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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 Live and Learn 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.


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

Grant Round Summary Status Key Dates
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; Open Closes 3pm Monday, 26 March 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) Open Closes 3pm Tuesday, 17 April 2018
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 Open Closes 3pm Tuesday, 17 April 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. 2017 Grants Awarded Grants announced October 26, 2017


2018 Grants Open August 2018