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ACT

Warehouse Circus - $10,000

Warehouse Circus is dedicated to improving the mental and physical health of young people of all abilities in the ACT, through the medium of social circus. Jump Start is an early intervention program which uses circus to assist disengaged young people from a cluster of low socioeconomic primary schools to transition successfully to Belconnen High School. This Community Grant will enable 25 at-risk young people aged 10 – 12 years old to take part in the program. It will contribute to a safe, positive transition from primary to high school, re-engage disengaged students, offer support networks and provide leadership training to demonstrate belief in the value of each individual, increasing resilience and self-esteem.

The Shepherd Centre - $9,500

The Shepherd Centre (TSC) believes that all children deserve a voice and the opportunity to attend mainstream school so that they may fully participate in the world and reach their full potential. TSC provides parents and teachers with the tools, strategies and methods needed to teach their deaf children to listen, to understand the meaning of sound and to speak. This Community Grant will enable 20 children to take part in the Sound Start to School program which provides hearing impaired children with the tools to succeed in the hearing world and mainstream academic setting without the need for ongoing support or translators. It will equip hearing impaired children with the ability to reach their potential and thrive at mainstream schools.

Vision Australia - $9,725

Vision Australia is the leading provider of blindness and low vision services. Children with vision loss who develop skills of independence are more able to self-assess and evaluate life's choices, accepting challenges positively and are better prepared for further education and employment. Evidence has shown that these children are also more aware of their surroundings and less likely to be involved in accidents when travelling out in the community. This Community Grant will give the gift of mobility to 14 children with vision loss through orientation and mobility training which teaches children how to walk safely using a white cane, to minimise the risk of falls and accidents and to maximise independence and safe travel practices.

Cystic Fibrosis ACT - $9,000

Cystic Fibrosis ACT (CFACT) is dedicated to making a daily difference to the lives of children and young adults with CF living in the ACT and surrounding region through providing financial, educational and emotional assistance.

This Community Grant will fund treatment plans for 18 children and young adults from five to 21 years, who are studying or commencing full-time employment. In consultation with each patient’s hospital team, CFACT will provide access to therapeutic equipment on loan or as a gift to support the delivery of exercise and/or physiotherapy. Adherence to therapeutic treatments can reduce hospitalisations and maintain healthy lung function for patients.

OzHarvest - $9,800

OzHarvest nourishes disadvantaged children, youth and adults with nutritious food, education and engagement in society. This Community Grant will enable OzHarvest to deliver the equivalent of an additional 20,000 meals of fresh rescued food to charitable services in the ACT and Queanbeyan, who care for school students and young people at risk. The provision of free nutritious food, to be shared with young people and students, has positive outcomes in terms of health and wellbeing, social and family engagement and the ability to learn. 40 young people will also be trained in nutrition, budgeting and food safety via OzHarvest’s program.

NSW

Conservation Volunteers Australia - $9,955

Conservation Volunteers Australia is Australia's largest conservation organisation involving the community in practical and educational conservation projects. The River Rescue program will engage up to 250 seven to twelve year olds from rural public schools, promoting the enjoyment of nature and the outdoors by involving them in the conservation of our precious waterways. The program will deliver one classroom session with environmental games and trivia and one tree planting activity to ten schools. This Community Grant will enable the River Rescue program to promote active citizenship for young people to become the volunteers of the future and to be environmentally aware and concerned citizens.

Open Family Australia - $10,000

Since 1981, Open Family Australia has been providing a range of outreach services to homeless and at-risk young people with complex needs from a wide range of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. This Community Grant will enable 100 young people to take part in the NOSH Program which is a unique, mobile, street outreach service that provides tailored support to at-risk young people experiencing hardship and vulnerability, including homelessness. It runs in identified hot spots and areas of significant disadvantage in South Western Sydney, providing individualised targeted strategies for young people who are at risk and marginalised.

Take Heart Australia - $10,000

Take Heart Australia was formed by a doctor, a paramedic and a nurse to decrease mortality from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). 30,000 Australians have a SCA each year, and 90 per cent do not survive.  SCA kills four under-35's each week in Australia, many of them children. It kills more people than stroke, road trauma, breast and lung cancer combined. The Young Hearts program will deliver blended learning in schools including hands-on CPR skills and age-banded online learning with appropriate animation and video content, as well as learning specific smartphone and iPad applications. This Community Grant will train 1,000 children in effective CPR skills and create a generation of lifesavers.

The PKU Association of NSW - $10,000

The PKU Association of NSW promotes awareness of PKU and provides information and support to families affected the disease. Phenylketonuria (PKU) is a rare, inherited metabolic disorder affecting one in 10,000 babies. At the bi-annual PKU Youth Camp children will exchange stories of what it is like to live with this rare disease. Dieticians from the Children's Hospital Westmead will attend to provide nutrition and health education sessions. This Community Grant will bring together 30 PKU sufferers and enable them to learn about how to independently manage their disease moving forward into adulthood, giving them a feeling of belonging.

Allambi Care - $9,600

Allambi Care collaborates with other organisations to provide the best care for children in out-of-home care. Allambi recruits and trains foster carers, and finds suitable long term placements with these carers. This Community Grant will enable Allambi Care to deliver Trauma Focused Play Therapy (TFPT) to 12 children aged between 4 and 12 years old who have been exposed to sexual abuse, neglect, domestic violence and trauma, and as a result have been placed in out-of-home care. TFPT allows for children to work through their trauma in a safe environment at an age-appropriate level where traditional talk therapy may not be applicable.

Minerva School - $10,000

Minerva School caters for primary and secondary aged students with special needs, particularly those with emotional disturbance and behavioural problems including autism, ADHD and OCD.  The school’s mission is for students to become a successful part of the community. This Community Grant will fund a gross motor skills and soft play gymnasium at Minerva School. This is a critical component that will transform the space into an alternate therapy area. The program will enable the school to teach students - many of whom have weight issues caused by medications and sedentary lifestyles - the gross motor skills, posture and body awareness they need to move efficiently, negotiate their environment and balance well. The program supports general fitness, health and wellbeing.

Books in Homes Australia - $9,500

Books in Homes Australia provides books of choice to families living in remote and low socio-economic areas, ensuring crucial early literacy engagement and the development of reading skills needed for lifelong success. This Community Grant will fund a program to help kids enjoy the joys of reading at Wyong Public School. 17 per cent  of students at the school are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, 20 per cent have a language background other than English. 48 copies of books are donated each term to the library. Families benefit as students bring three books home each term to read with their parents, building a culture of reading in the home. The books are carefully selected with 25 per cent of titles written or illustrated by Indigenous creators.

Enough is Enough Anti-Violence Movement - $10,000

The mission of Enough is Enough is to deliver best-practice support services to those affected by crime, violence, road trauma and anti-social behaviour. This Community Grant will fund the Peacemaker Project to be delivered to 4,000 high school students. The project is a suite of life skills programs aligned to school curriculum and designed by experienced psychologists and educators specifically for youth. Programs include Safe Partying/Celebrating, Emotional Management, Life Choices, Personal Responsibility, Bullying, Road Awareness and Domestic Violence Awareness. Presenters share their real-life personal experiences, highlighting how choices made today impact on personal wellbeing and the life we live tomorrow.

Dubbo and District Parent Support Group for the Deaf/Hearing Impaired - $10,000

Run by volunteers, the Dubbo Deaf Club provides those affected by hearing difficulties with access to medical and educational assistance. The Hear our Heart Ear Bus Project works in partnership with schools and childcare centres to combine an ear health prevention and education program with diagnosis and treatment, with focus on prevention of hearing loss. This Community Grant will enable the project to run clinics at 15 locations in Dubbo and the surrounding area, testing 2,000 children. As hearing impairment is strongly linked to poor education outcomes, early detection in these children will allow for improvements in their learning, comprehension and enjoyment in the classroom.

Souths Cares - $9,750

Souths Cares is an independent, charity organisation which was formed from the legacy of the South Sydney Rabbitoh's commitment to helping disadvantaged individuals and communities in initiatives which have a positive social impact. This Community Grant will fund 83 Indigenous high school students to take part in the Nanga Mai Marri (Dream Big) school-to-work mentoring program. The program has two key measures of success: supporting Indigenous students to achieve their HSC and then developing a successful transition into employment, training and/or tertiary education. Many of the participants in the program become the first members of their family to finish high school and attend university.

Camp Quality - $10,000

Camp Quality's purpose is to create the best quality of life for every child living with cancer in Australia. Cancer is the second largest cause of mortality in children aged 0 - 14 years in Australia. Family camps provide an essential break away from the stresses of a cancer diagnosis for both children and their families. The camps allow parents to reconnect and bond with siblings who can often feel neglected.  This Community Grant will enable 10 - 14 families, who have a child diagnosed with cancer under 13 years of age, to attend a Regional Family Camp, providing them with an opportunity to reconnect and meet others who understand their cancer journey.

Camp Quality - $9,000

Camp Quality's purpose is to create the best quality of life for every child living with cancer in Australia. Cancer is the second largest cause of mortality in children aged 0 - 14 years in Australia. Family camps provide an essential break, away from the stresses of a cancer diagnosis, for both children and their families. The camps allow parents to reconnect and bond with siblings who can often feel neglected. This Community Grant will enable 10 - 14 families, who have a child diagnosed with cancer under 13 years of age, to attend the Tweed Heads Family Camp, providing them with an opportunity to reconnect and meet others who understand their cancer journey.

Life Changing Experiences Foundation - $10,000

Life Changing Experiences Foundation's core initiative is the SISTER2sister program, an early intervention program which opens the door to trauma recovery. The program targets disadvantaged and underprivileged teenage girls who are considered to be at risk and disengaged from the community due to circumstances beyond their control. The program provides year-long mentoring, risk management and education programs to empower at-risk teenage girls to make positive choices. This Community Grant will train 30 mentors for the Sister2sister program who will go on to support the program participants with issues such as self-esteem, resilience, health, anger management, trauma and loss, anxiety and body image.

Edmund Rice Camps - $9,800

Edmund Rice Camps provide recreation and positive relationships to children who are experiencing disadvantage and stress. By bringing children and young adult volunteers together in a safe and supportive environment, Edmund Rice Camps encourage healthy activity, positive role modelling and respite from the pressures of everyday life. This Community Grant will deliver one residential siblings camp for 28 children, as well as volunteer training and a post-camp activity day. The camp will reunite children who may be living in separate care arrangements, for a week of recreational activities focused on team building, resilience building, and relationship development, not only with their siblings, but also with peers living in similar circumstances.

RPA Newborn Care - $6,273

RPA Newborn Care is the neonatal intensive care unit for sick premature and full-term babies born at RPA, as well as babies born and transferred from other hospitals across NSW. Each year the hospital treats close to 1,000 babies. Prevention of hypothermia in newborn babies is very important in order to allow optimum development and growth of the baby. This Community Grant will enable RPA to purchase a CosyTherm Neonatal Warming Mattress. The CosyTherm Warming Mattress allows babies to move to an open crib from a humidicrib sooner.  Most of the babies in the intensive care, high dependency units and the special care nursery will benefit from the CosyTherm Warming Mattress.

Camp Quality - $10,000

Camp Quality's purpose is to create the best quality of life for every child living with cancer in Australia. Cancer is the second largest cause of mortality in children aged 0 - 14 years in Australia. Family camps provide an essential break, away from the stresses of a cancer diagnosis for both children and their families. The camps allow parents to reconnect and bond with siblings, who can often feel neglected.  This Community Grant will enable 10 - 14 families, who have a child diagnosed with cancer under 13 years of age, to attend a Family Camp, providing them with an opportunity to reconnect and meet others who understand their cancer journey.

Child Abuse Prevention Service Sydney - $8,530

Child Abuse Prevention Service Sydney has provided a wide range of services to prevent child maltreatment and promote child and family safety for over 40 years. These crucial programs serve to educate and support families to better protect their children from harm. This Community Grant will fund 80 children to participate in the Safe Children, Safe Families program for children with special needs and disabilities. The program will provide children with the information and skills they need to maximise their personal safety, and to have a network of trusted people they could communicate with if they are feeling unsafe. The accompanying program for parents, carers and professionals seeks to increase participants’ knowledge about child protection issues with a particular focus on children with special needs.

Stretch-A-Family - $9,000

Stretch-A-Family (SAF) works from a therapeutic framework and looks after children and young people who have been removed from their home environment due to a range of child protection issues, including abuse and neglect. This Community Grant will fund a program offering holistic strategies for children in foster care. Interventions include counselling, life-story work, art therapy, music therapy, yoga and meditation. Research and experience shows that trauma-informed approaches are crucial for brain development and provide these children and young people with the opportunity to focus on other aspects of their life - leading to increased resilience, positive relationships and educational attainment.

The Benevolent Society - $10,000

The Benevolent Society is a not-for-profit and non-religious organisation that has helped people, families and communities achieve positive change since 1813. I MATTER is a long-term mentoring program that works with vulnerable young girls and their families from the Claymore community. Claymore is statistically the most disadvantaged urban community in Australia. This Community Grant will enable I MATTER to work with 15 - 20 girls over a period of six years, matching girls with mentors. The program is based on an early intervention model, targeting families with entrenched, intergenerational disadvantage. I MATTER will have an impact throughout the community, aiming to cause a ripple effect that will encourage more families and children to seek educational and social opportunities.

Be Centre Foundation - $10,000

Be Centre is a mental health charity supporting children and families whose lives have been impacted by trauma. It is the only centre of its kind in Australia to provide one-to-one Play Therapy to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children. The program offers a safe environment for children to tell their stories, helping them make sense of what is happening on the inside to restore their trust and build self-confidence and resilience. This Community Grant will provide funding for five Play Therapy Scholarships to the most needy and traumatised children within the community, including those suffering financial hardship who otherwise could not afford to access vital therapeutic support.  

Kids Giving Back - $8,700

Kids Giving Back offers local, national and international volunteer opportunities for families with children aged six to 18. The Cook4Good+GROW program is a strategic response to the urgent needs of both at-risk youth and the homeless community. This values-based, service-learning program provides a holistic/wellness approach to educating young people in the social skills required to develop empathy and actively contribute to our society. More effective than a one-off session, this series promote life habits such as sustained teamwork, self and social awareness, communication, and effective decision-making, to enhance future employability and resilience. This Community Grant will enable 15 disadvantaged youths to take part in the program and an estimated 1,000 meals will be delivered to communities in need.

Special Olympics Australia Northern Beaches Region - $4,500

Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition for people with an intellectual disability. The Young Athletes Program provides sports skills development for two to eight year olds in a socially inclusive setting that is child-centred and encourages participation from siblings and friends without an intellectual disability. This Community Grant will provide funding for 12 children to take part in the Special Olympics Sydney Northern Beaches Young Athletes program. While developing the child's skills it will also prepare them for transition into the Special Olympics specific sports training and competition activities.

Life Without Barriers - $9,600

Life Without Barriers’ purpose is to partner with people to change lives for the better through a portfolio of innovative, successful, community-based programs delivered to more than 11,500 people in urban, remote and regional communities. MyHome is a pilot program designed to enhance the outcomes of young people leaving out-of-home care through developing a supported pathway into sustainable private rental. This Community Grant will enable eight young people to take part in the pilot which will include private rental subsidy, trauma-informed case management and support to develop skills to sustain their tenancy, develop trusted relationships, and seek employment, education or training.

Gunawirra - $10,000

Gunawirra works with Aboriginal children  and their families, offering practical, grass roots programs that impart cultural pride and develop life skills. Here Come Our Little Chefs teaches cooking to four to six year olds, along with their parents who come one day a week to cook with their children, making healthy affordable meals, bonding and having fun with their children. The program aims to grow a culture of home cooking, growing veggie gardens at the school and eating and cooking to improve health. This Community Grant will enable up to 250 children to understand the role of food and how good nutrition can positively impact health and society at both a family and community level.

