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
Why Community Connections Grants
Community Connections grants support both decreasing social isolation and increasing social participation for vulnerable populations. While using the terms decreasing social isolation and increasing social participation may seem like the same thing, these two terms are different. Social isolation is the absence of social interactions, contact and relationships with family, friends and neighbours on an individual level, and with “society at large” on a broader level. The term social isolation is often used when talking programs that relate to seniors, people with disabilities, refugees or even young mums. Social participation goes a step further. Social participation refers to a person’s involvement in activities that provide interaction with others in society or the community, it often includes active involvement in contributing to society (not just connecting) and can result in empowerment, and an increase in control over decisions impacting those engaged.
Strong social and community connection can act as a protective factor. It can build resilience for when people are in crisis.
The Foundation believes that small community focused organisations have a role to play in building these connections, particularly for vulnerable people.
To be eligible to apply for a Community Connections grant from the Give Where You Live Foundation you must be able to demonstrate that your application:
- aligns with the Survive and Thrive Program Area/Community Connections focus area. Program/focus areas are how the Foundation defines disadvantage and the community issues, which the Foundation regards as a priority
- will impact and benefit the G21 region (The G21 region is defined as the five local government areas of the City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire, Borough of Queenscliffe, Golden Plains Shire and Colac/Otway Shire) and;
In addition applicant organization* must be endorsed as a Tax Concession Charity (TCC) and registered (and up to date) on the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) register. You can visit www.abr.business.gov.au to check your organisation’s endorsements. You can visit http://www.acnc.gov.au/ to check your charitable organisation registration status.
* Note this means you can be a not for profit organisation, a registered charitable organisation, an educational institution, an association or a cooperative, a social enterprise or in some cases a government/quasi-government entity.
Our 2020 Community Connections Grant Round is now closed. You can learn more our past Community Connections Grant recipients here. Our 2020 Grants will be awarded at the end of October 2019 and publicly announced in November 2019. Our 2021 Community Grant Round will open August 2020.
If you have any questions on the 2020 Community Grants process please contact Cynthia Scherer, Community Impact and Grants Manager via email or phone (03) 5229-4364.
The Give Where You Live Foundation’s Community Connections Grant Round is supported by AWA Alliance Bank.