Geelong Community Foundation News

2023 P500 Pitch & Vote Night Finalists Pitch Videos

We are excited for this Thursday 16th November when the three shortlisted organisations will pitch for the 2023 P500 grant of $79,000. Below are the pitch videos from the three organisations.      

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2023 P500 Grant Finalists

Our grant review panel had some amazing applications to assess, it most certainly wasn’t an easy choice, so a very big congratulations to the 3 finalists Cherished Pets Making Waves Foundation Tiny Dots Early Intervention Click here to view more information about all of our Grant Finalists Don’t forget about Pitch and Vote Night on...

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Celebrating World Food Day with Farm My School

Imagine a school that can feed its community. Today is World Food Day and the Geelong Community Foundation is proud to shine a light on the work of Farm My School, a food literacy program that aims to change the culture of what households are eating, especially in low socio-economic communities and households that are...

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Bittersweet Project

Today is International Coffee Day and the Geelong Community Foundation is proud to use this day to highlight The Bittersweet Project, an initiative of MacKillop Family Services. MacKillop Family Services works for the rights of all children to be free to enjoy their childhood in safe and loving homes, where they are nurtured, and have...

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Celebrating World Literacy Day with EdConnect

Today is World Literacy Day and the Geelong Community Foundation is proud to highlight the incredible work of EdConnect, a local organisation that partners with schools to identify their specific needs and then recruit, screen, train and match intergenerational volunteers in learning support, either classroom or program-based, or mentoring roles. EdConnect General Manager Danie McNeil...

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The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre (The SAFV Centre)

  We will fund an incredible $1.34million in community grants this year with one of the most significant grants awarded to The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre (The SAFV Centre), a community based, not-for-profit service, offering free, confidential trauma-informed sexual assault and family violence services across the Barwon region. The $76,000 grant funded over...

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Celebrating Speech Pathology Week with Bellarine Community Health

In celebration of Speech Pathology Week we are proud to highlight the work of Bellarine Community Health (BCH), the largest provider of community health services on the Bellarine Peninsula, and which operates from fives sites including locations in Drysdale, Portarlington, Point Lonsdale, and Ocean Grove. Community health plays the crucial role of filling gaps left...

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Celebrating World Refugee Week

  We are celebrating Refugee Week and are proud to highlight the incredible work being undertaken by CatholicCare, in particular its Settle Well – Next Phase project which supports young people and women who have lived experience in seeking asylum to secure employment. We provided CatholicCare with funding during our 2021-22 grant round to assist...

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Mental Health – Spotlight on the Empowerment Challenge

The Geelong Community Foundation is shining a light on a wonderful local organisation providing critical support to young mothers. Like many good ideas, The Empowerment Challenge began over a cup of coffee when a group of women who were involved in existing programs for younger mothers were lamenting the fact that, although there were some...

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Helping students stay the course -an interview with Leigh Bartlett, BATForce

The Barwon Adolescent Taskforce (BATF) began in 1978 over an instant coffee, when a group of Youth Workers decided that they could work best if they worked together. “A lot has changed since then and BATF has changed with it,” says Executive Officer Leigh Bartlett. “As an organisation, we are governed by a Board and...

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Celebrating International Women’s Day – Bron Lawson

Ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, the Geelong Community Foundation is shining a light on some of the incredible women who are driving change and making a difference in the community sector, with women making up around 81% of the community sector workforce in Victoria.   Meet Bron Lawson, founder and program manager...

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Celebrating International Women’s Day – Lana Purcell

Ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, the Geelong Community Foundation is shining a light on some of the incredible women who are driving change and making a difference in the community sector, with women making up around 81% of the community sector workforce in Victoria.   Meet Lana Purcell, founder and CEO at...

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