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social investment grants program

Our Social Investment Grants Program funds not-for-profit projects or programs working to improve social outcomes. Each year we open applications for not-for-profits to apply for grants.

Community Sector Banking directly funds our Grants Program, from an allocated 50% of net profit earned on Social Investment Deposit Accounts. Contributions from our committed Social Investment Deposit Account holders are also pooled to fund the Social Investment Grants Program.

We are delighted to support Australian not-for-profits through our grants for the third year running; this is an exciting opportunity for Community Sector Banking and our customers to directly give back to the communities our not-for-profit customers strive to assist.

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2015 recipients

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:

Araluen House

Imagining Better Housing Support

Victoria

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

South Australia

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

Victoria

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)

Western Australia

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

Victoria

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

Queensland

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.

Windgap Foundation 

Making Airwaves

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.

Women’s Circus

Train the Trainer: Deaf Women in Circus

Victoria

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.