Grant Allocations

Through your donations in 2022 we delivered grants to the value of0
Aged Care
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    Anam Cara House Geelong

    To contribute to the new specialised community hospice for Geelong region families diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, including the support of their families and carers.

    $50,000
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    Bellarine Community Support Register

    To finalise the development of a new secure database that will hold all the personal, medical, property and emergency contact information of our current and future Registrants and assist our organisation to transition from a paper-based office system to a cloud-based system.

    $12,500
Community Wellbeing
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    Art of the Minds

    To fund festival marketing and advertising for mental health and wellbeing events during National Mental Health week in October 2022, improving education to the community around raising awareness of mental illness.

    $15,000
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    Barwon Disability Resource Council

    To support the establishment of a Leadership Peer Action Group for people with a disability, building their skills and experience in community leadership, strengthening their understanding of the importance and value of inclusion within the Committee for Geelong leadership programs.

    $20,000
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    Bellarine Living & Learning Centre

    To fund employment of a Coordinator and Volunteer Project Manager to engage the community around food sustainability through horticultural and cooking workshops, fresh food boxes, community kitchen and visits to partner organisations.

    $20,500
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    Bravehearts Foundation

    To help deliver the Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure Education program for children from prep to age 8 in schools across the Geelong region. Parent and teacher information sessions are offered to provide training and professional development to enable the education of children regarding their personal safety.

    $5,000
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    Cloverdale Community Centre

    To increase the capacity of the trade training site, enabling more disengaged and disadvantaged community members to gain additional training, thereby increasing their opportunities to join the workforce.

    $20,000
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    Drysdale Family Support (SpringDale Community Garden)

    To purchase a chipper/shredder to produce organic garden compost and install raised garden beds in the Community Garden to improve accessibility for senior members.

    $4,000
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    Encompass Community Services

    To assist with the purchase of a vehicle to deliver home packs to individuals and families. Vehicle will also be utilised for the collection of donated items.

    $13,000
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    Feed Me Bellarine

    To support an increase in meal capacity with the purchase of a larger oven, and employment of a part-time administration worker to answer calls for assistance and co-ordinate volunteer deliveries. 2 year Grant $50,000 (year 1) $50,000 (year 2) Note: 2022/23 is the first year of the Grant.

    $100,000
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    Geelong Food Relief

    To fund the purchase of food for the North Geelong Warehouse, to improve food security in the region.

    $30,000
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    Geelong Mums

    To support the Volunteer Coordinator to engage and mobilise new and returning male volunteers to carry out repairs, refurbishing, assembling of objects and mechanical tasks on donated items for distribution to families.

    $15,000
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    Healthy Minds Geelong

    To fund research on mental health services in the region to develop a mental health hub/online directory for the organisation’s website.

    $10,500
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    Hope Bereavement Services

    To fund employment of a Community Development and Engagement Coordinator for the Hope Community Pathways program, a proactive and community-responsive model of care to meet the needs of the bereaved and their carers. 2 year Grant $45,000 (year 1) $45,000 (year 2) Note 2022/23 is the first year of the grant.

    $90,000
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    Lazarus Community Centre

    To fund organisational operational costs to sustain critical support services for homeless and people of disadvantage in a safe and welcoming place. 3 year Grant $33,000 (year 1) $25,000 (year 2) $20,000 (year 3) Note: 2022/23 is the first year of the Grant.

    $78,000
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    Lifeline Geelong & South West Victoria

    To support a Lifeline Trainer to deliver a Crisis Support course to volunteers, ensuring continued capability of responding 24/7 on the crisis line in the Geelong Centre.

    $10,000
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    Norlane Community Initiatives

    TTo employ local community development practitioners to work alongside Norlane residents to co-create activities, projects and initiatives at two Neighbourhood Common sites.

    $30,000
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    Ocean Grove & District Men’s Shed

    To fund the upgrade of router equipment, enabling safer use of equipment and accurate computer detail cutting of wood and metal pieces.

    $3,600
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    OneCare Geelong

    To support staffing operational costs for the continuation of Eat Share Thrive programs for disadvantaged, marginalised and socially isolated Geelong residents.

    $25,000
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    Riding for the Disabled Barwon

    To fund the cost of hiring the facilities and horses, enabling young disabled people to participate in fortnightly riding sessions to improve their learning and social interaction.

