2015 – 16
Asylum Seekers Resource Centre
ASRC Health Clinic: Independent of Federal Government funding, the ASRC is the largest provider of aid, legal and health services to people seeking asylum in Australia. Funding supporting the ASRC Health Clinic, a free nurse-led clinic providing a variety of medical services.
BackTrack Youth Works
BackTrack Staff Support: BackTrack, based in Armidale, NSW, works with young people at risk, to increase their participation in education, building skills for employment, to reduce criminal activity and develop resilience and healthy behaviours to live a fulfilling life and participate in the community.Second year of a three-year grant providing funding for staff expenses.
Banksia Gardens Community Services
Banksia Gardens Stronger Foundations Study Program: Banksia Gardens Community Services provides opportunities for those experiencing disadvantage and poverty that leads to further education and employment pathways, enhances wellbeing and transforms lives in the area of Hume. Funding providing for a Study Group for much needed academic support for children and young people who live or study in Hume, as well as their families. First year of a two-year grant.
Berry Street Victoria
The Berry Street Education Model: Pre Service Teacher Training Project – Year One: Berry Street works with children, young people and families with the most challenging and complex needs. The Berry Street Education Model provides schools with the training, curriculum and strategies to engage the most challenging students. Funding supports their plan to develop trauma-informed positive education for pre-service teachers through an ARC linkage project, partnering Berry Street with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.
Best Chance/Cheshire School
Part Funding for a Parent Counsellor: The Cheshire School provides a specialised 12 month intervention program to support children from Prep through to Grade 4, who have demonstrated significant social, emotional and behavioural problems in their mainstream schools. In a supportive and caring environment, Cheshire School helps children and families to identify the fundamental causes of a child’s issues and to overcome the disruptive behaviours that may have become part of everyday life. Second year of a second three-year grant providing part funding for a family counsellor to work with parents of children at the school, to help them understand their child’s behaviour, their responses to the behaviour and to gain skills consistent with the school strategies.
Cottage by the Sea Queenscliff
A “Take a Break” 5 Day Camp for Children from Thomastown West Primary School: Cottage by the Sea’s mission is that every child deserves a happy and healthy childhood. Funds will support a 5 day camp for disadvantaged children from Thomastown West Primary School with the aim of providing lasting, happy memories and life skills. This camp also provides respite for the families and carers.
EdConnect (formerly the School Volunteer Program)
National Impact Local Expansion: EdConnect connects volunteers who want to make a difference with young people in schools who need extra help and guidance. Funding supported two areas: the capturing of the impact EdConnect is having on young people, schools and volunteers, and also the expansion of the volunteer base in Victoria and NSW, by introducing a dedicated trainer to deliver pre-placement Learning Support and Mentoring modules to new volunteers.
Hands on Learning
Core CapacityBuilding: An alternative education program that addresses the problem of disengaged young people leaving school early. At risk Year 7- 10 students spend one day a week taking part in creative building projects that benefit the school and the community. Final year of a three-year grant.
Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women’s Resource Centre
Resource and Advocacy Resource to support the development of Health and Education programs for Aborginal families and children in the Fitzroy Valley: The Resource Centre supports and advocates for the children, young people and families of Fitzroy Crossing in WA. First year of a three year grant that will contribute to the salary of a full time employee with the responsibility of supporting the MWRC executive with program research, policy development and advocacy for programs for health and development of children.
Melbourne Youth Music
Melbourne Youth Music Kimberley Foundation Scholarships Program: Melbourne Youth Music (MYM) has been enriching young lives through the power of music for 45 years. They continue to grow a community on a reputation of excellence, developing the best in young people, unleashing creativity and empowering tomorrow’s leaders through dedication and teamwork. This grant funded scholarship places for the Summer School, Wind Symphony Camp, and the Ensemble Program for students referred from the Mirabel Foundation, Western Chances and the MSO Pizzicato Effect program.
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
VITALITY: MCRI are making a difference to child health through world-leading research and disease prevention. Funds helping to support a staff salary in a trial examining whether Vitamin D supplementation, given in the first 12 months of life, can prevent the development of food allergy.
Endeavour Fern Gully Multi-Purpose Facility: First year of a two-year grant to support the construction of a multi-purpose facility at Endeavour Fern Gully on the Mornington Peninsula.
Newstars Basketball Association
NSA Operational Costs: Newstars supports young people who are economically, socially and culturally isolated. They participate in sport, are assisted in their education and supported in life to go on to find a way into work, so as to become leaders in their adopted country. Funds to support operational costs.
Noble Park Primary School
Hands On Learning and Kitchen Garden Transition Program: Project in partnership with Hands On Learning involving two major engagement strategies with a new approach to transition. Combines the HOL component of engaging struggling students through kinaesthetic projects and the Kitchen Garden initiative, which promotes nutrition and a deep understanding and appreciation of diet, food preparation and horticulture.
One Disease at a Time
Management of Crusted Scabies Patients across the Northern Territory: The organisation’s aim is to target and eliminate one disease at a time, starting with Scabies in indigenous communities, in East Arnhem Land. Funding goes towards the treatment, management and education of Crusted Scabies patients. Second year of a revised three-year annual grant.
