2021 Grants

2021 Grants

Education: 13 grants $837,880

Brophy Family and Youth Services
Get Connected -Safe & Connected Team
To provide targeted support, links to opportunities, services and community for young people aged 12-25 years across the Great South Coast whose lives have been impacted by the pandemic.

Good Cycles
Better Cities Logistics @ Good Cycles Social Enterprise Hub (The Hub)
To establish Better Cities-Logistics (BCL) within The Hub to provide employment for at-risk youth; drive systems change through collaboration; and to support sustainable transport through the use of cargo bikes.

Greater Shepparton Lighthouse
Supporting School Transitions in Greater Shepparton
To deliver a suite of targeted complementary programs that support and prepare Grade 6 students to successfully transition into Year 7 in Greater Shepparton.

Les Twentyman Foundation
Back To School Impact Evaluation
To review and evaluate our Back To School program to articulate outcomes, identify opportunities for improvement and emerging needs, attract investors and supporters and strengthen collaborations.

Mornington Peninsula Foundation
The Learning Guarantee Project (LGP)
To test if restructuring school and services systems using school-cluster based wellbeing coordination, early identification and individualised responses with evidence based teaching can improve upper-primary engagement and educational attainment.

North Melbourne Language & Learning Inc.
Digital Inclusion for NMLL students and community
To reduce the unfairness of the digital divide, brought to light by COVID, by responding to the needs of adult learners and local public housing residents.

Ourschool Ltd
Expanding the Ourschool alumni program for students at public high schools
To scale Ourschool, a proven, student-centred alumni program, across public high schools in Victoria. Ourschool helps public schools build alumni networks to benefit students and school communities.

Refugee Migrant Children Centre Ltd
Expanding Sidekicks to kids in need
To provide educational and social support to children from refugee and migrant backgrounds in regional and remote areas who lack access to specialist support.

SPELD Victoria Inc
Implementation of Sounds-Write in the new Docklands Primary School
To lead and collaborate on policy and research projects that address how SPELDVic can better serve disadvantaged students dealing with the impacts of undiagnosed and unaddressed learning difficulties.

The Huddle
Provision of laptops to families in need during lockdown
To provide laptops to 60 families from multicultural communities to participate in online education, recreational and vocational activities that would otherwise be unavailable to them.

The Song Room
Exploring Deadly Arts in Victorian Schools
Scope the replication of TSR’s successful Deadly Arts Program for Victorian schools. The community-led First Nations Arts Learning program is designed with ATSI community members, and local artists/educators.

Upper Murray Family Care Inc
AMPLIFY – Working together to support students experiencing family violence
To deliver family violence training to teachers across four secondary schools in NE Victoria, and build strong referral pathways between the schools and local family violence services.

Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency Co Op Ltd
VACCA Education Strategic Plan
To develop VACCA’s inaugural education strategy, defining how we build our capacity and work collaboratively to improve school engagement and learning outcomes for Aboriginal children in VACCA’s programs across Victoria.

2021 Grants

Community: 19 grants $1,884,647

Alannah and Madeline Foundation
Building TraCS – Building and piloting a trauma-informed framework for early childhood services
To build a trauma-informed framework for early childhood services to support educators working with children affected by trauma to create supportive learning environments and maximise the learning outcomes for these children.

Australian Multicultural Community Services
Smart Women Smart Money
To develop, in partnership with Financial Counselling Victoria, the financial literacy of women from multicultural backgrounds including newly arrived migrants, to enable their financial empowerment and wellbeing.

Banksia Gardens Community Services
Emergency Community Support during COVID-19
To enable Banksia Gardens Community Services to quickly adapt its mode of operating to ensure local communities in Broadmeadows and surrounds have access to essential services and support.

Bendigo Family & Financial Services
BFFS COVID-19 Bendigo and Shepparton Community Financial Resilience Program
To provide two financial capacity workers to support community members to withstand economic uncertainties and enhance financial stability.

Birchip Cropping Group
Dynamic Diversification – a paradigm shift
To scope opportunities to add value to locally produced agricultural commodities and how these could drive economic diversification and job creation in communities across the Wimmera Mallee region of Victoria.

