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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    Christ Church Community Meals Program

    To enable the painting of the kitchen, small eating area and two connecting passageways, offering a cleaner, brighter and more welcoming environment for both guests and volunteers.

    $4,800
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    Citizens Radio Emergency Services Teams (CREST)

    To purchase UHF and VHF Citizen Band Radios along with four power packs for volunteers use.

    $2,776
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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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    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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    Fight Cancer Foundation

    To provide comfortable and affordable accommodation for up to 15 families from the Greater Geelong area who must travel to Melbourne to access specialist treatment for cancer.

    $10,000
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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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    Geelong Steam Preservation Society

    To purchase the materials required to restore a 140 year old railway carriage for use on the Bellarine Railway.

    $9,000
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    Jan Juc Surf Lifesaving Club

    To support the fit out of the Community First Aid Room as part of the club rooms rebuild that are over fifty years old. The new building will meet the needs of the growing Surf Coast.

    $5,000
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    Lifeline Geelong Barwon Region

    To purchase and install a new digital phone system, ready for the connection to the NBN which is essential to ensure the ongoing smooth operation of Lifeline's services to the community.

    $8,224
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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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    Little Teapot Cafe & Play

    To purchase a permanent shade sail to be installed in the outdoor play area which will help the garden play space to be even more family friendly.

    $8,000
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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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    Ocean Grove Surf Lifesaving Club

    To assist with the furnishing and equipping of a training room and new administration areas which will be utilised to educate about beach safety behavior. The facility will also be available for use by schools and community groups.

    $5,000
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    Point Lonsdale Surf Lifesaving Club

    To assist with the installation of a commercial kitchen as part of the rebuilding of new club rooms, replacing the facility that is over 55 years old. The new building will enable a range of community and private groups to utilise the purpose built facility.

    $5,000
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    Riding for the Disabled Barwon

    To fit out a newly donated storage shed for equipment, tack, games and all the other things needed to run a successful program.

    $20,000
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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 & Training Support
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    Ardoch

    To support the Broadening Horizons program that provides children and young people in areas of disadvantage with inspiring learning and life experiences. The program helps children to build a broad understanding of the world and in turn positively impact their educational outcomes and career aspirations.

    $12,500
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    Bravehearts Foundation

    To support Ditto the Lion-cub live excursion for children aged 3-8, delivering significant personal safety messages and encouraging student participation through song/dance. The program also consists of teacher information sessions and follow up activities for teachers to use in the classroom.

    $5,000
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    Corio Bay Innovators

    To purchase a new delivery van to enable participants to assist in catering deliveries as part of their on-the-job training and support operations and service delivery.

    $15,000
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    Encompass Community Services

    To empower community members (particularly in the 3219 postcode) living with a disability or disadvantage, and in most cases experiencing social isolation and lack of community engagement. The Ready Earth program provides the opportunity to learn and develop new skills through participating in a weekly 4-hour course to design and construct sustainable shopping bags – created from pre-loved clothing/bed linen.

    $19,000
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    Kids Thrive

    To engage a Geelong-based Coordinator to liaise with school campuses, students, teachers, school, community leaders, and local community groups. Geelong Kids as Catalyst Pilot is the first step in a unique creative leadership program; igniting and skilling grade 6 students at Northern Bay College to become catalysts for local change leading delivery of projects to benefit their community. Grant provided over 2 years.

    $80,000
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    MacKillop Family Services

    To provide students aged 16-19 with the skills necessary to positively transition into future employment and training through a student-run school café. The café is part of a VCAL project to support students unable to access education in a mainstream school and provide them with the opportunity to develop essential skills for success in the hospitality industry.

    $19,000
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    OneCare Geelong

    To support a critical professional development package focused on delivering training to staff, volunteers and the OneCare community to enrich their commitment and further engagement with the organisation.

    $11,000
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    The Song Room

    To develop Newcomb Park Primary School’s teacher skills, knowledge and capability through providing guidance and in-class mentoring to teachers for independent delivery of arts learning. The program improves student engagement with school, learning outcomes, socio-emotional well-being and community connection.