    $10,000
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    Rosewall Neighbourhood Centre

    To support participants with free lessons for the ‘Make a Meal, Take a Meal’ program, providing dignified food relief while focusing on building nutrition literacy and improving cooking capacity of disadvantaged parents.

    $5,000
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    Samaritan House Geelong

    To support the costs of operating the Accommodation Living Skills Program. The program provides life skills to men experiencing homelessness, assisting them to become independent including sourcing of long term housing.

    $15,000
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    Sirovilla

    To fund a housing project linking three levels of government, the community sector and private developers with the shared goal of creating more equitable housing options across the region.

    $25,000
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    The Empowerment Challenge

    To fund Phase 2 of the ‘Mobile Outreach’ program, offering easily accessible, long-term support to vulnerable younger mums in the Geelong area, allowing them to connect, foster self-belief and improve mental health and well-being.

    $23,000
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    The Power In You Project

    To support the ‘New Directions’ program, supporting people when exiting the prison system by assisting them to reintegrate safely and successfully back into the community.

    $40,000
Education & Training
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    Barwon Adolescent Task Force (BATForce)

    To provide resources for students, parents/carers and schools for the transition to Year 7, in response to the complexities of COVID by developing skills and strategies to deal with anxiety and stress of living through a pandemic.

    $30,000
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    CatholicCare Victoria

    To provide economic security and employment opportunities for refugee and asylum seeker youth and their mothers who reside in the northern suburbs of Geelong through participation in the Settle Well - Next Phase program. 2 year Grant - Year 1 $30,000 Year 2 $20,000 Note: 2022/23 is the second year of the Grant

    $50,000
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    EdConnect

    To fund recruitment, screening, training and placement of 14 volunteers in schools to convert the ‘Resiliency in Students’ module to online and to continue the Mentor program, providing benefits to both students and volunteers.

    $17,200
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    Geelong Region Local Learning & Employment Network (GRLLEN)

    To support ‘Project Upskill’, an on-the-job training model focusing on digital marketing to help raise awareness and engagement for structured workplace learning programs/resources, offering meaningful employment in the regional economy for young people from a range of cohorts.

    $15,000
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    Northern Futures

    To fund a facilitator for the ‘CALD Jobseekers’ program offering participants an opportunity to gain experience and practice their skills in conversational and written communication and computer skills to produce a book documenting their stories of arriving in Australia and adjusting to their new culture.

    $40,000
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    Skyline Education Foundation

    To employ Skyline alumni as tutors, offering weekly tutoring needs to 30 vulnerable VCE students participating in the Geelong Region program.

    $20,000
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    The Song Room

    To deliver the Transformational Learning Through Creativity program for vulnerable Whittington Primary School students by supporting their engagement in learning and improving their social emotional well-being, empower teachers in embedding the Arts into their teaching and school leadership and prioritise as an integral part of the school experience. 2 year grant - Year 1 $35,000 Year 2 $35,000 Note: 2022/23 is the second year of the Grant.

    $70,000
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    Volunteering Geelong

    To fund the ‘Impacting a Pathway to Employment’ Program (IPEP) preparing 10 young people for employment and offering a volunteering experience as part of their participation.

    $17,500
Environment
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    Anglesea Aireys Inlet Society for the Preservation of Flora & Fauna (ANGAIR)

    To support Friends of Eastern Otways to develop a smartphone app used in conjunction with QR Codes to be placed on existing signs along walking tracks in the Great Otway National Park promoting exploration, appreciation and conservation of the natural environment.

    $10,000
Family Support
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    Bethany Community Support

    To contribute to ROAR, a specialised group program for vulnerable women in the community who are experiencing family violence by providing a safe place to share stories of change, strengthen one another and rebuild positive futures.

    $25,000
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    Bluebird Foundation

    To fund the North Children’s Choir, for children in the 3214 postcode an opportunity to participate in a comprehensive high quality after-school music education program.

    $30,000
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    Espod Geelong

    To fund rewiring of the organisation’s house to ensure safety for staff, volunteers, individuals and families.

    $6,200
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    Grovedale Toy Library

    To develop ‘Story Stacks’ that include a story book by an Australian author and matching toys, to enable children to enter the story though the accompanying activities to develop their language and literacy skills.

