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State Trustees Australia Foundation distributes $250k to 13 charities

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2022/23 Community Inclusion Grant round focused on social inclusion and participation for people living with disability

The State Trustees Australia Foundation (the Foundation) has awarded grants of between $15,000 and $20,000 to 13 charitable organisations across Victoria. The grants are part of the Foundation’s 2022/23 Community Inclusion Grant Round, which focused on supporting programs encouraging social inclusion and participation for people living with disability.

State Trustees CEO, John Velegrinis, said this year’s grants are supporting organisations that bring people together to provide innovative and practical solutions to real world challenges for people living with disability.

“This year’s Community Inclusion Grant Round recipients represent a diverse range of groups and approaches offering integrated solutions to social inclusion and participation. The grants deliver on the Foundation’s aim of reaching across a broad section of the community, improving the lives of people living with disability and promoting inclusion for marginalised groups,” Velegrinis said.

“The Foundation couldn’t distribute grants each year without the generosity and kindness of people who choose to make charitable giving part of their legacy to our community. We are grateful to those people who enable the Foundation to continue supporting such important work,” he added.

This year’s grant recipients include Bayley House, Travellers Aid Australia and Motor Neurone Disease Association of Victoria.

The range of programs covered includes life skills and social group gathering programs that foster vital social connections for people living with disability, education and service delivery programs that challenge assumptions about disability, and integrative approaches that connect and enhance existing disability services. The programs all focus on improving social inclusion and participation for people living with disability.

The 2022/23 Community Inclusion Grant Round builds on the more than $38 million the State Trustees Australia Foundation has distributed to charities since being established as a public charitable trust in 1995. The Foundation receives donations from individuals, families or companies during their lifetime or as a gift in their will.

Further information about the 2022/23 Community Inclusion grant round or about the State Trustees Australia Foundation can be found here.

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