Community Grants Winners 2016

2016 was the first year we invited our members, shareholders and staff to vote on their favourite projects. This is who they chose.


 Taronga Conservation‘Plastic Free Oceans’ campaign to protect and preserve wildlife and the environment

Taronga Conservation Society Australia

Since 1984, Taronga’s Wildlife Hospital has treated over 350 marine turtles, many with plastic related illness. This campaign will focus on the plight of marine turtles, discovering more about their distribution and the impact of plastic ingestion.  Our $20,000 grant will help Taronga become a ‘plastic bag free’ community, inspiring over 750,000 annual visitors to take action in their personal lives and commit to ending their use of plastic bags.


green-connect-circleInternships for disadvantaged youth and refugees to grow and distribute fair food in Illawara

Green Connect

Green Connect trains and employs former refugees and at risk youth to grow and distribute local, seasonal and chemical-free food. Our $10,000 grant will be used for an internship project at their farm “Urban Grown” next to Warrawong High School (Illawara region) to develop and plant an additional 2,000 square metres of market garden, increasing their capacity to grow fair food.

 australian-rainforest-foundation-circlePurchasing properties for conservation in QLD

Australian Rainforest Foundation

In 2013, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature identified the Daintree Rainforest as the sixth most irreplaceable area on Earth. However, its conservation status is of significant concern. Our $20,000 grant will provide funding to purchase four privately owned  properties and gift them to the Queensland government for inclusion in the national park estate. The primary benefit will be to create more robust habitat areas for local biodiversity, such as the southern cassowary.

Centre for CompassionatePrevention of localised extinctions of wombats through early mange treatment

Centre for Compassionate Conservation, University of Technology Sydney

Early treatment of mange in wombats in their natural habitat is necessary for the protection of the species. Our $20,000 grant will allow the Centre to identify a study site with a high proportion of infected wombats, and recruit a vet and 40-50 trained citizens to administer the treatment on the wombats. These field trips will prevent localised extinctions and improve the well-being and welfare of these wombats.

enterprise-learning-projects-op-shop-circleEstablishing an op-shop in Kalumburu, WA, to promote cultural enterprise

Enterprise Learning Projects

Enterprise Learning Projects is a social enterprise that supports Aboriginal people from remote areas who want to explore, develop and grow their business ideas. Our  $20,000 grant will be used to establish an op shop which will be run by the local Tramalla Women’s Group. The women will learn how to run a small retail business and handle cash and products.  The profits will be used for healing camps and cultural activities in the community.

black-cockatoo-preservation-society_circleInfrastructure for the critically endangered white-tailed black cockatoo

Black Cockatoo Preservation Society of Australia Inc.

White-tailed black cockatoos are only found in the southwest of Western Australia and their numbers are decreasing rapidly.  Thirty years ago, Carnaby cockatoos numbered over 100,000 birds, but now only 6,000 remain on the swan coastal plain. This $15,000 grant will provide much-needed aviaries to allow the birds bred to be released into the wild. Initially, approximately 500 people and an entire species will benefit from erecting aviaries, planting trees, establishing breeding flocks, and monitoring the species.

days-for-girls-australiaPostpartem and standard hygiene kits for 400 women in Tanzania

Days for Girls

Every girl in the world deserves education, safety, and dignity. Days for Girls furthers this goal by helping girls, who would otherwise go without, have access to quality sustainable feminine hygiene and awareness. Our $5,000 grant will enable four hundred girls and women who give birth at the fistula hospital in Arusha, Tanzania, to receive a reusable menstrual hygiene kit.

the-orangutan-foundation-international-circleReforestation of the Orangutan Legacy Forest in Indonesia

