2017 Grants

2017 Grants

Education and Vocational Pathways: 28 grants $1,222,964

Ardoch Youth Foundation Limited
Engaging students in disadvantaged communities in Geelong through science, technology, engineering and maths learning
To develop STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) resource kits and programs to engage over 600 students in disadvantaged communities in Geelong in learning, build skills, knowledge and interest.

Autism Victoria Incorporated
Enabling improved educational outcomes for young people on the autism spectrum
To develop a pilot framework, and identify and engage target school communities, teachers and education leaders – as proof of concept for a new, more expansive long-term program.

Berengarra School Ltd
Transforming Berengarra School into a trauma-informed model of positive education through the BSEM
To assist with the development of a new program designed purely to meet the needs of students with backgrounds of developmental trauma and integrate the BSEM across Berengarra’s existing programs.

Beyond the Bell Great South Coast Ltd
Beyond the Bell – measuring our impact
To develop and establish an evaluation and shared measurement framework including an external evaluation group, critical friends and group of external mentors.

Big Brothers – Big Sisters Australia Limited
Project: Big Futures NEW Northern Melbourne Cluster
To initiate a new Big Futures school cluster in Melbourne’s North starting with 2 – 3 schools.

Brotherhood of St Laurence
Increasing Life Opportunities – A Two Generational Approach
To deliver, trial and evaluate a new approach to assisting all members of disadvantaged families through all being linked to education, training and helped to gain employment.

Community Four Ltd
SymLab Careers Program
To pilot the Symlab Careers program for refugees (and people seeking asylum) in Dandenong and utilise this experience in delivering a detailed business plan for the first fully operational Symlab.

Doxa Youth Foundation
University Pathways Discovery (UPD) Project for Refugee Students in Regional and Rural Victoria
To pilot the delivery of 4 workshops to 60 x Year 9-12 refugee students from disadvantaged regional/rural Victorian schools to support their access to tertiary studies and meaningful employment.

Dress for Success Mornington Peninsula
Keeping the Job, building the Future
To provide a post-employment  program to  assist and support  clients who obtain employment in their transition to work, helping  build personal resilience and growth, financial independence and career growth.

Endeavour Ministries Inc
Devices for the Disadvantaged
To help in the purchase of prescribed digital devices for financially disadvantaged students at the local secondary college where engagement with technology is compulsory and central to all learning.

Glen Eira Adult Learning Centre Inc
Improved Learning Spaces for Adult Migrants and Vulnerable Learners at Glen Eira Adult Learning Centre
To re-network and transfer GEALC’s computer training room and provide educational equipment including interactive whiteboard for a new learning space for migrant learners.

Green Collect
Governance and strategy capacity building to support impact growth and enterprise sustainability
To develop and implement a performance-driven governance framework and business strategy that will enable Green Collect to achieve overall enterprise sustainability and grow our impact.

Horn of African Communities Network in Victoria Inc
Let Us Start Again: Economic Participation for Women from Refugee Backgrounds
To enable women from refugee backgrounds living in the outer west of Melbourne to access opportunities to participate economically in the Victorian community.

Inclusion Melbourne Inc
Pathways to Employment: Supporting Sudanese Refugee Women
To adapt and deliver a Certificate 3 in Aged Care course specifically designed to cater for Sudanese refugees, accounting for common barriers such as low English levels and family commitments.

Learning for Life
Inclusion Works – Mooroopna Primary School (MPS)
To deliver an in-depth consultancy program in effective behavioural strategies to MPS’s 16 teaching staff to strengthen the school’s capacity to improve the educational outcomes of its current/future ASD students.

The Lost Dogs Home*
Special Consideration by Trustees grant – for Victorian Operations

Monash University
Hands on Health
To double the capacity of the Hands on Health program to reach disadvantaged secondary school students with a view to increasing the numbers of these students pursuing tertiary education.

