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2012 Community Grants

Congratulations to the following organisations that were successful in their application for a Community Grant in 2012:


State: NSW









A Start In Life - $10,000.00

A Start in Life provides funding for educational needs for Aussie children living below the poverty line from early age intervention through to their tertiary studies. They provide; excursions, school lunches, uniforms, stationary, medical, optical, dental, tutoring and recently computers so these children can keep up with assignments, homework and research.

This Community Grant will support A Start in Life’s ‘Apparel-ently’ project to provide new school apparel to 80 children living below the poverty line. This influences kids self-esteem and health, and reduces bullying.


Active Opportunities - $9,894.00

Active Opportunities empowers disadvantaged communities and people with a disability to realise their potential through quality sport and education programs, and raise awareness of sporting opportunities for people with a disability and disadvantaged communities.

This Community Grant supports Active Opportunities’ ‘Social Inclusion’ project. This project aims to build safer communities through sport and education activities for at-risk boys and girls aged 13 – 18. The project will allow young people the opportunity to engage in positive activities, which deters them from anti-social behaviour and builds life skills.


Australian Foundation for Disability – $9,000.00

Australian Foundation for Disability support families of people with disabilities in South West and Western Sydney. They provide; accommodation, respite care, carer support program, community participation day programs, transition to work program, transition to retirement, community living, work-skills program, work experience and skill development.

This Community Grant will support Australian Foundation for Disability run a Garden Program for its youth in their ‘Transition To Work’ program. This program is focused around teaching youth with a disability about healthy lifestyles and wellbeing and about the environment and sustainable practices.


Allambi Youth Services - $10,000.00

Allambi Youth Services provide a range of quality professional services, these include Youth Refuge, Residential, Foster Care and Adolescent counseling and an internal Learning Centre.

This Community Grant will support Allambi Youth Services to deliver ‘Play Therapy’ to five out of home care/foster care children aged 4-11 years of age. Play Therapy has proven to be an effective in helping children work through their past traumas such as neglect and abuse as they are unable and often it is unsafe to verbalise their trauma.


Amputee Association of Sydney - $5,950.00

The Amputee Association of Sydney is run by amputees for amputees. A group of dedicated volunteers help to provide information and assistance to amputees in their community.

This Community Grant will support the Amputee Association of Sydney’s ‘Teen Amp Camp’. At the camp teens gain access to adult amputee role models, peers who are also amputees, and are supported at the camp by rehabilitation specialists and health care professionals. The camp is also full of fun games, physical challenges, and creative or therapeutic activities.


Animal Welfare League - $9,300.00

Animal Welfare League care for surrendered, neglected or abandoned pets. Recently they have begun with work with illiterate and emotionally challenged youth at risk, in their ‘Pets CAN Help Kids’ program, which enormously benefits kids and pets.

This Community Grant will support Animal Welfare League’s ‘Pets CAN Help Kids’ program. This program offers positive and effective learning experiences. Students develop an understanding of animal care, providing an opportunity to develop empathy and responsibility.


Asthma Foundation of NSW - $10,000

The Asthma Foundation of NSW provides asthma information, education, training and advocacy in the community and supports and funds asthma research. Their mission is to support people with asthma today and to free the community from asthma tomorrow.

This Community Grant will support the Asthma Foundation’s ‘Triple A’ program. This project facilitates asthma self-management and aims to reduce smoking uptake in adolescents from disadvantaged/Aboriginal communities in Western Sydney using creative, peer led campaigns.


Australian Diabetes Council - $10,000.00

Australian Diabetes Council offer support and services to people living with and at risk of diabetes. The organisation is a powerful voice for diabetes, aiming to ensure that when policy, research, program and service decisions are made that affect communities, they will make a positive difference.

This Community Grant will support the Australian Diabetes Council’s ‘Diabetes Camp’ scholarship for disadvantaged children. Camps often provide the first opportunity for children to meet and interact with others living with diabetes. Camps also provide age appropriate self-management education and skills training (e.g. insulin injections) and foster coping skills and resilience.


Autism and Aspergers Syndrome Support Group - $4,000.00

Autism and Aspergers Syndrome Support Group provide monthly support group meetings, information and resources for carers, families and friends of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

This Community Grant will fund Autism and Aspergers Syndrome support group to organise some fun activities and outings for their members, children and teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Many of these young people are socially isolated due to the nature of their condition (some don't attend school), so it is crucial for them to be able to have an opportunity to go out and do fun activities in a supportive environment.


Autism Spectrum Australia - $9,950.00

Autism Spectrum Australia (ASPECT) is the largest provider of autism-specific services in Australia. They provide specialist services from first diagnosis through to programs for adults and offer support and training for families as well as professionals working with a client with autism.

This Community Grant will support Autism Spectrum Australia’s social skills group program for teenagers with autism. Participants will be encouraged to improve in a number of key areas including having more frequent get-togethers with friends, being more socially motivated, displaying more appropriate social communication and improved awareness and knowledge of social rules and conventions.


NSW Women's Refuge Movement - $9,600.00

The NSW Women's Refuge Movement supports and assist women and children escaping domestic violence. The NSW Women's Refuge Movement assist female victims of violent crime, and their children, in their everyday management of crisis support accommodation. They also provide the local community with a community outreach service, public education programs, as well as child support early intervention programs.

This Community Grant will support the NSW Women's Refuge Movement establishing a school holiday program. This project will get children staying at the refuge for a few hours each week in school holidays with a fun activity to do.


BoysTown - $9,800.00

BoysTown is a national youth welfare organisation specialising in helping disadvantaged young people and families at risk of social exclusion. The BoysTown San Miguel Family Centre has been assisting homeless families and children in addressing issues relating to homelessness, to develop life skills and secure stable accommodation.

This Community Grant will fund BoysTown’s ‘Education Ain’t So Bad’ project. The project will engage children and young people from homeless families in activities designed to encourage engagement in formal education and healthier lifestyles.


Butterfly Foundation - $10,000.00

The Butterfly Foundation provides services for those experiencing eating disorders, their carers and families, and for anyone in the community requiring information and education.

This Community Grant will support the Butterfly Foundation’s ‘National Eating Disorders Teleweb.’ This project will provide an easily accessible and safe environment to enable people who have an eating disorder, and their family, friends and health professionals to seek help as early as possible in the development of illness or signs of risk.


Calvary Health Care Sydney - $2,956.00

Calvary Health Care Sydney offers both rehabilitation and palliative care services. They look after patients and their families both in the community and in the hospital. Patients become inpatients for pain and symptom management, respite care and end of life care.

This Community Grant will support Calvary Health Care Sydney in initiating bereavement counseling for their patient's children ages 3 to 18. Funds will purchase therapeutic play items and a storage trolley that are needed to begin the program.


Camp Quality (Oak Flats) - $10,000.00

Camp Quality aims to create a better life for every child living with cancer in Australia. Their four program streams of Engage, Just for Kids, Family Matters and Together create optimism and resilience for all children aged zero - 13 years who are living with cancer. The organisation run camps for children aged 4-13 years old. At camp they enjoy the fun and excitement of being together and participating in lots of activities, for example; abseiling, flying fox, giant slide, snorkeling, sailing, canoeing, giant swig together with several offsite day adventures. The camp allows kids to be kids again and gives them time out from their rounds of treatments and hospital visits.

This Community Grant will support Camp Quality support four local families for one year.


Camp Quality (Tamworth) - $10,000.00

Camp Quality aims to create a better life for every child living with cancer in Australia. Their four program streams of Engage, Just for Kids, Family Matters and Together create optimism and resilience for all children aged zero - 13 years who are living with cancer. The organisation run camps for children aged 4-13 years old. At camp they enjoy the fun and excitement of being together and participating in lots of activities, for example; abseiling, flying fox, giant slide, snorkeling, sailing, canoeing, giant swig together with several offsite day adventures. The camp allows kids to be kids again and gives them time out from their rounds of treatments and hospital visits.

This Community Grant will support Camp Quality to run a junior and senior camp for children living with cancer.


Camp Quality (Monkerai Valley) – $9,504.00

Camp Quality is the Australian children's family cancer charity that believes in bringing optimism and happiness to the lives of children and families affected by cancer.

This Community Grant supports Camp Quality’s ‘Newly Diagnosed Family Camps’ to target kids who have recently received the horrifying cancer diagnosis, and their family. These camps allow these kids to interact with other kids who have also just been delivered this diagnosis. It allows their siblings to bond with other siblings who are terrified of losing their brother or sister to cancer. Long-term families share their experiences with families newly facing this difficult journey.


Canteen - $9,200.00

Canteen supports, develops and empowers 12-24 year olds living with cancer. Canteen connects young people who are going through similar experiences so they can help and support each other, and provides a safe environment where they can learn how to deal with the emotional, physical and practical issues of living with cancer and take back control of their lives.

This Community Grant will support Canteen’s three-day residential support program for 12 - 24 year old young women who are going through a cancer experience. The program will consist of educational and psychosocial workshops and recreational activities.


Catherine Sullivan Centre - $9,800.00

Catherine Sullivan Centre is an early intervention service for children 0-6 yrs with hearing impairment and their families. Their teachers use an auditory-verbal approach where the child, in partnership with parents and in a supportive environment is encouraged to use his/her hearing aids or cochlear implant to learn to listen and speak. This gives the child an opportunity to acquire language, speech and social skills necessary to achieve mainstream education.

This Community Grant will allow the Catherine Sullivan Centre to retain the services of a qualified Speech Pathologist.


Centipede at Glebe School - $10,000.00

Centipede at Glebe School provides out-of-school child-care to a very eclectic community with children exposed to many social problems such as domestic violence, exposure to drugs and alcohol and seeing family members in and out of prison.

This Community Grant will support Centipedes’ ‘Healthy Meals’ program. Meals are prepared for children every day and for all meals, children are involved in the set-up of tables meals are eaten at. This builds children's understanding of portions, sharing and communication. The menus are always changing and experiences involving food preparation are run to further educate children about healthy eating.


Cerebral Palsy Alliance - $10,000.00

Cerebral Palsy Alliance provides services and support to people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. They offer services that include mobility, equipment, physiotherapy, speech therapy, camps, mentoring, peer support, employment support, accommodation services and disability awareness programs.

This Community Grant will support the ‘Just Like You!’ program which improves children's knowledge, attitudes and acceptance of disability through an engaging and interactive education program. Children aged 10-12 years meet someone with a disability and learn about disability in order to foster positive, well-informed and compassionate attitudes towards people with disabilities.


Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association of Australia - $4,000.00

Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association of Australia Incorporated supports people with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT), also known as Hereditary Motor and Sensory Neuropathy, the most common degenerative neurological inherited disease. They support both adults and children with CMT and their carers through personal contact, information distribution, an informative website and newsletter as well as supporting CMT research.

This Community Grant supports Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association’s CMT Youth Weekend. The weekend is for school aged youth with CMT. The program will involve adventurous activities and a mini-workshop with voluntary medical/allied health professionals to provide youth oriented information about managing CMT.


The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (Bear Cottage, Manly) - $9,800.00

The Children's Hospital at Westmead is the largest pediatric center in NSW, providing the most advanced care and treatment options for children. This specialist care, combined with community education, advocacy for improved child health and ground-breaking research into childhood illnesses, is blended within a positive, caring and healing environment.

This Community Grant will support The Children’s Hospital at Westmead’s ‘Bear Cottage’ - the only hospice for children in NSW. This funding will help to provide educational opportunities for, staff, families and volunteers to keep them up-to-date with best practice.


The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (Westmead) - $8,975.00

The Children's Hospital at Westmead is the largest, highly respected pediatric center in NSW, providing excellent care for children. The hospital is world renowned for providing the best care for sick children and their families; this includes providing support for families who wish to provide the complex care for children in their home and community.

This Community Grant will support The Children’s Hospital at Westmead’s purchase of up-to-date portable intravenous pumps for home parenteral nutrition. These new units are easily portable and can be programed with self-weaning which means parents can feel reassured and get much needed rest.


Baptist Community Services (Chisholm Care) – $2,100.00

Chisholm Care provides crisis and medium term accommodation for women and children escaping domestic violence. Families live with us for 3 -18 months whilst they seek longer-term safe housing. They provide support, advocacy, case management and groups for the women and children.

This Community Grant will support Chisholm Care to fund a worker to facilitate a group for primary school age children on healthy relationships. The group deals with how family and domestic violence impacts on the child, dealing with feelings particularly anger and rage, developing safety plans, how to have healthy relationships and be a friend.


Citylife Community Initiatives - $1,500.00

Citylife Community Initiatives empowers people to make their own decisions and choices for life. They do this through education such as parenting skills and supporting parents as they support their children.

This Community Grant will fund Citylife Community Initiatives’ ADHD Support Group’. This group will serve children who have been diagnosed with ADHD and associated disorders including Aspergers. The group will offer a range of activities for children to learn to understand their disorder, develop tools and skills to improve functionality both at home and at school, and help children to embrace their creativity in interactions with one another and their environment.


Cranleigh School - $9,000.00

Cranleigh School is a specialist setting for children aged 3-12 years with intellectual disabilities. Many of their children also have physical disabilities and approximately half of the students have severe autism, either as the primary diagnosis, or co-existing with other conditions. Their school curriculum is focused on communication, independence and academic and vocational skills development.

This Community Grant will fund the continuation and expansion of Cranleigh School’s ‘Connect3@Cranleigh’ group. Connect3 provides an early pre-school program for the students without disabilities and invaluable inclusion, social and communication experiences for our Cranleigh students with disabilities.


CREATE - $9,750.00

CREATE Foundation is a national organisation with an office in each state and territory of Australia. CREATE provides programs to support children and young people in care. They are dedicated to ensuring all kids in care have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

This Community Grant will support CREATE to provide ‘Entering Care Backpacks’ for children when they first enter care and can feel isolated and disconnected from their family and community.


Berkeley Vale Neighbourhood Centre - $10,000.00

Berkeley Vale Neighbourhood Centre provides information support and referral services to the local community most of which are single parent families struggling to make ends meet. Programs focus on reducing the effects of isolation, domestic violence, boredom, relationship issues, mental health etc.

This Community Grant will support the ‘Children's Homework Support’ program to provide maths and english group tutoring to children and young people via a qualified paid tutor and volunteers. This program will be a great catalyst for social support for children and young people as well as supporting their learning.


