Recent Grants

Asylum Seekers Centre Inc
Towards a nutrition program; to ensure people seeking asylum in financial
hardship do not go hungry.
Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation
Towards supporting a registered telehealth nurse to use the Mito helpline to help patients
navigate the health system and connect them with the best suited services.
Chris O’Brien Lifehouse
Funding to progress research into the discovery of a blood biomarker for glioblastoma
multiforme, the most lethal brain cancer in adults.
Heart Research Institute
Research into why Aboriginal Australians with diabetes are vulnerable to heart failure and
identifying potential treatments. This request for funding is towards a type of equipment that
allows mapping of the cardiac nutrients in mouse models of diabetic hearts.
To support the purchase of 14 specially designed sturdy, durable and manoeuvrable chairs
for use in two of Inala’s homes.
This funding will enable up to 600 teachers and education leaders to attend a full-day
professional learning workshop which draws on current national and international research
and best practice practical knowledge and skills to give insight, ideas and confidence in
supporting students with even the most challenging of issues.
Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
Year 2 of a 3 year study using Orygen’s IPSed intervention for 200 young people with
mental illness who require assistance with reconnecting to or staying in education.
Polio Australia Inc
To hire a community development worker to reach polio survivors and their carers
in NSW and ACT through free workshops advertised through local papers, local radio,
seniors’ information media, community services, etc.
Stewart House
41 children aged 8-14 from Far West NSW (Broken Hill and Bourke regions) will have access
to healthcare and wellbeing support through the Stewart House program.
SugarByHalf’s education program will collaborate with Cool Australia, who will help develop
meaningful content for teachers to deliver to students about added sugar, putting healthy
nutrition into classrooms across Australia.
TAD Disability Services
This project will design and build custom bikes for children with a disability who cannot
access the National Disability Insurance Scheme funding and for families who are
experiencing financial hardship.
The Northcott Society
Northcott’s Beverley Park Residence provides supported living for young adults with high
physical and cognitive disabilities. The facility’s outdoor recreation area is in urgent need
of repairs, in particular outdoor shade covers that provide sun and UV protection.
TOTAL HEALTH 187,500 223,721
Aboriginal Literacy Foundation Inc
The Bega Indigenous Tutorial and Learning Centre (BITLC), an extension of the ALF’s
Bairnsdale Tutorial Centre, will be a central hub for Indigenous after school tutorial classes
and will also serve as a centre for students who have left school but who are still keen to
improve their literacy skills in order to improve their chances at employment.
Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
To help deploy the proven STELR education program to more disadvantaged and remote
Australian schools.
Australian Outward Bound
Towards assisting a cohort of up to 15 disengaged Aboriginal young men aged 15-16 from
Moree in western NSW to join Deadly Directions; a unique five day outdoor experiential
learning program that provides them with opportunities to develop a range of soft skills,
and have real life practice leading and working with others.
Australian Schools Plus
To support five small schools in regional NSW to develop students’ critical thinking, creativity
and problem-solving skills, to better equip them for high school and beyond. This project will
build teachers’ skills to deliver a STEM learning program that develops students’
future-focused skills and improves teaching practice.
BackTrack Youth Works
BackTrack’s core education and training programs provide functional life skills development
for youth in rural and regional areas. Under this program, youth participate in real work
experience opportunities in the local agricultural sector. Whilst gaining hands-on work
experience, youth receive tailored support to address their wellbeing needs.
Cerebral Palsy Alliance
Towards prevention of disability in indigenous communities. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a
preventable cause of cerebral palsy and neurodevelopmental disability in babies and
children. This funding will support the development of content for a module subset on
CMV awareness and risk reduction strategies specifically for Aboriginal communities.
Country Education Foundation of Australia
The Connected Volunteers project means at a community level CEF can address factors
affecting higher education participation for country students. This funding will increase
support and resources provided to volunteers.
