If our community is to thrive it is important to promote community connections.
We know that connections matter. That strong ties with family, friends, and the community provide people with happiness, security, support, and a sense of purpose. And that this connectedness builds resilience in people; resilience that can assist people in coping with a life crisis.
These connections matter especially for those who are vulnerable. Age, disability, chronic illness, ethnicity and socio-economic conditions are all factors contributing to the social marginalisation of vulnerable people and community groups.
The current Covid-19 crisis has impacted people and communities in significant and varying ways. As we all spend more time in our homes, cut off from friends, family, and colleagues, the lack of physical connection can become challenging. In these circumstances, it is no surprise that people are feeling increasingly worried, anxious, overwhelmed, and lonely. At Give Where You Live Foundation we recognise that particularly given the current crisis, community connection and engagement are truly needed to support our communities through these challenging times. As a result, we have broadened our focus within the Community Connection grant round to include:
- reducing social isolation of vulnerable community members to promote resilience,
- supporting social participation of vulnerable community members to promote resilience,
- assisting with social connection during the Covid-19 crisis, or
- supporting community engagement activities to better understand the needs and challenges of the community during the COVID-19 crisis, so you are better able to support your community or refer on to other services.
The Give Where You Live Foundation’s Community Connections Grant Round is supported by AWA Alliance Bank.
You can find the Community Connections grant guidelines here.
If you have any questions regarding the Community Connections grants please contact the Grants Team via email or phone 5229 4364.