Grant Allocations

Through your donations in 2020 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
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    Sirovilla

    To assist the development of “The Sirovilla Hub” that will help to reduce social isolation among the elderly, enabling the community to come together, share information and provide a place for those that don’t interact socially due to financial constraints.

    $10,000
Community Wellbeing
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    Art of the Minds

    To support the running of mental health events centred on musical performances and stories of lived experience, for youth and adults of all backgrounds.

    $5,000
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    Bellarine Living & Learning Centre

    To engage a Co-ordinator to facilitate 2 urban harvest food swaps per term assist in the development of food security. This will include interactive demonstrations and workshops.

    $32,000
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    Bravehearts Foundation

    To 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 also offered as reinforcing messages annually provides confidence, knowledge and skills to all who attend.

    $8,000
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    Community Veracity

    To assist individuals who are struggling with substance abuse issues who have completed either intensive day programs or residential rehabilitation programs. The day programs provide activities as well as a support group.

    $25,000
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    Cottage By The Sea Queenscliff

    To support the provision of meals to vulnerable members of the community during the CoVID-19 pandemic while children’s program are unable to operate.

    $15,000
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    Diversitat

    To provide support for a Humanitarian Housing Program Coordinator to liaise with Geelong real estate agents, landlords and volunteers to assist vulnerable new arrivals into safe and secure housing.

    $80,000
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    Drysdale Family Support

    To construct a small ‘wetland bio-pond’ area for birds, bees, frogs and insects to assist productivity and biodiversity; acquire a pizza oven to improve our social cohesion and to acquire tools and equipment to support activity.

    $2,000
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    FareShare Australia

    To assist with the purchase of a new refrigerated van for the delivery of meals, pastries and fresh produce to people in need throughout the Geelong region.

    $24,000
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    Feed Me Bellarine

    To contribute to the organisation’s overheads and other operational costs for 12 months, enabling the expansion of the service by opening the regions FIRST waste food cafe and mini mart which runs on a ‘Pay as You Feel or Can’ model.

    $40,000
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    Gateways Support Services

    To purchase equipment for the new sensory room in the multipurpose building that supports people with autism, intellectual disability and or complex needs with a focus on capacity development through skills acquisition.

    $10,000
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    Geelong Food Relief Centre

    To fund additional emergency food purchases for disadvantaged members of the Geelong community. This will indirectly benefit 38,000 people and encompasses individuals of all ages, nationalities, religions and backgrounds.

    $30,000
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    Hands of Change

    To teach year six students practical business skills for the future - focusing on planning and budgeting, building resilience and a can-do attitude and focussing on true community engagement.

    $35,000
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    Hope Bereavement Services

    To provide grief education, resources, pathways and support that increases individuals and organisation’s ability to care for and cope in the event of a death, particularly sudden and unexpected, in their community.

    $25,000
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    Lazarus Community Centre

    To appoint an Operations Manager to assist in providing sustainable governance, enabling self-sufficiency and to be able to better address the Geelong regions homeless and isolation issues.

    $40,000
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    Lifeline Geelong Barwon Region

    To upgrade and renovate the crisis support offices in central Geelong, assisting in the management of the increased volunteer staff numbers associated with answering more help seeker calls on the 131114 phone service.

    $8,000
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    Norlane Community Initiatives

    To re-activate the Spruhan Avenue Neighbourhood Hub and increase the service hours to 5 days a week at the new residence, addressing community needs of food insecurity, social isolation, participation, health issues and belonging.

    $25,000
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    Orange Sky

    To support the continued provision of laundry and showers services to Geelong’s homeless and also offer a place for non-judgmental conversation.

    $5,000
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    Riding for the Disabled Barwon

    To pay rider registration and insurance for children of low socio-economic backgrounds and families already dealing with the additional cost of a child with disabilities.

    $3,000
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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
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    Uniting (Vic & Tas) Ltd / Uniting Barwon

    To employ an administrator to assist with the Geelong Food Assistance Network, focusing on elevating community awareness of food insecurity and improving the coordination of membership to support more efficient distribution of nutritious and culturally appropriate food.

    $40,000
Education & Training Support
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    Bancoora Surf Life Saving Club

    To purchase new lifesaving equipment that will be used to help deliver programs and increase engagement of members.