Sir David Martin Foundation - $9,567

Sir David Martin Foundation’s (SDMF) goal is to fund effective programs that help youth in crisis to regain their health, get off the streets and achieve their goals. The HOPE Program counsels and mentor’s youth aged nine to 13 in South Western Sydney. The program runs for 12 months and develops essential life skills, focusing on areas such as anger management, emotional awareness, resilience, goal setting, health and wellbeing and leadership. This Community Grant will provide funding for 30 young people to take part in the program, working to break the cycle of poverty and disengagement from education, which will improve the success of schools in the area and ultimately, the students' engagement with employment as they grow up.

Royal Life Saving Society of Australia NSW - $9,850

Royal Life Saving New South Wales (RLSNSW) works to prevent drowning and facilitate healthy, active lifestyles by equipping all Australians with water safety skills. Water Smart Kindy Kids is an interactive, educational program designed to teach kindergarten students vital water safety information and skills in order to increase awareness of the dangers associated with a range of aquatic environments, promote safe behaviour and enhance ability to deal with a basic emergency. This Community Grant will provide funding for RLSNSW to run education sessions with up to 1,500 children at primary schools in Blacktown with the aim of reducing aquatic related death and injury of children in Blacktown LGA.

OzHarvest - $10,000

OzHarvest nourishes disadvantaged children, youth and adults with nutritious food, education and engagement in society. Through the Nourish program, OzHarvest provides a pathway to employment in the hospitality industry for disadvantaged young people. Nourish involves a six-month training program leading to a Certificate II in Hospitality, in collaboration with a registered training organisation. Everything from course delivery costs, course materials, uniforms, equipment and support services are provided to participants, free-of-charge. This Community Grant will provide two scholarships for the Nourish Program, giving two young people the opportunity for a better future.

Holdsworth Community - $9,800

Holdsworth Community provides community-based services and support for children and adults living with intellectual disabilities, older people and families with young children. The Teen Independence Camp provides an opportunity for teenagers with an intellectual disability to come together for a weekend away, where they take part in activities that develop life skills and independent coping skills. Young volunteers support the camp, creating a peer environment of equity and inclusion. This Community Grant will fund a two-night Teen Independence Camp, helping participants to develop and practice independent living skills away from the family environment. For teenagers living with a disability, developing life skills at this stage can reduce the need for support later in life.

A Taste of Paradise Organic Farm - $10,000

A Taste of Paradise Organic Farm supports disadvantaged and at-risk young people, who have a range of issues caused by mental or physical disability or resulting from abuse and neglect. At the farm, young people are encouraged to engage with the animals and become as involved in farm life as much as their abilities allow. One-to-one mentoring helps them develop positive sense of self-worth, and improve social and behavioural skills through therapeutic agriculture and horticulture. This Community Grant will provide funding for one additional mentor on the farm for 10 weeks to support an additional 40 children. Many participants will go on to obtain work in mainstream society, rather than suffering unemployment and social isolation.

Role Models and Leaders Australia - $10,000

Role Models and Leaders Australia (RMLA) provides school-based programs to develop and empower Indigenous girls, through leadership training, mentoring, sport and education support programs. RMLA operates 12 Girls Academies in 16 locations, with more than 1,000 Indigenous girls enrolled. The Coonamble Girls Academy program focuses on increasing school attendance, advancing academic and personal achievement, improving year 12 graduation rates and facilitating post-school transition planning. Sports, extra-curricular activities, one-on-one mentoring and a structured reward system help to keep the girls engaged in their education. This Community Grant will support RMLA to continue running the Girls Academy in Coonamble, helping to break the cycle of disadvantage, building a stronger community and a brighter future for these girls.

Sutherland Special Needs Toy Library - $2,000

Children living with intellectual and physical disabilities require specialised, expensive resources to support their learning and development. Often these resources are only needed for a short time, making them unaffordable for families already having to cope with expenses associated with medical and therapy needs. The Sutherland Special Needs Toy Library provides families with the resources their child needs. This Community Grant will allow the toy library to purchase hands-on, manipulative mathematics and literacy resources to support learning for children with additional needs who struggle to learn these concepts at school using traditional 'chalk and talk'. The new resources will enable children to undertake the intensive practice and instruction needed to learn skills and grasp concepts.

Canterbury Vale School - $9,600

Canterbury Vale School is a specialised setting for students at risk of expulsion from their mainstream school. Students typically come from low socio-economic and non-English speaking backgrounds, with limited family support and a history of educational disengagement. They are generally significantly behind in their education, with a corresponding lack of self confidence and workplace skills. This Community Grant will provide funding to employ a barista-trained special education teacher to facilitate the school’s café and barista training for another school year. The program will continue to have a positive impact on the young people involved, from the development of vital workplace skills to an improvement in confidence, self esteem and social interactions.

Kalandan Foundation - $10,000

Kalandan Foundation teaches life skills to at-risk adolescents, through its Brumby Camp program. Participants come from low socio-economic backgrounds and have often been involved in, or subject to, crime, violence, abuse and addiction. The camps offer participants the challenge of earning the trust and respect of a truly wild horse through patience and assertiveness, without aggression. Camps consist of an introductory session followed by five days on a rural property, under the care and tutelage of nationally-recognised horse trainer, Greg Powell. This Community Grant will fund one Brumby Camp for six teenagers, who attend with a social or welfare worker. They will develop vital workplace skills and improve their confidence, self esteem and social interactions.

CareSouth - $10,000

CareSouth exists to create a positive future for individuals, families and communities, helping people to improve their quality of life. Through Brighter Futures, CareSouth supports families through tough circumstances like domestic violence, mental health issues or drug and alcohol problems. CareSouth also provides foster care, mentoring and youth support services. This Community Grant will help to fund the Homework Hub - a program to address educational disadvantage by providing a safe, calm learning environment supported by volunteer mentors from university. Participants improve their short term academic outcomes and experience positive peer relationships. Ultimately, the program helps participants to stay at school and aspire to post-school education, breaking the cycle of disadvantage.

St Lucy’s School - $10,000

St Lucy's School in Wahroonga is an independent Catholic Primary School for children of all faiths with intellectual disabilities. Children at the school are living with genetic disorders or cognitive impairment - 70 per cent have autism and many have multiple disabilities with complex medical needs. The children can be challenging and their families are under significant emotional and financial stress. This Community Grant will provide funding to support the school to employ a psychologist specialising in special needs children.  The psychologist will provide social skills and anxiety management programs for the children, together with counselling and support to students and their families.

Rugby Youth Foundation - $10,000

The Rugby Youth Foundation empowers disadvantaged young people through the values, skills and cultural significance of sport. The Foundation’s Creating Chances program, developed in partnership with Football United, uses lessons in the classroom, followed by sports activities on the field, to help young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to engage with education and the community.  This Community Grant will fund the Creating Chances ‘Game Changer’ program for Matraville Sports High School, to address issues including student disengagement from the school and increasing cultural tensions. The program will change the lives of 20 young people at Matraville Sports High School, who will subsequently become mentors for up to 100 children from local primary schools.

Campbelltown Rainbow Club - $7,632

Rainbow Club Australia teaches children with a disability to swim, at 16 local clubs throughout NSW - each one run by a committee of parent volunteers. Children with disabilities often cannot attend normal swimming lessons. For example, children with autism may find the number of children in the pool during mainstream classes overwhelming; while children with physical disabilities may require more supervision in the water than a mainstream class can accommodate. This Community Grant will allow Rainbow Club Campbelltown to provide places for 12 children on their waiting list, giving them access to one-on-one swimming lessons where they can learn at their own pace. Participating children benefit from improved safety in the water as well as increased fitness and confidence.

Liverpool Rainbow Club - $10,000

Rainbow Club Australia teaches children with a disability to swim, at 16 local clubs throughout NSW - each one run by a committee of parent volunteers. Children with disabilities often cannot attend normal swimming lessons. For example, children with autism may find the number of children in the pool during mainstream classes overwhelming; while children with physical disabilities may require more supervision in the water than a mainstream class can accommodate. This Community Grant will allow Rainbow Club Liverpool to provide places for 17 children on their waiting list, giving them access to one-on-one swimming lessons where they can learn at their own pace. Participating children benefit from improved safety in the water as well as increased fitness and confidence.

Youth Off The Streets - $10,000

Youth Off The Streets helps young people aged 12 to 21, facing challenges such as homelessness, drug and alcohol dependency, exclusion from school, mental health issues, poverty and isolation. This program will benefit 28 Indigenous young people in Bourke, remote Western New South Wales. They face multiple levels of disadvantage, including poverty, homelessness and low educational attainment. Due to issues at home, such as family neglect and domestic violence, these young people have become disconnected from Indigenous culture, identity and community. This Community Grant will support the program, including connections with Indigenous Elders, leaders and services, learning traditional camp craft, cooking, fishing and bush skills and introducing participants to a network of caring, supportive community members.

St Vincent De Paul Society NSW Lismore Central Council - $10,000

The St Vincent de Paul Society helps people experiencing disadvantage, offering more than 100 specialised community support services. The Buddies Day program is a care and respite program for disadvantaged children, that offers children a break from hardship and provides respite for parents, families and carers. Children aged six to 12 years are taken out by Vinnies Lismore Youth Team volunteers for a recreational activity. They also participate in a life skills workshop on a topic such as healthy eating, peer pressure or bullying. This Community Grant will support the Vinnies Youth Team to offer 15 Buddies Days throughout the Northern Rivers region, helping participants to build resilience, health, wellbeing, confidence and team work skills.

Orange Rainbow Club - $6,360

Rainbow Club Australia teaches children with a disability to swim at 16 local clubs throughout NSW - each one run by a committee of parent volunteers. Children with disabilities often cannot attend normal swimming lessons. For example, children with autism may find the number of children in the pool during mainstream classes overwhelming; while children with physical disabilities may require more supervision in the water than a mainstream class can accommodate. This Community Grant will allow Rainbow Club Orange to provide places for 10 children on their waiting list, giving them access to one-on-one swimming lessons where they can learn at their own pace. Participating children benefit from improved safety in the water as well as increased fitness and confidence.

Penrith Rainbow Club - $8,904

Rainbow Club Australia teaches children with a disability to swim at 16 local clubs throughout NSW - each one run by a committee of parent volunteers. Children with disabilities often cannot attend normal swimming lessons. For example, children with autism may find the number of children in the pool during mainstream classes overwhelming; while children with physical disabilities may require more supervision in the water than a mainstream class can accommodate. This Community Grant will allow Rainbow Club Penrith to provide places for 14 children on their waiting list, giving them access to one-on-one swimming lessons where they can learn at their own pace. Participating children benefit from improved safety in the water as well as increased fitness and confidence.

St Vincent de Paul - North Coast Settlement Services - $10,000

The St Vincent de Paul Society helps people experiencing disadvantage, and offers more than 100 specialised community support services. The North Coast Settlement Service (NCSS) helps newly-arrived migrants and refugees to become self-reliant, to participate in the local community, and to develop a shared purpose and a sense of identity and belonging. This Community Grant will allow NCSS to establish a Homework Club for primary school students from migrant and former refugee families. Children will get help with their homework, take part in fun activities and learn about life skills such as healthy eating. Outcomes include improved English language and reading skills, increased resilience and hope for the future.

Bateau Bay Neighbourhood Centre - $10,000

Bateau Bay Neighbourhood Centre (BBNC) is a community-based charitable organisation situated within a large social housing estate. The Centre provides information, support and referral services to the local community, many of whom are single parent families struggling to make ends meet. The Homework Support Group provides group tutoring to children from grades one to 12, after school and during school holidays. This Community Grant will fund the Homework Support Group for 44 weeks, including a qualified teacher. The program provides a safe and inclusive environment for disadvantaged children, increasing confidence, self esteem and providing positive community role models. Participants are encouraged to continue with schooling, find employment and contribute positively to their community.

Firstchance - $10,000

Firstchance supports children with disabilities and their families through a wide range of programs including early intervention education, physiotherapy and speech pathology. This Community Grant will provide funding for the Jump In and Let’s Do It program - a social skills group for children with a disability aged seven to nine years, who attend with their parents. The sessions take part in community settings such as local reserves to promote inclusion in places where children typically play and learn. Through Jump In and Let’s Do It, children learn the social skills needed to successfully interact with others, make friends and improve confidence and self esteem; while parents learn strategies to support their child.

Lillian Howell Project - $10,000

The Lillian Howell Project is a specialist service that supports homeless girls and young women aged 13 - 17, with accommodation and outreach services. The young women - many of whom have survived abuse, neglect or family violence - are provided with a stable environment and support to complete education, gain employment and progress to independent living. This Community Grant will enable Lillian Howell to employ an outreach youth worker for a year. The youth outreach worker will support young girls to make a better life for themselves and their families, facilitating workshops in schools, promoting awareness about the causes of homelessness, and providing information about services available for young people and families.

Amputee Association of Sydney - $9,450

The Amputee Association of Sydney assists new amputees with peer support, information and comfort. Teen Amp Camp is Australia's only camp for teens with limb loss or congenital limb difference. The camp provides an opportunity for teens to meet others with amputation, often for the first time, and take part in a wide range of fun and challenging activities. Teens are supported at the camp by a team of prosthetists, rehabilitation specialists, health care professionals and adult amputee role models. This Community Grant will support the delivery of the Teen Amp Camp 2017. Through camp workshops attendees will develop confidence, reduce feelings of isolation and build lifelong friendships.

Wellington Information and Neighbourhood Centre - $1,603

Wellington Information and Neighbourhood (WINS) Centre supports the community by providing relief, support, advocacy and connections for people experiencing poverty, distress, sickness and helplessness. This Community Grnat will help fund  ‘The Love Bites’ project which aims to change social norms and behaviour among young people, challenging the acceptance of violence and building an understanding of healthy relationships

Stewart House - $10,000

Stewart House provides a 12-day respite stay for 1,800 children every year. During their stay, the children get access to dental, optical, hearing and medical treatment. They are involved in educational programs and excursions designed to develop their social and emotional skills, build self-esteem and improve their overall wellbeing. This Community Grant will help to fund a chill out zone or sensory room at Stewart House, for children with high levels of anxiety or mood disorders, including those at risk of self harm.  The sensory chill out room will provide a supportive space for children and adolescents to regulate emotional outbursts or avoid over stimulation.

Sydney Story Factory - $9,185

The Sydney Story Factory changes the lives of young people through creative writing and storytelling. The Story Factory makes writing fun and rewarding and helps marginalised young people to find their voice. This Community Grant will fund the delivery of creative writing workshops for students at Plunkett Street School in Woolloomooloo, enabling them to explore their stories about their community and their place within it. Over two school terms, trained tutors will give students the personal attention to their writing that even the best teachers cannot provide. The children leave with the skills and confidence essential for future success, together with a sense of pride in their community.   

Asylum Seekers Centre - $9,900

The Asylum Seekers Centre provides practical and personal support for asylum seekers living in the community. Asylum seekers come from more than 74 countries in search of safety, protection and freedom, often arriving homeless and in need of financial support. This Community Grant will help to fund the Ready for School Program, providing practical support for children of asylum seeker families starting school in their new community. The children will receive a school uniform, school essentials including bag, lunchbox and stationary, funding for excursion fees and assistance with understanding the new school system. Through the program, 30 children aged between five to 18 will be supported to access the education they so desperately need.

The Flagstaff Group - $9,675

The Flagstaff Group is an Australian Disability Enterprise that employs people with disabilities across businesses including a commercial printery, recycling division, commercial laundry and frozen meal production. Flagstaff is 85 per cent self-sufficient through its commercial trading. This Community Grant will support the Flagstaff Vocational Pathways program for school students with disabilities, providing work experience and vocational training in a supportive business environment. Through the program, students aged 14 - 17, with an intellectual disability, develop an understanding of their employment opportunities and build tangible skills not available in a classroom setting.  As a result, they overcome barriers to employment and training, increase their confidence and wellbeing, and ultimately become less marginalised in the community.

Infants’ Home Child and Family Services - $6,912

The Infants' Home provides integrated early childhood education, early intervention and health services. The only service of its kind in New South Wales, Infants’ Home is also the primary provider of integrated care and education for children at risk in Sydney’s Inner West. This Community Grant will enable The Infants’ Home to extend its successful AFL coaching clinic for children living in vulnerable circumstances with social or behavioural challenges. Through sessions conducted by professional athletes, children aged two to five years old benefit from outdoor physical activity. By supporting children to form healthy physical habits, the program reduces the risk of obesity, improves long-term health and addresses behavioural challenges within a team environment.  

