2016 grant recipients announced

Vulnerable children and families, the homeless and the aged are just some of our region’s at-risk community members who will benefit from the Geelong Community Foundation grants.

The 2016 Geelong Community Foundation grants program, announced on 15 June, will fund 42 diverse projects and programs valued at $740,000 to address our community’s greatest needs.

The Geelong Community Foundation aims to benefit the most disadvantaged in our region, helping to create a stronger, more resilient community. This year’s grants cover a range of community needs and interests including education, training, research, community wellbeing and support for the aged, families, health, youth and the arts.

Some of the 42 broad reaching organisations to benefit include Bethany Community Support, Multicultural Aged Care, Geelong Food Relief Centre, Geelong Animal Welfare Society, Anam Cara House, The Sanctuary Counseling Centre, Samaritan House, Bravehearts, Hope Bereavement Service, Geelong Mums and the Lorne Community Arts & Culture Foundation.

A full list of the 2016 grants can be found here.

Foundation Chair Mr John Miles said that the role of the Geelong Community Foundation is to fund projects and programs that will make a lasting difference in the Geelong region. The Foundation is building up a corpus of funds (capital funds) and annually allocates the income earned by the fund for community grants.

“We simply would not be in a position to grant this amount of money if it were not for the continued generosity of our Foundation donors, whose total contributions are valued at almost $20 million”, Mr Miles said.

The grants were announced at a formal function on Wednesday 15 June, attended by donors, funding recipients and community members.