications open Thursday, 20th June, 2019
Grant applications close Sunday, 14th July, 2019
Shortlisted applicants will be notified at the beginning of August, 2019
Shortlisted applicants may then be required to review and re-submit their application
Successful grant recipients will be notified by mid-August, 2019
LaunchPad Incubator Program will begin at the start of September

Before you apply



  • Take a photograph of the team - you will need to submit this if you are shortlisted!

Applications for 2019 Dave Grants are now closed. Shortlisted applicants will be notified at the beginning of August, 2019.

It is the former Chief Rabbi of the Commonwealth, Jonathan Sacks who says that ‘we make a blessing over life by being a blessing to those whose lives we touch.’ 


Dave most certainly blessed our lives and touched our souls. We hope that these Dave Grants will enable you to be that blessing in someone else’s life!