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Well done to all our 2019 community grant winners.
This year, we donated $360,000 to 20 amazing community organisations making a positive impact both in Australia and overseas.
Abundant Water will install water filter systems in 10 schools in Timor Leste bringing life-saving clean water to more than 1000 students. Abundant Water will also train women entrepreneurs to market these water filters to the families and communities of these schools.
The result will be improved health for students and families, income and respect for village women and a cleaner environment with fewer plastic water bottles and smoky fires boiling water.
Free to Shine’s Social Workers provide essential services to the most at-risk girls in Cambodia, reducing their vulnerability to sex trafficking by improving their access to education and meeting their human rights.
Free to Shine addresses the complex interlinked factors that bar girls from accessing education, such as poverty, hunger, illness, violence, family breakdown, addiction, unemployment, migration, and debt.
This grant will provide 600 Social Work Interventions to 50 vulnerable girls and their families.
Child Parent Relationship Training (CPRT) is an evidence-based intervention program for women and child survivors of family violence that focuses on strengthening caregiver-child relationships through play – a child’s natural form of communication.
The play therapy and CPRT will allow Hobart Women's Shelter to support traumatised children and their mothers to rebuild their resilience during their 6 weeks at the shelter.
Cents for Seeds aims to provide women in northern Uganda with a loan of seeds so that they can earn their own income, provide for their families, and break the cycle of poverty in their community.
Funding will allow the program to expand to include a sustainable water management solution that will provide a new variety of crops and educational skills and infrastructure to include irrigation which will mitigate against the risk of drought and famine.
Refugees Welcome Australia provides refugees with spare rooms in Australia. This project seeks to create neighbourhoods that actively help address the current demand for housing for those in need, developing people-to-people connections to instill values diversity and mutual respect.
This grant will help people at risk of homelessness to enter into safe and welcoming homes, while simultaneously empowering community members to be active citizens and advocates of open and tolerant communities.
37% of Victorians experience food insecurity, often relying on cheap processed, packaged foods, with devastating health outcomes. The Community Grocer run weekly affordable fresh food markets to support healthy connected communities, serving 500 customers every week.
This grant enables them to reach a further 500 people each week, by delivering fresh fruit and vegetables to food pantries, emergency relief centers, community meals and breakfast clubs across Melbourne.
Australia’s rivers are under unprecedented threat from climate change, over-extraction and pollution. The Kimberley’s National Heritage listed Fitzroy River, the world’s last stronghold of the critically endangered Freshwater Sawfish, which has survived since the time of the dinosaurs, is in grave danger.
This project can help save the Fitzroy from a catastrophic fate and ensure its internationally significant cultural and natural values will survive into the future.
Food Ladder (FL) implements hydroponic food growing systems around the world, targeting food security, employment and education. To expand their reach they are creating an online based program that has the potential to reach millions of disadvantaged people worldwide.
Featuring training guides and a self-moderating virtual community, FL experts will provide advice on a daily basis, while communities who have FL systems can cross-share information.
Pocket City Farms is a ¼ acre urban farm in Sydney maintaining closed loop organic local food production, community on-farm workshop and talk programs, a NSW curriculum-aligned school education program, a free community food forest, community composting program and strong community networks.
Pocket City Farms will provide on-farm educational opportunities for disadvantaged, disabled and vulnerable groups at full subsidy. Collectively this project will provide opportunities to 1000-1500 individuals with proven therapeutic and social benefits.
Positive Change for Marine Life's Composting and Aquaponic (CAP) household systems, alongside their community-led Waste Bank Service (WBS) will enable income generation, sustainable food production and empowerment to local fishing villages in our target region in India.
By utilising the economic benefit of waste and plastic pollution to develop a de-centralised waste management system, it can put the power back into the hands of communities around the world to ensure deep-seated positive change for marine life.
Expensive, dirty and dangerous kerosene lamps are used by families off the electricity grid in Timor Leste – our closest neighbour.
This project will assist a Timorese social enterprise to offer finance, installation and maintenance for solar home systems; creating employment and lighting up the lives of 1265 people.
Swim with fish, not plastics! The Seabin Foundation will remove up to 3 tonnes of rubbish/year from the ocean with 2 new Seabins in Australia. It removes straws, cigarette butts, polystyrene, plastic bottles, bags, oils, microplastics, food wrappers and more.
The data collected will help tackle specific pollution streams and raise awareness through a STEM school lesson, a celebration event and educational data summaries, accessible to all, including schools, businesses and councils.
In collaboration with teachers, early childhood educators and wildlife conservationists, Green Heroes has developed a curriculum based educational unit and resource kit focussed on protecting Australian native animal species entitled ‘Sharing Planet Earth’. The unit is targeted at children in preschool and early primary, and is a first of it’s kind in Australia.
The project involves the creation of handmade, organic educational teaching resources, a pop-up wildlife hospital and meaningful wildlife conservation activities, which can be carried out within the classroom and surrounds.
Action for Dolphins is an animal protection charity dedicated to saving our ocean inhabitants from cruelty. Marine animals face numerous human-induced threats so the key to protecting them is advocacy and education.
By informing Queensland communities about the high level of by-catch caused by shark nets and drumlines, as well as the evidence that these measures do not work to protect bathers, they can influence the state government to trial non-lethal alternatives to shark control. This will result in better protection for swimmers and the lives of thousands of marine animals will be spared.
Helping to prevent a local extinction of koalas in the Northern Rivers Region of NSW by reducing the time they are in rehabilitation and increasing the rate of their release to the wild through improved local and earlier clinical diagnosis and treatment.
The Leuser Ecosystem is the last bastion of hope for one of the most critically endangered large mammals on earth. Proving that grassroots, community driven, dedicated effort can stand firm in the war on poaching and habitat destruction, these Rhino Patrol rangers could mean the difference between extinction and survival for the magnificent Sumatran rhino.
FAWNA’s Better Facilities for Wildlife in Care project will help improve outcomes of wildlife in FAWNA's care from initial rescue through to pre-release and beyond, while reducing overload on members and better spreading the work load.
FAWNA will purchase quality flexible electronic heat mats for wildlife rescue, with a car adapter, control unit, and battery operated thermostat probe to allow members rescuing wildlife to create an ambient temperature for wildlife rescued and transported in cars thus reducing stress on wildlife during initial care.
Greyhound Rescue saves and re-homes unwanted greyhounds from the racing industry. This project will recruit and train new and existing volunteers on how to safely care for greyhounds, and effectively engage with the community to raise awareness of the suitability of greyhounds as pets.
The ultimate project goal is to increase and sustain public interest in fostering and adopting greyhounds as pets – leading to more greyhound lives saved.
Little Oak Sanctuary assists the most vulnerable animals who have nowhere else to turn. Through sharing their stories, Little Oak Sanctuary plant seeds of compassion in the hearts and minds of the public.
This project will install 3 x new large animal shelters to provide warmth to injured, young or vulnerable animals throughout our cold winters and shelter from Australia’s intense sun in summer.
ACT Wildlife’s project will aim to reduce and eliminate Sarcoptic Mange in the local wombat population, restoring the quality of life for our enigmatic and iconic “ecological engineers.”
Using trained and committed volunteers allows for community action in solving an animal welfare horror story before it becomes a conservation disaster for our wombats.