Grant Allocations

Through your donations in 2019 we delivered grants to the value of0
Community Wellbeing
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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 support the refurbishment of the location for the new home of the Power in You program that encourages change, with support based group sessions to help those struggling with addiction while juggling life, family and looking to get back into training or work.

    $62,000
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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 enhance the Springdale Community Garden undercover area to reduce impact and provide shelter from wind and rain and the installation of a flow meter to support water security.

    $1,700
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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 enable the continued provision of a fresh supply of nutritious fruit and vegetables on a daily basis to the many people in need.

    $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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    Norlane Community Initiatives

    To enable the implementation of exciting and innovative community development projects in Norlane by building its leadership and operational capacity.

    $40,000
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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 provide a transition program helping previously homeless men overcome social and economic disadvantage to take their place as independent and contributing members of society, empowered with dignity, self-respect, and confidence.

    $31,000
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 offer free, qualified bereavement advice, support and counsel to anyone in the community following the death of an adult, both near the time of crisis and through ongoing support groups.

    $12,000
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    Kids Plus Foundation

    To provide an early intervention initiative aimed at supporting Geelong babies at high risk of having a significant neurodevelopmental disability.

    $20,000
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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 Music Therapy and Counselling for individuals and their families living with a life-challenging illness or bereavement to reduce the psychological and social impacts and develop resilience and hope.

    $25,000
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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 provide a low cost counselling service to the most vulnerable people in our community, enabling them to learn skills, strategies and how to cope and be resilient.

    $10,000
Heritage & Arts
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    Geelong Art Gallery Inc

    To offer students, educators and community-based access groups to explore the theme of reconciliation through classroom learning, activities and workshops in the Gallery.

    $12,000
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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 provide a mentoring support program to Leopold teenagers, through participation in camps on a regular basis at the Cottage in Queenscliff and also different offsite adventures.

    $20,000
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    Kids Under Cover

    To provide funding for 11 annual scholarships for disadvantaged young people living in the Kids Under Cover accommodation on the Bellarine Peninsula. The Scholarships help offset the basic costs of education/training, enabling them to remain engaged or re-engage with their education.

    $8,000
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    Lions Village Licola Through Lions Club of Geelong Corio Bay

    To provide exciting and enjoyable wilderness challenges for children whose attitudes and behaviours may benefit from the positive examples of their carers and activity leaders.

    $7,000
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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 provide an intensive multi-arts project leading to productions for all young people aged 12-26 across the Greater Geelong region.

    $20,000
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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