The River Nile Learning Centre Inc
Securing RNLC’s Financial Sustainability
To secure RNLC’s long term financial sustainability through registering the Learning Centre with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) as an independent school.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals*
Special Consideration by Trustees grant

SisterWorks Incorporated
SisterWorks Creative Enterprises: Connecting the best Australian practices with a multicultural experience
To generate a strong income as a social enterprise that develops businesses with its Entrepreneurs.

Welcome to School Kit: transitioning Victorian Indigenous children into primary school
Victorian distribution of 2,000 ‘Welcome to School’ Kits, providing tools for children, families and educators to build on the strengths of Indigenous cultures and communities, and improve children’s school transitions.

Social Traders Ltd
Growing the impact and sustainability of social enterprises in Victoria through capacity building
To support the Crunch accelerator program which builds the business skills and networks of new and existing social enterprises in Victoria so they can deliver sustainable social impact.

The Song Room
Building resilient school communities
To understand the link between creativity and school engagement and the link between arts and resilience in school communities in Victoria.

SPELD Victoria Inc
SPELD-Victoria – Building Capacity to assist Victorians with Specific Learning Difficulties including Dyslexia
To build SPELD-Victoria’s IT capacity with integrated systems to drive organisational efficiency, effectiveness and growth.

Equal access to services for 0-12 years-old children who are deaf across Victoria.
To purchase resources for therapy rooms, group literacy and parent-support programs at our new planned micro-centre in the West.

Victorian Association of State Secondary Principals Inc
Ourschool — helping state secondary schools build thriving alumni communities to benefit current students
To deliver a pilot of an alumni service to a group of metropolitan and regional state secondary schools.

Vision Australia Limited*
Special Consideration by Trustees grant – for Victorian Operations

Westside Circus Inc
The Altitude Project (Shepparton)
To embed circus in the ongoing practice of the project partners to support disengaged youth in Shepparton to access and maintain engagement with education, and achieve success in employment.

2017 Grants

Regional Resilience: 14 grants $735,232

Ballarat Hospice Care Inc
Looking to the future
Build the capacity of the Supportive Team Network to support, educate and provide bereavement counselling for community groups rather than limited one-on-one counselling.

Baptcare Ltd
Norlane Community Hub: skills capacity building initiative
Provide new skills and opportunities to people encountering long-term systemic disadvantage in Norlane, Geelong, by working in a Community Hub pop-up cafe  – run for the locals by the locals.

Deakin University
The role of Peer Mentors in breaking the cycle of crime and imprisonment in Geelong
To undertake a trial of peer led mentoring program for people leaving prison and returning to Geelong under the supervision of Community Correctional Services to test applicability in the Australian context.

Interchange Loddon-Mallee Region Inc.
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Advocacy Project
Interchange LM clients will be clearly briefed on their entitlements in regard to NDIS

Life Saving Victoria
Water Safety and Disaster Resilience Education – Virtual Excursions (A Pilot)
To undertake a pilot study for the delivery of ‘virtual excursions’ focusing on water safety and disaster resilience education in the event of localised emergencies in rural/regional Victorian communities.

Lyndoch Living Inc
Wicked Asset Systems Development (WASD) supporting services for dairy farmers across South- West Victoria.
To expand on  WASD training delivered to community development professionals in late 2015-16 and adapt training to deliver to support mental health initiatives for dairy farmers in South-West (SW) Victoria

Post Placement Support Service (Vic) Inc
Life Story Work: Training program assisting parents and carers of permanent care and adopted children.
To deliver training in Life Story Work and provide additional support to current peer support groups for parents with permanent care and adopted children in regional Victoria.

Quercus Beechworth
Connecting Beechworth
To develop a sustainable social media platform with a ‘bricks and mortar’ presence that allows people in Beechworth and surrounds access to timely and factual community information.

Save the Children Australia
Children’s Wellbeing Initiative – East Gippsland
To deliver a collective impact model to implement collaborative community responses to the needs of children and youth in East Gippsland, so that they can grow up safe, happy and healthy.

Smiling Mind
Smiling Mind for Regional Victoria: Curriculum Mapping and Teacher Training
To extend Smiling Mind’s Australian Curriculum mapping to the Victoria-specific curriculum. To develop and pilot test a train-the trainer model of teacher training for use in regional Victoria.

