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Welcome to our latest grantees

19 new grants approved

We are pleased to announce 19 new projects from our Round 1 Grants up to $30,000 were approved by the Trustees.

Applications were made prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and accordingly, delivery plans for many of the projects have had to be pushed back until later in the year. Nonetheless, we congratulate our new grantees and look forward to following the implementation of their projects in due course.

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Program Organisation Project Title Funding Purpose Grant 
Arts and Culture Abbotsford Convent Foundation Abbotsford Convent Foundation’s Heritage Conservation, Restoration and Repurpose Project Scoping Works To engage heritage consultants and specialists to produce preliminary scoping and costing works necessary to embark on a series of complex conservation, restoration and repurpose projects across Abbotsford Convent precinct. $30,000
Flinders Quartet Organisational evaluation to inform future pathways and program focus To undertake a full organisational evaluation during Flinders Quartet’s 20th anniversary year, which will shape the organisation’s future direction and future success. $25,000
Her Place Women’s Museum Australia Her Place-Visible Women To undertake planning activities to develop a 5 year strategic plan, to support building a sustainable and vibrant future for Her Place at its new home at Clarendon Terrace, Melbourne. $26,000
Next Wave Festival The Next Wave School of Artist Led Learning (ALL School) To establish a school of artist-led learning, which nourishes artists, helps to create viable artistic careers, demonstrates economic self-sufficiency, and contributes broadly to sector development. $30,000
TarraWarra Museum of Art Yalingwa Exhibition To commission emerging Victorian Indigenous artists for exhibition alongside and under mentorship of established Indigenous artists. The funding request will also support public programs to accompany the exhibition. $30,000
Western Edge Youth Arts Community Engagement Program To  deliver a pilot Community Engagement Program that builds organisational capacity by increasing resources and community partnerships to ensure that WEYA has the capacity for sustainable growth. $30,000
Community Annie North Annie North – Independent Evaluation An independent evaluation to capture and measure the effectiveness of Annie North’s new model to attract diverse funding and shape our sector’s service providers and policymakers in Australia and internationally. $30,000
WRISC Family Violence Support Little children, Big outcomes Research and develop a creative therapies model suitable for children 0-4 years to assist trauma recovery from Family Violence in rural communities. $30,000
Zoe Support Australia Accreditation for Zoe Support Australia To achieve accreditation with DHHS so that we can continue to support young mothers and their children in regional Victoria to reach their potential. $30,000
Education Beyond the Bell Great South Coast BtB 2.0 To undertake a scoping study of current context and future proofing BtB to ensure our young people across the Great South Coast are supported to thrive and succeed in Education. $30,000
Free to Feed Marketing Capacity Boost To increase our marketing capacity and reach. Better, broader engagement with communities and collaborators will more effectively broadcast our advocacy, increase revenue and ultimately scale up our social impact $30,000
Intouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence Given the Chance-Employment Pilot Project To deliver a pilot project that through tailored pathways to employment supports women from a migrant and refugee background, victim survivors of family violence, to enter the Australian job market. $21,500
Society Melbourne Hospitality Training Program – Preparing to Scale To conduct a measurement and evaluation study into our impact model to establish its effectiveness $30,000
Sunraysia Community Health Services Mildura micro-enterprise facilitation centre for disadvantaged youth – feasibility and design To investigate feasibility and develop an initial business design for a micro-enterprise facilitation centre for disadvantaged youth in Mildura $30,000
The Placement Circle The Placement Circle Pilot To deliver a pilot testing a model that empowers women to find meaningful employment by linking communities of peer support women to place based TAFE and employers $30,000
The Reach Foundation Reach in Schools – A three-year strategy to support the wellbeing of Victorian students To refine our school workshop program offering to ensure it can support the wellbeing needs of year 5 -12 school students across Victoria, and the adults who support them. $30,000
Environment National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Revegetation of the Mackinnon Nature Reserve and restoration of Eastern Barred Bandicoot habitat Rehabilitation of the threatened Western District Basalt Plains Grassland Community at the Mackinnon Nature Reserve (Mooramong), to provide suitable habitat for a population of endangered Eastern Barred Bandicoots. $25,000
Remember The Wild Enhancing our storytelling capacity To improve Remember The Wild’s ability to tell stories that matter and enhance the financial security of our charity. $28,380
Threatened Species Conservancy Rainforest Germplasm Conservation Program – Pilot Project To deliver the pilot phase of the Rainforest Germplasm Conservation Program which will collect and store seeds and tissue of selected plant species to support the rehabilitation of Victorian rainforest. $30,000