KidsXpress - $10,000

KidsXpress provides accredited intervention therapies to children impacted by emotional trauma, such as abuse, neglect, loss or substance abuse. Without early intervention and assistance, trauma in childhood can lead to a lifetime of dysfunction and lost potential. KidsXpress empowers children with the skills they need to thrive and fulfill their potential. This Community Grant will fund a KidsXpress Life Therapy team to deliver an Expressive Therapy program to a group of up to six children. Expressive Therapy incorporates music, art, drama and play therapies in a group format, and is informed by insights into how the brain develops. Participants benefit from improved mental health and quality of life.

Barnardos Australia - $9,950

Barnardos is a child protection charity committed to ending child abuse in Australia. Barnardos treats the long term causes of social and educational disadvantage, poverty, substance use and homelessness which can all contribute to child abuse. The Yalmambirra Learning Centre is for disadvantaged and disengaged Indigenous children aged five to 12 years, at risk of failing at school. This Community Grant will allow the Centre to enrol 30 children at the Centre for before and after school activities and education. Participating children gain social and leadership skills, improve wellbeing and physical fitness and begin to engage with their education. Ultimately, the program aims to break the cycle of disadvantage in community.

Youth Off The Streets - $10,000

Youth Off The Streets helps young people aged 12 - 21, facing challenges such as homelessness, drug and alcohol dependency, exclusion from school, mental health issues, poverty and isolation. This Community Grant will provide funding to deliver the Right On The Inside program to 25 young people aged 14 - 18, attending Youth Off The Streets’ Chapel School in Western Sydney. These students have fallen out of mainstream education due to homelessness, substance dependency and abuse. Each student has physical and mental health issues, including poor nutrition, physical inactivity and anxiety. Participants will gain the knowledge and skills to improve their diet, increase their levels of physical fitness, and benefit from long-term improvements in health and wellbeing.

The Cancer Council NSW - $8,407

Cancer Council NSW (CCNSW) works to lead, empower and mobilise the community to beat cancer. An important part of CCNSW’s program is empowering and educating communities to make cancer-smart choices that reduce cancer incidence and mortality. The Healthy Sports Initiative (HSI) is a new program that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of young people by providing healthier environments in junior cricket clubs. High UV exposure in the first 10 years of life doubles melanoma risk, making adequate shade protection infrastructure vital to protect young cricketers. This Community Grant will provide shade marquees for four participating clubs in NSW, helping to provide shade for players and raise awareness of sun safety.

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children - $8,900

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) provides therapy, education and diagnostic services for vision and hearing impaired children. Children who have vision or hearing loss need skilled education and therapy to develop language and social skills.  When the right technology is combined with early diagnosis, quality intervention and a dedicated family, children who are blind or deaf can have the same opportunities as their sighted and hearing peers. This Community Grant will provide learning resources and the assistive technology to enable children with hearing impairment to attend their local school, along with their siblings and neighbourhood friends.

2Realise - $6,000

2Realise designs and delivers programs to help young people to achieve their goals in wellbeing, education and employment. The 2Realise Your Career program prepares young people for the world of work through workshops and mentoring to improve employability skills. This Community Grant will provide funding for young people aged 15 - 21 in Blacktown to take part in a 2Realise Your Career program. They will participate in workshops that develop their understanding of what employers are looking for - from creating a strong resume to workplace etiquette. Participants leave with improved prospects for gaining employment and attaining career success.  

University of NSW - $10,000

The University of NSW’s Community Development Project helps communities to help themselves, by focusing on their strengths and addressing their challenges. Through the Namatjira Estate Kids Club, UNSW provides support for disadvantaged school children from the social housing estate of Namatjira in Chifley. This Community Grant will fund a mentoring program for six children spanning 12 months. Through the mentoring program, children benefit from reduced risk of using drugs and alcohol, improved school attendance and better relationships with their families. Long term, they are more likely to obtain meaningful employment and avoid a life of crime, contributing to safer, healthier communities.

StreetWork - $10,000

StreetWork provides early intervention and empowerment programs to disadvantaged young people. The KickStart Mentoring Program is a one-on-one contract-based, goal-focused, intensive mentoring program for disadvantaged, vulnerable, and isolated young people on the fringe of society. Youth workers and trained volunteers work with young people to determine areas of change in their lives, and support them to build short and long term goals, celebrating and reinforcing successes. This Community Grant will enable StreetWork to deliver the KickStart program to more than 200 young people, reducing the risk of self-harm, substance abuse and suicide and improving their quality of life long term.

Balranald Little Bunyips Playgroup - $5,000

Balranald Little Bunyips Playgroup provides a vital social network for the Balranald community, including families, single parents, mothers’ groups, support groups and the local intergenerational program. Balranald is a remote community and most families attending Playgroup can’t afford to send children to daycare or preschool. This places even greater importance on the social interaction children and families get from attending the weekly Playgroup session. This Community Grant will enable the Playgroup to extend their available play space by concreting under the front veranda. Increased play space will extend the amount of outdoor activities that can be provided and increase Playgroup attendance.   

Barnardos Australia - $9,527

Barnardos is a child protection charity committed to ending child abuse in Australia. Barnardos treats the long term causes of social and educational disadvantage, poverty, substance use and homelessness which can all contribute to child abuse. The Auburn Youth Support Program finds practical solutions for vulnerable young people experiencing disadvantage - including family difficulties, family violence, drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness, or disability.  This Community Grant will fund counselling, practical assistance, group work and advice and advocacy for up to 130 participating young people.  Benefits include reduced criminal and antisocial behaviour, increased engagement with education or employment, and reduction in homelessness.

The Song Room - $10,000

The Song Room provides disadvantaged children with high-quality, evidence-based music and arts programs, delivered in partnership with schools, communities and online. ArtsConnect is a creative arts initiative that enhances school engagement and community connectedness through an in-school workshop program, incorporating a community performance event. This Community Grant will fund an ArtsConnect program for Fowler Road Special School in Merrylands. All children at the school face challenges including social isolation, high anxiety, psychological trauma, extreme behavioural problems, learning difficulties, poor social skills and socio-economic disadvantage. Through ArtsConnect, students will benefit from a non-competitive and highly inclusive program that increases their engagement in learning.  

Giant Steps Sydney - $10,000

Giant Steps Sydney is a Gladesville school catering specifically for children with autism. The Outdoor Recreation and Cognitive Behavioural Healthcare program is designed to improve the mental health of all students, promote inclusion in the community and provide students with access to appropriate outdoor activities. Students at Giant Steps who take part in outdoor recreational activities present with less challenging behaviours and are more engaged with the curriculum. This Community Grant will fund an inclusive outdoor recreation program comprising nature-based, repetitive action exercise such as hiking, cycling, swimming and paddling. Participants will gain confidence and improve their mental health, which in turn benefit the child’s family and wider community.
   
The Shepherd Centre - For Deaf Children - $9,400

The Shepherd Centre supports hearing impaired children to attend mainstream schools, enabling them to fully participate in the world and reach their full potential. Programs include one-on-one support with audiology, listening and spoken language and counselling specialists. A Sound Start to School provides deaf children with the tools to succeed in the hearing world and mainstream academic settings without the need for ongoing support or translators. This Community Grant will support the delivery of the program to about 50 children aged four to six, benefitting hearing impaired children, their families and the broader community, as the children learn competence and independence, enabling them to integrate into and contribute to society.

Centacare NENW - $10,000

Centacare NENW provides mental health and family based services in the New England and North West regions of NSW, providing information, education and referral pathways to individuals, families and carers. The Centacook program provides young Indigenous people with nutrition and cooking classes. This Community Grant will fund the program in Inverell and Moree for a year. Through Centacook, young Indigenous people will increase their health and wellbeing through cooking and eating healthy meals, while acquiring skills that could lead to future employment. Classes are designed to improve communication, leadership, team work and decision making. Centacook provides connection and engagement with expanded pathways for the future.

Wesley Community - $9,990

Wesley Mission addresses the common difficulties faced by vulnerable young people, including bullying, family violence, poor school attendance, family breakdown, alcohol and drug use and homelessness. Wesley Aunties and Uncles work with vulnerable children aged between three and 12 years. Through the program, each child is matched with a volunteer 'aunt' and 'uncle' to create an extended family support network and help to overcome social isolation and disadvantage. This Community Grant will provide funding for three children to be matched with an Auntie and Uncle, receiving 12 months of support. Participating children benefit from improved emotional wellbeing and behaviour, better school attendance and participation and long term, reduced risk of welfare dependence, crime and addiction.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance - $10,000

Cerebral Palsy Alliance helps people with cerebral palsy to achieve independence and live as full a life as possible. Mobility movement therapy using special equipment called the Early Activity System, can significantly improve motor and play skills in young children with cerebral palsy. This Community Grant will enable the Cerebral Palsy Alliance to purchase an Early Activity System for use at their Allambie Heights Campus. With the Early Activity System, therapists can train parents to work on skill development with their children at home. This enables children to reach their maximum potential, leading to a more engaged and fulfilling life.

Feel The Magic - $10,000

Feel the Magic (FTM) helps bereaved children and their families in the healing process after significant loss. Camp Magic is Australia's largest free grief education and support program. The Camp Magic three-day grief education and support program provides a safe environment for children aged between seven and 17 years of age who have lost a parent, sibling or legal guardian. This Community Grant will help to fund a camp for 50 children, where they will get support to identify their thoughts, feelings and behaviours surrounding grief and learn coping strategies.  Addressing childhood grief has many benefits to not only the emotional wellbeing of the child and their family but for the community as well.

NSW Police Force - $6,250

The NSW Police Force works with the community to reduce violence, crime and fear. Close links with the community are fundamental for effective community-based policing. This Community Grant will support the NSW Police and PCYC in Woolloomooloo to deliver a mentoring program with Plunkett Street School, where 91 per cent of students reside in government housing. Through the program, police mentors attend the school for a weekly sporting activity, and accompany students on five to six outings. Providing mentors for vulnerable children improves their sense of wellbeing and helps them develop a positive attitude towards school and their future.

Learning Links - $10,000

Learning Links reduces the educational disadvantage experienced by children with learning difficulties. These children receive no extra financial assistance from the government, so they rely on their family's ability to pay for critical assessments, therapy, educational supports and targeted interventions. Counting for Life helps children in Years three to five, who are struggling with numeracy at this important stage in their development. This Community Grant will fund the implementation of a program, providing support to 12 children and their families in a disadvantaged area. Through the program, children will get support from trained volunteers over a 10-week period, improving their numeracy skills and enhancing their self-esteem and confidence.

Variety - the Children’s Charity NSW - $10,000

Variety - the Children's Charity is a national not-for-profit organisation that helps children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs. Critically ill children in remote communities are transported to hospital by NETS, the Newborn and Paediatric Emergency Transport Service. Typically, remote diagnosis and support of a critically ill child has been by telephone. This Community Grant will provide funding for a Vision for Life Unit to be installed in a NSW Children’s Hospital, to enable experts see the condition that is being described over the phone with a high definition video link. The Vision for Life Unit will enable quick diagnosis of critically ill children in remote communities, improving their chance of receiving the correct treatment, fast.

Redfern Jarjum College - $10,000

Redfern Jarjum College students range from five to 11 years. All children are Indigenous and come from extremely disadvantaged family backgrounds. They experience physical, emotional and behavioural issues including ADHD, autism, foetal drug and alcohol syndrome, delayed numeracy and literacy skills, hearing and speech disabilities. At Jarjum, children are supported to develop into academically, socially, emotionally and physically confident individuals and to transition back into mainstream local schools. This Community Grant will fund a structured cultural program delivered by Indigenous Elders, including performance and artistic skills, traditional costume and art. The program will foster cultural integrity, pride and confidence in participating children.

Fighting Chance Australia - $9,965

Fighting Chance provides different and innovative services to people with disability in the areas of education and training, social inclusion and economic participation. Fighting Chance runs two social enterprises, Avenue and Jigsaw, which create a range of vocational and social participation opportunities for people with disability. This Community Grant will help to fund the delivery of the Work Experience program, which provides tailored, supported work placements to school students and young people with disability. Students leave with improved workplace skills and an increased sense of confidence about their post-school prospects.  

Paint the Town REad - $10,000

Paint the Town REaD motivates communities across Australia to read, talk, sing and rhyme with their children so they're ready to learn to read and write at school. This Community Grant will fund a 12-month project to help young Indigenous parents to develop early literacy parenting skills, within the context of their local community. The project will provide Indigenous-specific resources and support, under the guidance and direction of local Elders.  Long term results will include strengthened community capacity, as young parents grow in leadership and literacy, in partnership with their community Elders. In turn, a greater number of children will arrive at school ready to learn.

Fighters Against Child Abuse Australia - $9,720

Fighters Against Child Abuse Australia (FACAA) introduces children that have survived child abuse to martial arts and combat sports training. It also advocates for improvements to child protection laws and supports survivors of child abuse and their families while they endure court processes. This Community Grant will provide funding for counselling sessions for 120 survivors of child abuse, aged eight to 16. The sessions will be run by survivors of child abuse, enabling participants to open up and facilitate better healing. The benefits include survivors of child abuse healing and reaching their potential in school and in life.

Central Coast Kids in Need - $10,000

Central Coast Kids in Need helps local families to stay close to their seriously ill children undergoing specialised treatment in Sydney and Newcastle hospitals. Families from the central coast with children in city hospitals must either find accommodation near the hospital, or travel up to eight hours each day. This Community Grant will cover travel and accommodation costs for families of children being treated for cancer, awaiting organ transplants, suffering life threatening illnesses, premature babies and children with disabilities. This will help Central Coast families stay together during a time of crisis, and ease the immediate and long-term financial burden.

Wesley Community Services - $10,000

Wesley Mission addresses the common difficulties faced by vulnerable young people, including bullying, family violence, poor school attendance, family breakdown, alcohol and drug use and homelessness. Wesley Family Centre Nepean runs programs to address the issues facing young people, including the Kick Start program, which provides young people with information and tools to improve their wellbeing and health. This Community Grant will fund the Wesley Kick Start Youth Conference for year 10 students attending high schools in Penrith, Mt Druitt, Hawkesbury and Springwood. Participants will benefit from the ability to recognise and talk about mental health and substance abuse issues, improved wellbeing and resilience and better community connectivity and support networks.  
 
UCA - Jannawi Family Centre - $10,000

Jannawi provides child protection services in South Western Sydney, protecting children who have experienced trauma through violence, neglect or abuse. Through the Family Centre, Jannawi works intensively with children using activity-based groups to provide therapeutic interventions and build resilience. This Community Grant will provide funding to support an intensive program that works with a family three or more times a week and remains involved with the family for one or two years. The program helps children aged 0 - 12 years who experience significant harm in homes that expose them to domestic violence and abuse. Through the program, children benefit from the opportunity to take part in social, educational and recreational activities, building self esteem and ability to concentrate and learn.

South Narrabeen Surf Life Saving Club - $8,900

The South Narrabeen Surf Life Saving Club provides a safe aquatic environment for the public, together with beach safety and first aid. It also provides surf awareness and surf life saving education. This Community Grant will fund the Bush to Beach program, working with Elders in the outback town of Brewarrina to select 40 disadvantaged Indigenous children to take part in a three-day program at the surf club. The program acts as a reward for children who have improved their school attendance, and promotes a healthy lifestyle by providing them with new life skills such as CPR, first aid, surfing, Tae Kwon Do and rock climbing. Participating children benefit from increased confidence and improved self esteem.

Lucas Gardens School - $7,960

Lucas Gardens School provides educational programs for students with high support needs, including intellectual and physical disabilities, sensory impairments and complex medical needs. The majority of students attending Lucas Gardens School are non-verbal and find it difficult to communicate their needs and preferences to others at home, at school and in the community. The Let’s Communicate program will provide each student with a 'voice' - a communication system that they can use consistently at school, at home and in their local community. This Community Grant will fund the purchase of software and eye gaze technology for the school’s iPads, helping to improve communication with their families, peers and the wider community.