Tomorrow Today Education Foundation
It Takes a Village
Two purposes: (1) All Benalla children start school ready to learn (2) Tomorrow Today adopts a financial sustainability plan

Wendouree Neighbourhood Centre Inc
Ballarat Bigger Hearts Club – 100 stories about dementia
To destigmatize dementia by engaging community members in documenting 100 Ballarat residents stories about their experiences of living with dementia — and by utilizing these stories to educate community members.

Western Bulldogs Community Foundation
Sons of The West – Regional Setting Pilot
To recruit, advertise, deliver and evaluate a men’s health program in the regional local government area of Central Goldfields. The program will aim to support 50 men.

Yea and District Community House
GROW – Community Fresh Food program
Employing a project worker to run hands-on programs supporting starting a Community Kitchen, linking Community Gardens, schools, YCH, local hospital programs to increase fresh food access, habits and food knowledge.


2017 Grants

Culture and Heritage: 17 grants $827,750

100 Story Building
Story Hub: Feasibility
A feasibility study in Brimbank for a pilot of co-created, creative spaces for children and young people in disadvantaged communities to support their engagement in learning, confidence and social connectedness.

Back to Back Theatre Inc
Back to Back Theatre – Effecting positive social change via community artistic practice 2018-2020
To expand the impact of our Community Programs and increase community reach across Victoria, refining our programs for long-term application and return on community investment.

Ballarat International Foto Biennale
Enriched relationships for greater outcomes: Supporting a position to drive long-term collaborative and financial relationships
To deliver new capacity to manage a sustainable, extended partnerships program enabling growth and deepened relationships with BIFB’s cultural and investment partners, engaging local, state and federal organisations.

BalletLab Association Inc
New digital infrastructure supporting a new interdisciplinary space at Temperance Hall.
To commission integrated digital infrastructure comprising website, CRM and communication system with automated marketing functionality, enabling diversified income and audience growth.

Bringing Scattered Tribes Together
To deliver a program of participatory arts activities that culminate in a exhibition of large scale portraits that explore ideas of self-determination through self-representation and celebrating cultural identity.

Emerging Writers’ Festival Inc
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Literary Programming Initiative
Salary for a Program Producer (12-15 month contract role) to engage participation by CALD writers and grow CALD audiences for EWF and MWF

Geelong Performing Arts Centre
To develop a strategy to engage with a broad range of digital opportunities and stakeholders to build new programs and collaborations whereby GPAC remains relevant in a global, digital world.

Kage Physical Theatre Association Inc
To develop resources and activities around performances of OUT OF EARSHOT which increase the accessibility, reach and impact of the production on high-school students, people with disabilities and the general public’s understanding.

Melbourne Fringe
Deadly Fringe
To increase participation and employment pathways in the arts in Victoria, particularly theatre, for Indigenous artists and producers.

Melbourne Youth Orchestras
SCALING UP: Investing in the growth of Melbourne Youth Orchestras’ fundraising and development capacity
To invest in the people and resources needed for MYO to build its fundraising and development capacity over a two year period.

Mission to Seafarers Victoria Inc*
Special Consideration by Trustees grant

Multicultural Arts Victoria
“Go for Broke” – Multicultural Arts Victoria’s Emerge Cultural Enterprise & Development Program
To increase the capacity of culturally and linguistically diverse communities to build new creative enterprise through the strategic development of Multicultural Arts Victoria’s arts brokerage model.

Outer Urban Projects Ltd
Linkages Employment Generator: A pilot training and employment program of Outer Urban Projects
To train up to 60 new young artists to be work ready and employable on OUP’s fee for service Urban Events Social Enterprise and in the wider performing arts industry.

Public Galleries Association of Victoria
Artists in the Black across Victoria
To run four workshops providing culturally appropriate legal advice, information and education to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in order to develop their professional capacity in the arts sector.

