Grant Allocations

Through your donations in 2023 we delivered grants to the value of0
Aged Care
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    Volunteering Geelong

    To fund the delivery of an aged care volunteer assisted recreation program. The program will support aged care providers to deliver recreational programs to their residents while also providing volunteers with a pathway to employment in the aged care sector.

    $18,000
Community Wellbeing
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    Art of the Minds

    To support the delivery of the Art of The Minds Festival during National Mental Health Week in October 2023. The festival aims to raise awareness of mental illness, reduce stigma and increase help-seeking behaviors.

    $15,000
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    Barwon Disability Resource Council

    To deliver the Speaking Up project, that provides self-advocacy training for people with disability. The training will build participants’ capacity and confidence to speak up for themselves and the issues affecting them across our local community.

    $43,000
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    Bellarine Living & Learning Centre

    To support the 3219 Health and Wellbeing Program that provides the 3219 community with access to affordable activities to reduce stress, support mental health, improve their physical health and wellbeing and offer an opportunity to connect with others in their community.

    $5,000
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    Bravehearts Foundation

    To support the delivery of the Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure Education program for children from age 3- 8 in kindergartens and schools across the Geelong region. The program teaches children vital personal safety education through a live show, in-class teacher and child-led lesson modules and information resources for parents and carers.

    $7,500
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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: 2023/24 is the second year of the Grant.

    $100,000
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    Foundation 61

    To assist with the purchase of a minibus for transporting women receiving care at Foundation 61’s House of Hope. The minibus will be used to transport clients to appointments, events and recreational activities.

    $32,500
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    Geelong Ethnic Communities Council – Multicultural Community Services Geelong

    To contribute to the refurbishment of an existing space at the Cultura Northern Hub. The newly refurbished space will provide an area for new, existing and emerging communities to participate in meetings, workshops, classes and cultural activities.

    $45,000
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    Geelong Food Relief

    To increase capacity to provide food to those in need, within Geelong and surrounding regions through the purchase and construction of additional warehouse freezer space and the installation of a new high quality customer freezer.

    $50,000
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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 2023/24 is the second 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: 2023/24 is the second year of the Grant.

    $78,000
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    Lifeboat Geelong Foundation

    To support the delivery of psychological and alternate therapies to victims of church related child sexual abuse, providing opportunities to re-engage in the community through supported activities.

    $11,000
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    Norlane Community Initiatives

    To support the employment of local community development practitioners to work alongside Norlane residents to develop activities, projects and initiatives which address local priorities around social, environmental and economic challenges in Norlane.

    $49,000
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    Portarlington Neighbourhood House

    To fund the purchase of portable audio equipment for music groups, supporting the groups to provide informal musical performance to local community organisations.

    $1,500
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    Riding for the Disabled Barwon

    To support the delivery of Riding for the Disabled program in the Barwon region. The program supports increased social interaction and increased confidence and resilience for young people with disability.

    $7,500
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    Samaritan House Geelong

    To fund the delivery of a 12-week Accommodation Living Skills Program. The program supports men experiencing homelessness to learn basic living skills and work to build on their personal strengths in order to support their rehabilitation and prepare them for independent living

    $22,000
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    Sikh Community of Greater Geelong

    To assist with updating the community kitchen and dining facilities at the Lovely Banks location, supporting the preparation of meals that are distributed to those in need across the Geelong region.

    $10,000
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    SOLVE-TAD

    To fund custom-built Freedom Wheels Bikes for children with physical and cognitive disabilities in the Geelong region.

    $13,200
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    The Empowerment Challenge

    To support continued employment of key workers to provide valuable outreach services to vulnerable younger mums in the Geelong region,

    $30,000
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    The Power In You Project

    To support the delivery of the ‘New Directions’ program, a peer led group designed to assist people affected by the justice system to make a positive and lasting change and be contributing members of the Geelong community.

    $30,000
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    The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre

    To fund the ‘Respect Starts Here’ program. A two-year project supporting 3 football and netball clubs to take action to promote gender equality and address violence against women. Activities include gender equality needs assessment, action plans, and active bystander training workshops to empower members to speak up against sexist, homophobic, and discriminatory attitudes. 2 year Grant $28,000 (year 1) $48,000 (year 2) Note 2023/24 is the first year of the grant.

    $76,000
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    Tiny Dots Early Intervention

    To assist in establishing the Tiny Dots Infant and Toddler Early Intervention program. The program supports the early identification, assessment and delivery of therapy of children at risk of disability or developmental delay.

    $50,000
Education & Training
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    CatholicCare Victoria

    To support the salary of a Bi-Cultural Worker to improve the transition of refugee/asylum seeker youth and their mothers into further education and meaningful employment pathways.