SCARF - $10,000

SCARF is a volunteer organisation that supports humanitarian refugees settling in the Illawarra. SCARF promotes friendship and connection for refugee children and adults throughout their settlement experience. The Cultural Connections program provides camps for young refugees, who take part together with local young people. Young refugees face the daily challenge of integrating into Australian society while maintaining their identity and cultural background.  These young people are at risk of discrimination, isolation and disengagement as they struggle to start a new life in Australia, and transition to adulthood. This Community Grant will provide two camps, helping young people from diverse backgrounds to build peer support networks and promote ongoing inclusion and community resilience.

Make a Difference - $10,000

Make a Difference provides long term support to disadvantaged children and young people, who may have a parent with a serious mental illness, may have suffered severe trauma, and have often been expelled from mainstream school due to anti-social and disruptive behaviour. The Safe Haven program provides a support network for ‘high needs’ young people throughout their adolescence. This Community Grant will help to fund the recruitment of an additional six children into the program, supporting them with the challenges they face on a daily basis. Through tailored camps they will experience an improved quality of life and relationships - inspiring them to change their behaviour, develop goals and reconsider life values.

Australian Disabilities Tenpin - $8,600

The Australian Disabilities Tenpin (ADT) aims to increase the number of people who participate in the Sport of Tenpin Bowling who have either a physical or intellectual disability. Together with the Ten Pin Bowling Association, ADT provides practical support to ensure young people with a disability can participate in sport and contribute to their local communities. This Community Grant will provide funding for primary school children with a physical or intellectual disability to participate in a four-week Tenpin Bowling program. Special schools will benefit from the use of two portable bowling kits and the support of a qualified coach to learn the foundations of the sport, and develop their physical fitness, self esteem and social connections.

Queen of Hearts Community Foundation - $8,320

The Queen of Hearts Community Foundation supports survivors of child sexual abuse, whatever their gender, physical or mental ability. Often, once a report of abuse has been made, no support or assistance is available to survivors and caregivers for for a prolonged period of time, leaving children without a way to express their trauma and move forward. This Community Grant will fund an art therapist to work with child sexual abuse survivors, twice a week over the course of a year. The program will help survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experiences, overcome their trauma and begin to heal.


Southern Community Welfare - $9,900

Southern Community Welfare (SCW) provides a range of mental health and other allied health services for individuals, couples and families. SCW offers programs for children aged four to 17 who live with an anxiety condition, including children with high functioning autism and Asperger's disorder, who are most commonly diagnosed with an anxiety condition. This Community Grant will help to fund the training and accreditation of staff across two programs to deliver in-school and after-school support. This includes training a clinical psychologist, child and family case worker, speech pathologist and youth workers. Benefits for participating children include improved school attendance, academic achievement, confidence, number of friends and involvement in extra-curricular activities; together with decreased worry, shyness, fear and family distress.

Sydney Neuro Oncology Group - $10,000

The Sydney Neuro Oncology Group supports research and improves management of primary brain tumours for patients. Brain cancer is the most common cancer and the leading cause of death in young Australians. This Community Grant will help to fund research into the challenges that 16 - 21 year olds with brain cancer face when continuing their studies after brain tumour diagnosis and treatment. The knowledge and insight gained from the research will benefit young brain cancer patients and their carers across Australia. The results will provide evidence and information to inform the design of education and support services for young children living with brain cancer into the future.

HeartKids NSW - $10,000

HeartKids NSW aims to improve the lives and futures of those affected by Childhood Heart Disease (CHD) and the families that cherish them. It does so by providing high quality, caring support, information and advocacy and by driving world-class research. The Care Bags program helps families with a child being treated for CHD at the major children’s hospitals throughout New South Wales. Care Bags contain a range of helpful items that help make families' stay in hospital more comfortable. This Community Grant will allow HeartKids to purchase and deliver almost 170 care bags to children suffering from CHD and their families. Through this program, families with children recently diagnosed with CHD will be provided with essential items for their emergency hospital stay, enabling them to focus on supporting their sick child.

Little Wings - $10,000

Little Wings provides free, safe flight services for children from rural and regional New South Wales to access specialised medical services at Children’s Hospitals in Sydney and Newcastle. Seriously ill children in rural and regional New South Wales need to travel long distances for ongoing regular treatment, which can be costly and increase fatigue, compromising their treatment and wellbeing. This Community Grant will contribute towards Little Wings’ aim of providing 400 free flights in 2016-17, to reduce the financial burden and emotional strain on families with seriously ill children. The program will directly benefit children from rural and regional NSW suffering from life-limiting illnesses, their parents and siblings.

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Role Models and Leaders Australia - $5,000

Role Models and Leaders Australia (RMLA) provides school-based programs to develop and empower Indigenous girls, through leadership training, mentoring, sport and education support programs. RMLA operates 12 Girls Academies in 16 locations, with more than 1000 Indigenous girls enrolled. The West Arnhem Girls Academy program focuses on increasing school attendance; advancing academic and personal achievement; improving year 12 graduation rates; and facilitating post-school transition planning. Sports, extra-curricular activities, one-on-one mentoring and a structured reward system help to keep the girls engaged in their education. This Community Grant will support RMLA to continue running the Girls Academy in West Arnhem, helping to break the cycle of disadvantage and build a healthier family, a stronger community, and a brighter future.

Role Models and Leaders Australia - $5,000

Role Models and Leaders Australia (RMLA) provides school-based programs to develop and empower Indigenous girls, through leadership training, mentoring, sport and education support programs. RMLA operates 12 Girls Academies in 16 locations, with more than 1000 Indigenous girls enrolled.
The Palmerston Girls Academy program focuses on increasing school attendance; advancing academic and personal achievement; improving year 12 graduation rates; and facilitating post-school transition planning. Sports, extra-curricular activities, one-on-one mentoring and a structured reward system help to keep the girls engaged in their education. This Community Grant will support RMLA to continue running the Girls Academy in Palmerston, helping to break the cycle of disadvantage and build a healthier family, a stronger community, and a brighter future.

Role Models and Leaders Australia - $5,000

Role Models and Leaders Australia (RMLA) provides school-based programs to develop and empower Indigenous girls, through leadership training, mentoring, sport and education support programs. RMLA operates 12 Girls Academies in 16 locations, with more than 1000 Indigenous girls enrolled.
The Centralian Girls Academy program focuses on increasing school attendance; advancing academic and personal achievement; improving year 12 graduation rates; and facilitating post-school transition planning. Sports, extra-curricular activities, one-on-one mentoring and a structured reward system help to keep the girls engaged in their education. This Community Grant will support RMLA to continue running the Centralian Girls Academy, helping to break the cycle of disadvantage and build a healthier family, a stronger community, and a brighter future.

The Smith Family - $9,992

The Smith Family is a national children's charity that helps disadvantaged young Australians to succeed in their education, so they can create better futures for themselves.  Literacy is important for success in school and life, yet many disadvantaged children are starting school without basic reading skills. Let's Read is an evidence-based early literacy program that promotes reading with children from birth to five. The program equips parents with the skills, resources, and confidence to provide early exposure to reading at home. This Community Grant will fund a Let’s Read program for 242 children in a local community, providing age-specific literacy resources for children at four months and then again at 12 months. The program equips parents with the skills, resources and confidence to provide early exposure to reading at home.

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I Give A Buck Foundation of Australia - $10,000

The I Give a Buck Foundation supports children from financially disadvantaged homes who are living with a serious illness or disability, and children who are living in safe houses due to domestic violence. The Sunshine Swags Program aims to help every child in the Sunshine Coast region who is entering a refuge or safe house. These children often arrive and leave with no possessions. This Community Grant will provide 500 ‘swags’ - large backpacks of much-needed items that the children can keep when they leave, including clothing and personal care, comfort and play items. Addressing the immediate practical needs of traumatised children allows safe houses to focus on supporting women to build a violence-free life for themselves and their children.

Tannum Sands State High School P&C Association - $9,705

The Tannum Sands State High School P&C provides a canteen for students every school day. With the school’s sub-tropical location, it is important the children stay cool and hydrated, so the canteen stocks chilled bottled water for them to purchase. Water fountains are available at the school, but due to the outside ambient temperature the water comes out warm. This means the fountains are under used - and they are also inaccessible to students in wheelchairs. This Community Grant will allow the school to purchase a wheelchair-accessible chilled water fountain so that all students can access chilled water, free-of-charge. The fountain will be used by 1,100 school students, plus local sporting teams that use the school’s facilities.
 
Deadlee Maardars Association - $9,000

The Deadlee Maardars Association helps young Indigenous people develop life skills, make better decisions in daily life and plan positive future pathways. This Community Grant will fund a Young Warriors Intervention and Leadership (YWIL) program for a total of 150 Indigenous boys and girls. Groups of 20 primary-aged children from foster and single-parent families will take part in a series of three camps followed by yarning circles back in their communities. At each camp, the children are supported by five youth leaders (aged 16 - 18) and five volunteer mentors. The camps help the children and youth leaders to stay in school longer, understand nutrition and healthy eating, gain skills to combat bullying, embrace their Indigenous culture, and develop leadership qualities.   

KBH Enterprises - $9,740

KBH Enterprises offers supported employment for people with intellectual disability or mental illness, helping them achieve greater independence and autonomy. At its Toowoomba workshop, KBH carries out high quality furniture restorations and repairs and makes custom-designed furniture. The School 2 Work program will provide learning and work experience opportunities for special education students at local schools, who are approaching school leaving age. This Community Grant will fund the purchase of equipment and materials to make the program possible. As a result, 50 young people with mental illness or intellectual disability will be able to transition from school to work in a supported environment, reducing the risk of isolation and contributing to a greater sense of self-worth.    
 
Coeliac Queensland - $7,200

Coeliac Queensland provides support, information and understanding to people diagnosed with coeliac disease. This Community Grant will help Coeliac Queensland deliver a number of programs for children with coeliac disease, including their annual Christmas party for 100 children. The party provides social support for families dealing with coeliac disease, as well as the opportunity for a completely gluten free celebration - where parents can relax and children can eat whatever they like. For children in regional areas who cannot attend the party, Coeliac Queensland will provide a hamper of food samples. Throughout the year, newly-diagnosed families receive an information kit and food samples. These initiatives will help more than 350 children with coeliac disease and their families to get support to manage the condition.

St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland - $10,000

St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland supports the most disadvantaged and underprivileged people in the community. SENSE Mentoring is an adventure-based learning and mentoring program. It provides support, encouragement and positive role models for disadvantaged young people aged 13 - 17 years. This Community Grant will help to fund the annual SENSE camp for young people dealing with issues including homelessness, substance abuse, domestic violence and unemployment. The camp provides a safe and socially inclusive retreat for participants to escape the stresses of their everyday world and meet friendly volunteers and peers. The relationships developed during the camp create a powerful support network for the future.

The Cure Starts Now - $9,800

The Cure Starts Now provides funds to research DIPG - a form of paediatric brain stem tumour with a mortality rate of 99.9 per cent. The Monkey in my Chair program helps to keep seriously ill children connected to school while they are away having treatment. This Community Grant will fund 100 Monkey in my Chair kits, including resources for teachers and a large monkey that sits in the child's chair while they are away, helping them stay connected with their classmates. Through a backpack, messages and photos can be taken home or to hospital. Through the Monkey in my Chair program, seriously ill children can continue to be accepted and included in their community.

Kedron Heights Community Kindergarten Association - $9,630

Kedron Heights Community Kindergarten provides a preschool educational program for children aged between 3.5 and 4.5 years of age, with 44 places for local families each year. Qualified early childhood teachers and educators engage each child in effective learning - promoting communication, learning and thinking, positive relationships and identity. This Community Grant will allow the kindergarten to replace their aged bathroom to improve hygiene, function and privacy. The bathroom upgrade will improve the amenity of the kindergarten for all children, with privacy screens to help them develop independence as they prepare to enter prep school.

Sunshine Butterflies - $10,000

Sunshine Butterflies works to improve the lives of people with disabilities by providing a range of activities, information and support services. The organisation’s Cooroibah property, named ‘Our Backyard’ is a five-acre hobby farm that hosts all Sunshine Butterflies’ social and recreational activities. This Community Grant will allow Sunshine Butterflies to complete construction of a universally accessible tree house, designed to provide a safe and accessible play area that promotes physical activity, health, well-being and social interaction for children of all abilities. The completed tree house will increase children's physical activity, while teaching sharing, negotiating, leadership and empathy skills.

Chinchilla Family Support Centre - $4,000

Chinchilla Family Support Centre provides facilities, services and other assistance to support members of the Chinchilla community. The Western Downs Youth Hub offers programs and services for young people aged 12 to 25. The Youth Hub is a non-judgmental and inclusive safe place for young people, with programs that build confidence and life skills. This Community Grant will enable the Youth Hub to deliver a Healthy Eating and Cooking program, helping young people develop an understanding of nutrition and learn cooking skills. Through the program, 40 young people will develop the knowledge and skills to make healthier choices in life.

PCYC Edmonton - $9,353

PCYC Queensland provides youth leadership and development programs that help and support 50,000 young Queenslanders each year. The Deep Blue Line Program for young men includes workshops and recreational activities aimed at enhancing a positive sense of self, providing a variety of positive life experiences, encouraging goal setting and exposing participants to healthy male role models. This Community Grant will enable PCYC Queensland to deliver the 20-week program, with 20 participants, aged 13 - 17, meeting each week. By engaging young men who are beginning to disengage with their families, schools and communities; or who are first time offenders, the program improves social and emotional wellbeing and reduces antisocial behaviours, drug and alcohol misuse.   

SBH Queensland - $5,000

The Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Association (SBH) provides information, support, therapy and activities for people with spina bifida and their families. SBH Queensland offers a tailored service for families whose children have spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus. Children with these conditions can experience feeding and speaking difficulties. This Community Grant will fund feeding therapy equipment that can be given to the families that need it, many of whom are already managing the many expenses associated with having a child with a disability. The equipment will increase feeding and speaking skills, giving the child the ability to better communicate with the family.  As the child grows, this increases their chances of being active in school and the community as a whole.

The Leukaemia Foundation of QLD - $10,000

The Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland (LFQ) helps people diagnosed with blood cancers by contributing to the search for better treatments and a cure; and improving the lives of those diagnosed with blood cancers. The Fit to Thrive program is a targeted and supervised exercise program for adolescents who have undergone intensive treatments for blood cancers. This Community Grant will support delivery of a pioneering exercise course that will help participants to resume pre-diagnosis routines and lead normal lives. Adolescents will be returned to their families and communities with the ability and strength to be fully-functioning and involved community members.

Assistance Dogs Australia - $9,800

Assistance Dogs Australia (ADA) trains Labradors and Golden Retrievers to perform everyday tasks that increase freedom and independence for people with physical disabilities. The Parents Autism Workshops and Support (PAWS) program benefits children aged 3-16 with a clinical diagnosis of autism, by providing parents with the knowledge to source, handle and train a pet dog for their child. A trained dog has a calming effect on the children, increasing emotional wellbeing, ability to learn and interactions with others. The dog helps the child integrate more fully into their community and to complete everyday activities independently, which increases their self-esteem, confidence, self-reliance and ability to manage greater levels of responsibility.

La Luna Youth Arts Association - $7,000

La Luna Youth Arts provides artistic opportunities for young people from 18 months to 30 years through circus, dance, drama, media and visual arts. La Luna Youth Arts runs school holiday workshops that lead to improvements in the participants’ confidence, perseverance, co-ordination and social skills. This Community Grant will fund a special program for young people aged 12 - 17 in foster and kinship care in the Townsville region. In partnership with the Pyjama Foundation and Act for Kids, the Reach for the Stars program will provide a structured, safe environment for young people to develop their self-confidence, social skills, emotional skills, gross and fine motor coordination and body strength.

