Small Grants – Community Strengthening
GSF’s Small Grants program seeks to support small grass roots projects that deliver big impact for our community!
Applications for grants of up to $2,000 generally open annually in May / June. Funding may be awarded to not-for-profit organisation for projects that positively impact the people they support; address an immediate or unmet need; and meet the GSF funding criteria; and align with our vision. Funding criteria can be viewed here.
The local projects that were awarded funding during 2021 are:
The gotafe Work Ready Program aims to develop new work skills of jobseekers and mentor them into meaningful work.
A small grant supported applicants into the program who would otherwise not be able to afford to participate. Our small grant enabled two men from non-English speaking backgrounds to enrol and take full advantage of the hands-on skills education and to learn more about local industries that could provide work.
Both men have since gained full-time employment and enjoying being part of our local workforce.
“Work ready program connect me with large network of employers, giving me hands on work experience in workplace that match my interests and goals. Now I’m working as a carpenter apprentice in the building and construction industry it all because of work ready program push me and help me to achieve my goals and my dreams.” -Kipela
GSF also acknowledges the collaborative approach to the program with major stakeholder, GROW Shepparton.
“MEAC Artists” program offers socially isolated and disadvantaged individuals the opportunity to learn new skills, enhance their wellbeing by maintaining their health and fitness and reduce loneliness. The program is run weekly by the Mooroopna Education and Activity Centre.
A GSF small grant will be used to purchase new and updated art equipment for the participants who attend each week. Many of the striking pieces are often on display at the Mooroopna hub for visitors to enjoy.
The Community Hub of St Georges Road Primary School and Shepparton English Language Centre’s garden project provides a wonderful opportunity for women and children from our multicultural communities to come together to teach and learn new skills through growing produce, cooking, and sharing cultural experiences. Funds from GSF’s small grant program will assist the continued development of this therapeutic gardening program.
Shepparton Foodshare is a local food rescue service experiencing an alarming increase in demand for food by local agencies and welfare services that support those suffering food insecurity. Shepparton Foodshare has identified the critical need for a permanent, purpose-built facility to be able to respond into the future to the growing need for food support. A GSF small grant has been used to compile a strategic accommodation study to inform the organisation on its best options.
“Powering up the Peace-keepers” program focuses on improving mental and physical health, while bringing together Shepparton’s diverse communities in safe, public spaces for sharing and celebration. The small grant from GSF will assist with the development and delivery of activities by Picnic 4 Peace that promote social inclusion and cross-cultural engagement, fostering positive mental and physical health for all participants.
Shepparton Family and Financial Services (SFFS) works with some of the most vulnerable and at-risk people in our community. A small grant from GSF in 2021 assisted them with new interview rooms to make the service delivery of the emergency relief department, and other programs, run more smoothly and cut waiting times and waiting lists. The grant has enabled staff and volunteers to support clients, who in many cases are distressed, in a more private and friendly environment.
Goulburn Valley Pride Inc will launch the GV PROUD member/volunteer recovery program to focus on improving the mental health, wellbeing and resilience of LGBTIQA+ people in our region, particularly after the past 18 months with COVID 19 restrictions and isolation. To improve organisational capacity and empower their peers and families, the small grant from GSF will support events, workshops, activities, forums and short courses.
Goulburn Valley Pregnancy and Family Support Services (GVPFSS) has been working for 50 years to support vulnerable women in the Goulburn Valley, preventing thousands of families from entering the child protection system. A GSF grant supports the work of GVPFSS with hundreds of women each year escaping family violence; women recently arrived in Australia without family or financial supports; or who experience social isolation because of language barriers. An outreach program and material aid are offered to these women and families to help in their time of need.
Greater Shepparton Foundation acknowledges it operates on the lands of the Yorta Yorta and Bangerang peoples. We thank the traditional owners for the opportunity to serve the community on their country. We honor and pay our respect to Elders and leaders, past, present and emerging. Through meaningful and genuine relationship, we will endeavor to put First Nations’ People first. We respectfully use the term “First Nations’ People” to honour all First Nations’ People who benefit from our activities and live on the Yorta Yorta and Bangerang.
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Shepparton, Vic, 3632
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