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$200,000 for ageing, disability and mental health projects

Victorian community organisations working with people marginalised by age, disability or mental illness have the chance to access grants of up to $10,000 from the State Trustees Australia Foundation (STAF).

Celebrating its 20th year, STAF is offering grassroots organisations a chance to share in $200,000 through its Grassroots Grants Program. The STAF grants are funded through bequests and donations with a focus on assisting people who are potentially marginalised.

State Trustees General Manager Client Services Melanie Lewis said the priority this year was on initiatives that supported vulnerable Victorians through the current period of sector reforms, including the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

“Local organisations promoting social participation really are the foundation of better outcomes for people who face barriers to inclusion in their communities,” Ms Lewis said.

“The NDIS will be a fundamental support mechanism in the long term but there is a need to support communities, organisations and individuals through the transition period to avoid people falling through the gaps while adjustments are underway.

“For the past 20 years, STAF has been helping local organisations support their communities and I encourage these groups to apply for funding from the Grassroots Grants Program.”

STAF is a charitable trust administered by State Trustees. In the past 20 years, more than $2 million has been provided to more than 250 projects through grants and a further $10 million has been provided directly to charitable organisations.

Applications for State Trustees Australia Foundation Grassroots Grants Program close 31 August. For more information visit www.statetrustees.com.au.

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