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8 New Impact Grants approved

Welcome to our latest grantees...

We are pleased to announce the Trustees have approved eight new Impact Grants totalling $1,488,797.

Our Impact Grants of up to $200,000 are for well-developed proposals that have strong potential to achieve significant impact against our vision for ‘a strong, just and sustainable Victoria’, and our mission to help build fair, creative and resilient Victorian communities through initiatives that promote positive change.

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 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. $186,000
Melbourne Fringe Radical Access: realising best practice Deaf and disability accessibility in the Victorian arts sector Radical Access is 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. $200,000
Community Alannah and Madeline Foundation Building TraCS – Building and piloting a trauma-informed framework for early childhood services. Building 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. $167,797
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. $200,000
Education Good Cycles Limited 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 support sustainable transport through the use of cargo bikes. $200,000
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. $200,000
Ourschool 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. $135,000
Environment Victorian National Parks Association Life After Fire: citizen science monitoring of wildlife in bushfire-affected East Gippsland – implementation ‘Life after fire’ is a new citizen science project that engages the community in monitoring the recovery of native wildlife and their habitat in bushfire-affected areas of East Gippsland. $200,000