CareFlight Group - $9,005

CareFlight is a rapid response air-medical rescue helicopter service. Last year, 184 of CareFlight's lifesaving missions involved children under the age of 12 who needed urgent critical care. This Community Grant will fund Project Baby on Board. Through the project, CareFlight will purchase a human-replica manikin modelled on a child's body, providing rescue crews with an elite training tool to prepare them for air-medical emergencies involving children. The funding of Project Baby on Board will further improve the lifesaving service Careflight provides to the Queensland community, creating more positive outcomes when air-medical rescue is required and ultimately saving more lives.

Sunnykids - $9,600

Sunnykids works to make sure every child on the Sunshine Coast is safe, has food and shelter, and the opportunity to flourish at school and into adult life. The Mentoring Through Sport program will assist at-risk young people, aged 10 - 12, as they navigate their way through the challenges they face in their school, social and home lives. This Community Grant will help to fund a mentoring boxing program, led by qualified instructors over a two-term period. The program will help children to increase self-esteem and resilience by actively supporting their physical, social and emotional wellbeing. The children involved will also have access to extended case management to help them reach their full potential.

The Benevolent Society - $10,000

The Benevolent Society helps people, families and communities to achieve positive change. At their North Gold Coast Early Years Centre, The Benevolent Society provides early childhood education, care and family support programs. This includes the Parent Connect Program, which assists low income and disadvantaged parents and carers of children with disability or developmental delay to access the most appropriate support services for their child's needs. This Community Grant will enable 20 children aged 2 - 5 years, to obtain a psychological assessment. In the short term, this will enable families to access early intervention support services.  In the longer term, children receiving support are more independent and better equipped to access education and participate successfully within the community.

Suncoast Care - $10,000

Suncoast Care provides food and aid to disadvantaged people on the Sunshine Coast, including a range of far-reaching programs that provide food to children who would otherwise go hungry. Food insecurity for children is directly linked to increased absences from school, reduced concentration, behavioural difficulties, poor academic performance and long term developmental problems. This Community Grant will help to fund a replacement refrigerated truck to collect supplies from farmers, producers and retail outlets. An estimated 2,000 kids will benefit from the new truck through enhanced food security leading to better health and improved academic performance.

Rock Impact - $10,000

Rock Impact delivers early intervention and prevention programs to children aged 0 -12 years and their families. Through the Boost Breakfast program, Rock Impact provides more than 20,000 healthy and nutritious breakfasts to primary and high school students across ten schools in Far North Queensland each year. This Community Grant will provide the food and supplies needed to supply a free nutritious breakfast, prepared by volunteers, for 800 children aged 5 - 17 years. The Boost Breakfast program gives children a healthy start to the day, supporting physical and mental health, cognitive development and academic achievement. 

Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation - $4,917

The Foundation assists the activities and services of the Cairns Hospital, Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service. Cairns Hospital's new eight-bed Adolescents Ward treats chronically ill teenagers from 14 - 19 years, with four beds dedicated to the care of those with severe mental health needs, including some at risk of suicide. Many of the Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander children who come to the hospital are unhappy in built environments and can be on the ward for months. This Community Grant will enable the Foundation to purchase an aquarium with tropical fish, for the Adolescents Ward. The marine aquarium will enhance patient outcomes and create a calming, non-clinical escape from ward life for teenagers and their families.

CanTeen - The Australian Organisation for the Young - $5,555

CanTeen supports and empowers young people aged 12-24 living with cancer - either through their own diagnosis and illness, or that of a sibling or parent. CanTeen provides programs and services including information resources, counselling and peer support networks, all of which help reduce feelings of isolation experienced by young people living with cancer. CanTeen’s South Queensland Recreation Days help young people to build support networks within their local communities and enjoy some recreation and respite from their cancer experience. This Community Grant will fund a camp for 100 young people, contributing to better mental health and wellbeing outcomes for them in the future.
 
PCYC Sandgate - $3,788

PCYC Queensland provides youth leadership and development programs that help 50,000 young Queenslanders each year. TEAM UP in-school crime prevention programs are led by PCYCs in partnership with school staff. They support the most at-risk young people - those who are frequently truanting or coping with serious personal and social issues, including family violence. This Community Grant will fund a TEAM UP program at Sandgate State High School, helping 40 young people to refocus on activities such as being a leader in a group, helping friends and neighbours, and participating in sports or volunteering. The result is reduced youth truancy and crime activity in the local area, and the creation of more positive life pathways for the young people taking part.

YMCA Social Impact - $9,930

YMCA Social Impact runs programs that empower young people through education, nutrition and real opportunities, so that they can realise their potential and break the cycle of disadvantage. The YMCA Schools' Breakfast Program provides nutritious food, equipment and personnel support to schools, free-of-charge, so they can run a breakfast program. Through the Breakfast Program, more than 8,000 students each month are no longer educationally or physically disadvantaged by hunger and poor nutrition. This Community Grant will enable YMCA to extend the breakfast program to a further 15 schools, supporting 1,500 more disadvantaged school children. When they receive a nutritious breakfast, students are more focused and able to concentrate for longer, enabling them to make the most of their education.

ACT for Kids - $10,000

Act for Kids (AFK) is the Australian charity preventing, treating and ending child abuse. AFK works with the most vulnerable and traumatised children; through direct family interventions, trauma treatment, early childhood development, and research-based prevention programs in primary schools.
AFK’s government-funded Intensive Family Support program on the Gold Coast identify the most vulnerable children and bring them to safety. This Community Grant will support and extend the reach of AFK’s Intensive Trauma Clinical Treatment program, for the children most damaged and affected by abuse and neglect. Early intervention and treatment makes a huge difference to the outcomes for deeply traumatised children.

SIDS and Kids - $8,650

SIDS and Kids works toward a future where no child dies suddenly or unexpectedly during pregnancy, infancy and their preschool years. Their education programs have reduced the incidence of SIDS and fatal sleeping accidents by 80 per cent. However, in Australia each year more than 3,100 families still experience the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or child. This Community Grant will fund a series of short videos providing a visual guide for new mothers on how to set up a safe nursery and implement safe practices for sleeping, tummy time, wrapping, and the transition from cot to bed. The campaign will educate mothers and families, helping reduce the risk of SIDS and fatal sleeping accidents for 300,000 children.

Scouting Association Ashmore Scout Group - $4,950

The scouting organisation encourages young people to develop into responsible, active members of their communities. Through scouting, young people gain the confidence to do their best. This Community Grant will fund the construction of an internal abseiling wall within the Ashmore Scout Group’s Den, together with a classroom-style area. The abseiling wall will be used by Scouts and Girl Guides from across the Gold Coast area, giving them the opportunity to learn and practice abseiling in a controlled environment, under the supervision of trained instructors. The young people involved will then be supported to transfer their skills to larger-scale abseiling endeavours, providing them with a challenge they might otherwise never get to experience. 

Australian Navy Cadets TS Norfolk - $9,064

The Australian Navy Cadets (ANC) builds teamwork and leadership skills in young people aged 12 to 19, through activities including camping, water sports and team challenges. Cadets gain skills in everything from information technology, communications, cooking and first aid to drill, seamanship and more. This Community Grant will fund additional and replacement lockers for the TS Norfolk Cadets. The lockers store personal items, and enable older cadets coming direct from part-time jobs to change into uniform on site and store their clothing. Locker inspections will be conducted on a regular basis and points awarded to each Watch, promoting a sense of pride and ownership.

The Friends of HEAL Foundation - $5,000

The Friends of HEAL Foundation provides young refugees with arts and music therapy in high schools. Creative therapies help young refugees who have suffered grief, loss, abuse, dislocation and deprivation. The Picture Me program is led by an art therapist and uses art, movement and photography to explore themes of culture and identity, mindfulness and handling stress, understanding of the local community and ideas about the future self. This Community Grant will fund the Picture Me program for two groups of newly-arrived 12 to 25 year old refugees at Woodridge State High School. Through Picture Me, the negative effects of disadvantage are reduced, creating the opportunity for at-risk young people to experience a brighter future.

McIntyre Centre Riding for Disabled - $9,000

The McIntyre Centre provides equestrian programs for people with a disability, offering therapy, education, enjoyment, recreation and sport. The Centre has a range of riding and non-riding programs each week, improving lifetime outcomes for children with disabilities through therapeutic and educational lessons that integrate fun with challenging physical, literacy, numeracy, cognitive and communication learning experiences. This Community Grant will allow the Centre to purchase an additional horse to meet their goal of providing 7,500 lessons per year for children with disabilities. Participating children will gain skills that transfer into the classroom and home life, including social interaction, improved behaviour, fine and gross motor skills, core muscle development and increased mobility. 

SKiP (Support Kids in Pain) - $10,000

SKiP is Australia's first not-for-profit organisation to provide free specialist treatment and support for children suffering from chronic pain. SKiP’s five-day program gives children different techniques for managing pain and includes practical advice for parents. GP education workshops provide information on the assessment and management of paediatric pain conditions. This Community Grant will support the continued delivery of the program, helping children and families manage pain holistically with the support of their local GP, rather than in hospital. Benefits for participating children include reduction in medication use, improved mental resilience and a return to normal activity. Long term community benefits include a reduction in inpatient care, freeing up much-needed hospital beds for chronically ill children.

Chelmer Graceville Kindergarten - $3,530

The Chelmer Graceville Kindergarten provides quality early childhood care and education. Children are encouraged to learn through play, overseen by university qualified early childhood teachers. This Community Grant will enable the kindergarten to purchase three iPads, a smart TV and supporting equipment. By integrating technology into the classroom, the kindergarten will increase technical literacy and enhance learning, laying the skills for research, critical thinking and developing a scientific vocabulary. Children will develop skills essential to thrive in a complex, highly technological knowledge-based society; as well as the critical thinking they will need to be successful in their lives.

Hummingbird House - $10,000

More than 3,700 Queensland children are affected by life-limiting conditions, which can include cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and neurodegenerative conditions. Diagnosis with a life-limiting condition means a child is not expected to reach 18. The Hummingbird House Foundation is building Hummingbird House as a joint initiative with Wesley Mission Brisbane, to deliver best-practice paediatric palliative and respite care to children with life-limiting conditions and their families. This Community Grant will enable Hummingbird House to deliver a Teen Resilience Program, supporting teens with life-limiting conditions by addressing grief and loss, self-identity, self-worth, legacy building and resilience. Participating teenagers will develop resilience, improve social skills and create a positive self-identity within their life-limiting condition.
 
Jambin Playgroup - $10,000

Jambin Playgroup offers geographically and socially isolated rural parents and children under school age, access to a safe and enriching play environment. Jambin Playgroup also offers the use of its children's outdoor playground to surrounding clubs for meetings and functions. This Community Grant will help to fund a new fence for the playgroup, to enable easy access for other clubs using the facilities, while maintaining the safety perimeter for all children. As well as extending the fence, the Community Grant will help to provide sun safe shade coverage. The shared, sun smart, fenced playground will create a safe space for adults and children to gather, helping to build a resilient, connected community.

SA

Starlight Children’s Foundation Australia - $9,815

Starlight's programs help seriously ill children in hospital - lifting their spirits, building their resilience and forming an integral part of their total care. The Starlight Express Room is a haven where Captain Starlight orchestrates fun and mayhem, alongside the latest computer games, movies, crafts and activities. Starlight Wish Granting provides meaningful experiences and has life impacting benefits by giving the whole family an opportunity to share in a dream come true and a break from the stress of their child's illness.  This Community Grant will provide an additional 85 admissions to the Adelaide Starlight Express Room and one additional Starlight Wish granting opportunity for a South Australian child and their family.  

St John's Youth Services - $9,750

St John's Youth Services (SJYS) provides accommodation and support to young people and children experiencing homelessness. The Next Step program supports young people into the private rental market. Budgeting to pay rent and buy food is a big challenge for young people and young parents, who must survive on very low incomes. Purchasing a fridge is often out of reach. This limits their capacity to store fresh food and forces them to purchase processed, pre-packaged or fast food. Providing them with a fridge when setting up their new home will enable them to store food safely, eat well, and live healthy lives. This Community Grant will provide 15 refrigerators to help young parents prepare fresh, healthy food at home.  

Youth Space East STEM Project - $9,000

Employment Options supports disadvantaged young people to re-engage with school, or to plan and start a pathway to employment or vocational training. Services include support and mentoring, career assistance and case management. Employment Options has recently introduced an innovative experiential Learning Centre for young people aged 15 - 18 who are not attending school. This Community Grant will fund the purchase of equipment and materials to allow the addition of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) strand to the Learning Centre. The STEM strand will include projects in robotics, virtual reality, game and app coding, 3-D printing and digital art. It is designed to inspire young people to explore potential occupations, overcoming barriers including fear, and building self-esteem.  

OzHarvest - $10,000

OzHarvest nourishes disadvantaged children, youth and adults with nutritious food, education and engagement in society. Through the Nourish program, OzHarvest provides a pathway to employment in the hospitality industry for disadvantaged young people. Nourish involves a six-month training program leading to a Certificate II in Hospitality, in collaboration with a registered training organisation. Everything from course delivery costs, course materials, uniforms, equipment and support services are provided to participants, free-of-charge. This Community Grant will provide two scholarships on the Nourish Program, giving two young people the opportunity for a better future.

The Ladder Project Foundation - $10,000

Ladder was founded by a group of AFL players, with the aim of empowering young people aged 16 - 25 to live independent lives and break the cycle of homelessness.  AFL players past and present are involved as staff, youth mentors, advocates and volunteers. Ladder’s Health and Wellbeing program covers physical and mental health, nutrition, shopping on a budget and cooking healthy meals. This Community Grant will support Ladder to deliver the Health and Wellbeing program eight times per month for a year. The young participants will gain holistic skills and knowledge that will stay with them throughout their life, benefitting the young people themselves, their communities and society as a whole.

Beacon Foundation - $10,000

Beacon Foundation supports young people to successfully transition from school to meaningful employment. Working in partnership with secondary schools in low socio-economic areas, Beacon implements a comprehensive community engagement program over three years. Through the program, students are provided with the opportunity to gain employability skills, relevant career knowledge, mentoring and meaningful work experience.  As part of the broader program, one-day Work Readiness Programs help students develop critical employability skills. This Community Grant will fund four Work Readiness Programs at four schools in the Greater Adelaide area. As a result 120 disadvantaged students will enhance their opportunity to secure meaningful employment after school.

Edmund Rice Camps SA - $5,000

Edmund Rice Camps SA provides recreation and positive relationships to children who are experiencing disadvantage and stress. By bringing children and young adult volunteers together in a safe and supportive environment, Edmund Rice Camps encourage healthy activity, positive role modelling and respite from the pressures of everyday living. This Community Grant will provide funding towards the development and implementation of a new system of training for young volunteers; followed by the delivery of a camp for young children. As a result, young volunteers will gain new skills and the opportunity to contribute to the community; while 24 children from disadvantaged backgrounds will get a break from their everyday lives and the support and friendship of positive young role models.

Youth Opportunities Association - $10,000

Youth Opportunities provides Personal Leadership Training to disadvantaged and at-risk young people. Over ten weeks of training, young people learn how to communicate more effectively, building their confidence and increasing their motivation for school and for the future. On completion of the ten week program, graduates benefit from a further two years of coaching to track their progress and encourage ongoing growth. This Community Grant will help to fund two Personal Leadership Training programs for a total of 36 young participants from Paralowie. Completion of the program leads to increased likelihood of completing secondary schooling, improved self-esteem, resilience and happiness and stronger family and social relationships.  

Operation Flinders Foundation - $4,950

Operation Flinders Foundation runs an eight-day program for young offenders and young people at risk. The wilderness adventure program takes place in the northern Flinders Ranges of South Australia. Participants are placed in a remote outdoor environment where self-discipline, teamwork, co-operation, leadership and trust are intrinsic to survival. This Community Grant will provide funding for six participants to undertake the program in 2017. The participants will take part in demanding outdoor challenges and receive support to help them develop their personal attitudes and values of self-confidence, motivation, leadership, team work and responsibility. Overall, the program will help them develop a new direction in life, as valued members of the community.