    $6,500
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    EdConnect

    To train and place volunteers with students in need in Government primary and secondary classrooms throughout Geelong, where they remain engaged for an average of 3 years, and some many more.

    $10,000
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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 is over 2 years.

    $80,000
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    The Song Room

    To provide a Teacher Music Mentoring program for Whittington Primary students to assist with building capacity, capability and confidence of generalist teachers, lift learning outcomes and enhance socio-emotional well-being of students by incorporating Arts Learning into their classroom.

    $30,000
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    Volunteering Geelong

    To provide support for the introduction of the 'Pathways to Employment' training program, a skills based pathway for young people who may not have a work history.

    $20,000
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    Youth Plus Foundation

    To support a partnership with Good Cycles, a social enterprise that trains and works with young people aged 18-24 experiencing disadvantage, learning bike maintenance and repair skills. The students will work on restoring a donated bike, which they will ultimately be able to own.

    $3,000
Family Support
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    Bluebird Foundation

    To continue the TBA North program, a particular educational intervention targeting disadvantaged families with young children in the north of Geelong. It is designed to be embedded in primary schools and uses music-making as a tool to engage caregivers, children and school staff.

    $30,000
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    St Kilda Mums (Geelong Mums)

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

    $40,000
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    Wombats Wish

    To engage a Psychologist to provide a service to support bereaved children and their families in this very difficult and traumatic period of their lives, prior to and after attending a Wombat's Wish camp.

    $7,750
Health Support
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    Bay Leaf Community Kitchen

    To help build and equip a kitchen that will allow referred vulnerable families to drive through, with anonymity, and collect a nutritious meal to eat together, at home, as a family.

    $20,000
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    Bellarine Community Health

    To support the Provisional Psychologist position for continuity of the role in the youth environment, providing services for young people 12-25 years seeking psychological support.

    $30,000
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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.

    $20,000
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    The Sanctuary Counselling Centre

    To fund a range of counselling and support services that are affordable and accessible to all individuals and families living with a life challenging illness or bereavement. Therapeutic options include individual and family counselling, music therapy and group workshops.

    $25,000
Heritage & Arts
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    Back To Back Theatre

    To offer a “Slow Art Movement” program to increase social connectedness by addressing issues of loneliness, isolation and exclusion for individuals with disabilities, expanding access to artistic practice for those who may have never had access to participation in the arts.

    $5,000
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    Queenscliffe Historical Museum

    To purchase preventative conservation equipment to monitor the condition of collections throughout the relocating to temporary premises and then in the new museum, ensuring the internal environment of the temporary storage and new premises, satisfies Museum standards.

    $2,000
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    Torquay Museum Without Walls

    To purchase a book scanner for preservation of historical items by digitising and archiving documents, photographs and objects before writing a contextual and historical understanding of Torquay community volunteering.

    $1,000
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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    Good Cycles

    To provide entry-level employment for the “Geelong Laneways Waste” service for young people facing adversity to fulfil a vital role servicing the Geelong community and to also experience meaningful employment.

    $14,500
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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.

    $10,000
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    Ocean Mind

    To support an early intervention project to support young people (8-18 year olds) experiencing mental health challenges, social isolation and disabilities to develop confidence, build social connections and improve their skills.

    $30,000
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    Read the Play

    To implement youth Mental Health First Aid courses, lead by Mental Health clinicians, to the Geelong sporting community addressing the community’s need for adequately skilled support people (both adults and peers) regarding mental health concerns.

    $17,000
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    Skyline Education Foundation

    To support the engagement of a part-time Alumni Development Manager to design an Alumni support framework for implementation over a three-year timeframe from July 2020-June 2023

    $10,000
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    Somebody’s Daughter Theatre Company

    To support the “I’m fighting for a normal happy life. Where I can be a kid while I’m still a kid” ‘Let Me Be Young’ theatre project for all young people aged 12-26, particularly disengaged young people across the Greater Geelong Region.

    $15,000
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    Sports Challenge Australia

    To introduce a program to address mental and physical health in 'at risk' children 9-12 years that have been identified in the East Geelong community.

    $10,000