Engineering Aid Australia
Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School (IAESS). Funds to be applied towards
the cost of arranging and conducting two Indigenous Australian Engineering Schools, one
to be held in Perth in July 2019 at Curtin University and the other in Sydney in January 2020
at Sydney University, attended by Indigenous High School students from around Australia
at no cost to themselves.
The University of Newcastle – Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Funding will support the continued development of RoboCup Junior Hunter Region
2019-2020. The grant will fund the running of two regional events in July/August 2020
in Newcastle and the Central Coast. Funding will also go towards providing
technical experts to hold hands-on intro workshops for teachers in low-SES schools
to train students for competition.
Giant Steps Australia
Giant Steps runs a school and intervention services for children and young adults with
a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This funding will assist in the renovations
of 3 new additional classroom spaces to expand services and enable more children
and young people with autism access to education.
Learning Links
Reading for Life, an evidence-based program designed by a psychologist, teacher
and speech pathologist to support primary school children with reading disorders.
National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)
To purchase six Apple MacBook Pros to ensure the technical theatre and stage
management students are educated and in step with the technological changes
that are happening across the arts, theatre, performance and events.
Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
Funding towards an accessibility audit. Technology has moved quickly and new tools
are available to support RIDBC clients, staff and community members who are deaf or
hard of hearing, are blind or have low vision to be able to access educational resources,
research materials and other documents.
SDN Child & Family Services Pty Limited
Towards SDN’s pioneering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Early Childhood
Scholarships to help to reduce financial barriers for Aboriginal families to access quality
education for their children in the formative years before school.
SHINE for Kids Co-operative Ltd
Towards ‘RISE Together Kempsey’ part of a wrap-around suite of services that supports
young people with an incarcerated parent during extreme periods of vulnerability.
St Philip’s College
Towards a “Bridge to the Future” program. Boarding at St Philip’s College sits at 54 for 2019
(39 are Indigenous). It is the decline and poor retention rate of Indigenous boarding students
that is a matter of concern to the College.
Sydney Story Factory
Towards ‘Changing Communities through Creative Writing’; change the lives of up to 300
young people in 1x disadvantaged Western Sydney community through the delivery of
3x concurrent, year-long creative writing residencies at 1x high school and 2x primary
schools. To help students discover their creativity, build their confidence, and author an
original piece of creative writing, which will be formally published.
Western Sydney University – The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and
Funding to support a research study to improve surgical training delivery utilising a
Smart-Glove device.
The Pyjama Foundation
Funding to strengthen the Love of Learning Program in NSW, where there are more than
22,000 children in out of home care. The Pyjama Foundation will be able to train 20 new
volunteers who will be able to assist their child with learning to improve their academic
The Shepherd Centre
Towards ‘The Sound Start Initiative’ which prepares children, with hearing disabilities
for the challenge of starting mainstream school and supports them when they are there.
School Readiness groups prepare children for the challenge of adapting to and listening in
Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre Inc.
The project will deliver a minimum of ten financial literacy workshops for women to enable
them to manage their money and improve their financial situation. These will include but not
be limited to an early invention strategy to assess the most appropriate level of guidance
from resources, formal financial literacy education programs to financial counselling and
mentoring etc.
Youth Off the Streets
“Step Up” Alternative Education Program; will benefit disadvantaged youth to allow YOT’s
to continue providing a flexible and supportive learning environment where disadvantaged
young people can pursue further education, training and employment post-school.
Australian Wildlife Conservancy
Protecting Northern Quolls from Cane Toads. This trial is ground breaking and is at
a scale not previously attempted. This grant will fund an innovative trial using cane toad
legs to train Northern Quolls to avoid eating toads.
Bush Heritage Australia
To support a Feral Animal Monitoring & Control program for pigs or foxes on Naree &
Yantabulla. Surveys will be planned & undertaken.
Karrkad Kanjdji Trust
Mimal Daluk (Women) Ranger Project. The Karrkad Kanjdji Trust (KKT) and Mimal
Land Management Limited (Mimal) have partnered to develop a Daluk (Womens) Ranger
Program. Funding is to support the daluk rangers in the necessary professional
development needed to enhance the overall ranger program at Mimal.
Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation
The next generation of marine scientists. Apart from students at a small number of
private schools, Australian high school students have no access to on-reef education.
This funding is towards a pilot program which will provide a competitive opportunity
for exceptional high school biology students to participate in an education trip to
Lizard Island Research Station.
Rainforest Rescue
Towards purchasing a property; Lot 30 Cape Tribulation Road: strategically located to
increase an established wildlife corridor and connect protected rainforest, this property
connects to the Daintree National Park / World Heritage Area through prior rescues.
Lot 30 will extend the Rainforest Rescue Cape Kimberley Wildlife Corridor.
South Coast Women’s Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation – Waminda
Towards Kareela Ngura Permaculture and Bush Tucker Garden. Kareela Ngura
(Country of trees and water) is Waminda’s environmental program, addressing community
and environmental issues by combining local Indigenous knowledge and practices with
permaculture into one community hub.
The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering – University of Sydney
Towards ‘The Circular Economy’. Globally, there is a recognition that single use plastics
and various unrecycled / unrecyclable materials are accumulating in landfills and being
released to the oceans. This project would produce a series of real world case
examples where Circular Economy concepts have been demonstrated and promote those
innovations via communications and social media to change Australia’s perceptions.
TOTAL ENVIRONMENT 111,530 109,500
Act for Kids Limited
Funding to go towards therapeutic assessments and resources for use in the Blacktown
Integrated Therapy Service. The Blacktown service provides assessment and therapy
for children who have suffered trauma as a result of child abuse and neglect.
Australian Refugee Volunteers Inc
Providing funding for the recreational and developmental programs for the children of
refugee and asylum seeker families in Sydney’s Western suburbs, including workshops,
sport days and holiday camps. ARV’s Kids Program is specifically designed for children
from refugee and asylum seeker families aged 6 – 11 years.
Australian Youth Orchestra
To support two major music training projects in 2019. The first of these is to be staged
at the Sydney Opera House and will enable 90 young musicians aged 14 to 25 to
demonstrate their excellence as the Australian Youth Orchestra. The second project is a
regional tour to perform at the Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music in Muswellbrook.
Barnardos Australia
Towards supporting the Bundaleer Better Futures program which aims to ensure children
and young people on the estate are safe from harm, engaged with education, have positive
role models, are healthy and active, emotionally stable, and connected with the broader
Towards supporting the scale up of an existing educational mentoring program, the
‘Homework Hub’ and health check program the ‘Health Hub’ to other regions where
they work; Deniliquin, Wagga-Wagga, Goulburn and the Shoalhaven.
Far South Coast Family Support Service Inc
Towards supporting ‘Just for Mums & Carers’ which is a weekly activity group designed to
engage mothers and carers of young children (0-5years) who are socially isolated, often
sole parents and experiencing economic hardship. A separate program of activities is
provided for the children attending, delivered by a qualified and experienced early
childhood educator.
Fighting Chance Australia Limited
Fighting Chance’s new group home has four residents with profound and severe disability.
This funding will go towards the provision of 12 months of a dedicated wheelchair accessible
vehicle, plus a budget to subsidise their access to other forms of transport, enabling access
to their community and improving quality of life.
Gondwana Choirs
Gondwana National Choral School is the leading destination for young musicians from
across Australia to develop their performance skills and access the highest level of musical
training. Each January, 330 young singers, composers and conductors undertake intensive
rehearsals, electives and performances led by Australia’s leading artists. Funding will
go towards providing National Choral School bursaries.
Towards the Umbarra Black Duck Dreaming. This project provides the Aboriginal Little Yuin
community, preschool children, elders, parents and teachers with opportunities to participate
in Aboriginal Culture and Art activities to recover identity and self-respect, healing trauma.