Daystar Foundation - $8,900.00

The Daystar Foundation creates futures through education for children. They do this by linking schools, families and communities; and mobilising resources in the form of money, services, goods and volunteer time with a clear message that everyone can make a difference and improve children’s life opportunities.

This Community Grant will assist the Foundation to provide a nutritious breakfast each school day at 14 disadvantaged schools in low socio-economic suburbs of Sydney. Many children come to school hungry, resulting in poor concentration, poor academic performance and poor social behaviour.


The David Wirrpanda Foundation - $10,000.00

The David Wirrpanda Foundation charity strives to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal youth and their families through the promotion of strong role models, educating the community on healthy life choices and working closely with school communities to contribute to the improvement of Aboriginal student education outcomes.

This Community Grant will support the ‘Deadly Sista Girlz’ program. This program motivates and empowers young Aboriginal girls to make healthy life choices. Positive female Aboriginal mentors deliver engaging sessions about cultural identity, sexual health, healthy relationships, fitness, nutrition, financial literacy, drug and alcohol awareness, education and goal setting.


East Sydney Community Based High School - $10,000.00

East Sydney Community Based High School is a small school catering for young people who are at risk of not achieving a basic level of education because, for many reasons, they do not fit well with mainstream systems of education.

This Community Grant will assist the school to implement a program called ‘Breakfast Club’, that provides at-risk youth with food at the start of the school day. Their student group often come to school without having breakfast and often don't have much food supplied at home.


Epilepsy Action Australia - $10,000.00

Epilepsy Action Australia (EAA) is the largest and only national provider of specialist epilepsy education and support services in the Australian community. EAA is an authorised provider of endorsed courses by the Royal College of Nurses Australia. EAA provides a range of programs and activities for people with epilepsy and other seizure disorders, and for carers, families, medical professionals and the broader community.

This Community Grant will support EAA’s residential camp for children and youth with epilepsy and their families. The camp provides a level of safety not afforded by non-epilepsy specific camps and combines fun games and adventurous activities.


Evolve Community Wellness Foundation - $9,800.00

The Evolve Community Wellness Foundation provides benevolent services to individuals in their community who are distressed, suffering and experiencing hardship and misfortune. They offer counseling, workshops and integrative complementary therapies to families who are financially unable to access such services.

This Community Grant will support the ‘Resilient Teens’ project. This is an eight-week group for young people focusing on dealing with anxiety, bullying, self-esteem issues and building resilience.


Exodus Youth Worx - $10,000.00

Exodus Youth Worx is a Christian based youth organisation that aims to provide a network of support for youth who have no community. It aims to re-direct and guide the marginalised and less fortunate young people in the area to give them the best opportunity possible to become proactive members of society.

This Community Grant will support Exodus Youth Worx in creating a sporting equipment library. This equipment will be used to run sporting afternoons and weekend activities at local parks engaging marginalised and disadvantaged youth in sporting activities that would otherwise be unattainable.


The Factory Community Centre - $7,500.00

The Factory Community Centre is a locally managed community development organization that identifies with the social housing community from that area, providing a range of support services.

This Community Grant will support The Factory Community Centre’s ‘Yurungai Dance Theatre.’ The group of south Sydney Aboriginal and Islander children perform Indigenous dance, combining contemporary and traditional Indigenous culture. Due to the success of the program on the overall learning, motivation, and positive leadership of the participants, the project requires funds to employ specialist tutors, further develop skills, and mentor children and young people in complementary centers.


First Light Care Association - $5,000.00

First Light Care Association is managed by a group of Australian-Chinese community leaders and professionals. First Light Care strives to promote better interpersonal relationships, personal development, marital growth and healthy family lives in the community through professional counseling, preventive education and training programs targeting youths and families.

This Community Grant will support First Light Care’s ‘Ready for High School’ psychosocial education program. This program emphasis on effective communication and strategies to ease year six children in transitioning into high school and prevent potential behavioural issues such as bullying, lack of motivation that are typically encountered in high school.


Firstchance - $10,000.00

Firstchance supports children and young people with disabilities. They assist families with a child with a disability and/or developmental delay from birth to eighteen years through a range of family centered support options including early intervention education, occupational therapy, speech pathology, social/family work, school-age family support, case management and group programs.

This Community Grant will support Firstchance to establish ‘SibsRule,’ an eight-week siblings program with parallel parent support sessions. SibsRule will offer the opportunity for the children to explore their feelings, build their resilience and develop a support network with other children in a similar situation.


Friends of Bonnyrigg Heights Public School - $10,000.00

The Friends of Bonnyrigg Heights Primary School provides financial and volunteer support to the school. The school has a large proportion of families who are socially and financially disadvantaged. The Friends of Bonnyrigg Heights Primary School operates and finances a bus to transport children enrolled in the school's Support Unit to and from school each day. The Friends also fund programs to improve the educational opportunities of children enrolled at the school.

This Community Grant will support the sensory ‘Play and Learn’ program. Appropriate sensory resources will be purchased and integrated into the learning environment.


Friends of the Brain Injured Children - $9,000.00

Friends of the Brain Injured Children help families with children who have serious brain injuries, causing moderate to severe motor disabilities. They provide families with brain injuries with support, information and financial assistance for early intensive therapy approaches.

This Community Grant will support Friends of the Brain Injured Children with their therapy training for parents of brain-injured children. The project will enable parents to treat cerebral palsy symptoms of their child's brain injury at home. It will provide training in therapy techniques (particularly therapeutic massage and acupressure), complementing ongoing professional therapy regimes.


NSW Friendship Circle - $10,000.00

The NSW Friendship Circle aims to meet the social and emotional needs of children with special needs. Their innovative programs and creative activities are designed to foster a relationship between children with special needs and teenage members of their communities, drawing on the love, boundless energy and dynamism of these teens.

This Community Grant will support the ‘Friends@Home’ program. This project is about pairing teens with the kids at their homes, on a weekly basis, providing friendship, a sense of belonging, and self-sufficiency to the children and teens, and relief to the parents.


Giant Steps - $10,000.00

Giant Steps is a school catering specifically for children with autism. The program at Giant Steps Sydney is trans-disciplinary which includes high-level intensive programs for children and young people aged 2-18 years of age. This approach is one that combines Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Music with teaching and education in consultation with parents.

This Community Grant will support Giant Steps’ Financial Literacy program. This Financial Literacy program is based on the model that although students may have limited number knowledge, this should not exclude them in handling and experiencing the value of money and gaining access to goods and services.


Guide Dogs NSW/ACT - $9,200.00

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT provides orientation and mobility services. They train people with impaired vision to use canes, canines and electronic aids to improve their mobility and thus independence and quality of life. They also train companion dogs for children and adults who are disabled or disadvantaged owing to isolation or ill health.

This Community Grant will support Guide Dogs NSW/ACT with their ‘Experiencing New Environments with Orientation and Mobility – Country wise’ program. Participants will get to experience farm life and how to get around a farm using different mobility aids including canes, guide dogs and electronic aids.


Gunawirra - $10,000.00

Gunawirra is a welfare organisation run by Aboriginal representatives, and health professionals. The organisation develops and delivers programs to prevent or reduce harm to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island infants, families and communities. Gunawirra provides a multi-faceted set of strategies that are infant and child focused to break the cycle of physical, emotional alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence, and poor mental health.

This Community Grant will support the ‘Infant Child Nutrition and Cooking Classes for Parents.’ This project will educate mothers about good nutrition, home cooking and good shopping practices.


HopeStreet - $10,000.00

HopeStreet work alongside those in the greatest need so that they can access housing and community programs enabling them to materially and emotionally move away from the shadows of welfare, addictions and street-based sex work.

This Community Grant will support HopeStreet’s community outreach services employment training program being introduced to their community café. This will enable young participants to learn Barista skills and customer service skills.


Hunter Care - $9,000.00

Hunter Care delivers preventative health and drug education programs to primary and secondary school children. Their Life Education Programs are designed to motivate, encourage and empower children and young people to make life choices for a healthy future, free from the harmful effects of drugs.

This Community Grant will support the ‘Transitions to Adolescence - Face the Facts’ program. The project will provide innovative drug education to year seven students during the orientation phase. The project objectives are to reduce the harmful effects and associated with drug misuse and unhealthy lifestyle choices and to empower young people.


KARI Aboriginal Resources - $7,900.00

KARI Aboriginal Resources is a vibrant Aboriginal community organisation. The service was established in response to the need for an effectively managed and culturally appropriate out of home care (foster care) service for the local Aboriginal community.

This Community Grant will support KARI Aboriginal Resources’ My Mob, My Journey’ - a music tuition program that identifies and supports musically gifted Aboriginal youths and assists them to connect with the Aboriginal musical culture. Music is critical to Aboriginal culture. It tells the stories, histories and lessons from a thousand generations.


Karitane - $4,200.00

Karitane supports families with a wide range of services including Residential Stay, Day Stay, and specialised Perinatal Maternal/Infant Mental Health Day Stay Unit to assist families and their children with parenting and post natal depression issues. Karitane Linking Families is affiliated with Karitane and facilitates volunteer training, volunteer home visiting, and short term case management to vulnerable families, and supported playgroups and sustained home visiting to young parents under 25 years with children.

This Community Grant will enable Karitane to continue providing parenting workshops for families with children 0-8 years including toddler management, sleep and settle issues and nutrition.


Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation - $9,000.00

The Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation addresses the issues surrounding children who live in a family affected by mental illness by providing recreational and educational camps and other activities that are fun, safe, healthy and positive.

This Community Grant will support Kookaburra Kids’ weekend camp. At camp kids learn coping skills and identify support networks. Children participate in a mental health education program with age appropriate information on mental illness and the consequences of the affect it will have on their family. Camp is an opportunity to be a kid, free from the responsibility of looking after a parent with a mental illness.


Landcare Australia - $10,000.00

Landcare Australia is a national network of thousands of locally based community groups who care for the natural resources of our country. Landcare assists businesses to work with local communities on environmental restoration and repair projects.

This Community Grant will support the ‘Sowing the Seeds for Life’ project. This project involves creating an edible garden in the local school grounds using organic principles. Community members will share their knowledge and skills in gardening, nutrition, bush tucker and sustainability, in a hands-on manner. All students in the school, pre-school and after school care, will have access to the garden.


Learning Links - $8,000.00

Learning Links purpose is to enable children with disabilities to realise their individual potential. Their services include early childhood intervention, full cognitive, developmental, psychological and pediatric assessments, specialist literacy and numeracy support, occupational therapy, speech therapy, physiotherapy, family counseling, case management, group programs and professional development.

This Community Grant will support Learning Link to offer access to support to financially disadvantaged children. This project will address an imbalance. It will help children with disabilities or learning support needs whose families are financially disadvantaged and cannot afford the services that will help them overcome their difficulties and reach their potential.


Life Changing Experiences Foundation - $10,000.00

Life Changing Experiences Foundation offers mentoring to at-risk youth, enabling them to make a change to their circumstances. They deliver ‘The SISTER2sister’ program, a mentoring program for teenage girls at risk of abuse and/or neglect.

This Community Grant will assist the Life Changing Experiences Foundation with their ‘SISTER2sister’ program. Each girl (Little Sister) is matched with a stable role model (Big Sister) who is a professional business/corporate woman from the community. Big Sisters provide support, guidance and inspiration.


Macquarie University - $9,321.00

Macquarie University provides tertiary education, conducts research and engages in community outreach. Their Children and Families Research Centre has been established to meet the need for information about how best to support children and their families in Australia.

This Community Grant will support Macquarie University with their academic skills tutoring of children raised by grandparents. The program will provide weekly tutoring in literacy for up to 20 weeks for primary school aged children whose early years have been disrupted by traumatic family circumstances and who are in the full-time care of grandparents.


Mental Health Support Group – $9,295.00

Mental Health Support Group provides support for those living with a mental illness in our community. They offer practical support for patients at the Lismore Psychiatric Unit which has an eight bed Child and Adolescent Unit as well as a an Adult Unit.

This Community Grant will assist Mental Health Support Group with the purchase of exercise and activity equipment for the Child and Adolescent Unit. Exercise is known to help young people to regulate their emotional states. It can bring fun into patient’s lives and provide opportunities to enhance skills such as team building, empathy, negotiation and conflict resolution.


Mission Australia - $10,000.00

Mission Australia’s ‘Paint Penrith REaD’ is a small project within the much larger organisation. They offer free programs to families in the community including; supported playgroups, parenting support groups, TAFE outreach and education, financial counseling, education and health and fitness.

This Community Grant will assist Paint Penrith REaD to design and develop literacy kits. One kit to be given to parents at large community events. One kit that playgroup, child-care centers, libraries and services can lend out to families. These kits will bring literacy into homes ensuring children have the best start at getting literate.


Moree Family Support - $10,000.00

Moree Family Support provides, case management, playgroups, vacation care services, group programs for teenagers through to adults, domestic violence services to isolated families, aboriginal families and families with children under 18 years of age.

This Community Grant will support the ‘Girls With a Purpose’ program. Low self-esteem and lack of purpose can contribute to teenage pregnancy, disengagement from school, drug and alcohol abuse, self-harming behaviours, homelessness and unhealthy relationships. The program aims to address these issues by providing young women with an opportunity to develop their knowledge, resilience and self-worth.


Muscular Dystrophy Association - $10,000.00

The Muscular Dystrophy Association exists to improve quality of life for people with neuromuscular disorders and their families and carers. They organise and provide respite, camps, social development, information and education, home support, regional support, advocacy, weekend retreat, activities, social events, counseling, communication, equipment and research.

This Community Grant will support Muscular Dystrophy NSW offer ‘The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award’ to young people with a neurological condition. This award restores motivation, and offers an opportunity to feel pride, and is life changing for young people with a disability. It is the first of its kind in the world.


National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy - $10,000.00

National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy encourages Indigenous children to persist in education, participate in sport and recreation programs, lead healthier lifestyles and be proud of their culture and history.

This Community Grant will support the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy’s Year Seven High School Transition program for Indigenous school students. The aim of the program is to help students get a good start at high school.


Newcastle Temporary Care - $10,000.00

Newcastle Temporary Care is a respite care service for children and young adults with a disability. As well as supporting the children themselves, they also provide a large range of flexible programs to families of children and young adults and aim to support all members of the family through opportunities to get time out, and spend time with others experiencing a similar situation.

