Grant Allocations

Through your donations in 2019 we delivered grants to the value of0
Aged Care
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    Australian Croatian Community Services

    To provide simple and clear information about high quality aged care, education and the promotion of healthy and active ageing and living to a target group that belongs to a generation of migrants who did not have a chance for schooling in their country of origin. Grant provided over 2 years.

    $20,000
Community Wellbeing
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    Anglesea Surf Lifesaving Club

    To assist the club to continue to provide services during the 2019 – 2020 summer period from a temporary facility away from the beach while a major redevelopment of the club rooms is undertaken.

    $5,000
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    Art of the Minds

    To support activities during National Mental Health Month in October that will improve the education of the community through an event centered around mental illness. The event will give the community the right to talk about mental illness and the responsibility to support one another.

    $7,000
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    Barwon Network of Neighbourhood Houses

    To fund the “Making Mentors” program, an innovative approach that harnesses and recognises the collective knowledge and expertise of experienced community development contributors in the Neighbourhood House sector across the Barwon region.

    $5,000
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    Cloverdale Community Centre

    To facilitate a collaboration and recruitment of music enthusiasts, in particular northern suburbs residents from as young as 13, providing them encouragement, participation and opportunities for skill development.

    $10,100
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    Community Veracity

    To build trust, self-confidence, leadership and communication skills and to provide vocational counselling giving participants solid foundations to build on whilst helping them re-engage back into the community in a more positive light through the Power In You Program.. The intention is to reduce the likelihood of relapsing, overdose and death.

    $25,000
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    Diversitat

    To support, strengthen and break down critical barriers for CALD people with a disability is the principal purpose for building the Diversability Centre at Diversitat’s Northern Community Cultural Precinct. It will effectively pool Diversitat’s finite resources to efficiently facilitate access to disability support services.

    $40,000
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    Drysdale Family Support

    To enable the significant improvement of the garden’s watering system with a solar-powered pump and expanded delivery network. The installation of the new system will alleviate the stress on older members from carrying heavy watering cans.

    $6,000
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    Gateways Support Services

    To provide children 0-18 years with complex needs in the Geelong / Barwon Region an opportunity to socialise with other kids and have fun while staying safe, in overnight out of home care supported by specialist staff in a safe environment.

    $22,500
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    Geelong Food Relief Centre

    To introduce an additional staff member to provide resources to benefit the administration of the service provided to 37,000 disadvantaged members of the Geelong community annually.

    $30,000
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    Lara and District Men’s Shed

    To upgrade the Shed and surrounds to provide improved meeting room facilities for local community groups, local school children and members of the public.

    $8,900
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    Lara RSL

    To complete refurbishment and expansion of the social and meeting room area, including new furniture and fittings. Included in the project is an upgrade of the outdoor site providing improved storage and a large undercover BBQ/function area.

    $17,700
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    Lazarus Community Centre

    To update the food preparation area to enable volunteers to prepare meals safely and sufficiently, as part of the provision of a warm and safe environment for people experiencing homelessness.

    $4,200
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    Lions Village Licola Through Lions Club of Geelong Corio Bay

    To enable the part funding of 120 deserving children sourced from local family and refugee support agencies to enjoy the challenges of a life changing five day Lions Village Licola summertime wilderness camp.

    $7,000
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    Norlane Community Initiatives

    To equip the Spruhan Ave Community Hub to ‘create, sustain and develop’ 5 place-based opportunities for residents to access ‘everyday small-scale food security initiatives’ within walking distance of their homes, including weekly hub access to: free 3-course Neighbourhood Dinner, low-cost drop-in cafe, food-bank cooperative, affordable wholefoods cooperative and a small urban farm.

    $20,000
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    Queenscliff Point Lonsdale Uniting Church

    To install air-conditioners and acoustic high-wall panels in the hall to enable the congregation’s community partners to enjoy the events that are held at the facility.

    $10,000
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    Samaritan House Geelong

    To contribute to the cost of financing the annual service agreement between Samaritan House Geelong and SalvoConnect Barwon. Under the terms of the annual agreement SalvoConnect Barwon is responsible for the operational management of the two properties that make up Samaritan House and the delivery of specialised services to guests. Grant provided is over 2 years.

    $70,000
Education Support
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    Ardoch

    To provide children in areas of disadvantage with inspiring learning and life experiences, helping build a broad understanding of the world and in turn positively impact their educational outcomes and career aspirations.

    $15,000
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    Bravehearts

    To deliver a preventative, personal safety program for kindergarten and primary school children in the Geelong region.

    $14,000
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    Kids Thrive

    To implement a unique creative leadership program; igniting and skilling grade 6 students at Northern Bay College to become catalysts for local change.

    $35,000
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    Skyline Education Foundation Australia

    To provide financial assistance, leadership development, time management, and study preparation skills for academically gifted and talented young people from disadvantaged socio-economic circumstances to complete Years 11 & 12 and transition onto tertiary education.

    $20,000
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    The Song Room

    To facilitate a partnership with Newcomb Primary School to deliver a ‘Tuned In For Life’ creative arts program to enhance student engagement with learning and improve education outcomes, wellbeing, and community connectedness.

    $17,000
Family Support
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    Back to Back Theatre

    To deliver three community program activities – Theatre of Speed, CAMP and Open Workshops – generating opportunities for people with a disability in Geelong to participate in art workshops of excellence.