White Lion Incorporated - $7,200

Whitelion is a nonprofit organisation supporting young people who have experienced disadvantage, trauma, neglect, abuse and poverty.  Whitelion offers prevention and support programs that provide access to employment, training, education and positive relationships. This Community Grant will fund the purchase of a computer suite for the Whitelion Learning Centre, which supports highly disadvantaged young people. Access to computer equipment will enable disadvantaged young people to build literacy and numeracy skills and computer skills, increasing participation in education and employment pathways. This in turn provides them with the hope and resilience to navigate a life away from risk and poverty.   

Guide Dogs Association of SA and NT - $8,166

Guide Dogs SA/NT works to enhance quality of life and increase independence for people with a disability. The Youth Empowerment Program helps vision and hearing impaired young people to build life and social skills, creating pathways to productivity and employment. Through nine workshops, that are tailored to each young person’s individual needs, participants take part in activities to boost their confidence in different social settings and increase their independence. This Community Grant will provide funding for 20 young people to undertake the Youth Empowerment Program, gaining increased self-sufficiency and improved quality of life.

Habitat for Humanity Australia SA - $9,940

Habitat for Humanity (HFH) envisions a world where everyone has a decent place to live. In South Australia, HFH helps low-income families under housing stress, offering them a hand up into home ownership. Using donated and discounted building materials and labour, HFH builds safe, decent and affordable homes to help families break the housing poverty cycle. Through the Youth Home Construction Program, HFH actively works with at-risk young people to engage them in the construction of affordable homes. This Community Grant will provide tools and construction materials to allow HFH to deliver two Youth Home Construction Programs over 12 months. Young people involved will be supervised by qualified tradespeople, learning construction skills, work place disciplines, and teamwork.

Junction Australia - $10,000

Junction Australia provides community support and housing services that strengthen lives and communities. Their goals include contributing to the wellbeing of children and the safety and effectiveness of families and relationships.  The Junction Australia Parent and Adolescent Counselling Service works with young people and their parents to develop effective relationship strategies. Through counselling, information, flexible support and referral to other services, young people and their parents get help to manage their social, emotional and physical health needs. This Community Grant will fund counselling for 26 young people; and effective parenting courses for ten parents. This intervention will provide critical support for families, reducing the likelihood of young people ending up on the streets.  

Suneden Intellectually Disabled Children’s Association - $2,600

Suneden Special School has more than 60 students with disabilities, aged five to 21 years. The students experience a range of medical conditions including autism, Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome and cerebral palsy. Suneden Special School staff undertake regular first aid training to keep the school’s students and staff safe. This Community Grant will provide funding for the school to purchase a defibrillator for the school under the Red Cross Project Defib program, which offers defibrillators to schools, clubs and not-for-profits at a subsidised cost. The defibrillator will be kept on-site in case of emergency situations, ensuring that the school is better equipped to provide life-saving first aid to students and staff.

Modbury Special School - $10,000

Modbury Special School caters to students with intellectual, multiple and complex learning disabilities. The Supporting Success Pathway helps students make the transition from classroom to work and supported independent living. This Community Grant will fund a three-part project to enhance the Supporting Success Pathway. A Manufacturing Centre will allow students to learn how to use machinery and equipment of the type used in supported employment organisations. A Life Skills Centre will offer access to household white goods and appliances, so students can learn to operate them. And a physical activity program will promote ongoing health and wellbeing. Providing the tools and equipment students need to learn practical life skills will enable them to take the first steps into supported independent living with greater confidence. 

TAS

The Trustee for Southern Cross Austereo Community Ancillary Fund - $3,000

Give Me 5 For Kids was created by Southern Cross Austereo to provide local support for sick kids and their families. Run entirely by volunteers, all funds go to the Royal Hobart Hospital to purchase life-saving equipment - benefitting thousands of sick children each year. Making specialist equipment available locally saves lives, and means that sick children and their families can be treated in Tasmania, instead of being transferred to Melbourne. This Community Grant will enable the hospital to purchase a major piece of equipment for the Royal Hobart Hospital, which will help sick children from across the state.  

JDRF Australia - $4,100

JDRF is the world’s largest charitable supporter of type 1 diabetes research. A diagnosis of type 1 diabetes is often given in early childhood, so affected children and families need help to understand and deal with the disease. JDRF’s T1 Meet Up events are a way for people affected by type 1 diabetes to connect, share and inspire each other, and engage with healthcare professionals and advocates. This Community Grant will enable JDRF to provide a T1 Meet Up for 50 Tasmanian children living with type 1 diabetes, providing crucial support for the children and their families.
 
Riding for the Disabled - $10,000

Riding for the Disabled gives young people with physical and mental disabilities the opportunity to interact with horses. This provides therapeutic, social and educational benefits for the riders - and enormous satisfaction for parents or carers who get to see their children blossom mentally and physically. This Community Grant will allow Riding for the Disabled to purchase a replacement 4X4 vehicle for towing their horse float and collecting bulk feed supplies. The horse float allows the horses to be taken off the property for rest and recuperation, keeping them mentally and physically healthy and able to deliver a great experience to the children who ride them. Purchasing feed in bulk saves money that will be reallocated to improving and expanding the riding program.
 
The Smith Family - $9,992

The Smith Family is a national children's charity that helps disadvantaged young Australians to succeed in their education, so they can create better futures for themselves.  Literacy is important for success in school and life, yet many disadvantaged children are starting school without basic reading skills. Let's Read is an evidence-based early literacy program that promotes reading with children from birth to five. This Community Grant will fund a Let’s Read program for 242 children in a local community, providing age-specific literacy resources for children at four months and then again at 12 months. The program equips parents with the skills, resources and confidence to provide early exposure to reading at home.

Sailability Tasmania Inc - $10,000

Sailability Tasmania provides a safe and friendly environment where people of all abilities are accepted and encouraged to take part in sailing - with a particular focus on people with disabilities. To cater for growing demand, Sailability has expanded to operate a fleet of dinghies across several locations in Tasmania. The fleet currently includes two 303 dinghies. The 303 dinghy is a two-person boat, large enough to allow a wheelchair-bound child to be safely lifted in and accompanied by a teacher. This Community Grant will make it possible for Sailability to purchase an additional 303 dinghy, allowing a further 52 young people - including those with disabilities - to take part in sailing each year.

New Horizon Club Inc - $1,377

The New Horizons Club has been providing inclusive sport and recreational activities for people with disabilities in the Launceston area for 30 years. The Junior Song and Dance program is for children with intellectual and physical disabilities to enjoy dance and musical activities, while their parents and carers benefit from an on-site support group. This Community Grant is for the purchase of a Sonos music streaming system, offering teachers and students access to an almost infinite selection of music, and the ability to create their own playlists. With improved sound quality and their own choice of music, children will be even more inspired by their Song and Dance sessions, while expanding their confidence in using technology.    

St Giles Society Inc - $10,000

St Giles helps children with a disability by providing access to physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, psychologists and behaviour support teams. St Giles also delivers mobility and communication equipment on permanent loan to families, to meet their child’s changing needs. Little Car Yard is the first Australian project to act on international evidence that mechanical movement for disabled toddlers improves cognitive development. The Community Grant will enable Little Car Yard to purchase and modify ten child-sized tozy cars for Tasmanian toddlers with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy and movement or learning delays. The cars will enhance social inclusion for 150 children each year.

CanTeen - $9,645

CanTeen supports young people when cancer turns their world upside down - helping them cope with the physical, emotional and practical impact of living with cancer. For 12-24 year olds, CanTeen provides specialist hospital care, counselling and individual assistance as well as information and peer support programs. This Community Grant will fund a five-day camp to provide 30 young people in Tasmania with respite and support for their cancer experience from peers, social workers and youth support workers. The camp will contribute to better mental health and wellbeing outcomes for the participants, now and into the future.

Fight Cancer Foundation Ltd - $10,000

Fight Cancer Foundation is a national charity dedicated to providing care, treatment and support for cancer patients and their families, and funding vital research into cancer treatment and cures. The Fight Cancer Foundation opened John Opie House in 2008, providing a ‘home away from home’ for rural and regional families who need to relocate to Hobart for treatment. It provides accommodation for up to 24 seriously ill Tasmanian children, adults and their families each night. This Community Grant will fund 357 nights’ accommodation for 100 children over the course of a year - providing comfort and support for children and their families at a time of great need.  

Variety - the Children’s Charity - $10,000

Variety - the Children's Charity is a national not-for-profit organisation empowering Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or who have special needs, to live, laugh and learn. By supporting children and families through equipment, programs and experiences, Variety helps children in need to overcome the obstacles they face. This Community Grant will help Variety Tasmania and the New Horizons Club to purchase a Sunshine Coach so that children and young people with disabilities can access the wider community and participate in valuable learning experiences and activities.

Department of Education Tasmania - Devonport Primary School - $1,250

Devonport Primary School provides education for children from early learning through the primary school years, together with after-school care. The school has a large proportion of students who have experienced significant trauma, suffer from poor mental health or lack resilience and social skills. The Team Challenge program, in partnership with the local PCYC, will focus on helping students develop skills in team building, cooperation, communication and problem solving in a safe, yet challenging environment. This Community Grant will allow Devonport Primary School to employ a PCYC Leader to run the program over ten weeks, providing a point of engagement for young people who are at risk, disadvantaged or disengaged with school.

The Shepherd Centre - For Deaf Children - $10,000

Thousands of children who are deaf or hearing impaired have learnt how to listen and speak at The Shepherd Centre. Recognised as a world leader in the field of Auditory-Verbal Therapy, the Shepherd Centre’s intensive, family-centred, early intervention program ensures that children with hearing impairment can reach their full potential. Reach Out To Tasmania is a program for deaf children in Tasmania. It comprises tele-intervention, an intensive five-day residential workshop and home visits. This Community Grant will ensure that 20 children with hearing impairment, aged 0 – 6, will get the best possible chance to thrive in a mainstream school and become independent contributors to society.  

Teen Challenge Tasmania - $10,000

Teen Challenge Tasmania is focused on turning young people away from the ‘top of the cliff’ of drug and alcohol addiction. The #NotEvenOnce program aims to prevent addiction by raising awareness of the underlying causes of substance use among primary and high school students, parents, teachers and communities. Through school seminars and workshops, the program caters for student learning within the framework of the Australian Curriculum and explains the impact of drugs and alcohol. This Community Grant will enable the #NotEvenOnce program to roll out to all Tasmanian high schools and primary schools, helping thousands of young people make positive educated choices for their future.

Scouts Australia 1st Pittwater Scout Troop - $4,000

The scouting organisation encourages young people to develop into responsible, active members of their communities. Through scouting, young people gain the confidence to do their best. Pittwater Scouts is an inclusive and diverse scout troop comprising kids from eight to 15 years old. It offers healthy outdoor activities in a regional area with limited activity options for kids. This Community Grant will help Pittwater Scouts replace their gear trailer. The new trailer will make it possible for the troop to go on six outdoor camps each year, safely transporting all the equipment they need. The camps build leadership and life skills and encourage children to enjoy outdoor activities.

Studentworks - $7,266

Studentworks cooperates with local industry, communities and schools to provide a supported educational workplace environment for 14 to 16 year old students who are experiencing difficulty learning in a classroom environment. 30 students take part each year, learning practical skills including catering, woodwork, metalwork and warehousing. This Community Grant will enable Studentworks to purchase a new commercial stove, giving young people the opportunity to learn an extended range of cooking skills. Students develop menus, purchase and prepare ingredients, cook and deliver outside catering, while managing their time effectively and maintaining food health standards. Through the program, they develop employability and a strong work ethic, and get the opportunity to practice new skills without fear of humiliation.

Ronald McDonald House Hobart - $4,550

Ronald McDonald House (RMH) Hobart provides accommodation for rural and regional families of seriously ill and injured children who have to travel to Hobart to receive specialised care.  RMH Hobart also operates a specialised 'catch up' learning program for children who have experienced prolonged absences from school due to serious illness or injury.  As part of the learning program, the EdMed professional development program educates teachers within the children’s schools, who are often unaware of the impacts of chronic illness or traumatic injury on children's ability to learn and progress with their education. This Community Grant will provide a training workshop for 50 teachers, helping to improve educational outcomes for 100 seriously sick or injured children during the course of the year.

Tasmanian Association Police and Community Youth Clubs (PCYC) - $10,000

Police and Community Youth Clubs (PCYCs) steer young people into physically active experiences that build skills, character and leadership. For regional areas without permanent PCYC centres, the Mobile Activity Centre (MAC) is a mobile, custom-designed trailer that acts as a portable PCYC centre. Loaded with fitness and recreational equipment, the MAC can support multiple communities with a range of activities. This Community Grant will help the PCYC Hobart to purchase and fit out a MAC trailer to support regional Tasmanian communities. By engaging 3,000 young people who are at risk, disadvantaged or disengaged with school, the MAC will create a healthy diversion that helps to prevent and reduce crime.

University of Tasmania Foundation - $4,605

The University of Tasmania Foundation supports a range of programs with a positive impact on students and the community. Through the Robotics Program, children at remote Tasmanian primary schools will learn about basic programming and robotics. This Community Grant will fund robotics kits for selected remote primary schools, supported by sessions on robotics building and programming delivered via video link. Children in grades five and six will learn about assembling and testing robots, basic programming and robotics control. The program will spark children’s interest in technology, as well as developing a better understanding in the community about the importance of coding and programming for the jobs of the future.  

VIC

Mercy Public Hospitals - $5,378

Mercy Health is a Catholic provider of health, community and aged care services. Mercy Public Hospitals operates public health services in Victoria - 11 per cent of all babies born in Victoria are delivered in a Mercy hospital. To provide better care for premature babies, this Community Grant will allow Mercy Public Hospitals to purchase a Cosytherm infant warming bed. Premature babies are prone to hypothermia as they cannot regulate their body temperature on their own. The Cosytherm cot will provide active warming therapy to thousands of premature babies, improving their early development, preventing hypothermia, allowing parents to interact with their baby in an open cot, and freeing up incubators for more critically ill premature babies.

Melbourne Community Based Mentoring - $10,000

Big Brothers Big Sisters helps young people between the ages of seven and 17, who face serious adversity and have little opportunity to develop positive and supportive relationships with adults. The mentoring program matches positive adult role models with young people who need support to stay in school, avoid risky behaviours and improve their relationships with family and community. This Community Grant will provide a minimum of six mentoring matches for children and young people on the Big Brothers Big Sisters waiting list, changing the course of their lives and building resilience and self-worth. This creates a ‘ripple effect’ so that more than 60 family members, friends, relatives and workmates will be positively impacted by the six young people mentored.

TLC for Kids - $10,000

TLC for Kids is a children’s charity that gives practical and emotional support to sick kids and their families across Australia. On referral from a healthcare professional, TLC for Kids acts immediately to help children from newborn to 21 years old who are experiencing pain and trauma. This Community Grant will fund Project RAPID 20, fulfilling 20 rapid TLC requests that could range from paying for medical expenses, to providing much-needed respite for families or supplying a new laptop for a child to use in hospital. Through RAPID 20, children and their families will get help in their darkest hours, boosting their self-esteem and mental wellbeing. If the right type of support is given at the right time, children and their families find the strength to continue to fight and recovery is improved.

Berengarra School - $10,000

Berengarra is a non-profit, co-educational secondary school for students of normal intelligence who have social and emotional problems. This Community Grant will fund Outreach with the Outdoors - a water safety program specifically for disadvantaged children aged 13 to 16 who are not coping with mainstream education. Alongside basic water lifesaving techniques and first aid, children will take part in outdoor water sports activities including stand up paddle boarding, surfing, and fishing. Priority is given to young people with a history of school refusal and poor self-esteem who are at risk of dropping out or becoming involved in criminal behaviour. 50 children will take part throughout the school year, building confidence, improving health and strengthening relationships.

Brotherhood of St Laurence - $6,700

The Brotherhood of St Laurence is a community organisation that works across Australia to prevent and alleviate poverty. Through the Developing Independence program, young people living in out-of-home care will get the opportunity to learn life skills that most young people gain at home with their family. Over a period of 12 months, they will learn about nutrition and healthy eating, cooking and shopping for ingredients, the importance of physical exercise and how to form positive connections with their community.  This Community Grant will enable The Brotherhood to deliver the program to 65 young people aged 15 to 18 years. Developing independent living skills will help them contribute to the community, reducing the likelihood of welfare dependence, homelessness or involvement in crime.

