What funding opportunities are available for members to initiate anthroposophical activities?
There are links below to funds for members which can support activities, public events and workshops run to offer anthroposophical wisdom for contemporary times and in local regions.
The Ileen Macpherson Trust was established in 1987 from the estate of a great Australian anthroposophist who died in 1984. A keen observer, inspired by nature around her, never complaining about herself, she loved art, poetry and music. Her favourite book was Rudolf Steiner’s ‘Philosophy of Freedom’. She was a living example of the saying that ‘suffering frees the soul to be strengthened by the spirit’. Ileen’s work for anthroposophy continues through the work of the trust. The Trustees shall apply the Trust fund in or towards the promotion, study and dissemination of anthroposophy in Australia in accordance with the principles defined and taught by the Austrian educationalist, Rudolf Steiner.
The Ligsma Kirpe trust fund was established according to Ligsma Kirpe’s desire to further knowledge, understanding and practice of contemporary anthroposophy. It supports activities and seeks to benefit all members of the community both within and beyond the anthroposophical movement. The fund does this by offering financial support for initiatives undertaken by members of the Victorian Branch of the Anthroposophical Society. Ligsma was a creative artist, born in Latvia in 1920, arriving as a displaced person in Australia in 1949. She lived in Melbourne until her death in 2013. Through her background as a trained fine artist and in her work with the principles of colour developed by Rudolf Steiner, Ligsma practiced art. She also shared her love of Steiner’s wisdom through her Creative Studies classes, the Uriel talks and her involvement with the society and with the Christian Community.
The Anthroposophical Society in Australia offers grants to members seeking to attend workshops and for specific projects,