    $38,000
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    Weenthunga Health Network

    To support the newly established Girl’s Resilience Program which is modelled on the successful Bendigo program and provides young First Australian women, who have an interest in health, with support to finish school, enter health courses and ultimately pursue careers as health professionals, strong in their identity and culture.

    $20,000
Family Support
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    Bluebird Foundation

    To skill up classroom teachers to deliver singing programs through professional development workshops and mentoring, that will build a culture of parent engagement in children’s learning.

    $38,000
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    Espod Geelong

    To provide professional development and further education to volunteers as required by the organisation’s guiding legislation. The increase in the region's population continues to impact waiting lists and the need to recruit new volunteers.

    $3,000
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    Raise Foundation

    To capture vulnerable and at-risk young pregnant and parenting girls from the Geelong area and provide them with 22 weekly mentoring sessions, given by a volunteer mum. The Bump program facilitates mums to advance their emotional resilience and confidence in parenting abilities and create a thriving future for her and her family.

    $12,000
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    Wombats Wish

    To support a camp for school aged children that provides bereavement support for those who do not have access. The camps provide a context for children to feel supported and acknowledged in their grief, and to reflect and learn tools to take into their everyday lives.

    $10,000
Health Support
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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 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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    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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    Back To Back Theatre

    To increase social connectedness by addressing issues of loneliness, isolation and exclusion for individuals with disabilities and by challenging societal assumptions about what is possible for people with a disability through the presentation of public performances.

    $5,000
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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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    Geelong Symphony Orchestra

    To assist with the purchase of “Percussion Instruments” for the Orchestra. Having its own percussion means that the GSO can instigate an annual mentor program for students that will act as a gateway into the Geelong Symphony Orchestra for years to come.

    $11,000
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    Lorne Community Arts & Culture Foundation

    To celebrate the creation of the Lorne Fishermen's Co-operative 70 years ago, two themed shows will be developed from the site which will be performed twice over the festival 3-6 Oct 2019.

    $14,000
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    Torquay Museum Without Walls

    To improve website accessibility that will enhance functionality, providing a feature rich user friendly experience. The upgrade will provide access to published research and developed databases, interactive maps, historical timelines and an ecommerce system for membership and sale of resources.

    $2,350
Research & Innovation
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    Deakin University Housing Project

    To engage a wide range of stakeholders, to assist in the identification of the community benefits and challenges of integrating a “micro-village,” or cluster of small, affordable homes into the Geelong community to address homelessness and housing stress before it happens. Grant provided is over 2 years.

    $40,000
Youth Support
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    Australian Schools Plus

    To introduce a Learning to Provisional Driving (L2P) program at Northern Bay College for senior refugee students that supports students to get their Learner's Permit and then to oversee their driving lessons and practice.

    $33,000
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    Bellarine Training and Community Hub

    To employ a mental health practitioner for a two year period to provide case management and support to young people participating in the Youth Drop In Program which is heading into its 18th year of operation. This additional resource will address the current waitlist of young people wanting to access the program. Grant provided is over 2 years.

    $20,000
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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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    Hands of Change

    To support the Equihands Youth Leadership program, designed for youth (aged 12 to 18) living in the Golden Plains Shire and Geelong regions. The program which incorporates interaction with horses and the use of virtual reality for reflections, teaches youth self-awareness and self-confidence.

    $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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    SHINE for Kids Co-operative

    To maintain regular contact for children with their incarcerated parent to foster positive relationships and avoid family fragmentation. Ride By Your Side is a unique place-based transport and mentoring program for children from the Geelong region who have fathers who are incarcerated in the Barwon and Marngoneet Correctional Centres.

    $30,000
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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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    Vision Australia

    To create Feelix Kits for Children who are blind or have low vision. This unique library brings to life the printed word through braille, audio, tactile items and graphical handbooks so that young clients from birth through to seven years of age can begin to learn and engage with early literacy and braille concepts.

    $5,000