Bully Zero Australia Foundation - $9,800

The Bully Zero Australia Foundation provides genuine and enduring care for bullying victims, standing side by side with them, their families and friends, to take action and create permanent positive change. Through the Troll Free Social Media Event, Victorian primary and secondary school students and their families will take a pledge to disconnect from social media for 48 hours, making a stand against cyberbullying. Following the Troll Free Event, Cyber Safety workshops will be delivered at participating schools. This Community Grant will fund workshops at ten primary and secondary schools, promoting online wellbeing and resilience for children and their families.

Southern Cross Kids’ Camps - $9,000

Southern Cross Kids’ Camps (SCKC) is a Christian not-for-profit organisation providing annual camps for children across Australia. Children who attend come from a background of abuse and neglect, leading to an increased risk of education failure, mental health issues, unemployment and homelessness. This Community Grant will help SCKC Knox to deliver an early-intervention camp mentor project for 30 children aged seven to 11, living in welfare and foster care, who have experienced abuse, domestic violence, neglect and family breakdown. By developing life skills and self-esteem on camp, children are able to build stronger relationships and resilience, greater community connectedness and new hope for the future.  

Tomorrow Foundation - $10,000

Tomorrow Foundation is a grass roots charity that enriches the lives of disadvantaged children who are at risk in the community. The Refugee Migrant Children Centre in Melbourne provides support services for recently resettled refugee and migrant children. The Centre plans to run workshops to help migrant children learn the skills they need to overcome barriers in their settlement and development. Parents and siblings are encouraged to attend, and volunteer mentors will be present. This Community Grant will enable the Foundation to offer workshops to 230 children, helping to build a diverse and inclusive community by empowering migrant and refugee children to shape their own future.  

Respect. Resilience. DANCE! - $10,000

L2R Next Gen (L2R) transforms the lives of young people through the power of dance. L2R’s innovative dance workshops break down social barriers such as age, race, gender and culture while promoting respect and resilience in the broader community. This Community Grant will enable L2R to offer free dance workshops for more than 100 newly-arrived migrant and refugee young people, disadvantaged young people, and young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The workshops foster a sense of belonging and promote social inclusion. Performances and celebrations provide families and the community with positive and uplifting experiences, and the young people involved become role models and leaders in their communities.  

Make a Difference Dingley Village - $10,000

Make a Difference Dingley Village supports local families in need with services including financial counselling, casework, and ongoing support. Children and young people in food insecure households are at risk and vulnerable to a broad range of significant and sometimes long lasting consequences, including a lifelong impact on learning and education. This Community Grant will help to provide more than 1,300 local primary and secondary school children and their families with staple food items. By providing a nutritious breakfast, Make a Difference enables children to focus on their lessons at school, addressing their immediate need while providing support for longer-term issues through case workers.

State Schools’ Relief - $10,000

State Schools’ Relief (SSR) is an autonomous, charitable organisation that provides school clothing and footwear to students aged 12 to 18 who attend government schools in Victoria, and are identified as in need. The program has recently expanded to include essential resources such as graphing calculators for senior secondary students; Vet in School’s work boots; and secondary school text books. This Community Grant will enable SSR to continue running their expanded program, allowing students to participate in their education, and providing a long term benefit to the community through increased employment and a reduced crime rate.

Blind Sports Victoria - $8,041

Blind Sports Australia creates, develops and supports sporting and recreational activities for people who are blind or vision impaired, including around 1,000 Victorian children. The majority of these young people attend mainstream government schools and may not have participated in sport previously. Blind Sports Victoria will offer tailored swimming clinics to children six months to 17 years, at two Melbourne locations. This Community Grant will enable 140 children and young people to benefit from the new program, including participants, siblings, friends and volunteers. Swimming clinics help to reduce obesity and health issues like diabetes, while relieving the social isolation that can accompany blindness and vision impairment.

The River Nile Learning Centre - $9,623

The River Nile Learning Centre (RNLC) is a charitable organisation that empowers disadvantaged refugee and asylum seeker women through education. At RNLC’s North Melbourne centre, refugee mothers aged 15 to 21 years old can take part in education while children are cared for in the on site childcare centre. Many of the young mothers involved have experienced war and trauma - they may never have attended school, and may be unable to speak English on arrival in Australia. This Community Grant will allow RNLC to recruit an additional childcare educator for 22 weeks, allowing more mothers to attend their educational programs, helping to break the cycle of dependence on social welfare, and giving families hope for the future.  

Fight Cancer Foundation - $10,000

Fight Cancer Foundation provides care, treatment and support for people with leukaemia and other forms of cancer. The Foundation funds research into better treatment methods, early detection tests and finding a cure for leukaemia and other cancers. Fight Cancer Foundation's BMDI Rotary House provides comfortable family accommodation close to treating hospitals, so that people with cancer can have their loved ones nearby while they are in critical care. Facilities include a children's play area, education area, teen room, library and gym. Young learners receiving treatment at the Royal Children's Hospital are supported through a targeted education support program. This Community Grant will subsidise 357 nights’ accommodation for families in need, providing a ‘home away from home’ for sick children and their families.

Baptcare - $10,000

Baptcare is a not-for-profit organisation that provides residential and community care for older people; and support to children, families, and people with disabilities, financially disadvantaged people and asylum seekers. Baptcare's Home-Start Program is a volunteer-based family support program, based in Bendigo. This Community Grant will enable Baptcare to expand the Home-Start program to young parents aged up to 21 years. The funds will identify, train and resource volunteers to work with young parents intensively over six months, imparting practical skills, linking them to other services and providing role model support. The project will develop essential skills for new parents, increasing confidence and wellbeing.  

Merri Community Health Services - $10,000

Merri Health is a community health organisation that provides services for children, youth, adults, carers, older people and those with disabilities. Track Out will be a leadership program for young people aged 13 to 18 who are experimenting with alcohol and drugs. This Community Grant will help to fund weekly sessions, outdoor adventure therapy and a camp for 20 children. Through Track Out, young people will challenge themselves, learn positive strategies to resolve everyday issues, adopt a healthier lifestyle, create positive friendships, access mentors and overcome underlying mental health issues. Intervening early with young people at risk will change the course of their lives.

Variety - the Children’s Charity - $10,000

Variety - the Children’s Charity empowers Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live, laugh and learn. Variety believes that children, regardless of their ability, background or need should be able to enjoy the simple pleasure of going to a sporting game and cheering for their team. This Community Grant will help create a sensory room at AMMI Park, allowing children with sensory disorders such as Autism Spectrum, to see their favourite team play. The private, soundproofed room will feature sensory toys, books and anxiety tools, allowing families to enjoy a special day together in a safe and appropriate environment, without judgement. This in turn supports the children’s social development, community engagement, interest in sport, and physical wellbeing.  

Camp Quality - $10,000

Camp Quality delivers national programs that build resilience and optimistic behaviours for all children (0-13 years) living with cancer in Australia. Family Camps offer a free three-day weekend away for up to 15 families who have children living with cancer. They provide a place where families can get away from it all, reconnect as a family and meet other families facing childhood cancer. This Community Grant will help to fund a Family Camp. The children and their families who attend will be supported to increase optimism and reduce issues of isolation by building strong support networks in a safe, fun, and relaxed environment.

Christians Helping in Primary Schools - $10,000

Christians Helping in Primary Schools (CHIPS) works with primary aged children in crisis. The iBelong program reconnects children experiencing social, emotional or physical difficulty with their peers, teachers, parents and significant others, through relationship building activities. This Community Grant will enable 210 children experiencing trauma, crisis, isolation or disadvantage to take part in physical activities and learn new skills such as sailing, bike riding and orienteering, as well as learning about local Indigenous cultures. Children get to participate in decision-making, starting to feel more positive about themselves and gaining greater understanding of others and connection to their community.  

St John Ambulance - $9,900

St John Ambulance is Australia’s leading provider of first aid services, training and equipment. The First Aid in Schools program teaches children the basics of First Aid, so they are able to react safely in emergency situations. Many children from low socioeconomic areas lack First Aid knowledge. This Community Grant will allow an additional 660 Victorian school children from disadvantaged backgrounds to learn the basics of First Aid. In total, nearly 2,000 students between prep and grade six will learn how to respond in an emergency and save lives. Increased medical competency for children creates more resilient communities as well as safer homes, schools and playgrounds.

Doncare Community Services - $8,000

Doncare - Doncaster Community Care and Counselling Centre - provides support to enhance the quality of life of people in Manningham. Their services include information and crisis support, counselling, family services, and domestic violence advocacy and support. Doncare’s Student Wellbeing program will provide disadvantaged children aged five to 17 with the chance to engage in a range of co-curricular recreational activities essential to social and emotional development. This Community Grant will enable 55 children to take part in the program, building connections with their community, improving resilience and psychological wellbeing and creating better educational outcomes and employment opportunities in the long term.   

Holland Foundation - $8,277

The Holland Foundation provides practical and creative solutions to children, adults and families in need of support and relief. The REAL pathway to employment program helps unemployed young people by giving them on-the-job training in a supportive, real world workplace - the busy Holland Foundation op-shop. Young people are trained in all aspects of the business, including finance, operations, HR and marketing; they receive mentoring and support with resume development and interview skills. This Community Grant will enable 36 disadvantaged young people to attend the program over the course of a year, giving them hope and a pathway to employment.  

Pinchapoo Limited - $9,805

Pinchapoo provides essential personal hygiene items for thousands of disadvantaged Australians each year. The Schools Hygiene Support Program delivers essentials packs to schools, for distribution to children and families in times of need. Children living with financial disadvantage or in crisis may not have access to personal hygiene essentials, which can in turn lead to isolation and bullying. This Community Grant will enable Pinchapoo to purchase essentials  such as personal hygiene products to support 45 Victorian schools across four regions, helping more than 5,000 children in need. Through the program, vulnerable children are helped to remain confident and connected with peers, continuing to engage with their education and their community.   

Skyline Education Foundation Australia - $10,000

The Skyline Education Foundation eases long-term financial pressures on families by supporting students to finish secondary school and create a financially independent future. The Workshop Program is a three-stage career development program for students aged 15-18 years from extremely disadvantaged backgrounds. This Community Grant will enable 40 students to develop their job readiness. The Workshop Program equips and encourages students to take on leadership roles in their schools and communities. In the long term, students are supported to qualify for university and subsequent professional careers. Meanwhile, their siblings and peers are inspired to strive for higher education qualifications.

Opera Scholars Australia - $10,000

Opera Scholars Australia (OSA) is a professional development program offering scholarships for young classical singers. In addition, the OSA Summer School provides professional mentoring, peer support and performance experience through a seven-day, live-in program and a series of day workshops. This Community Grant will enable OSA to offer the Summer School mentoring program to singers from regional, low socio-economic, and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Four will participate in the seven day, live-in program and an additional 60 will participate in day workshops. The young singers will be supported to explore a career in music and performance and develop long term mentor relationships with fellow music students, teachers and artists.

Boots for All Inc - $10,000

Boots for All breaks down the barriers to sport participation by collecting and distributing quality new and used sporting equipment to vulnerable Australians. Through the Sports for All social enterprise store, vulnerable young people can access pre-employment training to overcome barriers to workforce participation. This Community Grant will help Boots for All to provide supervised and tailored work experience for 40 vulnerable young people with disabilities. The trainees will complete 50 hours of pre-employment training in either retail or warehousing, gaining valuable skills and increased capacity for paid employment. The program will increase participants’ self-esteem and confidence, leading to improved social and economic inclusion.

Raise Foundation - $10,000

Raise Foundation supports Australia's youth through mentoring to develop resilience and the capacity to cope with challenges. BUMP is a mentoring program for young pregnant and parenting girls aged 13 - 23. Through ten fortnightly mentoring sessions with an older, more experienced mother, the mentees are equipped to flourish, both as individuals and as mothers. BUMP includes nine workshops covering employment pathways, health and nutrition, mental health and relationships. This Community Grant will help BUMP to support up to 12 vulnerable pregnant or parenting mothers and their children, who are at an increased risk of suffering from poor nutrition, abuse or neglect.  BUMP mentees have a chance to independently support themselves and their families, breaking the cycle of disadvantage.

Raise Foundation - $10,000

Raise Foundation supports Australia's youth through mentoring, helping to develop resilience and the capacity to cope with challenges. In-School Mentoring Opportunity - ISMO - supports the most vulnerable students in years seven to ten.  The mentees face a wide range of problems, for example, bullying, isolation, anxiety, depression, and substance addiction in themselves or a loved one. This Community Grant will help ISMO to provide an hour each week of individual attention for 13 of the most vulnerable students, over a 20 week period. Mentees will learn about positive mental health, nutrition, fitness, goal setting and communication skills. Through the program, mentees improve resilience and coping skills and the risk of youth suicide is reduced.  

Riding for the Disabled Association - $6,600

Riding for the Disabled gives young people with disabilities the opportunity to participate in horse riding, with the expert guidance of coaches and supported by volunteers. The National Coaching Workshop takes place each year and provides the necessary training for coaches to run activities for young riders with disabilities. This Community Grant will enable up to six coaches to attend the workshop in 2017, allowing Riding for the Disabled to provide riding activities for 55 children with disabilities. Interaction between young people with disabilities and horses has been shown to have positive social, psychological and physical benefits, enabling them to participate in outdoor activities where they gain confidence, mobility and balance, and are able to interact with others.

Marysville Primary School - $7,000

Marysville Primary School and Marysville Preschool reopened in April 2010 after the devastating Black Saturday fires. With the primary school and preschool now co-located, they work closely together and share learning through a range of programs. The Linking Learning initiative will develop literacy among pre-schoolers and primary school students. This Community Grant will enable the school to engage a literary facilitator for professional development and guidance, purchase take-home literary resource bags for children and implement the Linking Learning transition program for preschool children and foundation grade 1 students. The Linking Learning initiative will directly benefit children and their families, helping to close the socio-economic gap within the community.

The Scout Association - 2nd Lara Scout Group - $5,048

The Scout Movement helps young people to achieve their full physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual potential as individuals, responsible citizens and members of their communities. 2nd Lara Scout Group provides challenges and outdoor programs for children, in a community with limited services for young families and few non-sporting youth groups. This Community Grant will provide two new heavy duty tents so the growing scout group can attend jamborees, dawn service sleepovers and other important events. The new tents will help the group achieve their goal of spending a collective 200 nights under canvas in 2017, enabling youth members to obtain badge awards for camp craft, cooking, and bushcraft skills.

Scout Association - 1st Koo Wee Rup Scout Group - $10,000

The Scout Movement helps young people to achieve their full physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual potential as individuals, responsible citizens and members of their communities. Scouts are required to participate on hikes ranging from a day hike to a 30km, two-night hike. They must carry all equipment with them, including a sleep mat, cooking equipment and tent. This Community Grant will enable the scout group to purchase six to ten hike packs. The packs will allow scouts of all socio-economic backgrounds to take part in hikes and camps that they may otherwise be unable to attend, developing their knowledge and experience of the outdoor activities associated with the scouting program.

Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation - $10,000

The Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation runs programs to enhance cultural knowledge and economic benefits for Yorta Yorta people. Yenbena Learning is a new program to engage school children in an interactive way, teaching them about Aboriginal cultural heritage and traditional practices through outdoor education led by Yorta Yorta guides. This Community Grant will help fund a self-guided, Bluetooth-enabled cultural tour route through Barmah National Park. Tablets will be provided to participants, who will learn about Yorta Yorta traditional customs and activities through visual imagery and storytelling on the device. As well as improving cultural awareness among young and adult visitors alike, the program enables self-determination and sustainability for the Yorta Yorta community.

Sale Specialist School - $7,360

Sale Specialist School provides excellence in special education, delivered in a supportive and caring environment. The EMPLOY ABILITY program will produce a YouTube video and a DVD for distribution to schools, employment agencies and prospective employers, highlighting the skills that young people with disabilities can bring to the workforce. This Community Grant will fund the production of the DVD, showcasing a number of Sale students who have taken part in work experience and highlighting the skills they developed on placement. By increasing awareness of the contribution young people with disabilities can make, the DVD will increase inclusive employment opportunities and foster community connections.

