|SUPPORTING ACCESS TO HIGH QUALITY EDUCATION
Research confirms that ensuring access to, and supporting students through education is a pathway out of disadvantage. The education level of a person is an important predictor of future employment, welfare and health outcomes as well as improving a person’s ability to participate socially and economically within the community.
Through our Live and Learn we provide grants that support focus areas of access to quality education, school readiness as well as disadvantaged and disengaged youth
Through the Foundation’s ENGAGE – YOUTH IN PHILANTHROPY PROGRAM we support the development of young people and support them to identify the key issues relating to young people. Our program builds the skills and experiences of a core group of young people to engage more effectively in school and the community by developing and managing a youth led grant process that results in grants to organisations helping solve issues facing young people in the community.
|SUPPORTING ACCESS TO SUSTAINING EMPLOYMENT
Evidence clearly illustrates that one of the most effective ways to reduce persistent and entrenched disadvantage in a community is to reduce joblessness. The evidence says that not only do jobs need to be generated in disadvantaged communities, but they must also be actively linked to long-term job-seekers, who, in turn, require support to ensure that employment opportunity provides them with the maximum life benefit.
Through our LIVE & LEARN GRANTS we provide grants that support focus areas of ensuring access to employment: education, training and employment pathways.
Through the Foundation’s GROW Initiative (G21 Region Opportunities for Work) we are working, in partnership with G21 Geelong Region Alliance, to ensure employment opportunities are created within areas experiencing long-term and persistent disadvantage. GROW is a unique regional strategy which focuses on specific target areas of place-based, entrenched disadvantage. Through strategic alignment and catalysing collective action, GROW is helping to create employment opportunities using the existing economic levers of social procurement and impact investment. Importantly, GROW aims to ensure that jobs opportunities flow to our most disadvantaged communities, initially focusing on target areas: Norlane, Corio, Whittington and Colac.
|PROMOTING WELLBEING AND LIMITING A LIFE CRISIS
A life crisis can be debilitating, limiting and sometimes life altering to a point of devastation. Promoting and supporting resilience while also assisting those experiencing acute and life altering crises helps ensure people attain education, maintain employment and continue to economically and socially participate in the community. Our work in this area includes providing assistance to those experiencing: relationship breakdowns, severe loss (of a loved one, job, home), physical health issues, violence and trauma and mental health challenges.
Through our HEALTH & WELLBEING GRANTS we provide grants that support focus areas that supporting the wellbeing of those in our community such as healthy aging; living with a disability; reducing risky choices as well as those experiencing a life crisis.
Through our SURVIVE & THRIVE GRANTS we provide grants that support focus areas of supporting life crisis such as homelessness and housing support, financial skills and ongoing financial management, emergency relief and basic food security.
Through the Foundation’s FEED GEELONG program, we are working to improve the immediate food security of those most in need by providing Direct Assistance Vouchers that give recipients access to emergency food, pharmacy products and material aid such as furniture. Through our Feed Geelong program we also provide grants to community organisations that are, rescuing and distributing food, providing bulk food assistance to clients, and those that provide cooked meals to members of the community that otherwise would not eat.