Grant recipients for our 2015 grant round were announced on 23 July 2015.
Grants supporting people with disability
The focus of this year’s program was on projects that benefit people with a disability. Just under one in five Australians – or 4.2 million individuals – have a disability, and Community Sector Banking sought to support the vital work that not-for-profits do to help these people.
From a field of 127 applicants, nine not-for-profit organisations were awarded grants totalling $100,000 to pursue a diverse range of programs.
The successful grantees and their projects are:
Imagining Better Housing Support
Araluen will facilitate workshops for 90 families who have adult children with intellectual disabilities, to help parents start the planning process towards independent living. A parallel project will give four people with a disability a trial at independent living in a share house arrangement.
Cora Barclay Centre
WHISPA Youth Mentoring Program
For deaf children – particularly those whose deafness was not diagnosed at birth, and hence missed out on early intervention therapy – the transition to adolescence can cause social isolation, mental health issues and low self esteem. The WHISPA Youth Mentoring Program seeks to redress this, by holding workshops on diverse topics that help each teenager build their skills and find their passions.
Disability Information Advocacy Services Inc
Self Advocacy and Rights Training
New South Wales
People with intellectual disabilities who live in group homes or attend day programs have similar rights to everyone else in the community. Yet many have not been taught how to stand up for themselves. The self advocacy and rights training provided by DIAS enables these people to make more informed choices about the way they live their lives.
Holden Street Neighbourhood House
Healthy Life Skills: Cooking Basics
Many people with a disability have never learned the basics of healthy food choices and meal preparation. Cooking Basics is a weekly cooking group that will cover skills such as shopping to a budget, preparing healthy meals and storing food safely. The goal is to empower people with a disability to make healthier food choices.
Jobs South West
Life Lessons for Disabilities (LIONS program)
Equipping people with fundamental life skills is the core focus of the LIONS program offered by Jobs South West. It will help people with a disability to gain confidence, improve communication and learn how to navigate issues like cyber safety, social media, telecommunications and cold callers.
Kids Plus Foundation
Kids Plus Assistive Technology Hub
Many children with neurological disabilities like Cerebral Palsy cannot communicate without the help of a special device. Yet matching the right device to the child’s needs takes time and requires in-depth testing. The Kids Plus Assistive Technology Hub will have a permanent supply of different devices, so children and their families can easily trial devices.
Sing & Grow Australia
Music Therapy Project
Music therapy has been shown to stimulate brain function, alleviate early trauma and more. Sing & Grow Australia is running a new music program specifically designed for blind and low-vision infants and children that will reach up to 40 children and their families.
New South Wales
The Making Airwaves project will give 24 intellectually disabled men and women the opportunity to get their voices heard on radio. Together, they will plan and produce four radio shows, developing their broadcasting skills and gaining new confidence along the way.
Train the Trainer: Deaf Women in Circus
Members of Melbourne’s deaf community will have the opportunity to join a unique circus program thanks to the a new program from Women’s Circus. Opening the door to circus programs will boost the skills and confidence of deaf young people and adults, enhancing their self-image and breaking down communication barriers.