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Innovation Grants

Give Where You Live is proud to announce the following 2016-18 Innovation Grant recipients. Each of these organisations will receive up to $140,000 over the next two years to fund their innovative project.

An joint initiative between St Joseph’s Flexible Learning Centre-Youth +, BATForce, Barwon Child, Youth & Family and CatholicCare
To reconnect grade 5 and 6 children in post code 3219 who are school refusing using an approach which builds the resilience for the young person, the family and the school environment through the implementation of the `Barwon Education Supported Transition’ program.

Bethany Community Support
To alter the experience for children attending court as a direct result of their experience with family violence and to ensure that women who seek legal protection from family violence are supported at the court through the implementation of the ‘Court Support 4 Children’ program.


The following 2015-17 Innovation Grant recipients are entering the second year of their grant award:

Previous St Laurence Housing Ltd.
To provide long term living and accommodation solutions for people with a disability through the development and pilot of a model in the new NDIS environment where family equity, community bank financing, rents, and third party management/stewardship can be combined into a perpetual trust.

Time For Youth  (now part of the merged entity Barwon Child, Youth & Family)
To reduce youth homelessness and increase education attainment through the support of a Strengthening Families Officer to work with students and families to address emerging risk effecting stability at home and school as part of The Geelong Project.

To improve the quality of Community based Mental Health Services through the development of a Peer Worker model (workers with a lived experience of mental illness) within the context of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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Previous Innovation Grant recipient’s include:

Geelong Mums
Good Beginnings
Minerva Community Services
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