2017 Recipients

Successful Applicants 2017


After another overwhelming number of requests for grant assistance in 2017, we have awarded 14 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.  


Giant Steps Community Grant
TAS: Deloraine
Giant Steps

Established in 1995 by a group of dedicated parents and local community supporters, Giant Steps Tasmania is a not for profit, independent, registered school and therapeutic centre for children on the Autism Spectrum. It is the only specialised school for individuals with Autism in Tasmania with approximately 46 students who travel from all over Tasmania to attend. The Grant will assist with heavy duty equipment for health and healing.


Awesome Kids  
VIC: Bendigo
Interchange Loddon Mallee Region Inc

Interchange Loddon Mallee offers a range of programmes that support people with disabilities in the local community. Their plan is to extend their Awesome Kids Saturday programme to children with disability between the ages of 6-8 years of age who are not covered by the NDIS, with the help of the Grant. Activities such as cooking, craft, group games, drama, circus skills, bike riding and swimming are designed to help these children build friendships, increase self-confidence and independence.



Lets Get Active
NSW: Cobar
Cobar Children's Services Inc

Cobar Mobile Children’s Services operates in remote NSW between Dubbo and Broken Hill. Servicing an area of about 44,000 sq.km (approx. size of Tasmania) and a population of about 5,000 farmers, transit miners and indigenous people, the children are isolated. The Grant will support healthy living activities that foster good mental and physical development, self-esteem and social well-being through the distribution of specifically designed care packages.


NSW: Tamworth
Sensosaurus Pty Ltd

Sensosaurus is a multidisciplinary allied health centre offering individual and group therapy conducted by psychologists and speech pathologists. Utilising play and a sensory diet, combine with emotion regulation training, they have created a safe, fun place for children to learn skills to manage their social and emotional challenges. The Grant will assist four families under financial hardship for one year.



Emerge Food Van for Disadvantaged Youth
QLD: Drayton
Jen Shaw Emerge

Emerge is a program for girls and boys individually that holistically supports, mentors and meets them where they are to re-engage them back into the community and empower them towards a positive life. The program teaches foundational cooking skills, kitchen and self-hygiene, promotes physical activities, goal setting and work experience which can be carried onto a Certificate 3 in Hospitality. The Grant will go assisting in providing the opportunity for disengaged youth to participate.


Supporting Rural CF Patients
QLD: Toowong
Cystic Fibrosis Queensland

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a degenerative condition that destroys the lungs and digestive system, and is the most common life-shortening genetic disease in Australia (average life expectancy for a person living with CF is just 37.5 years). CF sufferers find it hard to breathe and digest food, involves a vast intake of medication, physiotherapy every day and multiple hospital visits. The Grant will assist Cystic Fibrosis Queensland provide services to some of the most vulnerable – those in rural areas as there are no CF treatment options outside of Brisbane.



Country Show Fun Trailer
SA: Pompoota
Southern & Central District Country Shows Association

Southern & Central Districts Country Shows Association entertains 50,000 people every year through shows around SA including, Murray Bridge, Strathalbyn, Mt Compass, Port Elliot, Parndana, Kingscote, Coonalpyn, Uraidla, Mannum, Mt Pleasant, Mt Barker, Callington, etc. The Grant will assist in providing free activities for children and young families via a donated trailer filled with huge range of large mat games, building blocks, toys, craft, tables and anything that children will find fun.


Pine Creek Well-Being Ninjas
NT: Pine Creek
Pine Creek School

Pine Creek School is a remote indigenous primary school with around 35 students. The school has identified a demonstrated lack of resilience to challenging situations with learning and in the playground and is working to provide engaging activities. The Grant will assist them with building the capacity of students' resilience and partnerships through teamwork to benefit both the child and family.



Colour Fun in the Sun
WA: Quairading
Shire of Quairading

Situated in the WA Wheat Belt, the Shire of Quairading wishes to build community spirit through children with a fun colour obstacle course. Usually the domain of cities, the colour run provides an opportunity for rural kids to experience this engaging fun interactive activity.


Language & Learning
WA: Albany
Rainbow Coast Nieighbourhood Centre

The Rainbow Coast Neighbourhood Centre provides a number of different services to parents and children in their local area. Albany WA has been a site of the settlement of many of WA’s emerging Burmese Karen community who have migrated as refugees. With little or no English, the centre has been approached by families and schools for assistance on many occasions. The Grant will be used to get Burmese-speaking professional(s) to write and translate programmes to initially educate the children who will then be trained and mentored to train other children so the programme is sustainable.



Tree Bonanza
VIC: Sandon
Castlemaine Secondary College 2017 Student School Leadership Team

A group of Year 9 students from Castlemaine Secondary College 2017 Student School for Leadership Team have developed a programme to educate local primary schools about the environment furthering their understanding of what they can do to help. They will then take the students to a local area which is in need of growth and work together to plant a wide selection of native trees and which will be part of the town and community for years to come. The Grant will assist the students achieve their plan and plant trees.


RREAL Horses Making RREAL Difference
QLD: Maroochy River
River Road Equine Assisted Learning Inc

River Road Equine Assisted Learning Inc. (RREAL) is a recently established not for profit, registered charity dedicated to developing and implementing equine assisted learning programs for disadvantaged, disengaged and/or developmentally delayed young people. This will promote the use of horses in the learning process to facilitate change, help prevent harmful behaviours and promote increased self-awareness, communication skills and heightened self-esteem. The Grant will allow them to invest in physical resources for children that have experienced ASD, ADHD, ADD, victims of bullying as well as perpetrators of bullying and survivors or trauma and abuse.



Community Sports Grant For Uniforms
VIC : Jan Juc
Geelong Junior Marlins Mixed Under 12 Water Polo Team

The Junior Marlin Mixed U12 Water Polo team are a dedicated group that have emerged from a 12 week Water Polo introductory clinic and become a competitive force achieving a Silver Medal at the Ballarat Junior Tournament. They travel 3-4 hours round trip to train. The small Grant will help them with team uniforms and equipment to continue their journey.



New Tumbling Floor Mats
TAS: Redpa  **People's Choice Award**
Circular Head Gymnastics Club Inc

Circular Head Gymnastics Club Inc. is a not for profit sporting club in Circular Head Tasmania, primarily teaching gymnastics (the skills it teaches is also the basis for many other sports including basketball and football). The club was lost 9 years ago and they are looking to re-start to help the community through improving kids' engagement in sports and eventually create another competitive club for the State. The Grant will go toward floor strips to create a safe space for participants to practice their skills.

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