2016 – 2017



Western Victoria HAS Winners: Anglicare runs a range of programs in Horsham, Ararat and Stawell for young people that aim to develop a life long love of learning, to be positive about their lives and what they can achieve and to make healthy and sensible choices in their lives.


Arts Project Australia

The Zine Project: APA is a centre of excellence that supports artists with intellectual disabilities, promoting their work and advocating for their inclusion within contemporary art practice. This project will allow a group of artists to create and publish graphic novels, fanzines and artist books in small circulations of self-published work using original texts and images.



Australian Youth Climate Coalition

Power Shift Training Summit: The aim of AYCC is to build a generation-wide movement to protect the environment from climate change. Young Australians are educated, inspired and empowered to take action for environmental sustainability in their communities. This grant supported young people from rural Australia to attend a Power Shift Training Summit run for young people by young people


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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. Final year of a three-year grant providing funding for staff expenses.


Banksia Gardens

Banksia Gardens Community Services

Banksia Gardens Stronger Foundations Study Program: Banksia Gardens Community Services provide opportunities for those experiencing disadvantage and poverty that lead to further education and employment pathways, enhance well being and transform lives in the area of Hume. Funding provided 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. Final year of a two-year grant.


Berry Street Victoria

The Berry St Education Model: Research and Evaluation Project 2016-2018 – Year Two: 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. Two year funding supports the second year of research evaluation with the University of Melbourne, Graduate School of Education.


Best Chance

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 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’s strategies. Final year of a three year grant.


Cottage By The Sea

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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 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)

EdConnect Social Impact 2017: EdConnect connects volunteers who want to make a difference with young people in schools who need extra help and guidance. First year of a two year grant that supports the Social Impact Coordinator position whose role is to capture evidence, report change and outcomes and recommend ways to improve the effectiveness of the program.


Hands on Learning

Hands on Learning (A Save the Children Program)

Core Capacity Support 2016-2018: 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. First year of a second three-year grant.


Human Rights Law Centre

Maximising Strategic Outcomes from the Northern Territory Royal Commission:

The HRLC protects and promotes human rights in Australia by using an integrated strategic combination of legal action, advocacy, research and capacity building. Funds supported a skilled legal advocate for six months to maximise the outcomes and opportunities for reform stemming from the Northern Territory Royal Commission into youth justice.



Hello Sunday Morning

Proactive Alcohol Health Coaching: Hello Sunday Morning has a mission to change Australia’s relationship with alcohol. Funding helps support the HSM digital health coaching via their mobile app called Daybreak. The app provides access to trained professionals who provide proactive health coaching.


Impact 100 Melbourne

Impact 100 Melbourne is a giving circle hoping to change lives in Melbourne by awarding high-impact grants to charitable organisations. Grant recipient this year was Sisterworks.


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. Second year of a three year grant that will contribute to the salary of a full time position with the responsibility to support the MWRC executive with program research, policy development and advocacy for programs for health and development of children.


Melbourne Youth Orchestras (formerly Melbourne Youth Music)

Melbourne Youth Orchestras Kimberley Foundation Financial Assistance Program 2017: 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 students from the MSO Pizzicato Program to attend the Summer School and to students experiencing financial difficulty to attend the Ensemble Program. Funds also supported transport for the Summer School Residential Camp.


Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

VITALITY Study: MCRI are making a difference to child health through world-leading research. This study examines whether Vitamin D supplementation given in the first 12 months of life can prevent the development of food allergy. First year of a three year grant.


The Barney Neurofibromatosis Fellowship

This second grant to MCRI supported the establishment of the Fellowship. Neurofibromatosis (NF1) is a common genetic disorder that can affect every organ in the body, leading to tumours that can become cancerous and/or press on vital structures resulting in visual loss, scoliosis, and learning difficulties. ADHD and autism spectrum disorder are much more common in children with NF1. First year of a two year grant.

National Trust

National Trust

Endeavour Fern Gully Multi Purpose Facility: Final year of a two-year grant to support the construction of a multi purpose facility at Endeavour Fern Gully on the Mornington Peninsula.


Nobel Park Primary School

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

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. Funds go towards the treatment, management and education of Crusted Scabies patients. Final year of a revised three-year annual grant.


Outer Urban Projects

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. Seond year of a three-year capacity building grant.


College of Surgeons

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 a range of skills courses and instructor training and mentoring programs in Myanmar. Includes Primary Trauma Care Master Classes, surgical skills, education and training and management of surgical emergencies.

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Royal Flying Doctor Service

Delivery of Psychology Services in Far East Gippsland: Funding to support the delivery of a pilot program that will provide psychology services in Far East Gippsland in collaboration with the Gippsland Primary Healthy Network and local health services. The service will involve the provision of a psychologist using a mix of face-to-face and telehealth consultations to these communities in this region.



Save the Children Australia

The Incredible Years Parenting and Play2Learn Program for 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 and supported playgroup sessions 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. First year of second two year grant.


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Seed Foundation Australia

First Peoples Health Program – Health Promotion: Seed Foundation works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth from rural and remote communities providing pathways into higher education and employment with a focus on increasing Indigenous representation in the health sector workforce. Funding supported the health promotion project for students from Xavier Catholic College on Bathurst Island.


Smiling Mind

Smiling Mind

Supporting teachers to implement mindfulness in the classroom through the provision of freely accessible lesson plans and resources: Smiling Mind is 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, it aims to bring balance to young lives. Funding will support the ongoing review and evaluation of the Smiling Mind educational resources as well as updates and developments of the program materials, including meditations, lessons plans, and a technology platform. First year of a third two year grant.


Spinal Bifida

Spina Bifida Foundation

SBFV Children’s Ski Camp 2017: 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 an annual ski camp for SBFV members.




Supports local, grassroots community projects, helping people experiencing homelessness or at risk through a variety of fundraising campaigns, including CafeSmart and DineSmart. 


Aurora Project University of Canberra

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. Final year of a three-year grant.


Tomorrow: Today Foundation

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. Funds used to provide financial support to children in the 5 to 10 year age group to participate in sporting or cultural activities in Benalla.


Western Edge Youth Arts

Western Edge Youth Arts

Speak, Act, Learn, and Perform!: Western Edge provides positive arts and education experiences for culturally diverse and disadvantaged young people. This project will build on the achievements of WEYA’s 2016 project at Whittington Primary School. Each child in the school will be engaged in a language-rich performance project which will culminate in a community performance. First year of a two year grant.



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. Final year of a two year grant.



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. First year of a second two year grant.