Speak Percussion
To deliver the Bespoke professional development program which provides targeted support to independent artists, ensembles and arts workers within the Victorian small-to-medium arts and cultural sector.

Victorian Jazz Archive Inc
Australian Jazz Museum Collection System Creation Project
To build and develop a flexible and robust database, specifically catered to the needs of the Australian Jazz Museum

Western Edge Youth Arts
Seeking the Great Australian Dream –  circus theatre performance collaboration for culturally diverse young people
To build a collaborative partnership between two major youth arts companies that engages 40 young people (80% from CaLD and disadvantaged backgrounds) in the creation of a major community performance.

2017 Grants

Land and Environmental Stewardship: 10 grants $695,345

ANGAIR: Contemporary Digital Management — enabling greater community engagement and greater member involvement through collaboration
Implementing easy to use and reliable computer infrastructure to support ANGAIR operations and an integrated digital asset management system in place with core data loaded with appropriate meta data records.

Balcombe Estuary Rehabilitation Group Inc
Restoring Northern Bank of Lower Balcombe Creek, Mornington Peninsula
To restore the northern bank of the Balcombe Estuary Reserves to at least the level of restoration achieved on the southern bank, significantly advancing the protection of the entire reserves.

Bush Heritage Australia
Collaborative habitat restoration and woodland bird resilience in the Kara Kara-Wedderburn Landscape
To implement actions from the Kara Kara-Wedderburn (KKW) Landscape Plan to manage key threats to threatened temperate woodland bird communities across an expanded protected area.

Central Victorian Biolinks Alliance Inc
Kickstarting CVBA – building the capacity for donor fundraising and a sustainable future.
To build and implement a strong business model for donor fundraising so CVBA can independently meet its core operating costs, grow its organisational capacity and achieve its strategic objectives.

Darebin Information Volunteer and Resource Service
Mapping the Urban Orchard
To promote and increase the accessibility of digitally Mapping the Urban Orchard, reducing green and food waste, increasing access and preserving heritage of fruit trees in Darebin and neighbouring municipalities.

Federation University Australia
State Wide Integrated Flora and Fauna Teams (SWIFFT) and Visualising Victoria’s Biodiversity
To further expand SWIFFT and VVB as a key state-wide resource for increasing awareness, knowledge sharing and connectedness across Victorian communities for biodiversity conservation planning and management.

Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater Inc
From Yellingbo to Butterfield: a community-led model of habitat restoration for endangered and threatened species
To provide the increasing number of HeHo breeding pairs with quality habitat and reduce the risks (disease, fire, drought and diminished genetic diversity) of their currently restricted YNCR sole location.

People and Parks Environment Trust
Conserving Park Environments and Aboriginal Burial Sites in Murray Sunset National Park
To undertake remediation work to restore erosion-affected sand dunes and to undertake conservational and educational measures to prevent future erosion events to burial sites impacted by erosion in these dunes.

The Conservation Ecology Trust
How Do Threatened Native Mammals Respond to the ‘Otway Ark’?
To understand how populations of threatened mammal species in the Otways respond to landscape scale control of foxes.

Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association Incorporation
Koorie Plant Trail
To revegetate the gathering place with a Koorie plant trail that will provide opportunities for Aboriginal community to educate the broader public about traditional Boon Wurrung plant use.

2017 Grants

Health Advancement: 4 grants $790,852

Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights
Increasing access to trauma-informed care for CALD and Muslim women affected by violence
To provide research-based practical guidelines and a trauma-informed model of care that will increase access to mental health and psychological support for migrant and refugee women who have experienced violence.

Orygen Research Centre
Youth Online Training and Employment System (#yotes)
To develop and evaluate a comprehensive web-based employment support package for young people with mental illness who are unemployed, underemployed, or at risk of unemployment.

The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation No 2 Trust*
Special Consideration by Trustees Grant

Royal District Nursing Service*
Special Consideration by Trustees grant – for RDNS Ltd Victorian Operations

* Discretionary allocation to named beneficiaries
Note: This list represents grants approved in FY17 and excludes withdrawn and amended grants.