Yearly Archive: 2018

Geelong Community Foundation to sustain the critical Geelong Food Relief Centre

The Geelong Food Relief Centre (GFRC) is a not for profit Geelong based Food Bank run exclusively by volunteers. GFRC aims to deliver nutritious food to individuals and families experiencing hardship. It has recently become one of the largest Regional Food Bank operations in Victoria. GFRC operates two fully stocked mini marts M-F 10.00am –...

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Active Geelong to increase awareness, education and access to physical activity for future generations.

Active Geelong was established in July 2017, their purpose is to increase access, opportunities and activities to boost physical activity in innovative forms throughout the Geelong region. Active Geelong is an ambition inspired by Project Initiator GMHBA to make Geelong the most active city in Australia. Sparking a collective movement to bring together leading businesses,...

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P500 is philanthropy for everyone

Philanthropy 500 (P500) seeks donations of $500 from individuals and organisations. The donations are pooled to provide a new community grant and also to create and add to annually a fund within the Foundation that will ensure longevity of the program. The 2018 grant theme is ‘youth’ decided via a vote from the P500 donors....

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Breaking the cycle of homelessness: Transition to a better future

Samaritan House in Geelong started as a seed of an idea in 2009 when 6 concerned citizens realised there was no accommodation in this region for homeless men. Initial discussions about the problem began around 2010 after the unavoidable closure of a Salvation Army hostel, reducing the crisis accommodation in a city of 220,000 people...

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Bluebirds innovative arts program is having a huge impact supporting children and increasing educational outcomes

The Bluebird Foundation is a community arts organisation that received the transformational grant of $30,000 from the Geelong Community Foundation in 2018. The grant is contributing to the TBA North Program, the program creates and delivers quality arts programs that focus’ on reducing poor educational outcomes through innovative arts interventions. TBA North is a holistic...

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The Bethany Community Support Men’s Family Violence Intervention Centre is supporting the local and broader Geelong Community

In May 1868, Bethany opened its doors for the first time. Known as the Geelong Female Refuge, the centre was established to provide refuge and rehabilitation to the poor women of Geelong. As political, social and economic trends have changed over the past 150 years, so have the needs of the community. Bethany now offer more...

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Cottage by the Sea provides a supporting and opportunity filled environment for children in need

Cottage by the Sea is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, focused on bringing inspiration, fun and opportunity to children in need. The organisation has received a $20,000 grant from the Geelong Community Foundation. This grant helps fund the camps managed by The Cottage and the redevelopment of the current building. The Foundation’s development manager Tony McManus...

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Youth Advisory Group gives young people of Geelong a voice

Communities That Care, the not-for-profit organisation focusing on youth health and social problems, has received a $27,000 grant from the Geelong Community Foundation. This grant aids in the establishment of a new Youth Advisory Group (YAG) program with the aim to promote the healthy development of children and young people through long term community planning...

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Early intervention program gives high risk babies much needed support

The Geelong Community Foundation provide many grants annually to fund projects and programs for the benefit of the community. One recipient from the 2018 grant allocation is the Kids Plus Foundation who provide specialist services to children with special needs and their family. A grant of $20,000 has been given to the Kids Plus Foundation...

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Development Manager Appointed

Tony McManus has been appointed as the new Development Manager at the Foundation. Tony’s background includes the role of the first Independent Chairman of a Headspace local consortium and was also an active supporter of the establishment of the Lara & District Community Bank. After selling his Lara based Real Estate business, Tony has been...

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