    $50,000
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    MacKillop Family Services

    To fund the ‘Bittersweet Project’ providing hands-on hospitality experience to engage (or re-engage) students to encourage Year 12 completion and offering young people with the skills and knowledge to continue further education and/or be workplace ready.

    $49,000
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    Skyline Education Foundation

    To contribute to the delivery of life changing education support to students in the Geelong region by providing study skills training and mentoring for students, through the ‘Hatch’ program.

    $16,000
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    The Song Room

    To contribute to the delivery of the ‘Transformational Learning through Creativity’ program for students at Grovedale West Primary School to improve education equity; student learning and wellbeing; teacher capacity and whole-school community culture.

    $35,000
Environment
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    Geelong Sustainability Group

    To support the establishment of a Community Power Hub that will employ a dedicated Community Energy Officer to engage not-for-profit organisations, to develop and deliver renewable energy projects, including energy efficiency upgrades, solar and battery, electric vehicles and charging, and community batteries.

    $50,000
Family Support
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    Bluebird Foundation

    To fund the North Children’s Choir, that provides a high-quality music education for children in the 3214 postcode who are experiencing disadvantage. The program builds social and emotional skills as well as musical proficiency, and has a particular focus on providing stability through the transition from primary to secondary school.

    $40,000
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    Grovedale Toy Library

    To fund the purchase of new toys that encourage play that supports improved health literacy in children and their carers and host a “Teddy Bears Hospital” Stay & Play with local health profession students and professionals to celebrate the launch of these toys.

    $1,000
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    Playgroup Victoria – Ocean Grove Playgroup Association

    To fund the purchase of resources and materials to develop and deliver an all-abilities playgroup that caters to families who have children with additional needs in a play-based environment.

    $2,490
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    Wombats Wish

    To fund the delivery of a weekend grief camp to educate, support and empower children and surviving parents, following the death of a parent.

    $5,000
Health Support
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    Creativity Australia – With One Voice

    To support the operations of the With One Voice Choir by removing the financial barrier for disadvantaged and disabled people to participate in the diverse and inclusive choirs.

    $5,000
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    Drysdale Family Support (SpringDale Community Garden)

    To purchase protein, in the form of meat products, to be available as part of basic food selection for Foodbank clients.

    $10,000
Heritage & Arts
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    Geelong Art Gallery

    To support the delivery of a specialised vocational training program for young people in the G21 region, to obtain skills and insights vital for job readiness and employment pathways within the creative sector.

    $10,000
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    Geelong Symphony Orchestra

    To fund the purchase of a concert bass drum to add to the percussion set-up. Previously the organisation had relied on the goodwill of other music organisations to borrow their drum for rehearsals and concerts.

    $3,200
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: 2023/24 is the third year of the Grant.

    $60,000
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    MELI

    To fund research to determine the best strategies for supporting the restoration of families and preventing further removals of children from women’s care.

    $14,980
Youth Support
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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: 2023/24 is the second year of the Grant.

    $30,000
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    EdConnect

    To support the delivery of the EdConnect program in Geelong, that facilitates in classroom support for children from low socio- economic backgrounds. Through the program volunteers provide meaningful and focussed emotional, social and academic support in the classroom, supporting increased self-esteem and confidence, literacy, numeracy and social skills.

    $23,000
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    Read the Play

    To expand the delivery of the Read the Play Program by developing a new age-specific program for 16-18 year olds engaged in Basketball that builds mental health literacy and encourage resilience, social and emotional skill development and positive risk taking.

    $16,000
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    Somebody’s Daughter Theatre Company

    To support the delivery of the Nobody’s Fool Theatre that supports young people who are disengaged from mainstream education, to continue their education through an arts-based program.

    $40,000
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    Surf Coast Energy Group – Farm My School

    To contribute to the design and implementation of the Farm My School pilot program ‘Community Fruit and Vegetable Distribution Hub’ at Bellarine Secondary College, supporting young people and their families with healthy, affordable and accessible food.

    $22,000
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    The Scout Association – Norlane West

    To fund the Norlane West Cub Scouts group to attend Cuboree, a 5-day state camp in September. The funds will be used to support vulnerable families with fee payment and the purchase of tents for them to cook and sleep in.

    $13,290
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    The Type 1 Foundation

    To support the operations of Camp Koala. A camp for teenagers with Type-1 diabetes that aims to empower teenagers to manage their diabetes while also fostering social connections.

    $15,000
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    Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative

    To fund the expansion of the Homework Club program including additional staff to deliver learning and other extra-curricular activities after school. It will also offer an opportunity for individual support to students.

    $50,000