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State Trustees Australia Foundation Newsletter – Issue 6

Hope Your 2018 Started Well

Welcome to the latest edition of State Trustees Australia Foundation newsletter. In this edition you can read about:

  • Recipients of our 2017 Grassroots Grants Program
  • Beyond the Bell – helping children in the Great South Coast
  • Highlights from funded grants
  • Grant applications opening soon

$200,000 granted to ageing, disability and mental health projects

Approximately $200,000 has been granted to 20 not-for-profit organisations by the Foundation at the end of last year. These grants aim to support individuals disadvantaged by ageing, disability and mental health through delivering projects that address social inclusion, social and emotional wellbeing, health promotion, self-care and carer support.

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Making a difference for young people in the Great South Coast

Young people in the Great South Coast will benefit from an additional $90,500 of funding from the State Trustees Australia Foundation. The Foundation has continued its commitment to Beyond the Bell, an ambitious, ground-breaking initiative leading a cultural shift in the way communities and service providers work to support our young people

Beyond the Bell is the most concerted community-based collaboration ever made to tackle the Great South Coast’s low Year 12 or equivalent attainment rates and to encourage support for young people from conception to adulthood.

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Photo courtesy of Beyond the Bell
Photo courtesy of Beyond the Bell

Featured projects and highlights

Photo courtesy of Community Living and Respite Services – The Murray River Tea Rooms

Murray River Tea Rooms

The Elsie Murray trust provided funding to help with the creation of the Murray River Tea Rooms – an opportunity shop in the truest sense of the word. Donated goods are sold beside a café, which has created opportunities for people with disability to learn customer service, retail and hospitality skills. Volunteers support from the community has been significant – from individuals working in the café, to corporate and community groups donating food and resources.

Read more about this project at the Murray River Tea Rooms Facebook page

Healthy Living and Learning

State Trustees Australia Foundation provided funding for the Healthy Living and Learning program which worked with seniors living in public housing in Kensington to increase awareness of growing food, healthy cooking, and encourage the adoption of healthier lifestyle habits. Through an eight week course, participants gardened, cooked and ate together, in an effort to provided better community connection and increase their overall health and wellbeing.

The Healthy Living and Learning program has continued, and has expanded to include public housing residents of all ages. In addition, the program has evolved to include students from the local high school to build inter-generational relationships. Participants produced a recipe book with recipes and photos from the program, see Fresh Feast Recipes From The Heart and The Hub.

The program was run in collaboration with Unison, Kensington Neighbourhood House, cohealth and VincentCare.

Current funding opportunities

Elder abuse prevention and response

The Foundation is running a grants program to help grassroots organisations working in elder abuse prevention and response. Applications will be opened on 8 March 2018 and will close on the 5 April 2018.

Check our website soon for further details.

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John Burge Trust Fund

The John Burge Trust Fund was established by the late John Burge to assist people with tuberculosis. The Trust has recently been reviewed and is now available to charities registered with the ACNC working with tuberculosis sufferers in Australia and overseas. See our guidelines for further details.

All potential applicants are encouraged to contact State Trustees directly to discuss their application on (03) 9667-2845 or charitable@

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Elsie Murray Trust

The 2018 Elsie Murray Trust grants program is opening soon. The Trust distributes roughly $5000 per year. If you work in the Echuca area contact our staff to assess your eligibility.

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