This Community Grant will support Newcastle Temporary Care with their ‘Sibworks’ program. This is an innovative program that aims to meet the needs of siblings of a child with a disability.


Noah's Ark Centre of Shoalhaven - $7,476.00

The Noah's Ark Centre of Shoalhaven is a center of excellence in early intervention services for children with special needs. This includes children with disability, development delay or serious behavioural issues. Work takes place in Aboriginal communities, early childhood centers and group learning programs. Noah's employs specialist teachers, therapists and psychologists to provide a number of programs.

This Community Grant will support Noah’s to provide 10 parenting and behaviour support sessions to parents living in the Jerrinja Aboriginal Community. The training topics will include: creating a safe environment for play, toys and activities in the home and supporting positive behaviour.


Northern Beaches Interchange - $10,000.00

Northern Beaches Interchange support and strengthen families caring for children and young people with a disability and enable these young people to participate more fully in the community. They provide a range of respite, recreation and carer support services.

This Community Grant will assist Northern Beaches Interchange to provide adventure camps over a year to young people (12-18 years old) with a wide range of disabilities. These camps will provide fun and challenging recreational activities and the experience of fun time away from home, whilst developing social skills and friendships.


Outreach - $9,280.00

Outreach is a multi-faceted community service organisation that provides assistance to vulnerable women and families in need. Clients are offered a broad range of assistance including; emergency accommodation, advice relating to housing/income, personal support covering domestic/family violence, general support and advocacy, interpreter and migration services, legal and interpreting services, health and medical services, and referral to other agencies.

This Community Grant will support Outreach’s ‘Safe Haven’ refuge to provide short-term crisis accommodation for families escaping domestic violence. Safe Haven offers a safe environment for women and children, allowing them immediate respite, as unlike other refuges, it is open 24 hours per day.


Pathfinders - $10,000.00

Pathfinders is the umbrella organisation for a diverse range of youth accommodation, family support services and supported independent living programs.

This Community Grant will support Pathfinders’ project ‘The Open Door.’ This project will provide a series of workshops to teach basic cooking skills, nutrition, kitchen hygiene and food shopping on a budget and will be conducted by cooking icon Margaret Fulton. Young people will be paired with adult volunteer cooking buddies during workshops, with the aim to sufficiently skill up volunteers to become ongoing mentors for youth.


Pole Depot Community Centre - $10,000.00

Pole Depot Community Centre offers Children's Services, Youth Services, Support to Carers, Elderly and Disabled, support to the Chinese community and the general community.

This Community Grant will support Pole Depot Community Centre’s ‘Jumpstart’ program. The project will assist disadvantaged high school students to achieve education and employment outcomes.


Police Citizens Youth Clubs NSW (Marrickville) - $10,000.00

Police Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) create value-led, fun and safe environments where young people can develop new friendships, build fitness, develop teamwork, and express their creativity. PCYC police provide specially designed programs to teach vital life skills like how to deal with violence, anger management, sexual health, relationships, drug and alcohol abuse, self-esteem, or assistance with training and employment.

This Community Grant will support PCYC to establish a drop-in center. This will be a safe place where kids can use computers, watch television, do homework, play basketball, listen to music, eat good food, and feel safe.


Police Citizens Youth Clubs NSW (Bateau Bay) - $5,000.00

Police Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) provide programs that enable young people, primarily those who are disadvantaged or at risk of involvement in crime, to participate in sporting, artistic, educational and recreational activities. The principle object of PCYC is to promote the welfare of children and young people and the development of children and young people as responsible citizens.

This Community Grant will support the ‘Roll and Respond’ program. This project will equip underachieving adolescents with problem-solving, thinking and decision making skills that result in an increase in self-control and self-worth.


Police Citizens Youth Clubs NSW (Belmore) - $7,102.00

Police Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) mission is to: Get young people active in life. Work with young people to develop their skills, character and leadership. Prevent and reduce crime by and against young people.

This Community Grant will support the ‘Breakfast @ Belmore’ project. This project encourages fitness and fights obesity by providing a well-balanced and nutritious breakfast twice a week for the youth of the local community, which is not a high socio-economic area.


Police Citizens Youth Clubs NSW (Moree) - $10,000.00

Police Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) gets young people active in life, develop their skills, character and leadership and reduce and prevent crime by and against young people.

This Community Grant will support the ‘Clean Slate Without Prejudice’ project. This project encourages youth to make positive lifestyle choices and seeks to empower them to take ownership of their own health, education and wellbeing.


Police Citizens Youth Clubs NSW (Bankstown) - $6,000.00

Police Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) provide programs that enable young people those who are disadvantaged or at risk of involvement in crime, to participate in sporting, artistic, educational and recreational activities.

This Community Grant will support the PCYC to implement a ‘Fit-Boxing’ program focusing on young women between 12 to 18 from Arabic, Islander, Indigenous, African and Asian backgrounds. The program will be designed to bring about fitness, co-ordination, develop coping skills and character through exercise and commitment to ongoing training.


Police Citizens Youth Clubs NSW (Coffs Harbour) - $9,250.00

Police Citizens Youth Clubs PCYC provides an interface between NSW Police and the community of NSW, especially young people. They get young people active in life, and work with young people to develop their skills character and leadership and to reduce and prevent crime by and against young people.

This Community Grant will support the ‘Youth on The Go’ program. This program will deliver training and courses that are TAFE accredited and recognised within the community.


Police Citizens Youth Clubs NSW (Glebe) - $8,680.00

Police Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) provide programs that enable young people who are disadvantaged or at risk of involvement in crime, to participate in sporting, artistic, educational and recreational activities.

This Community Grant will support Police Citizens Youth Clubs’ project ‘Club Cafe 2037.’ The program involves teaching youth at risk on learning the basics in a coffee shop environment. They are taught at the Glebe PCYC club in the canteen how to use a coffee machine, how to prepare sandwiches, and learning about hygiene, customer service and basic life skills.


Police Citizens Youth Clubs NSW (Daceyville) - $10,000.00

Police Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) works in partnership with the NSW Police. This partnership works together to assist young people develop their life skills and qualities. They do this through various sporting activities, leadership and performing arts programs.

This Community Grant will support the Police Citizens Youth Clubs’ project ‘Fit for Life.’ This is an Aboriginal targeted healthy lifestyle program. The project aims to teach the children about better eating habits and the benefits of exercise.


Precious Hearts - $9,950.00

Precious Hearts supports children and families who are affected by congenital heart disease. They offer care packages for children immediately after heart surgery and financial assistance for families with a child in hospital long term.

This Community Grant will support the ‘Care Package’ program. This project operates in the three major cardiac units in Australia. When children return to the cardiac ward from intensive care after their heart surgery, a care package is delivered to them with the aim of lifting their spirits and providing them with activities to pass the time spent recovering in bed.


Rainbow Club Australia - $10,000.00

Rainbow Club Australia is run by parents and teaches children with disabilities how to swim. It has been running for over 40 years and currently helps 500 children per week, with another 100 on the waiting list.

This Community Grant will support Rainbow Club Australia to get more children in the pool.


Recreation Sport and Aquatics Club - $8,400.00

Recreation Sports and Aquatics Club provides social and recreation activities for people with disabilities. Activities include weekly sporting training, monthly dance parties, vacation care for school aged children with disabilities and holiday camps for children, families and adults.

This Community Grant will support Recreation Sports and Aquatics Club’s ‘Bankstown Kids Soccer and Basketball’ program. The aim of the project is to establish two weekly sports programs for young people with disabilities (and their siblings) in the Bankstown area.


Australian Red Cross Society - $10,000.00

The Australian Red Cross Society operates across each state and territory providing over 60 community service programs to aid the sick and wounded, to provide assistance in public emergencies and to improve health, prevent disease and mitigate suffering in Australia and internationally.

This Community Grant will support the ‘Best Start’ project that provides child development and allied health early intervention for children of the young parents program. This program provides effective development screening to ensure early identification of delays, promotion of best practice child development to volunteers, staff and families and facilitation of allied health referrals, intervention and support.


Regional Youth Support Services - $9,060.00

Regional Youth Support Services is a youth service that supports disadvantaged and marginalised young people. They provide case management, housing, advice and referrals services to young people and their families.

This Community Grant will support the ‘Resilience and Relaxation’ program. This program seeks to counteract the emotional and mental health effects of bullying through fostering resilience and relaxation techniques in students so that they can cope effectively with bullying behaviour. The program will employ psychosocial tools to build resilience in students.


Riding for the Disabled - $8,000.00

Riding for the Disabled, Tweed Valley provides horse-riding activities for children and young adults with disabilities. Riding improves physical skills, balance and strength, concentration and learning skills, planning, decision-making, self-esteem and independence.

This Community Grant will support Riding for the Disabled’s ‘Float a Horse’ project. The center has 15 riders who are becoming more independent in their riding skills and want to be integrated into their community. These funds will assist in the purchase a small horse float to transport two horses to local horse riding activities and allow disabled children to take part.


Roam Communities - $10,000.00

Roam Communities provides mobile mental health nursing aimed at helping people recover social and emotional wellbeing in the community, avoiding hospitals, jails and homelessness. They provide mobile psychiatric assessment, counseling, medication assistance and social advocacy through home visits with mentally ill, at risk youth and their families in the most disadvantaged and underserved suburbs.

This Community Grant will support the ‘Uni Peers’ program.
This program will provide peer mentoring to at risk youth suffering mental illness and drug and alcohol problems.


Rosemount Good Shepherd Youth and Family Service - $10,000.00

Rosemount Good Shepherd Youth and Family Services aim to address the social and economic exclusion of disadvantaged young people and their families. They provide; alternative education, early intervention and prevention programs, counseling, microfinance, research and advocacy.

This Community Grant will support Rosemount Good Shepherd Youth and Family Service’s drug and alcohol counseling program. This program will create workshops that give young people insight into the long-term harm associated with alcohol and other drug (AOD) use and offer the chance to interact with AOD Counselors in a non-threatening environment.


Royal Far West - $10,000.00

Royal Far West has been continually recognised as a leader in providing health care our most needy children living in rural and remote country NSW.

This Community Grant will support Royal Far West to improve country children’s access to speech pathology services through the purchase of iPads for children’s use. iPad therapy applications are often highly motivating for the child and easy for families to use outside of the face-to-face sessions with the clinicians.


RPA Newborn Care - $7,990.00

Based at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, RPA Newborn Care is the intensive care unit for sick full-term and premature babies born at RPA and babies born and transferred from other hospitals around NSW. They provide one of the highest levels (level three) of neonatal intensive care available in Australia.

This Community Grant will support Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s Newborn Care Unit to purchase a Jaundice Meter to screen babies for jaundice. Jaundice is very common in newborn and premature babies and early detection is most important. The Jaundice Meter is a pain free alternative to traditional jaundice screening.


Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney (Ryde) - $4,450.00

Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney has six specialist rehabilitation units and 29 community homes. They assist in the transition from hospital to home and provide specialist rehab programs for clients of all ages who suffer; spinal cord injury; brain injury; amputations, burns; stroke; cancer.

This Community Grant will support Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney’s project ‘Return2Sport.’ This project is aimed at providing opportunities for young people who have experienced traumatic injury to return to sport.


Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney (Homebush) - $4,790.00

Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney has six specialist rehabilitation units and 29 community homes. They assist in the transition from hospital to home and provide specialist rehab programs for clients of all ages who suffer; spinal cord injury; brain injury; amputations, burns; stroke; cancer.

This Community Grant will support the Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney to host a program ‘Return2Sport’ for young people who have experienced traumatic injury and can no longer engage in physical activity.


St Edmunds School for the Blind & Visually Impaired - $10,000.00

St Edmund's is a special school for teenagers with a wide range of disabilities including vision impairment, intellectual disability and autism. The school exists to provide an individualised best practice, success based, educational experience.

This Community Grant will support the ‘Beyond School’ Project. This program is an expansion of their current work experience and TAFE education program, which will ensure that each student in Years 11 and 12 will participate in an individually tailored program of meaningful experiences for their life beyond school.


St Gabriel’s School for Hearing Impaired Children - $8,170.00

St Gabriel's is an independent primary special school catering for children with hearing impairment and other special needs such as intellectual disability and autism in the mild to moderate range. They believe their students can achieve great things and their role is to equip them with the tools to do so.

This Community Grant will support St Gabriel’s Special School’s initiative to create sound sculptures for their students. Sound Sculptures are robust outdoor musical instruments which St Gabriel's will use to aid development in its students who have a range of disabilities and communication challenges.


St Lucy’s School - $10,000.00

St Lucy's is a primary school for children with disabilities who are unable to be educated in a mainstream setting.

This Community Grant will support St Lucy’s School in their initiative to install a sound field system in four classrooms. This will optimise the sound quality of the teacher's voice, and through 'multiple channels' and feedback control, improve the clarity of sound heard by each student. This will assist students with hearing impairment in these four classrooms and also help those students with auditory processing problems and/or attention deficit disorders.


Schizophrenia Fellowship NSW - $2,800.00

Schizophrenia Fellowship NSW provides information, support, education and advocacy to family and carers of people with a mental illness.

This Community Grant will support Schizophrenia Fellowship NSW with their ‘Young Carer FUN Days’. These days are for young children, aged between 8-16 years, who have a parent with a mental illness. These days allow children a break and respite from their caring role and allow them to be kids. They participate in fun activities that they would normally not be able to participate in, as well as education around mental illness and resilience.


Epping Youth Development Group - $10,000.00

Epping Youth Development Group provides services for 12 to 18 years olds, and a space for young people to spend time in under the direction and supervision of qualified youth workers. Youth can access social, recreational and educational activities in an alcohol and drug free, supportive environment. Employment and training support is also available.

This Community Grant will help Epping Youth Development Group provide a free counseling service for youth and their families. A clinical psychologist will work with youth facing challenges including depression, anxiety, eating disorders and body image issues.


Shine For Kids Co-Operative - $10,000.00

Shine for Kids works with and for young Australians affected by family member involvement in the criminal justice system. They support these young people, inspire them to reach their potential, nurture their growth and empower them to succeed.

This Community Grant will support Shine for Kids enable children to complete set homework in a relaxed and nurturing environment. Shine for Kids will recruit, train and support volunteers to provide 'homework' activities for children. The project will also support incarcerated mothers and fathers build upon their own literacy and numeracy skills, and to support and build their relationship with their children.


