Back To School Program

Back To School 2023
Bellarine Secondary College Ocean Grove principal Wayne Johannesen with students Indy, Charlie and Sommer and Geelong Community Foundation Former Director Barton van Laar – Picture: Brad Fleet


Many students and families across the region in need of support with material costs associated with attending school have been provided with some additional support through the Geelong Community Foundation’s partnership with the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR).

The FRRR Back to School Program has been delivered in the Region by the Geelong Community Foundation for many years. The partnership with a range of Trusts and Foundations, including the Glover Family Trust, in 2024, will deliver $118,000 worth of $50 Target vouchers and a small number of $100 JB HiFi vouchers to support technology purchases. The vouchers will be distributed to many primary and secondary schools across the region.

Consultation with Wellbeing Coordinators, Teachers and Principals ensures the vouchers get to where they are needed most. It is the knowledge of family and individual student circumstances that guides the equitable distribution, although often the need far outweighs our ability to assist.