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How We Make A Difference

The  Coronavirus crisis is presenting unprecedented challenges to our community and the way in which the Foundation needs to respond and react.   We are working on providing innovative and strategic ideas and solutions to government and partners to address the problems as they present across our community and to provide assistance when and where it’s needed the most.
The Give Where You Live Foundation has issued emergency grants to eight key organisations that are delivering vital services during this time of crisis.  You can read about these grants online here 


Give Where You Live Foundation aims to address one of the most complex and entrenched social issues in our community – disadvantage.

In some parts of our community the level of disadvantage is at alarming and unacceptable levels – we are determined to ensure that this changes. Generally, people do not experience disadvantage when they have access to an education that enables them to obtain a life sustaining job, and they are not limited by a debilitating life crisis. The Foundation aims to ensure that these conditions exist for all members of our community.

Since 1954, the Give Where You Live Foundation has been bringing together individual community donors, corporate supporters and service delivery community partners to help achieve our mission. With our partners and donors we work together to Build Better Communities by providing grants and delivering programs that help provide educational and employment opportunities and support people experiencing life crises.

Our mission is to create long-term sustainable change for those suffering the effects of disadvantage. The Foundation is one the largest annual community grant makers in the country but our focus is on long term impact. While we are known as grant makers, our aim is to be change makers.

The Foundation believes that if someone has an adequate education to obtain a sustaining and sustainable job and without being affected by a life crisis, then generally speaking they will not be affected by disadvantage.  The Foundation’s support aims to assist those for whom this is not the case.

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 & LEARN we provide grants to support the delivery of services and programs as well as our own initiatives aim to support the learning aspirations for ALL of our community’s children and young people.


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 & EARN GRANTS we aim to support the delivery of services and programs, we aim to ensure EVERYONE has the opportunity to an employment pathway and has the support to secure ongoing and sustainable employment.

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.


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 SURVIVE & THRIVE GRANTS we provide grants to support the delivery of services and programs, we aim to reduce the impact of life crisis (such as homelessness and food insecurity) as a debilitating effect on people’s lives and support the prevention and early intervention efforts related to family violence and sexual assault, addiction, mental health and family breakdown.

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.

Innovation Grants

Innovation Grants

Give Where You Live is proud to announce the following 2019-22 Innovation Grant recipients. Each of these organisations…

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Grant Recipients

Grant Recipients

Give Where You Live recognises the importance of social inclusion and the effect that poor health, limited income…

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Strategic Initiatives


Through the Give Where You Live Foundation’s GROW Initiative we are working, in partnership with G21 Geelong Region Alliance,…

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