The Shepherd Centre (Rivett) - $10,000.00

The Shepherd Centre assists children who are deaf or hearing impaired, learn how to listen and speak so they may reach their full potential in life. Recognised as a world leader in the field of Auditory-Verbal Therapy, the organisation provides parents with the strategies and methods they need to teach their children to listen, understand the meaning of sound, and to speak.

This Community Grant will support the Shepherd Centre’s residential workshop. The workshop is an outreach program and the only of its kind in Australia to meet the unmet need of the isolated rural families of children who are deaf/hearing impaired.


The Shepherd Centre (Sydney) - $10,000.00

The Shepherd Centre assists children who are deaf or hearing impaired learn how to listen and speak so they may reach their full potential in life. Recognised as a world leader in the field of Auditory-Verbal Therapy, the organisation provides parents with the strategies and methods they need to teach their children to listen, understand the meaning of sound, and to speak.

This Community Grant will support the Shepherd Centre in their initiative for improving social integration of children who are deaf. The Shepherd Centre will provide services to graduates once they start school, to help maintain a high level of speaking and listening skills.


National SIDS Council of Australia (Holder) - $5,830.00

The National SIDS Council of Australia, ACT is dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood and supporting bereaved families through world class research; evidence based education and bereavement support and advocacy.

This Community Grant will support National SIDS Council of Australia ACT with their ‘Safe Sleeping for At Risk Communities’ program. This project will focus on translating our Safe Sleeping information into 39 languages and will be available as a downloadable file from our website or on DVD.


National SIDS Council of Australia (Rozelle) - $6,950.00

The National SIDS Council of Australia is dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood and supporting bereaved families through research, evidence based education, bereavement support and advocacy.

This Community Grant will assist National SIDS Council of Australia, NSW with their ‘Safe Sleeping for At Risk Communities’ program. This project will focus on translating their safe sleeping DVD into five different languages. These files will then be available via their website and in a CD format for distribution amongst communities where lack of spoken English presents a high risk.


The Song Room - $8,236.00

The Song Room reaches disadvantaged children most in need of support, including sick children who are limited from participation in school. The Song Room hospital programs directly address the need for children in a hospital setting to continue having medical-free experiences involving creativity and fun.

This Community Grant will support the Song Room’s ‘Drum It Up’ program. This drumming program is a music-based intervention to increase social connections, self-confidence and emotional wellbeing for young and fragile inpatients between 5-17 years at the Nexus-Child and Adolescent Mental Health Inpatient Unit at John Hunter Hospital.


Special Olympics - $9,000.00

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with an intellectual disability. This gives them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

This Community Grant will support Special Olympics’ project ‘Community Sports-Link.’ This project assists people with an intellectual disability who face the biggest barriers to sports participation, by bringing the program to them.


North West Community Care Inc - $7,450.00

North West Community Care’s Walking Bus is an exciting initiative in that encourages children to walk to school in a safe and healthy way, a simple activity with many benefits. The Walking Bus provides supervision for children whose parents cannot take them to school, encourages safe walking to school, reduces traffic, and ensures regular exercise for children and volunteer parents.

This Community Grant will support the Walking Bus to serve students from Nareena Hills Primary School. 70% of children who attend this school are currently driven to school daily, even though 80% live within three kilometers of the school.


Whitelion - $10,000.00

Whitelion provides youth-focused, gender and culturally-specific services that include employment, mentoring, role modeling, specialist outreach support and education-based prevention programs.

This Community Grant will support Whitelion’s project ‘Out of the Wood, into the Works.’ This project will bring together young offenders and older men through a practical mentoring model, offering vocational training in the carpentry and construction trades, and general life skills.


Gosford City Council - $3,684.00

Youth at Risk in Sport is an initiative of Gosford City Council in conjunction with Burnside Uniting Care, NSW Family and Community Services, NSW Department of Sport and Recreation and Gosford City Sports Council.

This Community Grant will support the Youth at Risk in Sport program which targets vulnerable youth, sensitively alleviating the financial and social barriers to participation in sport and physical activities. This program aims to foster access to sport and physical activity, develop social relationships, introduce youth to the community’ sporting assets and create a connection between physical activity, social interaction and ownership of community assets.


Youth off the Streets - $10,000.00

Youth off the Streets assists young people aged 12 - 25 years dealing with complex issues such homelessness, exclusion from mainstream schooling, drug and alcohol dependency and alienation from family and community interaction.

This Community Grant will support Youth off the Streets’ project ‘The Step Up Program.’ This program offers a flexible curriculum with a focus on literacy and numeracy that responds to the specific needs, interests and talents of young people who have been disconnected from mainstream education.


YWCA NSW - $10,000.00

The YWCA NSW offer early intervention and education programs along with practical support at critical times. Their overall mission is developing resilient connected people engaged in their community.

This Community Grant will support the YWCA with their ‘Community in the Kitchen’ program. This project targets at-risk young people and provides social and educational opportunities including accredited hospitality training, and vocational experience through YWCA NSW’s social enterprise.



 



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State: ACT






Communities@Work - $10,000.00

Communities@Work is a large community organisation coordinating services from 35 locations delivering quality community services of social value and practical benefit. Their programs include management of ‘The Yellow Van’, child care and foster care, parenting and family support, youth programs, educational programs, transition housing, respite, disability services as well as transport, in home support and social activities for seniors.

This Community Grant will support Communities@Work’s ‘The Yellow Van’ food rescue service. This project rescues excess food from supermarkets, caterers and restaurants and distributes it to charities and refuges supporting vulnerable people in need in the Canberra region.


Ronald McDonald House - $10,000.00

Ronald McDonald House, Canberra (RMHC), provides a home away from home for the families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at Canberra Hospital. RMHC is nearing completion and will be the first Ronald McDonald House in Australia that will be situated inside the hospital building.

This Community Grant will support RMHC. The House will have 11 rooms all with en-suites, a family room, children's play area, a quiet room, full kitchen and laundry for the families to use. The House will give families somewhere to come for a shower, proper rest in a kind and loving environment.


The Young Women's Christian Association of Canberra - $7,000.00

The Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) of Canberra provides services and represents women's issues in the local community. Through the leadership of women and girls, the YWCA of Canberra is building a better community for all. Their vision is women achieving their potential.

This Community Grant will support the YWCA of Canberra’s project ‘Getting Healthy.’ This project empowers and enables young people to make healthy decisions about what they eat and teaches them how to shop for, prepare and cook nutritious food.



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State: QLD






A Brighter Future - $10,000.00

A Brighter Future (ABF) is a charity formed by a group of Queensland parents who have come together to raise funds for children who have cerebral palsy and other similar neurological disorders. ABF was established to improve the quality of life for children with cerebral palsy - to enable these children to realise their aspirations and their right to an inclusive community which supports them and their families.

This Community Grant will aid ABF in purchasing supportive seating for their equipment pool. Good supportive seating not only allows children to function more effectively, but lessens the risk of musculoskeletal deformities.


Alexandra Mooloolaba Kindergarten - $249.00

Alexandra Mooloolaba Kindergarten was established in response to a need within their community for a high quality early childhood center. They are committed to excellence within their care and educational programs, providing a play based, open learning environment, where children become competent and confident learners.

This Community Grant will support Alexandra Mooloolaba Kindergarten’s ‘Box Full of Feelings’ project greatly benefiting the health and wellbeing of the kindergarten kids by helping them to deal with their emotions and feelings in a balanced manner.


Apunipima Cape York Health Council - $4,782.00

Apunipima Cape York Health Council (ACYHC) provides a holistic approach to primary health care services with for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and is the first Aboriginal controlled Health Organisation covering Cape York. ACYHC aims to support Cape York communities' own solutions to live long healthy lives, strengthening culture and spirit.

This Community Grant will support ACYHC’s ‘Young Kids Cooking and Nutrition Group’. This program develops cooking skills and confidence before kids relocate to boarding school for secondary education and improves these Indigenous kids’ nutritional knowledge for long-term health.


Andergrove State School - $3,080.00

The Andergrove State School’s P&C run the school canteen, providing nutritional lunch options for students. They also help raise funds which allow the school to provide materials, activities and lessons to help further education our students.

This Community Grant will provide students of Andergrove State School with a new garden area as part of an Edible Garden program. The garden will provide the students with a better insight into better health and nutrition and a better knowledge of self-sufficiency.


Arundel Park Riding Centre – $8,705.00

Arundel Park Riding Centre provide therapeutic and recreational horse riding to disabled children. Disabilities catered for include intellectual, accident related, cerebral palsy, spina-bifida, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, down syndrome, visual and hearing impairments, autism, and amputees.

This Community Grant will support Arundel Park Riding Centreto improve their ancillary equipment to meet Australian Safety guidelines and improve the experience of riding for clients.


Brisbane Youth Service - $10,000.00

Brisbane Youth Service provides community welfare and related support services to homeless or at risk young people in the age bracket of 12 to 25 years. The services provided include: general health, sexual health, mental health, drug and alcohol intervention and treatment, crisis intervention, young parenting support, housing support, education employment and training support, diversionary activities and emergency relief assistance.

This Community Grant will support Brisbane Youth Service’s ‘Medical Clinic Service Expansion’ initiative, which will target homeless, or at-risk young people up to the age of 21 years to provide sexual health screenings.


Yoorana Women’s Domestic Violence & Resource Service - $2,379.00

Yoorana Women’s Domestic Violence & Resource Service operates ‘Bay Safety Mates’, a program to support children, young people and their parent/guardians' affected by domestic and family violence. Bay Safety Mates (BSM) seek to achieve safer communities through prevention and early intervention programs. BSM provides group work, group counseling and specialist individual counseling is to support the wellbeing of the children, as well as educational supports in order to address the complex domestic and family violence issues, working to prevent and reduce future occurrence.

This Community Grant will support BSM to provide an internet -based, interactive personal safety and wellbeing program to the children of Hervey Bay who have experiences or are at-risk of domestic or family violence.


The Board Meeting Corporate Surf Event - $9,805.00

The Board Meeting Corporate Surf Event raises funds to assist the families of Sunshine Coast children with disabilities. The committee comprises local business people so a common passion unites us to raise money for a common cause. Beneficiaries must meet criteria where no other Government support or grants are available to them. Their main fundraising activity is a fun surf competition in November each year.

This Community Grant will assist The Board Meeting Corporate Surf Event in their efforts to fundraise for a sustainable market garden / protected play area for students at Currimundi State School's Special Ed Program.


BoysTown - $10,000.00

BoysTown is a national youth welfare organisation specialising in helping disadvantaged young people and families at risk of social exclusion. The program works with young parents and their preschool aged children and infants to provide a combination of parenting and life skills, workshops and whole-family approaches to early childhood development.

This Community Grant will assist BoysTown with engaging a tutor at the Glugor Young Parents program to work with young parents in small groups to improve their basic literacy and computer literacy skills and enhance their capacity to finish/further their education/training.


Callide Dawson Special Needs Support Group – $10,000.00

Callide Dawson Special Needs Support Group improve the quality of community, recreational, social and learning resources available to rural people through the Banana Shire. By supporting people with special needs and their families, community members participate actively in their community where family needs can be met locally.

This Community Grant will assist the Callide Dawson Special Needs Support Group to provide professional development workshops, aimed at skilling their community, as a whole, to support students with a disability.


The Corp of the Trustees of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane – $6,900.00

The Corp of The Trustees of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane provides secondary education for students in years 8 to 12. Also as part of the faith education their staff and students provide outreach and service to the wider community through St Vincent de Paul, and many other Social Action Groups, including Rosie’s, a coffee van for the homeless and Caritas Australia.

This Community Grant will assist The Corp of The Trustees of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane provide educational apps and 10 iPads to enhance the learning experience of students with complex learning needs and behavioural problems, giving them the ability to communicate and access the curriculum.


Cerebral Palsy League - $7,000.00

The Cerebral Palsy League provides vital support and services to children and adults with cerebral palsy and related physical disabilities. They offer before and after school and vacation care offering a specialist service to children who experience difficulties resulting from complex disabilities and needs.

This Community Grant will fund Cerebral Palsy League to extend their Southport OHS and Vacation Care Programs to more families and offer a wider range of activities to help children develop social and independent skills.


The Trustee for Dream Workers Trust - $9,200.00

Dream Workers run a boys at risk eight-week program. Over the eight weeks, the boys (aged14-18) are trained for an hour in a gym or park. They then work through and are mentored on the basic fundamentals of being a good man and reconnecting to the community. They address passion and purpose, attitude, trust, family and friends, anger management, communication, respect and where the future will take them.

This Community Grant will support Dream Workers to expand the available support opinions for young men struggling with personal challenges.


Family and Kids-Care Foundation – $7,366.00

Family and Kids-Care Foundation serve the disadvantaged in their community with a wide variety of social welfare services. Services include practical and emergency assistance, accommodation support and crisis care as well as the provision of support and educational/skills development programs.

This Community Grant will enable Family and Kids-Care Foundation to fit their ‘Hope Centre’ with a security system. This center is the Foundation's emergency (crisis) accommodation. The clients of this facility come from domestic violence situations, youth in crisis etc., and this leads to people from their past causing risky situations.


Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation - $9,900.00

The Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation funds the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment and establishment of first class health related facilities. The Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation also operates a Play Scheme’ run by volunteers and is aimed at alleviating the anxiety experienced by children in hospital, reducing developmental regression and creating a sense of normality.

This Community Grant will support The Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation’s ‘Play Scheme’ program to be relocated into a new playground on the adjoining rooftop of the pediatric ward to offer an interactive and educational recreation facility for sick children.


FNQ Cerebral Palsy Support Group - $6,223.00

FNQ Cerebral Palsy Support Group works to improve the services and opportunities available to those children and families who are affected by cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities. They run a number of programs including; hydrotherapy, learn-to-swim, therapeutic horse riding, chiropractic, Bowen therapy, Pilates and all ability cheerleading, as well as family support activities.

This Community Grant will help FNQ Cerebral Palsy Support Group with the provision of aquatic-based physiotherapy to local children with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities, utilising hydrotherapy facilities at the Woree Swimming Pool, Cairns.


Street Swags Limited - $9,900.00

Street Swags mission is to stop the negative health effects caused by sleeping in the open, by providing a uniquely designed swag to the homeless. Street Swags also aim to provide ongoing community education campaigns to raise awareness about homelessness.

