G21 Opportunities for Work (GROW)
GROW is a Collective Impact initiative, with business, government, community organisations and individuals working together to address disadvantage in areas of high unemployment (including Colac, Norlane/Corio and Whittington). It is a unique regional strategy that focuses on one of the key features of place-based disadvantage – joblessness.
GROW is about creating new jobs, by asking organisations to choose to buy goods and services that contribute economically and socially to our local community (social procurement) and by injecting capital into businesses and not-for-profit enterprises in target communities (impact investment). We need to match these new jobs with people who are skilled and supported to meet the employers’ needs, including job seekers currently excluded from the workforce (demand-led employment). The GROW Strategic Plan outlines our approach.
The aligned efforts of all GROW partners will enable us to grow a stronger G21 economy, and offer opportunities to job seekers in places where there are high rates of joblessness.
A joint initiative between Give Where You Live and G21 – Geelong Region Alliance GROW has received a $2 million contribution from Give Where You Live Foundation and $1 million from the Victorian State Government (over five years)
Click here for a PDF of the GROW brochure.