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Community Grants Program - 2009

VIC Community Grant recipients

Ardoch Youth Foundation - $10,000

The Ardoch Youth Foundation works to develop and implement programs to make education a reality for young people, especially those experiencing disadvantage to create options and choices in life. The funds received from the grant will go towards the Write, Camera, Action! program which builds self esteem and creativity in primary school students. This program gives students the chance to create a photographic exhibition that includes a write-up of their work, culminating in an exhibition to the local community.

Benalla Trust Foundation - $10,000

Benalla Trust Foundation provides short-term financial assistance to local families in crisis who have a child with a serious or life threatening illness or medical condition. The funds from the Community Grant will aid the ongoing program, The Trust. This program provides families with a critically ill child short term relief from financial stress, transportation and accommodation while their child is in and out of treatment. 

Bendigo Special Development Fund - $9,000

Bendigo Special Development Fund aims to provide innovative and stimulating programs for students aged 5-18 years who have a wide range of intellectual, physical and multiple disabilities. Funds from the grant will be used to purchase specialised frames, designed for students with physical or intellectual disabilities, to ensure therapy for these students is continued in a safe and effective environment.

Burnet Institute - $9,470

The Burnet Institute focuses on infectious diseases, immunology, immunotherapy and cancer. Grant funds will be used to implement free sexual health testing and information at VIC Schoolies Week. This will be an attempt to educate students at a particularly vulnerable time, offer free screenings for students and ultimately decrease risky sexual behaviour and excessive alcohol consumption.

HeartKids Victoria - $4,900

HeartKids aims to assist children with congenital or acquired heart disease by covering the four primary focus areas; support, research, awareness and advocacy. With funds from the grant, HeartKids will purchase play therapy toys, aids and props to be used by children hospitalised with heart disease. The toys are used to stimulate children, relieve boredom, engage, distract from certain medical procedures and offer emotional and psychological support.

Kara House Inc - $2,550

Kara House provides support for women and their children who are escaping from or living with domestic violence. Thanks to funds received from the Community Grant, Kara House can build a Deluxe Playing Centre to ensure a safe, stimulating and educational environment is provided to children housed at Kara House.

KIDS Foundation - $7,500

KIDS Foundation is devoted to childhood injury prevention and recovery, supporting burn survivors and their families in the post hospitalisation phase. With funds from the grant program, KIDS Foundation will implement TANGO, a personal development, rehabilitation and education project designed to inspire and enrich the lives of children and young people recovering from life-changing burn injuries.

Life Education Victoria - $3,025

Life Education Victoria provides positive and preventative drug and health education programs to preschool, primary and secondary age students in Victoria . Grant funds will go towards the Mobile Learning Centre and associated equipment. This is a program that visits local schools to deliver these education programs.

National Trauma Research Institute – The Alfred - $10,000

The National Trauma Research Institute focuses on improving trauma patient care and outcomes through research and education programs.  With money from the Community Grants the Institute plans to implement its P.A.R.T.Y Program (Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth). This program allows participants to spend time volunteering in various trauma department services.  

Operation STITCHES - $9,910

Operation STITCHES is targeted towards school aged children from a low socio-economic background and aims to teach the young to say NO to drugs, violence and crime. With funds received from the grant, Operation STITCHES will be able to employ a part-time recreation person to allow it to continue to provide activities, games, nutritious meals and a mentor for participants.

PlayConnect Playgroup Thornbury - $645

PlayConnect is a playgroup specifically created for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. It provides a support and information network for parents and siblings whilst giving children an opportunity to play in a safe and personalised environment. With the grant, PlayConnect plan to create a Sensory Play Space that will encourage children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to participate in play experiences.

Port Phillip Specialist School - $2,000

Port Phillip Specialist School aims to challenge the boundaries of special education by finding innovative and exciting ways for its students to learn life skills. With money from the grant, Port Phillip Specialist School will be able to continue their Interschool Sport Program that allows students to play football against other special education schools in the area.

The Victorian Deaf Society (Vicdeaf) - $10,000

Vicdeaf aims to improve the quality of life for deaf and hard of hearing people by breaking down communication barriers, improving access to services and increasing the status and participation of these people in society.  The Community Grant will support the HEAR here School Education Program (SEP).  This project is a mobile, support and information program for schools in Victoria. SEP will provide on-site access, information, preventative programs, hearing screening and referral facility and is supported by a range of specialist staff and volunteers.  

Women's Liberation Halfway House Inc - $4,500

Women's Liberation Halfway House is a high security domestic violence refuge, specialising in providing crisis refuge accommodation and support for culturally and linguistically diverse women and children. The Community Grant  will contribute to the Strengthening Childrens Program. This program is designed to provide refuge to children who have experienced or witnessed violence. Play activities such as drawing, painting, group games and school holidays activities will be added to the existing program to enable children to express themselves.