Outer Urban Projects
OUP Capacity of Zone2 Community Access Program: OUP is a performing arts organisation collaborating with young people in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. It provides long-term artistic activity, employment, social engagement and genuine mentoring opportunities.. First year of a three-year capacity program grant.
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
The Peter F. Williams AO International Surgery Grant
Myanmar Primary Trauma Care Program and Skills Training: Funding for volunteer surgeons to deliver and supervise a PTC Program and a Masterclass program in Myanmar. Program focuses on training a number of Myanmar health professionals as PTC providers/practitioners in order to establish a core of experienced PTC instructors.
Royal District Nursing Service
Homeless Person’s Program: Journey to Better Health: This program aims to improve access for people experiencing homelessness, to holistic, integrated and supportive nursing and health care by providing them with taxi vouchers and MYKI travel cards to enable them to attend vital healthcare appointments.
Royal Flying Doctors Service
Flying Doctor Dental Clinic: Provides dental examination, education and treatment services to rural communities based on a volunteer dentist model. Funds support operational costs of the program.
Save the Children Australia
High Risk Teenage Mums: Good Beginnings (now part of Save the Children) builds better outcomes for children living in vulnerable communities through effective early intervention programs. This collaborative program between Save the Children and Hobart City Mission provides parenting programs (Play2Grow) to homeless or at risk teenage mums in purpose built accommodation. It is a targeted program aimed at young families with complex issues and challenges with their parenting. Funds support the operational costs of the program
SHINE for Kids
Building Capacity and Profile in Victoria: Shine for Kids is a charity that supports children with a family member in the criminal justice system. Funds will provide operational support for SHINE for Kids programs in Victoria, which include Prison Invisits in three prisons, children’s supported transport, case work, financial assistance and advocacy on behalf of children of prisoners and their families. Final year of a three-year grant.
Operational support and capacity building to enable long term stability of Smiling Mind: Smiling Mind is a modern mindfulness meditation for young people delivered via a website, a free App and an in-schools program. It has been developed by specialist psychologists with expertise in youth and adolescent therapy and aims to bring balance to young lives. Final year of a second two-year grant.
Spina Bifida Foundation
SBFV Information Hub Development: Spina Bifida Foundation Victoria is an independently funded, dynamic and professional not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping families and individuals living with Spina Bifida. Funds will support the development of a comprehensive information hub on their website including a directory of resources and services, FAQ’s and online brochures.
The Aurora Project and University of Canberra
The Aspiration Initiative Academic Enrichment Program: The Aurora Project runs projects aimed at improving educational outcomes for Indigenous Australians. TAI’s Academic Enrichment Program is a 5 ½ year pilot that provides students with intensive and ongoing educational and related support during holiday periods (through residentials and camps) and throughout the year. The aim is to advance and strengthen the academic skills of participants, building their resilience and raising their aspirations. A further aim is that all participants will successfully complete Year 12 and be eligible for university. Second year of a three-year grant.
The Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour: Funds contributed to 19 high achieving Indigenous Australian university students and graduates to attend a 5 week study tour of some of the world’s leading universities, such as Cambridge, Oxford and Harvard etc. The tour provides a great introduction to life as a postgraduate student.
The Pyjama Foundation
The Pyjama Foundation Victorian Love of Learning Project: The Pyjama Foundation empowers children in foster care with learning, life skills and confidence in order to change the direction in their life. Volunteer Pyjama Angels are placed with a foster child whom they mentor once a week in their foster homes. Funds support operational costs of the program.
Tomorrow Today Foundation
Education Benalla Program: By school commencement, all Benalla children are socially ready to learn and have basic pre-literacy and numeracy skills.Tomorrow: Today Foundation is a philanthropic organisation, formed and run by local people to provide funds for local community projects. It is Benalla District’s Community Foundation, working to bring about positive change. Funding for the implementation of the PEEP (Parents Early Education Partnership) program which is delivered at free play groups in Benalla.
University of Melbourne
The Continued Development of a New Early Literacy Assessment to Assist Indigenous and Disadvantaged Children: This grant will continue to support a study that seeks to measure the very early literacy skills children begin to develop before 36 months of age. The data from this study is contributing more broadly to the goals of the Abecedarian Approach Austrailia (3a) Development Porject, which is focused on the prevention of school failure or underachievement of disadvantaged children.
Western Edge Youth Arts
Building Community at Whittington Primary School: Western Edge provides positive arts and education experiences for culturally diverse and disadvantaged young people. This project will run a school drama and literary performance program for 105 students at Whittington Primary School.
Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School
Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School Travel Allowance Project: The school is a major educational initiative of the partnership between the Fitzroy Valley community in Western Australia and Wesley College. The school provides a new pathway for Aboriginal students to access mainstream education and for non-Aboriginal students to learn “on country” alongside indigenous students. The project provides funds for the travel costs of parents and elders to come to Melbourne, to provide emotional and cultural support to students while they are away from home.
Young People’s Legal Rights Centre Inc (YOUTHLAW)
Smart Justice for Young People: building the case for youth justice reinvestment.This project will resource the ‘Smart Justice for Young People’ youth justice advocacy coalition to move into a new phase of informing and generating public debate and influencing action by key stakeholders and decision makers on major youth justice issues in Victoria. This will include building and presenting a case for Government to commit to a justice reinvestment approach. Final year of a two-year grant.