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We welcome the first of our 2021 grantees. . .

We are pleased to announce 27 new grants were recently approved by the Trustees.

Almost all of the projects respond to the impacts of COVID-19, whether for arts and cultural organisations seeking to strengthen their capacity to deliver on their mission, or for service organisations supporting vulnerable members of our community.

We congratulate our new grantees and look forward to following the implementation of their projects.

Program Organisation Project Title Funding Purpose Grant
Arts and Culture Golden Dragon Museum Collection Redevelopment Project To improve the on-going condition and management of the Collection of some 30,000 objects ready for the proposed Museum redevelopment. $30,000
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. $27,000
Jumpleads nfp ArtsACTION – activating pathways for regional creatives To deliver a professional development program for creatives in disadvantaged communities of regional Victoria. Assisting them recover and grow their professional capacity/skills in relation to Covid19 and other  identified challenges. $18,500
Kaiela Arts Shepparton Portable Screen Printing Studio & Artist Training Project To equip a fully operational portable screen print studio at the new Kaiela Arts at new SAM Building & train two key artists to operate it and train others. $25,000
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. $18,000
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. $30,000
Sovereign Hill 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. $28,500
The Stella Prize 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. $25,000
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. $30,000
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. $10,000
Community Australian Multicultural Community Services Smart Women Smart Money AMCS, in partnership with Financial Counselling Victoria, aims to develop the financial literacy of women from multicultural backgrounds including newly arrived migrants, to enable their financial empowerment and wellbeing. $30,000
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. $30,000
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. $30,000
Odyssey House Brokerage to support Family Reunification Reducing financial hardship for parents seeking to reunify with their children in out-of-home care. $30,000
Relationships Australia (Victoria) Limited 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. $30,000
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. $30,000
Education 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. $30,000
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. $29,000
North Melbourne Language & Learning Digital Inclusion for NMLL students and community NMLL DI initiatives work 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. $33,500
Refugee Migrant Children Centre Expanding Sidekicks to kids in need Providing educational and social support to children from refugee and migrant backgrounds in regional and remote areas that lack access to specialist support. $30,000
SPELD Victoria 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. $20,000
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. $30,000
Upper Murray Family Care AMPLIFY – Working together to support students experiencing family violence To deliver family violence training to teachers across 4 secondary schools in NE Victoria, and build strong referral pathways between the schools and local family violence services. $30,000
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. $30,000
Environment Connecting Country (Mt Alexander Region) Inc Rapid Response Landcare Recovery Mount Alexander Region Connecting Country’s project re-engages Landcare volunteers with their environmental work, renews group activity, strengthens connections through planting days, and promotes storytelling through social media to re-build momentum lost during COVID-19. $26,000
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. $199,853
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. $30,000