    $15,000
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    Bethany Community Support

    To develop a Men’s Centre in Geelong to assist in addressing the issue of family violence in our community. The Centre will provide a holistic response to the issue, by providing a suite of services for local men – both in the prevention and response to family violence.

    $105,000
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    Bluebird Foundation

    To provide a holistic early childhood program that employs strategic, innovative arts interventions in an effort to redress poor educational outcomes that have become entrenched and generational in some communities.

    $30,000
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    Geelong Mums

    To support disadvantaged babies and children, providing the essentials they need, through the recycling of nursery equipment like cots, prams, and car seats.

    $25,000
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    Very Special Kids

    To assist parents explore new techniques and equip them with skills to better manage stress and cope overall in the face of such extreme situations.

    $5,400
Health Support
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    Active Geelong

    To implement a tool for Geelong residents, medical professionals, businesses and organisations to promote the importance of physical activity for a healthy lifestyle, making Geelong Australia’s most active city.

    $20,000
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    Anam Cara House Geelong

    To fund the ‘Social Impact Study’ to analyse the key impacts on the construction of a purpose built hospice to be located within Deakin University campus at Waurn Ponds.

    $24,000
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    Hope Bereavement Services

    To provide a space to talk, to learn, to share experiences, and to support others experiencing a similar journey following the death of an adult loved one.

    $10,000
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    Kids Plus Foundation

    To support the Baby Program, an early intervention initiative aimed at supporting babies (and their families) at high risk of having a significant neurodevelopmental disorder. The Program targets babies that are extremely premature, have low birth weight or who have been diagnosed with a brain injury.

    $13,000
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    The Humour Foundation – Clown Doctors

    To enable professional, highly skilled performers to use humour therapy to enhance a sick child’s emotional healing and empowerment whilst easing the stress on their family and hospital staff during times of serious illness and trauma.

    $7,000
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    The Sanctuary Counselling Centre

    To provide free or low-cost counselling and music therapy for people living with a life-challenging illness or bereavement. Impacting every part of individual and family life, access to support is critical to reduce risk of depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, social isolation and family breakdown

    $28,000
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    The Type 1 Foundation

    To support and facilitate the consolidation and refinement of innovative Type 1 Diabetes e-learning modules for schools, created and led by a team of Geelong health professionals.

    $20,000
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    Uniting (Vic & Tas) Ltd / Uniting Barwon

    To enable the delivery of professional one-on-one and group counselling services to people unable to afford full fee services or health insurance. The service provides a tailored response to people’s individual needs such as help with anxiety, depression, stress, anger and family relationships.

    $10,000
Heritage & Arts
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    Geelong Art Gallery Inc

    To continue its existing annual Who’s who portrait prize which marks Jules Francois Archibald’s connection to Geelong; and encourages and inspires young artists to celebrate local and regional identities through portraiture. The program targets disadvantaged students to participate in the prize and engage in art making workshops, and intensify their experience of the Gallery’s collection.

    $9,000
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    Music at The Basilica

    To present excellent local and visiting artists in 5 concerts in St Mary’s Basilica from July to December 2018 and a series of four Free Lunchtime Organ Recitals for Advent.

    $3,000
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    Trustee for The Geelong Advertiser Music Scholarship Trust

    To provide financial assistance, support, education and encouragement for young classical musicians to aspire to excellence in music, affording valuable performance opportunities.

    $2,500
Training & Research
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    Deakin Child Study Centre

    To provide access to physical activity and promote mental and physical health through developing tailored resources for children with cerebral palsy and their families facilitated by a partnership between the Kids Plus Foundation and the Deakin Child Study Centre.

    $30,000
Youth Support
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    Barwon Child Youth & Family

    To improve the mental and physical health of young people by allocating a mental health clinician to provide assertive outreach to sporting clubs in the region through the Groundswell program.

    $20,000
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    Communities That Care

    To provide an opportunity for young people to contribute to the strategic direction of the ‘Communities That Care Geelong Steering Committee’, offering empowerment and opportunity to voice what is important to them.

    $27,000
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    Cottage By The Sea

    To complete a two-year involvement in Cottage by the Sea's Recreation Education Environment and Friendship program. The group of students, referred from Mandama and Grovedale Primary Schools, will celebrate the end of their program with three camps in the second half of 2019, including their graduation in December.

    $20,000
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    Kids Under Cover

    To fund annual scholarships for young people living in Kids Under Cover accommodation in the Geelong region. The scholarships help offset the basic costs of education enabling disadvantaged young people to remain engaged or re-engage with their education.

    $8,000
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    Meredith Community Centre

    To encourage more participation of children and adolescents at the Centre, providing a place where they can participate in activities in a safe environment, including a weekly program for primary school aged children and also a drop in place for young people.

    $9,000
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    Scope Australia

    To support the purchase of additional musical instruments for the ‘Rockheads’ band, who provide support for each other to develop skills and grow creatively through their passion for music.

    $7,490
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    Somebody’s Daughter Theatre Company

    To support performances and workshops to address the needs of disadvantaged young people aged 12-26 particularly in the areas of: mental health, impact of family violence on children and young people, disengagement from community, greater acceptance of diversity and school nonattendance.

    $10,000
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    Western Edge Youth Arts

    To establish a youth theatre project that will create an inclusive arts space for culturally diverse young people in North Geelong, particularly those from refugee backgrounds.

    $10,000