This Community Grant will help Street Swags provide 165 swags to Friends on the Street, Caboolture, whose emergency shelter is often full, sometimes forcing homeless families to use large rubbish skips as shelter. Children are at risk from serious health issues when sleeping rough. These swags provide desperately needed warmth and shelter.


Gemfields Riding for the Disabled - $5,000.00

Gemfields Riding for the Disabled offer horse riding and horse related activities to disabled children and young adults and provide a networking opportunity for parents and carers of similarly disabled children or young adults.

This Community Grant will support Gemfields Riding for the Disabled to purchase a side saddle to be used for participants who due to illness or injury are unable to sit astride a horse and for any other riders either disabled or able bodied who wish to participate in the art of riding a horse using a side saddle.


Guide Dogs for the Blind Association of Queensland - $9,518.00

Guide Dogs for the Blind Association of Queensland provides services to Queensland’s blind and vision impaired community, helping them achieve their optimal level of mobility. Their focus is to empower blind and vision impaired Queenslanders towards independence, to remain mobile and active in their communities, in as safe and dignified a manner for as long as possible.

This Community Grant will support the ‘Early Learning Mobility’ program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers who are blind or vision impaired. The program optimises children's development through fun and interactive training so they become active, mobile, confident, independent children ready for school and the community.


The Haven Association - $8,000.00

The Haven Association is a transitional supported accommodation for young people who are deemed homeless or at risk of being homeless. Young people pay rent, need to purchase their own food, cook and clean up after themselves, taking responsibility for themselves and accruing savings. The purpose of this is to ensure they have bond or are able to purchase some furniture for their own place.

This Community Grant will assist The Haven Association build a hot house and grow organic fruit for eating and to teach young people they can eat healthily out of their own garden with very little effort.


Inala Youth Care Community – $5,000.00

Inala Youth Care Community is a welfare organisation committed to meeting the needs of at risk disadvantaged young people (10-25 years old) and their families by providing accommodation and housing options, school support and education awareness, crime prevention and community development, mediation and counseling, advocacy, referrals for other services and community information.

This Community Grant will assist with project ‘Love and Care’ which provides children and young people transitioning into foster care with a special care kit, something they can hold onto during this transition when they often feel lost, lonely, afraid and traumatised.


Jabiru Community Youth & Children’s Services – $10,000.00

Jabiru Community Youth & Children’s Services is an organisation supporting children, young people and families in Brisbane to engage with their communities; providing safe spaces and relationships under a community development framework.

This Community Grant will support Jabiru’s project ‘Life is like a Classroom.’ This will extend the communities children's learning beyond the 3pm school bell by creating unique kinesthetic opportunities for kids to reinforce the national school curriculum. By offering nutritious, after school tucker and culturally appropriate activities, young adolescents will be kept off the streets by providing a safe alternative.


The Scout Association (Kawana Scout Group) – $3,019.00

The Scout Association (Kawana Scout Group) offers nationally recognized training programs for youth development. The programs deliver to youth members personal and team building skills and prepare them to meet the needs of society.

This Community Grant will help Kawana Scout Group to replace ageing equipment for use during abseiling activities and comply with Australian Standards. This equipment purchase will enhance participation and enjoyment of their challenging programs and will assist in the retention of youth in the scouting programs.


Life Education Centre Foundation – $8,600.00

The Life Education Centre Foundation provides drug and health education programs to children, empowering them with the knowledge and the social skills to make healthy choices, free from the effects of drug and alcohol misuse.

This Community Grant will equip four of Life Education Queensland’s vans with a set of five computer tablets each. Using Active Inspire software, these Tablets will enable small groups of children to interact in exciting new ways to improve their learning. The tablets will also enable Life Education to record and measure changes in children's health knowledge.


The Trustee for Mater Hospitals – $10,000.00

The Trustee for Mater Hospitals offers obstetric, gynecological, neo-natal, and maternal fetal medicine services for women and families without health insurance. These services are provided to ensure a high level, integrated tertiary service for women and babies.

This Community Grant will purchase a 'Donor Milk Freezer' for premature babies at the Mater Mothers Hospital (MMH). Pre-term babies have better health outcomes if they are fed early with expressed breast milk. MMH will purchase milk from the Mothers Milk Bank for babies that require expressed breast milk. The dedicated donor milk freezer will store donated milk.


Northside Community Care Nexus Care – $2,926.00

Northside Community Care is responsible for providing a wide range of support programs to Brisbane North and surrounds. Northside Community Care has established a number of important initiatives including, school-based breakfast programs, a medium term food security program (the Fresh Start Food program), cooking classes and family relationship support programs along with supporting flood recovery work.

This Community Grant will support Northside Community Care’s ‘Fresh Start Breakfast’ program, which aims to deliver quality, nutritious breakfasts to at risk primary and high school students.


Queensland Police-Citizens Youth Welfare Association (Toowoomba) - $9,900.00

Queensland Police-Citizens Youth Welfare Association (Toowoomba) is primarily concerned with the development of youth through the provision of affordable, high quality sporting and recreational activities for the entire community. Its affiliation with the Queensland Police Service provides a unique link between Queensland Police and the youth of the community.

This Community Grant will provide specialised equipment to achieve the implementation of a well-supported club sports program for young people with disabilities. This program offers coaches and/or volunteers, modified activities and sports to cater for all, and a period of time for socialisation at the end of each session.


St Vincent de Paul Society (Maroochydore) – $3,000.00

St Vincent de Paul Society is dedicated to serving the most disadvantaged people in their community regardless of race, creed, religion or ethnicity. The Society's volunteers provide financial and practical support, advocacy and friendship to the marginalized in their communities.

This Community Grant will help the Maroochydore office with their ‘Step Out in Style’ initiative to provide appropriate footwear to children from low income disadvantaged families. This will allow these disadvantaged schoolchildren to attend school in a dignified manner and be similarly attired to their peer group.


The Scout Association (Chuwar) – $7,905.00

The Scout Association encourages the physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual development of young people so that they take a constructive place in society as responsible citizens, and as members of their local, national and international communities.

This Community Grant will assist the Scout Association in restoring damage to the Allawah Scout Campsite incurred in the January 2011 flood and to relocate some of the near-river activity areas to a new location above the 20-metre mark.


Shine Community Care - $9,200.00

Shine Community Care assists and support families in crisis providing a range of services encompassing disadvantaged children, single parent families and grandparents who are sole carers for their grandchildren.

This Community Grant will help the ‘Families in Crisis’ project to support grandparents who are the sole carers for their grandchildren due to parental substance abuse, parental incarceration, mental health issues, child neglect/abuse, domestic violence or the death of a parent.


The Smith Family - $1,500.00

The Smith Family believes that every child deserves a chance and that circumstances should never limit the achievement of potential. Their ‘Learning for Life’ program enables disadvantaged children and young people to get the opportunities they need to fully participate in their education and create better futures.

This Community Grant will support The Smith Family in capacity building in the Rockhampton community by purchasing a new laptop computer.


Special Olympics - $10,000.00

Special Olympics is part of a global movement working to allow people with an intellectual disability to explore their abilities through sport. Special Olympics provide year round sport and competition for people with an intellectual disability.

This Community Grant will support Special Olympics ’Ribbon Days’ at Special Schools in the Brisbane area. Ribbon Days bring together a larger number of children from schools, local sports clubs and disability service providers to see what we offer at Special Olympics and then transfer them across to their regular sports programs for longer-term participation in programs that suits them.


Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service - $10,000.00

Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service is a community aeromedical, search and rescue helicopter. They are on standby 24/7 with a Pilot/Crewman/Flight Doctor and Flight Intensive Care Paramedic ready to respond within minutes to an emergency.

This Community Grant will fund Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service to replace a customised helicopter humidicrib slide. They conduct over 46 critical neo-natal transfers annually from regional centers to larger metropolitan hospitals. A new humidicrib slide will be used to secure the cribs quickly and safely in their helicopter for the lifesaving medical transfer and care of premature and neo-natal babies.


Teen Challenge Care - $8,500.00

Teen Challenge Care supports young people aged 16 to 29 years who are struggling with life controlling problems. Services focus on recovery and rehabilitation from the effects of alcohol, other drug dependency and associated issues such as homelessness and mental illness. Services include Assessment, Support and Referral Services, Crisis Accommodation, Residential Rehabilitation and Family Support.

This Community Grant will support the ‘Camping / Bushwalking’ program. The program will develop confidence, self-belief, contribute to improved health and fitness and establish a solid foundation for success within the twelve month rehabilitation and internship programs we offer.


UnitingCare Community - $9,500.00

UnitingCare Community supports Foster Kinship Carers and Children in care within their placement. They organise activities for the children in care that teach life skills and social skills, and facilitate healing from traumatic experiences.

This Community Grant will support UnitingCare Community to run two children’s camps with a wide range of activities; water activities, hiking, playing ball games etc. Funds are also provided for their Christmas party ensuring there is a present for each child. Further aid goes to purchase therapeutic resources such as feelings cards, strengths tools and protective behaviours tools.


Wee Care Family - $6,010.00

Wee Care Family is a short-term residential facility caring for children aged birth to 11 years who are experiencing crisis or emergency situations. Wee Care Family also offers respite for children whose families are not coping. Wee Care Family provides a weekly playgroup for children in the community, enhancing social interactions in both young children and their parents.

This Community Grant will help Wee Care Family to replace the 10 single beds they offer to children in crisis/emergency situations that are currently over 20 years old.


Y-Care – $9,500.00

Y-Care is the benevolent arm of the Young Men's Christian Association of Brisbane (YMCA of Brisbane). Y-Care runs The YMCA 'Breakfast Program' as well as providing accredited vocational training courses for the unemployed, new and migrant families.

This Community Grant will support the expansion of the 'Breakfast Program', providing over 18,000 free breakfasts each month to school children in Logan schools.


YIRS One Stop Youth Shop – $10,000.00

Youth Information and Referral Service (YIRS) One Stop Youth Shop aims to remove the barriers young people and their families often face when accessing services relevant to their needs. YIRS offers a holistic model that includes a free, fully supported ‘Youth Health’ program in partnership with two local Medical Clinics, and free support and advisory services for wider issues that affect youth in the area.

This Community Grant will support YIRS One Stop Youth Shop efforts in Mackay to enable young people to access effective health care including GP services, Dentistry Services and dispensing of vital medications.


Innisfail Youth & Family Care - $2,433.00

Innisfail Youth & Family Care provides care and accommodation for at-risk youth aged 12-21 years in a residential environment. They provide recreational facilities for youth ages 12-17 yrs in another location, manage crisis accommodation and emergency relief, offer weekend and school holiday programs providing recreation and skills based activities, and workshops as well as providing food, drinks and a safe space for these youth.

This Community Grant will support Innisfail Youth & Family Care to install a mounted continuous hot-water urn in order to increase their capacity to provide food services.



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State: NT






City of Palmerston - $6,865.00

The City of Palmerston promotes community safety and reduces injury making the city a safer place to live, work, study and play. ‘Palmerston Safe Communities’ coordinates and facilitates the ‘Palmerston Safe Kids Network Committee’. This committee promotes safety to children and youth within schools and community.

This Community Grant will purchase safety kits for their Safe Start program. Safety kits reinforce key safety messages to children, building self-esteem, respect and empathy, identifying and responding to unsafe situations, identifying, avoiding and stopping all forms of abuse and encouraging children to access help from trusted adults and organisations.


Down Syndrome Association - $10,000.00

The Incorporating Healthy Lifestyles is an initiative of the Down Syndrome Association and provides support and information to families, educators and adult service providers about the medical aspects, learning needs and social development of children and young people with Down Syndrome, as well as advocacy, social networks and awareness raising they deliver computer training to children with Down Syndrome which support better living.

This Community Grant will be used to provide iPad technology for young people with Down Syndrome and equipment for the organisation’s recycling scheme which offers teamwork, friendship, work experience and community contribution to their clients.



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State: VIC






Alfred Health - $10,000.00

Alfred Health of the Alfred Hospital is a large tertiary treatment medical center that services metropolitan Melbourne, predominantly the Bayside region. The P.A.R.T.Y. Program (Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth Program) commenced in 2009 in an attempt to address the over-representation of youth in the death and disability trauma statistics.

This Community Grant will support the P.A.R.T.Y. Program to reduce the numbers of young people represented in the major trauma statistics, especially those who are injured as the result of preventable risky behaviour.


Altona Life Saving Club - $5,695.00

The Altona Lifesaving Club patrols a bathing area and no boating zone at Altona in the bay. They run various programs to keep the youth engaged in the community for example Nippers for children between the ages of 6 and 13, Youth Involvement Program for 14-18 year olds, Surf Rescue Certificate, and Bronze certificates for people over age 18.

This Community Grant will support Altona Life Saving Club in retaining the youth of their club and helping them to make the transition from Nippers to obtaining their Surf Rescue Certificate. This is the first stage of becoming a life saver.


Arthritis Foundation of Victoria – $10,000.00

The Arthritis Foundation of Victoria focuses on reaching and providing specialist support services to all Victorians with a musculoskeletal condition. Services include delivering relevant physical activity, self-management, information and community based programs for all ages.

This Community Grant will support Arthritis Victoria to run a weekend camp that provides a unique opportunity for around 40 Victorian families that have children diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA). In this unique setting, there are opportunities for children with JIA to meet with other children with the same condition, for their siblings, parents, carers and health professionals to gain specific current information about the condition.


Australia Alopecia Areata Foundation - $8,000.00

The Australia Alopecia Areata Foundation (AAAF) provides a network of support groups throughout Australia, as meeting and talking to other people in the same situation can be a very valuable experience for those with the condition.

This Community Grant will support AAAF in expanding their ‘Wigs for Kids’ program to ensure that children wanting to wear a wig get the information, service and support needed.


Black Rock Life Saving Club - $600.00

Black Rock Life Saving Club’s prime focus is to provide the general public with a safe aquatic environment along the foreshore through providing regular qualified patrols. Another major focus within the organisation is youth development, with participation starting at five years old and continuing to seniors and potentially masters.

This Community Grant will support the Black Rock Lifesaving Club in their initiative to provide formal qualifications to their young members; for members over the age of 15, the Bronze Medallion and for those between the ages of 12 and 15 the Surf Rescue Certificate.


