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Successful Applicants 2016


After another overwhelming number of requests for grant assistance in 2016, we have awarded 12 community grants (2 more than last year) and we have been inspired by the ideas and sheer number of people assisting kids in communities all around Australia. We are privileged to be involved with helping rural Australia and the communities which make it great.  


Mobile Playgroup Service
NT : Katherine
Katherine Isolated Children's Service

Katherine Isolated Children's Service (KICS) visits around 2,500 children per year covering a massive 750,000 square km area. KICS will invest the grant monies into a range of science based educational resources like microscopes and binoculars, sturdy toys for gross/fine motor skills development, and arts and crafts. Early childhood resources that can withstand travel and use by lots of children!


Help Us Help Others - Grassroots Therapy  
WA : Wongan Hills
Wongan Hills Therapy Group

Wongan Hills Therapy Group is a grassroots community group providing therapy programmes for disadvantaged, at-risk, and special needs children. They run a support group for parents, and actively train local community members with the skills and knowledge required to work with these children on an ongoing basis. The funding will assist in the running of the group and help service the entire WA Wheatbelt.



Helping Kids Settle into Foster/Kin Care
QLD : Innisfail
Backpacks 4 Aussie Kids Inc.

Backpacks 4 Aussie Kids supplies backpacks and nappy bags filled with essential personal items for kids going into foster and kinship care. Removals often happen at night or kids may have a trip to the hospital before being dropped at a carers place. This grant enables the purchase of much-needed supplies for the backpacks, so these kids are able to sleep in a new clean set of clothing such as pyjamas and underwear.


Our Kid's Shed
QLD : Thangool
Thangool State School P&C Committee

Thangool’s Kid’s Shed initiative provides an activity-based support group to children during school hours in recess/lunch breaks. The Kid's Shed is a safe place where children can come to have an adult listen to them, be assured with positive comments and learn resilience skills. Activities that the grant will help fund are horticultural garden, chicken coop, craft, cooking, and the resilience programme.



Little Tassie Talkers - For Deaf Children
TAS : Statewide
The Shepherd Centre for Deaf Children

The Shepherd Centre provides a comprehensive early intervention program for deaf children The programme is play-based and designed to get deaf or partially deaf children to a fully verbal stage so they can attend mainstream schools by the age of 5. The programme also supports and trains the parents. The grant will ensure approximately 20 children in Tasmania, who would otherwise not have easy access, can participate in the programme.


SA : Broken Hill (NSW)
YMCA Broken Hill

Cheerability is a musical and fitness programme provided by the YMCA, designed for children with disabilities. The grant will enable the programme to grow beyond just the four schools it services and provide an instructor for 40 weeks of the year. The programme supports the social, physical and mental well-being of the children, while also reducing the financial burden their families face.



Breakfast Club
NSW : Boorowa
Boorowa Central School

Breakfast Club provides a safe, warm place for kids to meet in the morning; where they can get some toast, milo, fruit and a "good morning how are you?" as many rural parents have early starts. Currently run and funded by two of the school’s staff since last term, the grant will help with new equipment and a variety of cereals for the year, as well the problem of empty tummies.


Toys, Toys, Toys
NSW : Yeoval
Yeoval & District Mens Shed

Yeoval’s Men’s Shed is also home to the ‘Hen House’ which will house the Toy Library and play area. The Toy Library will be the only one for at least 100km in any direction as there is no mobile library. The grant will fund toys, books and play equipment, providing a social outlet for young families to bring their children, and will encourage inter-generational support; a sharing of interests and ideas that will help both young and old.



NSW : Forbes
Red Bend Catholic College

Red Bend Catholic College has just begun a programme for Year 12 student volunteers to assist elderly and disabled members of the community. Each Friday afternoon, after school, the students assist with gardening duties – weeding, mowing, pruning, watering – as community outreach. The grant will provide funding for more equipment enabling more students to be involved, linking them to their community, adding to their confidence and self-awareness, while providing a helping hand to those who need it.


Toy Replenishment for the Toy Library
VIC : Myrtleford
Myrtleford Toy Library

Myrtleford Toy Library services Myrtleford and surrounding communities with a low-cost way of encouraging play and learning. The grant will allow the Toy Library (which almost closed down due to lack of funding) to continue on their journey of replacing old toys and sourcing new toys that are not only fun to play with but have a particular benefit to developmental education.



Kids Kan (Help in Emergencies) on Community Radio 
VIC : Mallacoota
3MGB Community Radio and CHIRF

3MGB Community Radio, operating for over 30 years, becomes the Official Emergency Broadcaster in the Mallacoota area from December 1st. This grant will fund the local Emergency Services Youth Volunteers to become emergency broadcasters, developing them as future emergency service leaders through an integrated action-learning program where they develop skills in preparing their community to be more resilient during emergencies.



Much needed and wanted soccer tops and balls
VIC : Shepparton  **People's Choice Award**
Bourchier St Soccer Club

Bourchier Street Soccer Club takes out our inaugural People’s Choice Award. The grant will fund soccer jerseys, replacing the current incomplete sets of 15-year-old tatty-looking ones, as well as appropriate sized balls to train with. This will give all children a sense of inclusion and belonging, for them to be identifiable, as well as to identify with the group and the soccer fraternity at large.

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