Caroline Chisholm Society
Keeping Families Together
To pilot a community cultural brokerage approach designed to engage local expertise of women from CALD backgrounds bridging the social and economic gap for women impacted by their immigration experiences.

Community Four
Support CALD Women Community Leaders to Respond to the Impact of COVID on Their Communities
To demonstrate how CALD women community-led organisations are providing social support to their communities during the pandemic, and how they can be better supported to continue their vital work.

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
HMSTrust Bushfire Recovery Fund
To support the recovery of bushfire affected communities in Victoria in partnership with FRRR through the establishment of the ‘HMSTrust Bushfire Recovery Fund’.

Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund
Response to Gippsland Storm and Flood Impact
To support community recovery from flood damage in Gippsland and create a stronger, more resilient regional community to natural disaster; and to build greater capability within GERF.

Into Our Hands Community Foundation
Community Capacity, supporting Bushfire and Pandemic Recovery in North East Victoria
To provide technical advice, governance, coordination and infrastructure to support our community to implement successful recovery activities.

Merri Health
Ready, Set, Prep!
To scale-up Ready, Set, Prep!; a successful place-based, collective impact initiative that aims to improve early childhood development, school readiness and life outcomes for vulnerable children through collaborative partnerships.

Odyssey House
Brokerage to support Family Reunification
To reduce financial hardship for parents seeking to reunify with their children in out-of-home care.

Peninsula Community Legal Centre
Debt and Financial Abuse Law Project
To expand PCLC’s COVID-related legal services through a specialised debt lawyer to reach vulnerable people who are at risk due to debt they cannot manage or pay back.

Playgroup Victoria
Playgroups at Home – Digital and Interactive Playgroup
To initiate daily interactive online playgroup sessions that families can participate in via Zoom, from their home. 

Relationships Australia (Victoria)
Flexible and Accessible Services
To provide accessible and flexible technology based mental health and family relationships services to vulnerable communities in Southern and Eastern Melbourne and adjacent regional areas.

RMIT University
Migrant entrepreneurs in post COVID-19 economy: Enabling sustained entrepreneurship through enhanced financial and digital skills
To design and deliver a trial intervention that includes the skills and tools needed to support migrant entrepreneurs in Melbourne, to pivot and sustain their business in post Covid-19 economy.

Save the Children Australia
Children’s Wellbeing Initiative (CWI) – East Gippsland
To sustain the CWI, East Gippsland’s leading community coalition driving improved outcomes for children, as the region seeks to Build Back Better from compounding disasters of drought, bushfire and COVID-19.

Tomorrow Today Education Foundation
To ensure that the predicted consequences of COVID-19 are ameliorated, and the trajectory of measured improvement in child development now evidenced in Benalla, is maintained.

Zoe Support Australia
Client-Centered Service Engagement Strategies
To develop successful program engagement strategies in response to decreased attendance and mental health concerns resulting from COVID-19.

2021 Grants

Arts and Culture: 15 grants $748,000

Community Music Victoria
Growing Community Music in Teams across Victoria (GMC2)
To establish and support regional networks that invigorate community music-making activity in three regions of Victoria.

Golden Dragon Museum
Collection Redevelopment Project
To undertake a two-year intensive project, improving the ongoing condition and management of the collection of some 30,000 objects ready for the proposed Museum redevelopment.

Jewish Holocaust Centre
Developing a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework to ensure future sustainability and growth
To scope and develop a monitoring and evaluation framework to build evidence-based practices and organisational sustainability.

Jumpleads nfp Limited
ArtsACTION – activating pathways for regional creatives
To deliver a professional development program for creatives in disadvantaged communities of regional Victoria, assisting them to recover and grow their professional capacity in relation to COVID-19 and other identified challenges.

Kaiela Arts Shepparton
Portable Screen Printing Studio & Artist Training Project
To equip a fully operational portable screen print studio at the new Kaiela Arts SAM building and train two key artists to operate it and train others.

Melbourne Fringe
Radical Access: realising best practice Deaf and disability accessibility in the Victorian arts sector
To undertake a new sector development project by Melbourne Fringe in partnership with Arts Access Victoria realising best practice Deaf and disability access in the independent arts in Victoria.