Boots for All - $10,000.00

Boots for All is a national organisation collecting quality, second-hand and new sports equipment for redistribution to disadvantaged teams across Australia. The principle purposes of the organisation are to relieve poverty, suffering and social exclusion of vulnerable and disadvantaged children and adults through their activities.

This Community Grant will support the Boots For All ‘Breaking Down Barriers’ project. The project will provide essential sporting equipment as well as volunteering and training opportunities to help reduce social exclusion and will include participants with intellectual disability and those experiencing mental illness.


Burwood East Special Developmental School - $10,000.00

Burwood East Special Developmental School hosts children aged 3-18 years who have an IQ of 50 and below. Students have a moderate to profound intellectual disability, many with a dual diagnosis of autism. Individuals learn skills of independence, dignity and respect.

This Community Grant will contribute to Burwood East Special Developmental School’s fitting out their new library purchasing equipment such as shelving, new books, tables, seating and new technology aids such as a library compatible computer.


Child and Family Services Ballarat - $5,975.00

Child and Family Services Ballarat is a community service organisation that provides a range of programs and services to children, young people and families who are vulnerable or in need of support. Their goal is to give every individual the optimal opportunity to live in a safe and nurturing family.

This Community Grant will support Child and Family Services Ballarat’s 'Riding the Separation Roller Coaster' program. This project provides a safe, fun, interactive space for children to actively talk about and address issues that arise as a result of separation.


Child Wise - $7,500.00

Child Wise is Australia's leading international child protection charity committed to the prevention and reduction of child abuse and exploitation of children. Their primary focus is to prevent abuse before it happens, through delivering programs in Australia aimed at eliminating abuse and building the capacity of individuals, communities, organisations and governments to protect children and shield them from harm.

This Community Grant will help Child Wise to deliver 4 x 2-hour 'Wise Child' training sessions to parents in the metropolitan Melbourne area. This proven training focuses on providing parents with clear information about child abuse.


Children’s Charity Network - $10,000.00

The Children’s Charity Network supply literary and art therapy programs to disadvantaged children along with screening and assessment and the remediation of children suffering from Specific Learning Disability(SLF). They also supply a venue to showcase their achievements.

This Community Grant will support the Children’s Charity Network’s plan to do screening and assessments along with remediation for over 3000 disadvantaged children including Indigenous across their region. In Australia 1 in 10 children suffer from a SLD this figure is even higher in low income families and Indigenous children.


Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club - $6,000.00

Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club offers beach safety in the form of beach patrols and education. They educate 250 kids aged between 7 and 14 every season in the areas of beach safety.

This Community Grant will purchase some soft rescue boards for their water safety volunteers to use when teaching the children to swim and paddle boards in the surf. These soft boards are crucial in the surf to avoid serious injury to the kids and the volunteers.


Coldstream Primary School – $5,400.00

Coldstream Primary School is located where inadequate services, transport, socio-economic profile and community facilities are in decline, creating many challenges for the community. The School’s prime focus is the total development and maximum achievement of each of its students, who are encouraged to develop confidence, high self-esteem, optimism, enthusiasm, empathy and positive values.

This Community Grant will help create a fund from which the School Chaplain or Welfare Officer can draw to allow the provision of additional services and support, such as pediatrics, speech pathology and occupational therapy to those who currently are unable to afford them.


Cottage by the Sea - $10,000.00

Cottage by the Sea is a community charity caring for disadvantaged Australian children and families in need. Short-term care, by way of holiday camps, are provided all year round in an idyllic location. Often these camps are the only holiday some children ever have.

This Community Grant will support Cottage by the Sea’s 'Take a Break' program. This program ensures that children experience a wide range of recreational options, almost all of their own choice. All children are supported by outdoor education teachers with experience in dealing with children from deprived backgrounds.


Emerge Women and Children’s Support Network - $7,583.00

Emerge Women and Children’s Support Network support women and children experiencing family violence, providing outreach support, community education, art therapy for children, legal support and advocacy. Their mission is to enable independence for women and children by breaking the cycle of domestic violence.

This Community Grant will support Emerge Women and Children’s Support Network as they expand their art therapy program for children to meet the growing demand in the local community.


Fight Cancer Foundation - $10,000.00

Fight Cancer Foundation has a mission of giving hope and saving lives. They provide services for cancer patients and their families.

This Community Grant will assist the Fight Cancer Foundation with their ‘Back on Track’ program. This program assists young people who are facing major health challenges with individually tailored education program and support.


Guide Dogs - $10,000.00

Guide Dogs (Victoria) provide a range of orientation and mobility services free of charge to blind and vision impaired Victorians of all ages. Although best known for their loveable Guide Dogs, they also provide orientation and mobility services.

This Community Grant will fund ‘The Beginner Spy Kids’ program to assist blind and vision impaired children of primary school age in the regional area of Loddon Mallee to develop basic mobility skills such as road safety, travel planning and daily living skills.


Hanover Welfare Services - $7,860.00

Hanover Welfare Services provide programs and services for people experiencing homelessness or housing crisis. Our mission is to empower people who are homeless, or at imminent risk of becoming so. Their work involves crisis accommodation and assistance, education and training, employment services, early intervention services, research and advocacy.

This Community Grant will support ‘Hanover’s Children's Education Assistance’ program.


Interchange - $10,000.00

Interchange is a community organisation that, through the highly valued work of volunteers and staff, works with people with disabilities, their families and the community to pursue their chosen respite, recreation and educational options.

This Community Grant will facilitate a playgroup for children with disabilities under 5 years of age to assist with developing transition and separation skills. Providing respite for parents once a fortnight will make a huge difference to their lives as well as their children’s.


Kids Plus Foundation - $10,000.00

Kids Plus Foundation is a grass-roots community driven small charity who provide access to intensive therapy for special needs babies and children because families in their area cannot access this essential service for their child's functionality, health and wellbeing anywhere else.

This Community Grant will assist to provide 220 therapy places of high quality, intensive therapy - physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech pathology - for babies and children with Neuro-Physical Disabilities to assist with daily functional activities - coordination, mobility, communication, eating, play and self-care.


KOALA Foundation – $10,000.00

KOALA Foundation supports clinical care and research into childhood cancer across Victoria. It is committed to supplying engaging, educational and entertaining activities and programs to distract children and their families from the pain and trauma associated with the cancer journey and to keep them connected with their schools and social networks.

This Community Grant will support KOALA Kids' School Holiday’ program which delivers half day sessions for children in treatment for cancer, and their siblings, in the form of themed play and activity, song and dance, craft and art, games and fun.


Purple Lion – $9,990.00

Purple Lion supports the quality education of children with autism. Through financially supporting these children’s educational needs, education programs in and out of school, and through training for parents, siblings and carers of these children.

This Community Grant will support Purple Lion in their Little Learners intervention program for children with autism set in a typical childcare center. The Little Learners program aims to improve the communication abilities of the Little Learners.


Riding for the Disabled (Narre Warren North) - $5,500.00

Riding for the Disabled (Narre Warren North) enables individuals with a variety of disabilities, ages and backgrounds to develop independence, a sense of freedom and to reach their equestrian goals through adaptive coaching techniques and equipment.

This Community Grant contributes to the ‘Triple P’ initiative to raise enough funds to purchase four ponies/horses. By increasing the number of horses and ponies they will be able to offer more places in their therapeutic program. This will reduce the waiting lists people are currently experiencing.


Riding for the Disabled (Horsham) - $7,683.00

Riding for the Disabled (Horsham) enables children with disabilities throughout Victoria to experience enjoyment, improved health and a sense of achievement through participation in equestrian activities resulting in the development of life skills, wider social network and improved quality of life and attainment of personal goals.

This Community Grant will support the ‘Vaulting for all Abilities’ program purchase a new roller (goes on the horse in place of a saddle) allowing a secure grip and greater stability.


Riding for the Disabled (Myrtleford) - $7,549.00

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) provides opportunities for young people with a disability and volunteers to experience enjoyment, challenge and a sense of achievement through participation in equestrian activities, resulting in the development of life skills, improved quality of life and attainment of personal goals.

This Community Grant will provide a safer riding environment for RDA and Pony Club young riders through the purchase of a commercial sized mower.


St Luke’s Anglicare - $5,520.00

St. Luke's Anglicare is committed to working with vulnerable children, youth and their families to bring hope and create positive and lasting change. St. Luke's delivers a wide range of programs based around a commitment to social justice and their innovative strengths based, client directed practice.

This Community Grant will fund ‘Life Story Books’ for the ‘Foster Care Children’ project. A Life Story book provides a record of a child’s life in words, pictures, photos, providing them with a balanced understanding of their life and a chronological record of their history from the time they enter out-of-home care.


St Vincent de Paul - $10,000.00

St. Vincent de Paul is a group of volunteers who reach out to anyone in need and help them on a person-to-person basis. Help is offered through good advice, money to pay bills, the opportunity to replenish damaged goods, and an ongoing interest in client’s welfare.

This Community Grant will support St. Vincent de Paul in their primary school program ‘Right Choices’.


Satellite Foundation - $9,900.00

The Satellite Foundation provides support to children, young people and their families where a parent has a mental illness. The Satellite Foundation is committed to providing opportunities for these children and their families to participate in activities and events that offer support, information and social connections.

This Community Grant will support The Satellite Foundation’s 'Link-in Link-out' camp and community engagement program. The camp will provide an opportunity for children to take a break, meet others in similar circumstances, and space to talk about their experiences in a safe environment.


Scout Association (East Geelong) - $1,230.00

The Scout Association run an educational and recreational program of outdoor activities for young people. The learning is progressive from age 7 to 15 and is recognised with the presentation of badges, certificates, and awards. Their programs recognise the value of diversity and inclusion of all sectors of our population and encourages young people to serve our community and to prepare themselves for the task.

This Community Grant will enable the Scout Association to sponsor 10 of their older youth members and eight adult leaders to participate in an accredited first aid course.


Scout Association (Heany Park) – $7,854.00

Heany Park Scout Group aims to encourage the physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual development of young people so that they take a constructive place in society as a member of their local, national and international community.

This Community Grant will fund Heany Park Scout Group to buy; a custom built tandem trailer, a marquee, and appropriate camping equipment for use in their youth development camping program.


Southern Health – $5,158.00

Southern Health provides public health care to more than 20 per cent of metropolitan Melbourne, across the entire lifespan - from newborns and children, to adults, the elderly, their families and carers. Their services are provided from over 40 care locations across south eastern Melbourne, including major hospitals, aged residential care centers and an extensive network of rehabilitation, community health and mental health facilities.

This Community Grant will support Southern Health’s ‘Stepping Stones’ Adolescent Inpatient Unit providing acute psychiatric support for adolescents with severe mental health problems.


Spring Parks Primary School – $8,000.00

Spring Parks Primary School is a relatively new school of just three years with a community comprising of a large multicultural population made up of Vietnamese, Cambodian, Chinese, Indian, Sudanese, Pacific Islanders and Australian families.

This Community Grant will help Spring Park School to begin an early years program for families, by offering a playgroup for birth to four year olds.


Care & Communication Concern-Welfare Services - $10,000.00

Care & Communication Concern-Welfare Services run ‘Streetlighters’, an outreach program to local youth in Dandenong offering an informal, non-threatening environment, a safe space for young people to meet on a Friday night. The program seek to encourage greater social inclusion, reduced violence/crime, drug and alcohol use among participants, improved resilience and links to support.

This Community Grant will support the ‘Streetlighters Enhanced’ project to continue to run the Friday Night drop-in center program. These programs provide the young people will support and encourage them to develop into young men and women connected and contributing to their community.


Stride Foundation - $9,213.00

Stride Foundation is a charitable national youth development organization committed to improving the physical, mental and social wellbeing of at risk young people. Working closely with schools, community groups and government agencies their vision is to inspire young people to realise their full potential.

This Community Grant will help Stride Foundation to train 20 staff from primary and secondary schools in Hume in two of Stride’s proven anti-bullying programs designed for years 5 to 9.


Sunraysia Institute of TAFE - $5,015.00

Sunraysia Institute of TAFE is the largest vocational education provider in North West Victoria. The institute supports people from a variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds to realise their learning and creative potential.

This Community Grant will fund the running of a three-day, two-night camp for disadvantaged students, 15-20 years old. Challenging physical activities will focus on; student engagement, team building, developing personal potential, confidence, setting and achieving personal and team goals, and creating positive relationships with local police officers.


Temcare - $8,760.00

Temcare provide temporary support and relief to disadvantaged families and children, building resilience, increasing individual capacity to cope with stress and adversity, to overcome difficulties and become independent and self-sufficient in the community.

This Community Grant will enable Temcare to provide the opportunity for 30 youth engaged in our ‘Mates Mentoring’ program to attend a weekend camp in 2013. The camp provides a valuable opportunity for mentors to build supportive relationships with the youth and encourage youth to remain committed to education, improve relationships with family and peers, address behavioural issues, and provide guidance on significant issues and struggles that youth face.


The Advisory Council for Children with Impaired Hearing (Victoria) - $9,215.00

The Advisory Council for Children with Impaired Hearing provides high-quality early intervention services to children with a hearing loss and their families. Their holistic, innovative program is globally recognized for its success in increasing both the confidence and the speech and language skills of hearing impaired children, and providing families with the comprehensive support and skills training needed to effectively nurture their child.

This Community Grant will support The Advisory Council for Children with Impaired Hearing (Victoria) to trial iPads with specialized software, to extend lessons into the home and help children to acquire the skills and confidence necessary to enter mainstream schools and maximize their educational and social opportunities.


Variety Victoria - The Children’s Charity - $9,588.00

Variety works with individual families and organisations to deliver three core programs that help children with special needs to live, laugh and learn. The Freedom program provides mobility equipment for children with special needs. The Caring for Kids program provides essential medical equipment to help parents care for their seriously ill child at home and in hospital. The Future Kids program provides children with intellectual or physical disabilities the equipment to assist with learning difficulties.

This Community Grant will support Variety's Future Kids program, improving the communication of children with disabilities throughout Victoria.


Vermont South Special School - $8,062.00

Vermont South Special School caters to the special educational, social and emotional needs of moderately intellectually disabled students aged five to twelve years old.

This Community Grant will support Vermont South Special School to provide equipment for their Sensory Room for Students with Autism. Special needs students, especially those with Autism Spectrum Disorders usually present with some sensory integration dysfunction. This affects understanding of the environment and processing for learning. Sensory stimuli can be safely introduced in sensory room, assisting with sensory integration and learning.