Belvoir Wodonga Special Development School - $10,000

Belvoir Special School is a specialist school in Wodonga which provides a high quality educational program for students with mild, moderate and profound intellectual disabilities. The school's philosophy is that children learn best in a co-operative environment that is happy, challenging and supportive. The school hall is used for physical education, school assemblies, plays and concerts. This Community Grant will enable the school to purchase 100 chairs, allowing students and parents alike to attend school events without having to sit on the floor. Belvoir Special School students have a raw passion for their education and work every day to impress teachers and parents in their learning journey.  This seating allows students and families a chance to congregate and celebrate these successes as a school.

The Scout Association - 1st Cheltenham Scouts - $7,950

The Scout Movement helps young people to achieve their full physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual potential as individuals, responsible citizens and members of their communities. 1st Cheltenham Scouts has support from youth members, adult leaders and families and community but does not have the necessary gear to run an effective camping program. This Community Grant will purchase camping equipment to enable the group to run a minimum of two camps each school term.  Through the camping program, children and young people aged eight to 18  will have the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and develop their self-esteem, overall well being, teamwork and leadership skills.

Warrnambool and District Food Share - $10,000

Warrnambool Foodshare distributes donated food to regional welfare agencies and schools, providing emergency food relief to families in need. They also provide more than 30 district schools with healthy food products each week. This Community Grant will enable Warrnambool and District Food Share to develop a Healthy Fruit for Youth Program, adding essential fruit products both to family emergency hampers and to weekly school support packages for a full year. Overall, the program will provide vital nutrition to young people who can’t access healthy fruit at home or school, promoting health and wellbeing for kids of all ages who are in dire need.

A Better Life for Foster Kids - $10,000

A Better Life for Foster Kids supports children in foster care through education programs to improve self-esteem, while providing clothing, toiletries, bedding and other essential items. Sport, dancing and music lessons help children to form friendships and tutoring helps them catch up to their class level at school, reducing stigma and isolation. This Community Grant will enable the purchase of crisis bags, pay for volunteer training, a van and fuel to collect and disperse donations, and office equipment to help run the program. As a result, 500 children will benefit from assistance, leading to an improved sense of self-worth and breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect.

Marrma’ Rom Two Worlds Foundation - $10,000

The Marrma' Rom Two Worlds (MRTW) Foundation empowers the next generation of Indigenous youth from communities across Arnhem Land. The Leadership Program is for students who show a commitment to education and display strong leadership potential. This Community Grant will help to fund a Healthy Living program for 500 future leaders, teaching them to live a healthy lifestyle and share their knowledge with their community. The students will be enrolled in a Jamie Oliver cooking class where they will learn healthy recipes. These skills will be shared with their community through workshops, a recipe book and short videos, all in the Yolngu language. The program will support Aboriginal communities  embrace healthy  food choices.

WA

Paediatric Nursing Services - $9,055

Paediatric Nursing Services supports chronically, critically and terminally ill children; and children with special needs. The Life Links program is a youth group for teenagers aged 13 - 18 who are living with a disability. Teenagers with a disability can miss a lot of school, and as a result, they lose opportunities for social interaction with peers. This Community Grant will fund the creation of a space to host the Life Links program, where teenagers can meet and interact with their peers. The fit-out will include Smart TVs, an Xbox, a Playstation, a Wii, games, controllers, laptops and beanbags. Through Life Links, teenagers with disabilities will get the chance to build friendships, becoming happy and engaged members of the community.

A Maze of Story - $5,000

A Maze of Story (AMOS) enhances children's creativity and wellbeing through writing. The program involves creative writing workshops aimed primarily at disadvantaged children, especially those from indigenous and non-English speaking backgrounds. Each workshop program is led and facilitated by an AMOS ‘story-weaver’, supported by six volunteer tutors. 12 children get the benefit of close personal attention to their creative writing through five weekly sessions. At the end of the workshop program, the children’s finished stories are published in a book. This Community Grant will fund workshop programs for a total of 72 children, helping to improve their literacy, and giving them the tools and confidence to express themselves creatively.

Role Models and Leaders Australia - $10,000

Role Models and Leaders Australia (RMLA) provides school-based programs to develop and empower Indigenous girls, through leadership training, mentoring, sport and education support programs. RMLA operates 12 Girls Academies in 16 locations, with more than 1,000 Indigenous girls enrolled. The Kalgoorlie Girls Academy program focuses on increasing school attendance; advancing academic and personal achievement; improving year 12 graduation rates; and facilitating post-school transition planning. Sports, extra-curricular activities, one-on-one mentoring and a structured reward system help to keep the girls engaged in their education. This Community Grant will support RMLA to continue running the Girls Academy in Kalgoorlie, helping to break the cycle of disadvantage and build a healthier family, a stronger community, and a brighter future.
 
Kimberley Dental Team  - $10,000

The Kimberley Dental Team is staffed by volunteers from the dental profession, focused on improving dental care in the Kimberley. Each year 50 - 60 volunteers visit the region to deliver oral health education and dental treatment to Indigenous children and their families. Many children in remote communities have never used or owned a toothbrush, or seen a dentist. This Community Grant will help to fund the ongoing delivery of the program, alleviating the immediate pain and suffering experienced by many children in remote communities, due to dental disease. Once oral health is improved, children are able to sleep, eat, attend school and concentrate on their lessons - and their overall wellbeing improves.

Bay of Isles Community Outreach - $9,677

Bay of Isles Community Outreach (BOICO) provides services and support for people living with mental illness, their carers and families. This Community Grant will fund a Youth Group for teenagers from 14 - 17 years who have experienced bullying, peer pressure and drug use. They may also have parents or family members who have a diagnosed mental illness, alcohol or substance abuse issues. The Youth Group will run for four terms, providing fun activities to help teenagers relax and build relationships. The program aims to reduce harmful behaviours, including alcohol, drug use and criminal activities. Participating teenagers will be linked to other programs within the community to extend and build on their increased sense of belonging.

Cystic Fibrosis WA - $10,000

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a chronic genetic illness which affects a number of organs in the body, in particular the lungs and pancreas. Cystic Fibrosis Western Australia (CFWA) provides support and services to people with CF and their families. The Sibling and Offspring Camp is an annual event for young carers who have a sibling or parent with CF. This Community Grant will help to fund the camp for 30 children, aged eight to 16, providing an opportunity for them to interact and form networks with other children in similar situations. As a result, children gain the support they need, and an understanding that they are not alone in living with a family affected by CF.

The Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation - $10,000

The Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation (DSF) provides services and advocacy to people with learning and literacy challenges. DSF also provides advice and support to families and educators on how to improve literacy outcomes. Through the Boost program, parents from disadvantaged areas gain increased skills and confidence to help their child develop early literacy. This Community Grant will help to fund three Boost programs, supporting 150 children. Participating parents attend two interactive workshops and receive a comprehensive take-home resource pack. As a result, children gain improved reading and spelling skills, better social skills, increased overall wellbeing and better long-term education outcomes.

The Wirrpanda Foundation - $10,000

The Wirrpanda Foundation improves the quality of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians by mentoring Indigenous people who are then empowered to build capacity in their own communities. The Deadly Sista Girlz (DSG) program is an individual mentoring program designed and delivered by female Indigenous mentors for female Indigenous students aged 8 - 18 years. Mentors provide culturally-appropriate mentoring, with sessions focusing on chronic disease prevention; sexual and mental health; alcohol, drug and tobacco awareness; and cultural identity. This Community Grant will help to fund the DSG program for 35 participants, improving their school attendance levels, self-esteem and confidence. Ultimately, Indigenous female partipants go on to become leaders in their families and communities.

Edge Employment Solutions - $10,000

EDGE helps people with a disability to secure and maintain quality long term employment. EDGE is currently supporting over 400 people with disability in work and helping 315 candidates to find work. This Community Grant will help to fund a pre-vocational training program for job seekers and workers aged 16 - 20 with a range of disabilities such as autism, down syndrome, vision or hearing impairment, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, and depression or anxiety. During ten workshops, participants will learn interview and negotiation skills; assertiveness and confidence; anger management; goal setting; time management and more. Through early intervention, young people with disability can gain meaningful employment and make a positive contribution to the community.

Youth Futures WA - $10,000

Youth Futures supports disadvantaged and disengaged young people through a variety of homelessness, education and support programs. The NEST provides teenage mothers with accommodation and intensive support over an 18 month period. During that time they are helped to address their underlying issues and plan for a brighter future. This Community Grant will support Youth Futures to continue delivering the NEST to teenaged mothers and their babies. The benefits for the infants include shelter, food and safety, with support to ensure they reach developmental milestones. Young mums get to maintain custody of their baby, developing a strong bond and improving parenting and living skills.

Kalparrin - $10,000

Kalparrin is based at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children and takes its name from an Aboriginal word meaning ‘help carry the load’. Kalparrin helps the families of children with disability, providing practical information and emotional support. Kalparrin’s Family Support Program is the first point of contact for families of children with special needs, helping families to connect with each other, share information and find shared solutions to daily challenges. This Community Grant will help Kalparrin to continue delivering the Family Support program for children with special needs and their siblings, engaging them in recreational and therapeutic activities that they often miss out on. Building stronger, happier families leads to stronger, happier children with special needs.  

Comet Bay Primary School - $2,000

Comet Bay Primary School runs a Breakfast Club every Friday during term times. The Breakfast Club targets students from a low socio-economic background who often arrive at school without having breakfast. It also allows students with social and emotional behavioural problems to experience a positive social event before the start of the school day. This Community Grant will help Comet Bay Primary to extend the program to all students, across more days of the week. Children who benefit from the Breakfast Club have demonstrated improved performance in the classroom. Extending the program to more of the school community will build further benefits, including improved nutrition as well as academic, social and emotional outcomes.

Princess Margaret Hospital for Children Foundation - $9,553

The Princess Margaret Hospital for Children Foundation funds a range of initiatives to support the hospital, patients and their families. Patients with spina bifida, cerebral palsy or those in palliative care or intensive care may not be able to move freely in bed, putting them at risk of pressure injuries. A pressure injury can increase length of stay in hospital, cause pain and infection, delay treatments and put patients through undue stress. This Community Grant will enable the Foundation to purchase five special mattresses that significantly reduce the risk of pressure injury development, resulting in less pain, trauma and stress for sick children and their families.

South Ballajura Education Support Centre - $9,481

South Ballajura Education Support Centre (SBESC) is a purpose-built school for children with special educational needs, co-located with a partner primary school. This Community Grant will assist SBESC to create a Sensational Play Station - an outdoor area for students with high sensory needs, where they can touch, smell, feel, listen, look at and interact with items linked to science and environmental studies. 49 SBESC students aged 3 - 13 years will benefit from the project, along with 85 buddy class peers from the mainstream primary school. The Sensational Play Station will improve the learning environment and outcomes for all the children involved.

University of Western Australia - $9,600

The University of WA’s Thriving program offers tailored physical activity for children and young people facing challenges to their health and wellbeing. Drug and Alcohol Youth Services (DAYS) provides withdrawal and rehabilitation services to children and young people. The Thriving-DAYS initiative delivers a tailored weekly exercise program for young people at the DAYS residential detox service. This Community Grant will enable the Thriving-DAYS program to continue to be offered to all young people receiving treatment at DAYS. The program will support the physical and mental health of young people being treated for substance use disorders, while researching the role of exercise in treatment.

Constable Care Child Safety Foundation - $10,000

The Constable Child Care Safety Foundation works to prevent harm to children through theatre-in-education programs and community services. The Relationship Violence Education Program will engage with 3,000 young people aged 12 - 18, from at-risk secondary schools. Through a two-hour interactive performance workshop, young people will gain an understanding of healthy relationships and the effects of intimate partner or relationship violence. Curriculum resources with supporting pre- and post-workshop activities will be provided to teachers. This Community Grant supports the delivery of the program to 50 secondary schools, helping to educate the next generation and reduce levels of domestic violence into the future.

WA AIDS Council - $9,000

The WA AIDS Council delivers programs to improve the wellbeing of at-risk young people in WA. The Freedom Centre works to prevent mental illness in LGBTIQ young people, giving them a safe space to be themselves and meet others going through similar challenges and experiences. The Freedom Centre Retreat provides young LGBTIQ people with a 48-hour respite from everyday life, and the opportunity to take part in educational and recreational activities, building social connections in a supportive environment. This Community Grant will enable the Freedom Centre to run a retreat for up to 35 young LGBTIQ people. Participants will benefit from increased self-worth, confidence and self-esteem, and reduced risk of suicide and poor mental health.  

Mercy Community Services - $10,000

MercyCare provides aged care, family, community, health and children's services. The Reconnect program is an outreach support service working with young people aged 12 -18 to prevent homelessness. Reconnect helps young people stabilise their living situation, reconcile with their family, and improve their level of engagement with work, education, training and the community. The 1A ROO boxing program improves health and wellbeing and fosters positive engagement with the local community and the police. This Community Grant will enable the program to be extended for a further two school terms, giving disadvantaged young people the opportunity to focus their energy into a sport that requires discipline, mental strength and respect for others; creating better and safer communities.

On My Feet - $5,000

On My Feet helps disadvantaged young people boost their feelings of self-worth and motivation, through running. The young people engaged by On My Feet have often battled with addiction, experienced violence, poverty, unemployment or disability. They desperately need assistance and motivation to turn their lives around. On My Feet addresses this need through exercise - improving mental health and creating a sense of belonging in the running group community. This Community Grant will enable the Rockingham chapter of On My Feet to bring 10 participants on board and get them involved in running long term. Participants are encouraged to achieve more than they ever thought possible, and to become healthy and active community members.

Woolkabunning Kiaka - $10,000

Woolkabunning Kiaka (WKI) was established in 1976 to represent the children who were removed from the former Roelands Mission between the 1940s - 1970s. WKI works to advance the healing and well-being of WKI members, and the broader south-west Aboriginal community, through education, employment and training projects based at Roelands Village. This Community Grant will fund camp programs that encourage Indigenous teenagers to spend time away from life's pressures in a safe environment, learning new skills. Participants will learn techniques for managing stress and anxiety and improving mental health. Cultural enrichment sessions will use language, art, music, dance, yoga and meditation, as well as bush foods and healthy eating to improve connection to country, culture and community.

Geraldton Streetwork Aboriginal Corporation - $5,480

The Geraldton Streetwork Aboriginal Corporation works to reduce the incidence of juvenile crime by providing counselling and programs for Indigenous young people aged 10 - 18. This Community Grant will fund a Midwest Regional School Girls Breakfast, to bring young girls together from 30 schools across the region for outdoor activities and a yarning circle with elders. Motivational speakers will encourage students to think independently about their education and inspire them to stay in school. The event will draw on the collaboration of the community as a whole to enhance education outcomes, enjoyment and cultural understanding among participants.

Starz Dance under the auspices of Soul Gestures - $10,000

Starz Dance is an inclusive dance therapy program for children and teenagers with special needs. With support from occupational therapists and trained dancers, students learn and develop at a pace that suits their individual needs. Starz Dance caters to children and teenagers from 3.5 through to 21 years of age. The program is free-of-charge, making it accessible for families from all socio-economic backgrounds. This Community Grant will support Starz to develop and enhance their program, including the end of year concert - a highlight that children work towards all year. Starz Dance is uniting the wider dance community to bring tolerance, acceptance and a sense of community to children with special needs and their families.

The Pinnacle Foundation - $10,000

The Pinnacle Foundation provides scholarships and mentors to young students aged 16 - 21, who are marginalised or disadvantaged because of their sexual or gender identity. Many have been disowned by their parents, some are homeless or being supported by other community services. Mental health issues as a result of rejection and homophobia are significant - suicide rates in this demographic are the highest in the population. This Community Grant will enable the Foundation to extend its Pinnacle Scholarship program to a further five students, each matched with a mentor who will accelerate their learning and help them find a place in society. They will become the leaders of tomorrow, creating hope for other young people.