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Survive and Thrive

Early and preventative intervention can help people and families build resilience over time. However there is also a need to support families when they are in crisis. Evidence suggests that:

“Meeting basic economic needs like food, shelter, clothing and health care is essential for families to thrive. Likewise when families encounter a crisis such as domestic / family violence, mental illness or substance abuse, adequate services and supports need to be in place to provide stability, treatment and help for family members to get through the crisis.” – Centre for Study of Social Policy, 2012

It is also the case that strong social and community connection can act as a protective factor when people are in crisis. “Being socially connected is not only influential for psychological and emotional well-being but is also has a significant and positive influence on physical well-being and overall longevity.” – Loneliness & Social Isolation as Risk Factors for Mortality, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Holt-Lundstad et al., 2015

The Foundation’s Survive and Thrive program seeks to reduce the impact of life crisis as an inhibiting factor for those living in the G21 region. Specifically the Foundation will accept applications related to the following focus areas:

  1. Supporting Basic Need – supporting men, women and children who are experiencing homelessness or food insecurity.
  2. Building Resilience – supporting prevention and early intervention efforts related to family violence and sexual assault, addiction, mental health, and family breakdown.
  3. Promoting Community Connections – reducing social isolation and supporting social participation to promote resilience. Please note the only Grant Round you may apply under to impact this focus area is the Community Connections Grant Round.


The following Grant Rounds are available related to this Program Area:

Grant Round Summary Status Key Dates
Community Connections Grants Provides grants of up to $10,000 to help reduce social isolation and/or support social participation of vulnerable community members to promote resilience 2019 Grant Round Now CLOSED – Applications received are under review 2019 Applicants will  be notified by 5 November 2018.
Feed Geelong Grants Provides grants of up to $5,000 to help organisations improve food supply and access to nutritional food for those most vulnerable. 2019 Grant Round Now CLOSED – Applications received are under review 2019 Applicants will  be notified by 23 October 2018.
Innovation Grant Expression of Interest Provides grants of up to $175,000 over 3 years to test, demonstrate, trial or pilot a new concept; or support the expansion or scaling up an innovative, proven pilot program. 2019 Grant Round is now OPEN 2019 Grant Round opens Monday 15 October and will close Wednesday 21 November 2018.
Community Grants Provides grants to support the community service sector and includes support for service delivery (up to $30,000), organisational capacity building (up to $30,000), and capital works and equipment (up to $10,000) 2018 Grants awarded. 2019 Grant Round opens Monday 4 March and closes Friday 5 April, 2019.