Victorian Bands League - $2,500.00

The Victorian Bands League; State Youth Brass Band offers a forum to develop the skills and further the experience of talented young musicians. The band currently has over 50 members enrolled from many varied socio-economic backgrounds and localities, drawn together by their love of brass music and their commitment to excellence in performance.

This Community Grant will assist the Victorian State Youth Brass Band in the purchasing of a new drum kit.


Vision Australia - $9,596.00

Vision Australia is the leading provider of blindness and low vision services in Australia. They work in positive partnership with Australians who are blind or have low vision to help them have access to and fully participate in every part of life they choose. They develop practical solutions that encourage empowerment and independence in individuals, and provide comprehensive training and easier access to the world’s information through accessible alternative reading formats and programs that meet each client’s needs.

This Community Grant will support Vision Australia’s Orientation and Mobility Training for Vision Impaired Children, helping them both develop and learn to apply new and unique orientation and mobility skills.


Waverley Emergency Adolescent Care - $10,000.00

Waverley Emergency Adolescent Care (WEAC) is a community based service for families with teenagers in the eastern suburbs. WEAC aims to prevent total family breakdown by providing an opportunity for time-out accommodation, together with preventative or additional services such as meditation, family therapy and specialist counseling.

This Community Grant will assist WEAC’s Tandana Place program. Clients having completed the Tandana Place program show a significant reduction in problematic drug and alcohol use, a reduction in ongoing mental health concerns, an increase in return to education, and reduction in participation with the criminal justice system.


Wear for Success - $6,700.00

Wear for Success strive to boost the confidence of disadvantaged unemployed people in our community who have secured a job interview, because we know this added confidence leads to a greater chance of success. They do this by giving them, professional-looking outfit they can wear to the interview, providing tips and advice to maximise their opportunities, and by offering follow-up support once they have nailed a job.

This Community Grant will help Wear for Success develop a tailored program to assist disadvantaged unemployed youths (15-21 yrs) gain and retain employment.


The Wesley Centre for Life Enrichments - $10,000.00

The Wesley Centre for Life Enrichment offers care, counseling and education to enrich all who come to us for growth and healing. Many of our clients are in the lower socio-economic bracket and are referred to the Centre for personal counseling from GPs and other agencies.

This Community Grant will support The Wesley Centre for Life Enrichments counseling service for troubled young people. This will assist with the steady increase in the numbers of young people aged between 10 and 24 who seek counseling at the center, often related to youth suicide.


Western Chances - $10,000.00

Western Chances’ vision is to see young people in Melbourne's western suburbs achieve their full potential. To realise this vision they provide new and renewal scholarships and opportunity programs to young people who have an identified talent and motivation to realise their potential but lack the financial support, opportunities and networks to pursue their goals.

This Community Grant will assist Western Chances to award scholarships to financially disadvantaged young people who cannot afford the costs of education or job training courses. Scholarships ensure that recipients are supported over the long term to complete their studies and pursue their chosen career.


Women’s Health West - $8,200.00

Women’s Health West is a specialist family violence organisation with a direct service arm that provides a refuge as well as crisis and ongoing support for women and children recovering from family violence. The organisation also employs health promotion workers to look at long-term strategies to prevent family violence and two art therapists are employed part time to provide children's counseling services.

This Community Grant will support Women’s Heath West’s ‘Little Picassos’ - art therapy workshops for creative kids aged 5-12 who have experienced trauma from witnessing family violence or experiencing emotional, physical or sexual abuse.



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State: TAS






Boat Harbour Beach Surf Life Saving Club - $4,000.00

Boat Harbour Beach Surf Life Saving Club provides aquatic safety for their community every weekend and public holiday from December through to March. The majority of their membership is made up of family units and the clubhouse is used as a social and community resource.

This Community Grant will fund a structured swimming program for junior members of the club, aged 6-14 years. With a qualified Aus. Swim coach and volunteers the water safety of young members of the community will be greatly increased.


Bravehearts - $9,912.00

Bravehearts’ is an organisation with a mission to stop child sexual assault in Australia through community education and public awareness programs. They help survivors to realise that by breaking their silence they aid their own healing and help educate the next generation against further assault and provide support services for survivors of child sexual assault.

This Community Grant will fund delivery of ‘Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure Personal Safety’ programme to 1000 Tasmanian children. This program is a live, interactive show delivered with song teaching vital personal safety to protect children from sexual assault. It's delivered to children aged three to eight years.


Children's Food Education Foundation auspicing Produce to the People - $9,900.00

The Children’s Food Education Foundation (CFEF) and Produce to the People aims to improve the health outcomes of marginalised children and young people. They use food as a vehicle for social innovation and enterprise, to encourage healthy eating and address healthier living barriers like social exclusion, lack of literacy and independent living skills.

This Community Grant will be used to support 7 schools in the Burnie area with weekly veggie garden visits over the school year. Through their visits students will learn how to grow seasonal food. This will improve their awareness of how vegetable consumption can improve their health outcomes and the opportunity to extend participation in school gardens to other members of the community.


House on Collins - $ 9,390.00

House on Collins assists seriously ill school-aged children by providing educational 'catch up' and allied support services free of charge.

This Community Grant will be used to purchase iPads for remote and rural regions children to help connect them with peers and teachers as well as being able to log into a range of educational online programs, platforms and apps.


McGrath Foundation - $10,000.00

The McGrath Foundation was launched in 2005 by the late Jane McGrath and her cricketing husband, Glenn, after Jane's initial recovery from breast cancer. The Foundation aims to provide every woman diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia, and her family, access to the support of a specialist breast care nurse.

This Community Grant will be used to help ‘Curve Lurve’, The McGrath Foundation's education program to deliver a teaching and learning resource in Australian high schools raising young women’s breast cancer awareness.


Riding for the Disabled (Campbell Town) - $1,320.00

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) provide horse activities to people with disabilities through five centers in Tasmania to help with education, skills development, social interaction and give some therapeutic benefit. There are both physical and psychological benefits gained by people with disabilities engaging with their projects.

This Community Grant will be used to further educate coaches and volunteers at RDA in the policies and procedures of running an RDA center to meet the national standards required. This education is essential as it forms part of the requirements for center accreditation checks that are completed every two years.


Riding for the Disabled (St Helens) - $6,000.00

Riding for the Disabled (St Helens) provide therapy through contact with horses for those in our community who have some form of disability. They provide therapeutic riding sessions for riders with disability, wellbeing activities for women and after school activities for disadvantaged children.

This Community Grant will fund renovation, drainage and surfacing of Riding for the Disabled’s outdoor arena. In past years the center has had to close for the winter months because this arena is unusable, leaving clients with no access, with these renovations consistency and continuity for clients will be ensured.


Sailability Tasmania - $9,776.00

Sailability Tasmania is a not-for-profit organisation providing opportunities for people to experience sailing in either keelboats or dinghies. The principal aim of Sailability is to facilitate sailing opportunities in all forms for people with disabilities, their family friends and volunteers.

This Community Grant will help Sailability purchase another 303 dinghies, plus ancillary items to equalise the size of the fleet in each class of their training sessions in dinghy sailing for people with disabilities, introducing people of all levels of ability into sailing.


St Giles - $10,000.00

St Giles is the major provider of pediatric allied health, respite and disability services in Tasmania, with centers in Northern and Southern Tasmania. They cater for children with developmental issues and diagnosed disabilities ages 0-17. They also offer support for parents, carers, and siblings through the activities of their Family Support Unit.

This Community Grant will help develop their ’Pediatric Powered Mobility’ project in their Hobart based Children's Therapy Service through the purchase of a pediatric powered chair to enable easily accessible equipment for families.


St Michaels Association - $9,634.00

St Michaels Association Inc. provides care support and accommodation to people with intellectual and physical disabilities. The vision of St Michaels is to develop independence through maximising the individual qualities of Tasmanians living with a disability.

This Community Grant will support St Michaels program ‘Cycling 4 All’, an innovative and proactive 10 week program that encourages and equips participants with the relevant support, skills, knowledge and understanding on utilising bicycles as a means of transport. In addition to demonstrating to the community that cycling, as a means of transport, is for all.


Scout Association (Kings Meadows) - $5,617.00

The Scout Association provides opportunities for personal growth by encouraging the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual development of youth so that they can take a constructive place in society as responsible citizens, and as members of their local, national and international communities.

This Community Grant will replace outdated and failing camping equipment, facilitating the attainment of valuable life skills through camping activities including togetherness by working in teams (patrols), building upon self-efficacy, confidence, mate ship and learning to care for the environment.


Scout Association (Sandy Bay) - $10,000.00

The Scout Association provides the opportunity for Australian boys and girls to have fun while gaining skills in areas such as bush craft, sailing, leadership and citizenship. This is done through a well-structured award scheme using qualified leaders.

This Community Grant will be used to fund a project to provide kayaks for scouts at the boating facility at Marieville Esp. This project promotes a sense of responsibility and caring for others as well as leadership skills. As the scouts become more skilled and confident in using the kayaks they gain a sense of achievement and self-esteem.


Scout Association (New Norfolk) - $8,400.00

New Norfolk Scouts Group helps kids make new friends and take part in exciting group activities such as camping, bushwalking, water sports, cooking, aerial challenges and bush craft. They are committed to teaching respect to self and others, preparing kids for life by building confidence while teaching the value of responsibility.

This Community Grant will be used by New Norfolk Scouts group to renovate and make over their hall, which is where most of their groups and activities are held. This will enable a better quality of experience for the young people who are involved with the organisation.


Special Olympics - $9,500.00

Special Olympics Tasmania provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with an intellectual disability, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

This Community Grant will support Special Olympics Tasmania junior program focus on school children with an intellectual disability to assist their transition into regular lifelong health.


Whitelion - $10,000.00

Whitelion provides youth-focused, gender and culturally-specific services that include employment, mentoring, role-modelling, specialist outreach support and education-based prevention programs.

This Community Grant will be supporting Whitelion’s At-Risk Mentoring Program targeting vulnerable young people aged 15-21 who are at risk of or involved in out of home care and the youth justice system. Young people in the target group typically lack positive figures in their lives, and are likely to have experienced neglect, abuse and violence as children - often with one or both parents subject to substance abuse and/or mental health issues.



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State: SA






Anglicare - $6,250.00

Anglicare South Australia runs over 120 programs assisting with the needs of vulnerable people. Including housing and homelessness, the elderly, community engagement and strengthening, services for children, families and youth. Anglicare's vision is justice, respect and fullness of life for all.

This Community Grant will be used for the Star Bear Camp supporting children aged 5 -12 years who are grieving the death of a parent, sibling, or carer. Up to 25 children attend a free weekend camp conducted by trained mentors/leaders, providing tools to help them through the process and function better in their lives.


Autism - $6,050.00

Autism South Australia provides help and services for Autism Spectrum Disorder, supporting clients and their families including help with diagnosis, day care and respite, school inclusion programs, counseling and clinical support, support lines and professional training, social development programs and consultancy.

This Community Grant fund improvement to the iModeling App which teaches children about the boundaries of touch - which kind of touch is and isn't OK. This keeps children safe when dealing with caregivers.


Baptist Care - $10,000.00

Baptist Care provides a range of community and aged care services including: Residential Aged Care, Adventure Camping, Youth, Inner City, Aboriginal, Refugee, Employment, Homelessness and Health and Recovery Services.

This Community Grant will facilitate their ‘Adventure Camping Mountain Bikes’ program which provides activities for participants with complex histories which may include any of the following: family breakdown and/or dysfunction, emotional/physical/sexual abuse, other significant personal traumas, poverty, homelessness, poor education, unemployment, mental health issues, drug and alcohol dependence, criminal activity, domestic violence, isolation, and marginalisation or combinations of these experiences/situations.


Camp Quality - $7,500.00

Camp Quality is the children’s family cancer charity that believes in building resilience in the lives of every child living with cancer and their families in Australia, creating an optimistic community for families through fun therapy and education and believing that laughter is the best medicine.

This Community Grant will be used for ‘Family Camp’. The camp will bring families together for a weekend of fun to give them a break from cancer. An entire weekend with families who truly understand each other’s stresses and needs has proven to give amazing peer support, encouragement and advice.


Catholic Family Services - $10,000.00

Catholic Family Services provide a diverse range of human services: to enhance the quality of life of individuals; to build the capacity of families; and to improve the ability of individuals and families to actively and effectively participate within their community.

This Community Grant will be used for their ‘Children's Counseling Service’, which provides therapeutic intervention to children in 16 primary schools across South Australia. Materials will be purchased for creative methods of therapeutic engagement such as drawing, sand tray work, play dough, games, books, worksheets, the use of strength cards, bear cards, cars cards etc.


Gawler Health Foundation - $10,000.00

Gawler Health Foundation raises money to provide additional equipment and services to the Gawler Hospital, providing additional patient amenity not available from other sources of funding.

This Community Grant will be used to build a safe, secure and sheltered play area for children providing relief for children and family members from the rigors of hospital procedures. It will also reunite families when visiting a sick child, parent or grandparent away from the hospital environment. Long term illness places severe stress on immediate family and children sense this anxiety, this new play area will provide some much needed space for all involved.


Cora Barclay Centre - $8,099.00

Cora Barclay Centre is a charitable service providing Auditory-Verbal Therapy for South Australian children who are deaf or hearing impaired and wear hearing aids, cochlear implants or other listening devices. They provide audiology services, professional counseling, family mentoring support and a youth support program.

This Community Grant will be supporting ‘Bright Start’, a scheme supporting children with hearing loss transition from early intervention to school across all schooling systems. Funding from the Community Grant will facilitate the group therapy program and fund education software 'Reading Doctor' which improves literacy, an area of concern for deaf children.


Heads of Churches State Schools Ministry Coordinating Group (Eununda Area School) - $5,000.00

Eununda Area School has a student population ranging from 5-18 years old from predominantly low socio-economic backgrounds and presenting concerning behaviours such as violence, cursing, and learning difficulties.

This Community Grant will be used to start a ‘Breakfast Club’ for the students. The aim of the program is to give young people a chance to start school ready to learn rather than thinking about food all day long. The scheme also provides a great opportunity for the students get to know each other better working as a team, and to help others in the community who are less fortunate.


