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.
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 Give Where You Live Foundation’s Community Connections Grants with support from AWA Alliance Bank provide 12 month grants of up to $10,000 to support community connections as a way to build resilience for vulnerable community members. Grant requests can focus on:
- reducing social isolation of vulnerable community members to promote resilience or
- supporting social participation of vulnerable community members to promote resilience
2019 Community Connections Grants
As part of the Foundation’s 2019 Grant Round in October 2018 14 Community Connection grant awards were made:
- Back to Back Theatre Inc ($10,000) – To promote community connections for people with disabilities in the Geelong region through the delivery of arts workshops and the presentation of performances which assist these individuals to reach their full potential and challenge societal attitudes towards disability.
- Bellarine Community Health Inc ($9,900) – To reduce social isolation and increase health outcomes among older people over the age of 65 in Portarlington through piloting a Volunteer Social Visiting program.
- Bluebird Foundation ($10,000) – To support social participation of disadvantaged young people by providing supported pathways into creative arts workshops that align with their personal artistic interests and passions.
- Community Hub Inc ($10,000) – To provide the opportunity for employment and social participation of disadvantaged young people ages 16 – 20, through the L2P program by assisting learner drivers to gain driving experience and acquire mandatory driving hours required for a probationary licence.
- Foundation 61 ($4,400) – To build confidence, self-awareness, self-esteem and resilience for socially disadvantaged and isolated women who have been affected by life controlling issues including addiction, mental health, family dysfunction, and childhood trauma by developing relationships and supporting opportunities for engagement in social and recreational activities.
- Geelong Mums ($4,880) – To provide disadvantaged families with the mobility that they require so they have basic tools and dignity to become valuable members of the community in which they live and the material essentials to build and nurture resilience through community support by providing car restraints and double prams.
- OneCare Geelong Ltd ($10,000) – To address the effects of isolation and social disadvantage by connecting volunteer mentors with families and individuals seeking change through the C.O.A.C.H. Community Mentoring Program.
- Riding for the Disabled-Barwon Centre ($5,000) – To support social participation for disabled young people through therapeutic horse-riding activities.
- Rosewall Neighbourhood Centre Inc. ($9,500) – To reduce social isolation of people from multi-cultural backgrounds, who have disabilities, senior citizens, and disadvantaged young children through the provision of an expanded pottery program that incorporates the only regional public kiln firing service in Geelong.
- Sirovilla ($10,000) – To reduce social isolation and build resilience in vulnerable older people aging from 55+ from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, interests and locations within the G21 region by focusing on positive psychology and enabling adoption of an alternative viewpoint to balance predisposed negative emotions to break down barriers to social inclusion.
- The Stroke Association of Victoria ($9,360) – To reduce isolation, improve emotional wellbeing and support the long-term needs of stroke survivors and their careers through social, emotional and community engagement activities that support recovery after stroke at the Barwon Stroke Support Centre.
- Uniting (Victoria and Tasmania) Ltd ($10,000) – To increase the social participation of people experiencing disadvantage living in the Norlane community by offering a welcoming place where they can engage with other community members and learn skills to build their independence and resilience by developing a hub for services at the Dorothy Thompson Centre.
- Wellways Australia Ltd ($10,000) – To reduce social isolation of disadvantaged LGBTIQA+ community members who live in the G21 region by connecting them with LGBTIQA+ peer volunteers through piloting The Stepping Out project.
- Western Edge Youth Arts ($10,000) – To promote social inclusion for young people from refugee backgrounds in North Geelong through a youth theatre project which develops connections between cultural communities, challenges prejudice and promotes greater diversity in the Geelong arts scene.
If you have any questions on the 2019 process please contact Cynthia Scherer, Community Impact and Grants Manager via email or phone (03) 5229-4364.