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Community Connections Grants

The Community Connections Grant Round has now closed, grant recipients will be announced shortly


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 now more than ever community connection and engagement are needed to support our communities through these challenging times.

With the support of AWA Alliance Bank, we are therefore broadening 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 Foundation believes that small community-focused organisations have a role to play in building these connections, particularly for vulnerable people.

The maximum grant request in this Grant Round is $10,000.  For further information please refer to the grant guidelines here. Additional information will become available once the grant round has opened.

For further information
If you have any questions on the 2021 Community Grants process please contact the Grants Team (Kerry and Jenny) via email or phone 5229 4364.


As part of the Foundation’s 2020 Grant Round in October 2019 the Foundation awarded 13 Community Connections grants to the following organisations:

Back to Back Theatre Inc ($10,000) – To promote community connections for people with disabilities in the Geelong region through the delivery of arts program which assist these individuals to reach their full potential and challenge societal attitudes towards disability.

Barwon Disability Resource Council ($10,000) – To allow individuals with disabilities to fully participate in our community, enable their human rights and gain resilience through providing individual advocacy and building their capacity to self-advocate.

Bellarine Training and Community Hub ($10,000) – To support social participation of disengaged and disadvantaged young people aged 11-18 residing on the Bellarine in a safe non-threatening environment through a weekly drop-in program.

Bluebird Foundation ($10,000) – To support the social participation of disadvantaged young people by providing supported pathways into creative arts workshops that align with their personal artistic interests and passions.

Foundation 61 ($10,000) – To increase the engagement, resilience, connectedness, and confidence of socially disadvantaged and isolated women who have been affected by life controlling issues through counseling, training, mentoring, volunteer opportunities, social events, and an annual retreat.

Geelong Mums ($10,000) – To increase social acceptance and mobility and decrease social isolation for disadvantaged families by connecting them to services and their community through car seats, prams, and items for their children.

OneCare Geelong Ltd  ($10,000) – To reduce social isolation for vulnerable community members through a weekly Community Meal Program that supports developing personal networks, friendships, and ongoing social connections.

Orange Sky Australia ($9,600) – To increase social connection for people experiencing homelessness in Greater Geelong by providing access to free laundry and genuine and non-judgmental conversation.

Riding for the Disabled-Barwon Centre ($10,000) – To support social participation for disabled young people through therapeutic horse riding activities.

Solve Disability Solutions Inc ($10,000) – To reduce social isolation and promote resilience of people with disabilities in the Geelong region by enabling them to participate more fully at home, school, work and in their community through the provision of highly customised equipment that meets their individual needs.

Uniting (Victoria and Tasmania) Ltd ($10,000) – To increase the social participation of people experiencing disadvantage living in the Norlane community by continuing to establish a welcoming place at the Dorothy Thompson Centre where they can engage with other people and learn skills to build their independence and resilience.

Very Special Kids ($7,020.39) – To reduce social isolation by providing opportunities for community connection for parents who have a child with a life-threatening condition or a child who has died.

Wellways Australia Ltd ($10,000) – To reduce social isolation of disadvantaged LGBTIQA+ community members through the Geelong Pride Shed, a safe and welcoming space for the LGBTIQ+ community in Geelong to connect, share knowledge and develop new skills.


The Give Where You Live Foundation’s Community Connections Grant Round is supported by AWA Alliance Bank.