Levada (Salisbury) - $6,566.00

Levada provides accommodation, support packages and respite services for people with disabilities, providing caring support at all times, empowering each person and their family to make appropriate decisions about their lives.

This Community Grant will be used to purchase iPads and symbol to voice applications, aiming to give autistic children a voice, sometimes, for the first time in their lives. The frustration and then complex behavioural issues that come with young children that can’t communicate can be eased by use of this portable simplistic tool, which, if introduced early in life can remove the complex behaviour issues exhibited by autistic young children.


Levada (Para Hills) - $10,000.00

Levada operate Poppy House in Para Hills which is a home being set up for girls with disabilities aged from 8 to 17. The client group will be young people who are at high risk and who require 24 hour live-in care. The young people to be supported in the new respite service are often in need due to being abandoned and are homeless with little family support. Poppy House will provide a safe comfortable environment, training, health care and support.

This Community Grant will be used to furnish and make comfortable four bedrooms, a lounge, kitchen and an office space in Poppy House.


Novita Children’s Services (Regency Park) - $9,298.00

Novita Children's Services provides therapy, equipment and family support to over 2,000 children from birth to 18 years with permanent physical disabilities and acquired brain injury living in South Australia. These children have difficulties in areas such as mobility, play and communication.

This Community Grant will be used to purchase a recumbent bike which will benefit children who have orthopedic surgery and require strengthening as part of their rehabilitation program.


Novita Children’s Services (Port Lincoln) - $1,947.00

Novita Children’s Services in Port Lincoln raises money to provide walking aids or communication aids for children who have a brain injury (from birth or acquired), cerebral palsy or any other major disability.

This Community Grant will be used to purchase three iPads to provide to young disabled children to assist in their education journey. These iPads will greatly assist the children who have limited physical and speech ability.


Royal Society for the Blind - $9,875.00

The Royal Society for the Blind (RSB) is the primary provider of free services and support to almost 12,000 South Australians who are blind or vision impaired. Services include Low Vision Centre, Adaptive Technology, Print Alternatives, Orientation and Mobility, Child and Youth Services, Support Workers, Counseling, Employment Services, Industrial Services, Recreation and Leisure Services, Digital Library Services and Advocacy support.

This Community Grant will be used to equip the RSB's Child and Youth Services Centre with educational/recreational toys for children and families who visit the RSB's Low Vision Centre.


St Marks College - $9,800.00

St Marks College is a college for around 1,000 students. The College follows the charter of its founding religious orders to be a home, a parish a school where friends meet and enjoy their learning. St Marks also provides boarding facilities for students from Mid North and Flinders Rangers.

This Community Grant will provide new equipment for the Junior Primary Playground. The new playground equipment will allow the children to develop their cognitive, emotional and physical wellbeing as well as allowing them to interact and learn fundamental social skills.


Scout Association (Clare) - $2,835.00

The Scout Association contributes to the education of young people, through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Law, to help build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society. This is achieved by involving them throughout their formative years in a non-formal educational process.

This Community Grant will be used to purchase a patrol tent and camping equipment for a youth movement in the Clare region. Their activities facilitate learning life skills, growing in confidence and gaining valuable leadership and team skills whilst having fun.


Scout Association (Piccadilly) - $9,300.00

The Scout Association contributes to the education of young people, through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Law, to help build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society. This is achieved by involving them throughout their formative years in a non-formal educational process.

This Community Grant will be used to increased use of a camp site for use for. A shed to be built on this site will provide protection from the weather and access to water and electricity for youth and supporters.


Sunrise Christian School - $10,000.00

Sunrise Christian School (Naracoorte Campus) is an R-7 primary school. It provides education services for the community of Naracoorte and surrounding rural districts. Because of the remote and small nature of the town its community is considered to be socially disadvantaged.

This Community Grant will be used to create a ‘Kitchen Garden’ program at the school. Children will learn in the areas of science and health including plant lifecycles, healthy eating etc. This program will provide an opportunity for children to get excited about learning in a tactile environment and build community through the involvement of parent volunteers.


Toc H Australia Foundation - $4,900.00

Toc H Australia Foundation Fund t is an international organisation pledged to breaking down the barriers of race, culture and religion that divide people. The ‘Camping Program’ at the iconic Toc H Campsite at Victor Harbor has benefitted thousands of South Australian's over the years.

This Community Grant will help to fund a camping program for primary school aged disadvantaged, refugee and migrant children in need, particularly those subjected to trauma or torture. Two camps provide the children and their families respite over the school holidays and an opportunity to engage in activities they would otherwise not experience.



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State: WA






Association for the Blind - $4,500.00

The Association for the Blind is the lead organisation in WA for individuals with vision impairment. Their Children and Family Services team has specialised highly skilled staff who work with children with vision impairment and their families providing therapy services to young children (babies to 18 year olds).

This Community Grant is to be used for developing cooking skills for teenagers with vision impairment. Children with a vision impairment cannot always learn from observing others, so need to directly experience life skills to achieve these. This specific camp will have a focus on healthy eating and food preparation.


Carnarvon Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation - $10,000.00

The Carnarvon Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation (CMSAC) is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service established in 1986. Their primary mission is to provide excellent holistic health care to the Indigenous and Non-Indigenous community members of Carnarvon and its surrounding areas.

This Community Grant will be used to fund the ‘Let’s Do It Right’ program, promoting CMSACs message on health and wellbeing for Indigenous children, teenagers and young adults by creating healthier environments that promote healthy lifestyle (eating, disease awareness and prevention) and physical activity.


Carson Street School - $10,000.00

Carson Street School is a small school catering for the needs of children with both intellectual and physical disabilities. Classes range from kindy to year seven. With expert staff and exceptional programs the school supports children grow and develop into fully valued members of the community.

This Community Grant will be used to update and improve the outdoor equipment to provide a healthier, inclusive, fun area for the playgroup. These improvements would provide social interaction, help with movement and perceptual skills along with spatial awareness, sensory integration, mental health and general fitness.


CREATE Foundation - $9,053.00

CREATE Foundation provides programs to support children and young people in care from birth through to 25 years of age. CREATE are dedicated to ensuring all kids in care have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Their programs and support services center on building self-esteem through learning and targets all ages in care.

This Community Grant will be used to provide ‘Entering Care Backpacks and Information Kits’ providing children with information on support services and programs. The Entering Care Kit targets all ages from birth through to 18 years ensuring support materials and information provided are age appropriate.


Feed the Little Children - $10,000.00

Feed the Little Children provides emergency food respite for at children in Broome at risk of physical neglect. These children are from families with high levels of poverty and dysfunction due to poor financial management skills, alcohol and other substance abuse frequently resulting in physical neglect. This results in children frequently going without a meal for 24 hours and longer.

This Community Grant will enable Feed the Little Children to include an additional midweek food distribution to needy children. The service currently distributes up to 100 meals just to children every Saturday night.


Girls from Oz - $8,500.00

Girls from Oz provides activities to children and young people that expand life experiences, create connections, encourage growth in confidence and increase opportunities for those who have limited access to high quality performing arts education in remote Australia.

This Community Grant will support Girls from Oz in the Kimberley’s program that consists of four week-long performing arts intensives in Halls Creek each year. The key content areas are participation, team building and leadership development, dance and physical fitness, singing, literacy and percussion.


HeartKids - $10,000.00

HeartKids is dedicated to offering support, encouragement and hope to families of children with congenital or acquired heart defects whilst raising awareness and generating funds for children support programs, parent/patient comfort items, medical equipment and research into the causes of chronic heart disease in children.

This Community Grant will support the HeartKids ‘Cycle Challenge’ which raises funds through community engagement with cycling for charity.


INKA Inc. - $10,000.00

INKA provides short and long term respite stays for teenagers and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Down Syndrome. Located in the beautiful Lake Clifton region they provide a range of activities to promote social, work and health skills as well as provide families and carers with a break from their caring role in a unique farm stay environment.

This Community Grant will help to fund the establishment of sensory rooms at INKA. Sensory rooms can help stimulate, develop or balance the sensory system. They have been reported to help manage stress, anxiety and sensory overload.


The Kyle Andrews Foundation - $10,000.00

The Kyle Andrews Foundation raises funds to bring children undergoing treatment for cancer from Princess Margaret Hospital, in Perth to Broome on an annual basis, for a much needed week break from difficult therapy.

This Community Grant will support ‘Kyle's Camp 2013’, which is an annual camp for children undergoing treatment for cancer. The children undertake a great number of activities including fishing, boat/helicopter trips, pearl farm and crocodile park tours, and doing so with other kids in similar health situations.


Livefit Australia - $9,500.00

Livefit Australia provides education, leadership and mentoring programs for primary and secondary school students in Western Australia. Their programs form partnerships with local schools and community groups and aim to foster a commitment to young people that will promote well-being, strong interpersonal and leadership skills, and reassert a value in fitness and nutrition.

This Community Grant will help Livefit to offer at-risk primary and secondary school students and their mentors the opportunity to participate in a structured program of support over a set period of time receiving instruction from trained mentors that includes weekly / monthly exercise, team-building and group activities.


Miracle Babies - $9,970.00

The Miracle Babies Foundation supports premature and sick newborns, their families and the hospitals that care for them through their ‘NurtureProgram’, a comprehensive parent to parent support program available from a threatened pregnancy, to the NICU and beyond, including the loss of a baby. They also support hospitals through services for families, education, lectures, training tools, scholarships for health professionals and funding for equipment, resources and research.

This Community Grant will support NurtureGroups® Miracle Babies’ out of hospital play and support groups for discharged families who have experienced the birth of a premature or sick newborn.


Mission Australia - $9,800.00

Mission Australia empowers disadvantaged individuals and families to take control of their lives and re-engage with society. Their programs and services combat homelessness; assist families and children to develop a safe, nurturing environment; support disadvantaged young people; deliver entry-level training; and help unemployed people find permanent work.

This Community Grant will fund Mission Australia’s three day, two night camp at Boshack Outback in Toodyay for 10 at-risk girls aged 12 to 16 years, most of whom will be Indigenous. The camp will provide outdoor individual and team-building activities and personal development activities to develop self-confidence, self-esteem and life skills, and to have fun.


Musica Viva - $10,000.00

Musica Viva In Schools provides school music education in Australia, supporting the transformative capacity of music in young peoples’ lives and aiming to provide lasting experiences of music for all Australian children regardless of their geographic location or economic circumstances.

This Community Grant will fund Musica Viva’s efforts to construct a permanent Sound Garden in collaboration with two local artists and four Perth schools (including two special needs schools). An accompanying education program will demonstrate the ability of music to improve learning outcomes in a number of subjects, including science.


Perth Intervention Centre - $9,000.00

Perth Intervention Centre provides therapy services for children with special needs, including Autism, and other developmental delays. Specifically providing research based intervention services. Many of these children require intensive therapy (more than 20 hours/week) in order to learn language, cognitive, social and physical skills that others take for granted.

This Community Grant will enable Perth Intervention Centre to establish a sensory room where, under the guidance of an Occupational Therapist the children will participate in various activities to help stimulate, regulate and balance their sensory systems.


Princess Margaret Hospital - $9,616.00

The Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) is an internationally recognised pediatric facility, and a place of inspiration, hope and love. The hospital cares for over 250,000 children each year from all over Western Australia, as inpatients and outpatients.

This Community Grant will fund PMH to create and distribute Type 1 diabetes resource kit to complement the current PMH teacher's educational tools. Type 1 diabetes is a life-long autoimmune disease that usually occurs in childhood and needs constant management. The majority of PMH diabetes patients are school aged and each child requires a Diabetes Management Plan to be developed.


National SIDS Council of Australia - $8,043.00

National SIDS Council of Australia is dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood and supporting bereaved families. We deliver on our vision through world-class research; evidence based education and bereavement support and advocacy.

This Community Grant will support ‘SIDS and Kids’ safe sleeping education campaign. There is still no known cause of SIDS with the key to reducing deaths being education and awareness. Indigenous communities are amongst the high-risk groups for SIDS deaths and fatal sleeping accidents and this education campaign targets these groups with culturally specific information.


Special Olympics Australia - $7,550.00

Special Olympics Australia provides year round sports training and competition in a variety of sports for children and adults with an intellectual disability, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of skills, friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

This Community Grant will fund Special Olympics Australia’s ‘Multi Sport Ribbon Days’ for local students from Special Education Support Centers. The Ribbon Days enables students to experience up to six new sports at a carnival style sports day with the pageantry of an Olympic event.


Stand By Me Youth Service - $3,520.00

Stand By Me Youth Service (SBMYS) is community driven organisation that provides services to mainstream and at-risk young people who reside, recreate and/or educate in the Lockridge/Beechboro and surrounding areas. SBMYS operate a drop-in service and address specific needs/wants of young people in the community.

This Community Grant will help SBMYS run a healthy cooking program, which has been requested by their service users. A high percentage of the young people attending the center do not have access to healthy food and are not able to prepare food at all.


Teen Challenge - $10,000.00

Teen Challenge is a youth drug and alcohol residential training center. They take young people mostly from Perth, to their training center in Esperance where they detox cold turkey, have three-hour lectures each day on life control principles and are not allowed to smoke, drink or take drugs. They are also involved in sport, singing, drama, cooking and TAFE courses, and attempts to restore good family relationships and support.

This Community Grant will be used to fund ‘Teen Challenge’s Destiny Project’, which provides accommodation for one year at Grace Academy Residential Rehabilitation for troubled/at risk youth.


The Trustee for Friends of Autism - $8,000.00

The Trustee for Friends of Autism assists families affected by autism in WA. By helping families to help themselves by providing a holistic family centered service from birth to adulthood including counseling, early intervention services, school age and holiday programs, toy and information library and support meetings.

This Community Grant will fund The Trustee for Friends of Autism’s school holiday program providing children aged 5 - 18 with an autism friendly environment where they feel safe and welcomed.


Police and Community Youth Centers - $5,000.00

Police and Community Youth Centers operate a Youth Drop in Service in Kalgoorlie providing activities and services aimed at at-risk youth and priority offenders to keep them out of trouble and give them things to do in the community. Their aim is to keep kids in school, have a positive effect on the town and get involved in activities that will provide youth further skills such as confidence and leadership.

This Community Grant will be used by Police and Community Youth Centers for the Youth Drop In Service, to convert a large spare room and some old equipment into a drop in area for youth to play in and have fun after school.



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