    $1,500
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    Lions Village Licola

    To provide funding for twenty-two vulnerable children identified through local family and refugee support agencies to enjoy the challenges of a life changing five-day Lions Village Licola summertime wilderness camp in January 2023.

    $7,000
Health Support
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    Bellarine Community Health

    To establish a full-time Speech Therapy Senior Clinical role within the Child Health team to increase early intervention service capacity for children aged 0-12 years.

    $25,000
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    The Type 1 Foundation

    To support Camp Koala for diabetic teenagers providing them with respite from their normal routine and offering specialised facilitators and activities to educate and increase confidence managing their diabetes.

    $12,000
Heritage & Arts
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    Geelong Art Gallery

    To deliver outreach workshops to primary school aged students in the community, increasing their understanding of First Nations culture by designing and creation of two school murals, facilitation of workshops and online resources during Book Week.

    $7,500
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    Music at the Basilica

    To support artists performing at a Festival of Music with concerts, free organ recitals and a free cultural connection event in cooperation with an Indigenous group during October 2022.

    $2,500
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    The Trustee for Geelong Advertiser Music Scholarship Trust

    To support the Regional Section of the Australian Youth Classical Music Competition for young classical musicians from the G21 footprint, increasing the opportunities available to performers by offering them a public performance.

    $2,500
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    Torquay Museum Whithout Walls

    To purchase a superior printer to enhance exhibitions of the local Torquay history with quality images and posters, and the quarterly library display, benefiting locals and tourists to the area.

    $1,000
Research & Innovation
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    Kids Plus Foundation

    To support the SMART (Sensory; Motor; Activity; Responsive; Timely) program, an early intervention initiative aimed at supporting babies (and their families) at high risk of having a significant neurodevelopmental disorder. 3 Year Grant - Year 1 $0.00 Year 2 $30,000 Year 3 $30,000 Note: 2022/23 is the second year of the Grant.

    $60,000
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    Wombats Wish

    To fund evidence based research to update activities and workshops in the camp program appropriate for different age groups enhancing the experience of children/young people and surviving parent throughout their grief journey.

    $25,000
Youth Support
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    Ardoch

    To develop a Robotics program for children in years 5 & 6 to learn vital STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills and help foster their confidence and engagement in learning.

    $10,000
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    Bancoora Surf Life Saving Club

    To purchase new Nipper boards, benefiting younger members of the Club to develop skills in water safety and awareness.

    $2,500
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    Bellarine Training and Community Hub

    To fund staffing costs for the ‘Drop In’ program, offering disengaged and disadvantaged young people across the Bellarine a weekly recreational program facilitated in a fun, safe and supportive environment.

    $10,000
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    Cottage By The Sea Queenscliff

    To support the annual Mentor program camps for participants aged 13-18, offering disadvantaged and vulnerable children and their families access to programs and resources to help meet their health and wellbeing needs. 2 year Grant - $15,000 (year 1) $15,000 (year 2) Note: 2022/23 is the first year of the Grant.

    $30,000
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    Geelong Youth Engagement

    To assist with operational costs for a move to more suitable premises with disability access, a larger space and in a more central location for delivery of youth services in one location.

    $15,000
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    Kardina Community Services

    To cover costs of a guest speaker and subsidise registration fees for the INCREASE leadership development conference, for young people aged 13-20.

    $4,000
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    Ocean Mind

    To fund the Program Co-ordinator for an additional 2 years enabling the expansion of the service with additional places that will reduce the waitlist for young people to access mental health support through surfing. 2 Year Grant - Year 1 $30,000 Year 2 $30,000 Note: 2022/23 is the second year of the Grant.

    $60,000
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    Read the Play

    To contribute to the relocation to a new office, set up of IT/email system and purchase computers for staff to support continued growth of the organisation.

    $8,000
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    Somebody’s Daughter Theatre Company

    To support the ‘Nobody Fool Theatre’ program, a creative arts platform re-engaging disaffected young people aged 12-18 with education, community and hope for the future.

    $20,000
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    Sports Challenge Australia

    To deliver the SCA mentoring program face-to-face at Geelong East Primary School and outside the school gate for ‘at risk’ youth aged 6-12 years who have lost connectedness, building their mental and physical health through sport.

    $8,000
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    The Scout Association Barwon District

    To purchase archery equipment, expanding the variety of outdoor activities available to Scouts in the Barwon District.

    $7,500