Holdsworth St Community Centre Woollahra Inc
Towards drama workshops for people with disability. Drama at Holdsworth focuses on a
range of dramatic skills such as movement, verbal and non-verbal expression, creative
communication, developing ideas, storytelling and working as a team to deliver a shared
Kaldor Public Art Projects
Towards Professional development for artists with disability. The programs aim to
open avenues for participation and professional development for targeted groups who
experience significant barriers to access.
Karinya House Home for Mothers and Babies Inc
Towards supporting the implementation of ‘The Outcomes Star’. The Outcomes Star™ is
an evidence-based tool for both supporting and measuring change.
Kids Giving Back
Towards believing, belonging and becoming program. This program will support marginalised
young people to develop a sense of self efficacy engendering belief in their own capacity to
help others and provides opportunities to help other vulnerable people through visits and
engagement in practical assistance activities.
Milk Crate Theatre
Building on 2018 workshops, Milk Crate Theatre will present a major performance work,
Natural Order, during Homelessness Month, August 2019 at Petersham Town Hall; a
collaborative project encompassing film, live theatre, movement, projection and sound,
responding to themes of social order, hierarchy, and social mobility.
Monkey Baa Theatre Company
Edward the Emu Creative Development. Monkey Baa will undertake an intensive workshop
process for EDWARD THE EMU. It is important that the students who participate in the
creative development process have the opportunity to see the final work and many will visit
the theatre for the first time.
Multicap Limited
Murwillumbah Short Term Accommodation Bathroom Upgrade. Multicap delivers
supported accommodation for people with disabilities who are transitioning from hospital,
or whose behaviours require more intensive support than what can be provided in their
family home.
Musica Viva Australia
Musica Viva In Schools will deliver a live music education program in Western NSW.
Component 1. is a live music program and component 2. is professional development for
Pathfinders Ltd
Yarn-Up for Young Girls – Standing Strong, a program engaging young Aboriginal girls
offering socialisation, life skills, cultural expression through art, craft and dance,
opportunities to participate in community events, and access to information about a
range of youth issues including sexual health, drugs and alcohol.
Cancer journey program NSW. This program provides vital emotional, financial and
education support to children and young people with cancer, and their families.
Refugee Advice & Casework Service
Legal Support Services for Refugees. This project provides free, critical and specialised
legal services to vulnerable and financially disadvantaged refugees in NSW who, despite
being recognised as refugees by the Australia Government will only ever be granted
Temporary Protection visas. Indefinitely, every 3-5 years they must re-apply to be
recognised as a refugee.
Sir David Martin Foundation
An integral part of Triple Care Farm’s rehab program is the Vocation and Educational
training for Life; a residential rehab program for 16-24 year olds struggling with substance
and mental health issues. It helps to re-engage the ‘students’ in education and find
pathways to employment. Funding is to assist with costly fees for both accredited and
non-accredited training.
Stepping Stone House
My first job – to expand their network of supportive employers willing to provide entry
level employment for their 16 to 18 year olds.
Supported Accommodation and Homelessness Services Shoalhaven Illawarra
Towards child safety in crisis accommodation. SAHSSI provides short term accommodation
to homeless women and children across the Illawarra & Shoalhaven.
The Bell Shakespeare Company Limited
Towards the in-school performance program 2019. In-school performances are dynamic
50-minute adaptations of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, delivered in school gyms
and halls around the country.
The Girls and Boys Brigade
The Surry Hills Youth Service; a holistic approach to supporting young people’s transition
to adulthood by providing practical programs and individual support.
Wentworth Community Housing
Ending rough sleeping in the Hawkesbury. To support a part-time assertive outreach
worker for 3 months to assist people who are homeless transition from tent villages in the
Hawkesbury to housing.
Youth Insearch
Inspire 3000. This funding will enable 10 more young participants to complete the intensive
leadership training program. The training provides the personal development and skills
needed to deliver the weekend workshops and support groups and work with
challenging youth.
GRAND TOTAL 1,024,154 1,036,735