Orangutan Foundation International (Australia) Limited

OFI Australia have purchased and protected more the 6,000 acres of Bornean forest from palm oil plantation, poachers and illegal loggers, intending to transform it into a home for some of the 330 rehabilitated orangutans in their care.  Sadly, last year almost one-third of the forest burnt down. Our $15,000 grant will allow for the employment and training of locals to begin phase one of OFI Australia’s regeneration project to rebuild this forest and transform it into a sanctuary for their orphaned orangutans.

the-humanitarian-group-circleProviding legal assistance for people seeking asylum in WA

The Humanitarian Group

People seeking asylum are disadvantaged in their access to justice.  The Humanitarian Group will apply their $20,000 grant to helping provide asylum seekers in Western Australia with appropriate and accessible information, legal assistance and representation and access to interpreters to enable them to exercise their legal rights.

RSPCA BrisbaneInstallation of a solar system at the Brisbane Animal Care Campus

RSPCA Brisbane

This campus is one of the most significant animal welfare facilities in the southern hemisphere. By installing renewable energy options, RSPCA will be helping not just to offset power costs, but also to support the environment that is home to so many animals in their care. Our $20,000 grant will help to provide 107 days of animal care in their Queensland shelters.

Motivation AustraliaProviding wheelchairs and support for 20 kids in Fiji

Motivation Australia

Motivation Australia works to build long term access to rehabilitation and assistive devices for children and adults with disabilities in developing countries. Our $10,000 grant will be used to provide 20 children with a physical disability living in Fiji with wheelchairs that are fitted and adjusted for them, enhancing their comfort and ability to participate in school and home life.

wildlife-asia-circleDeploying a Sumatran rhino protection team in Sumatra

Wildlife Asia

Facing an ever increasing threat from poaching and habitat destruction, the Sumatran rhino is one of the most critically endangered species on the planet, with recent population estimates as low as 75. With our $15,000 grant, Wildlife Asia will deploy a dedicated rhino protection team to patrol the forests, dismantle snares, facilitate law enforcement and train members of the local community to help protect rhinos.

enterprise-learning-projects-bike-tours-circleEstablishing Speargrass Bike Tours, a social enterprise run by young Indigenous men in Katherine, NT

Enterprise Learning Projects

Enterprise Learning Projects supports Aboriginal people from remote areas who want to explore, develop and grow their business ideas.  Our $20,000 grant will be used to set up Speargrass Bike Tours – a social enterprise offering bike tours co-created by Indigenous youth in the Katherine region and driven by a local Aboriginal man passionate about creating bright futures for young adults in the community.  The young men will be mentored and trained to run the bike tours.

where-pigs-fly-circleConstructing animal shelters at a sanctuary for rescued farm animals in NSW

Where Pigs Fly

Where Pigs Fly is a safe sanctuary for farm animals that have been rescued from horrific instances of abuse, neglect and abandonment. Many animals in dire need of rescue are being turned away due to a limitation of shelters at the sanctuary. Our $10,000 grant will go towards building three additional shelters to provide a safe and secure sanctuary for these vulnerable and desperate animals who have nowhere else to go.

ozgreen-circleClean water and community garden for 2 villages in Timor

OzGREEN Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (Australia)

OzGREEN is building a movement of inspired leaders who are tackling sustainability challenges. Our $10,000 grant will provide household bio-sand filtration units to families in the villages of Bocosse and Bona, consisting of approximately 1,500 people. These systems are a cheap, reliable way to provide clean water to remote communities.

animal-aid-abroad-circleTraining and employing local vets to treat injured, abused and overworked animals in New Delhi, India

Animal Aid Abroad

Animal Aid Abroad provides food, medical supplies and treatment for injured, abused and overworked animals. In New Delhi, working animals are an integral part of a family or community’s livelihood. The animals in these areas are in desperate need of medical treatment, as their wounds are often left untreated and, during peak season, the owners will not rest their animals. Our $10,000 grant will train and employ local vets to service outlying areas as well as educate owners about animal care.

And Free to Shine and The Orangutan Project made such an impact last year, we decided to grant them consecutive funding for another 3 years! Read more.