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Our major projects are delivering on our purpose to amplify, assist and elevate  community-driven change across our region.  Our project partners align with our purpose and offer the experience and expertise needed to deliver for community.  By truly listening, learning and activating local expertise, we are identifying ways to strengthen our community.

Oral Language Intervention

The Oral Language Intervention program (OLI) is an evidence-based project providing intensive intervention from the foundation years’ to improve student language and literacy, leading to more effective learning and engagement.

We know early intervention in oral language development is key to changing educational outcomes of students, improving their readiness for learning and to take advantage of the opportunities education will afford them. 

OLI, in stage 5 of its implementation is now in all public primary schools in Mooroopna.



WomenCAN s based on a unique peer support model of earn and learn training developed by WomenCAN Australia with an aim to provide women with financial independence through free training and job placements.

Greater Shepparton Foundation has partnered with WomenCAN Australia, Greater Shepparton City Council and the Bowden Marston Foundation to offer training and employment opportunities to local women who have a passion for care and are interested in kick-starting their career specifically in Early Childhood.

Women in the Shepparton region are now enrolling in the project to commence a traineeships this year.

This unique model provides a supportive 12-month traineeship opportunity sees trainees earn and learn whilst completing a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and have paid work part-time or full-time at a local childcare centre.


For more information contact Program Manager Donna Baldwin at

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Regional Youth Journalism Fellowship

The Regional Youth Journalism Fellowship sees up to two young people from the Goulburn Valley paid to learn and build their skills in the Shepparton News newsroom, with the support and mentorship of Melbourne Press Club journalists to provide guidance and advice.

The Fellowship has seen one successful applicant appointed.  A second applicant is now being sought. The Fellowship is a full time 6 month placement.


For more information and to express your interest please email

This project is a partnership between Greater Shepparton Foundation, the McPherson  Media Group and Melbourne Press Club and funded by the Brian M Davis Charitable Foundation.


Flood Recovery Response

GSF is in the community listening and learning year-round. We not only respond with strategically planned major projects, our structure is such that we are nimble in our approach enabling a response in times of crisis and community need.

At the height of the flood emergency GSF was on the ground at the Emergency Relief Centre working alongside the first responders. We listened to first-hand accounts and a picture of the scale of the disaster and immediate and long term needs in the recovery phase emerged.  At this time, GSF launched the Greater Shepparton Community Flood Response Campaign to raise funds to support the  recovery of our community.

With the incredible generosity of individuals, businesses and philanthropic organisations,  more than $300,000 was raised and GSF immediately began filtering this funding through to support various organisations, projects, and individuals.

Major Projects are not intended to remain as an ongoing Greater Shepparton Foundation project.  Success is measured via these projects achieving their aims and are therefore no longer required, or by partnerships being established enabling sustainable projects to be taken over by the community.  To read about GSF's past projects please click here.

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