Melbourne International Jazz Festival
Melbourne International Jazz Festival: National Industry Summit
To deliver Australia’s first major national industry summit for the jazz and improvised music sector.

Melbourne Writers Festival
MWF Digital Capacity Building
To increase the capacity of Melbourne Writers Festival to deliver world-class digital events and resources, alongside its well-established and highly acclaimed annual live programming.

Outer Urban Projects
Transmission – Urban Studio
To digitally transform OUP’s artistic program, ensuring its survival and relevance during and following COVID-19.

Regional Arts Victoria
Creative Recovery Quick Response Grant Funding
To deliver a creative recovery quick response grant program for creatives impacted by the 2021 storm and flood disaster.

Sovereign Hill Museum Association
Develop an ICT strategy to support the future vision for Sovereign Hill Museums Association (SHMA)
To contract a specialist consultant to develop an overarching strategy for ICT for Sovereign Hill and all its business units, taking into account the recently launched Masterplan 2020-2040.

Safeguarding Stella’s future: improving communications and fundraising capacity
To grow Stella’s networks and expand our programs over the next three years by addressing critical capacity issues with our communications platforms and fundraising infrastructure.

The Torch Project
Positioning The Torch for Sustainability, Impact and Growth
To develop the social impact measurement framework for The Torch’s Indigenous Arts In Prison & Community (IAPC) Program, enhancing and identifying sustainable funding opportunities in preparation for upscaling the program.

Victorian Opera
Vimeo Digital Access Partnership
To develop and extend Victorian Opera’s digital capacity. This innovative request aims to expand Victorian Opera’s audience reach across Victoria and make opera more accessible to all Victorians.

Western Edge Youth Arts
WEYA Leading Edge Ensemble – public performance outcome
To create a filmed version of the 2020 work of WEYA’s flagship ensemble, the Leading Edge Ensemble.

2021 Grants

Environment: 5 grants $555,853

Connecting Country (Mt Alexander Region) Inc
Rapid Response Landcare Recovery Mount Alexander Region
To re-engage Landcare volunteers with their environmental work, renew group activity, strengthen connections through planting days, and promote storytelling through social media to re-build momentum lost during COVID-19.

Deakin University
Victorian Coastal Wetland Restoration Program: restoring wetlands of our past, for our future
To upscale saltmarsh restoration along the Victorian coast using low-cost methods by determining scalability, supporting practitioners with specialist resources, and reviewing financial impetus mechanisms to encourage long term protection.

Royal Botanic Gardens Foundation Victoria
Victorian Biodiversity Project – Seedbanking for the future
To address the urgent need to seedbank Victorian rare and threatened native flora following severe damage to entire habitats and ecosystems during the Black Summer bushfires.

South Gippsland Landcare Network
Developing a Biodiversity Protection Plan for South Gippsland
To develop a Biodiversity Protection Plan for South Gippsland in collaboration with key stakeholders including government agencies, Traditional Owners, landholders, 16 Landcare groups and other local NRM organisations.

Victorian National Parks Association
Life After Fire: citizen science monitoring of wildlife in bushfire-affected East Gippsland – implementation
To engage the community in monitoring the recovery of native wildlife and their habitat in bushfire-affected areas of East Gippsland.

2021 Grants

Health: 3 grants $265,000

The Jean Hailes Foundation
Emergency response protocols for women’s and girls’ healthcare
To develop emergency response protocols for women’s healthcare.

The Reach Foundation
Future-proofing Reach: investing in our crew to support more young Australians through COVID-19 and beyond
To support our greatest asset – our crew – the young people who design and deliver Reach’s workshops.

Victorian Women’s Trust Ltd
Rural Women Online
To fast-track training and technology support for rural women so that they are skilled in connecting, and re-connecting, to others socially as well as benefitting from online services and supports.

2021 Grants

Discretionary: 6 grants $180,000

Bolton Clarke
Trustee discretionary grant for Victorian operations.

Mission to Seafarers Victoria
Trustee discretionary grant.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Trustee discretionary grant.

The Lost Dogs Home
Trustee discretionary grant.

The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation
Trustee discretionary grant.

Vision Australia
Trustee discretionary grant.