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Twelve charities to share $222,000 of grants from State Trustees Australia Foundation grassroots initiative

Over $222,000 has been granted to 12 not-for-profit organisations by State Trustees Australia Foundation in its 2018 Grassroots Grants program.

The Grassroots Grants program supports individuals disadvantaged by ageing, disability and mental health with projects that address social inclusion, social participation and carer support.

The grants will help Blind Sports Australia deliver a pilot program to help the visually impaired access sporting opportunities, enable Recyclability Upcycled Echuca employ an artisan to train people with a disability how to upcycle, and help the elderly stay at home by purchasing mobility aids.

Other grants will help expand Sacred Heart’s 5 minute volunteers program, address the loss of driving capacity of older road users with Travellers Aid Australia, enable Tweddle Child and Family Health Service develop three educational videos covering infant and parent mental health, and employ an additional team of eight individuals living with a disability to expand OC Connections Waterless Car Wash in Oakleigh.

“State Trustees Australia Foundation has been supporting community organisations for over twenty years. These grants would not be possible if it was not for the generosity of the bequestors.” State Trustees Australia Foundation Chair, Helen Hambling

“We are excited by the quality of the grant applications this year and we believe that providing close to $20,000 for each initiative will make a difference to each program.”

“These charities work really hard in the community and these grants give them an opportunity to pilot new programs, employ new staff members and to provide a real benefit to the community.”

The State Trustees Australia Foundation is a public charitable trust administered by State Trustees. Through the generosity of community members who have created a sub-fund or left a bequest, the Foundation has distributed more than $30 million to charities since its inception in 1994.

These grants would not be possible if it was not for the generosity of bequestors and donors.

Grassroots Program Recipients 2018

Organisation Project Title Project Outline Grant
Blind Sports Australia Building Pathways for Blind and Visually Impaired people to engage in sport A pilot program to develop a range of collateral that will be shared with places such as Vision Australia, sighted sporting clubs, educational facilities and service organisations to help break down barriers for the visually impaired accessing sporting opportunities. $17,028
Community Living & Respite Services Recyclability Upcycled Support the employment of a Direct Support Professional who has artistic flair to train people with disability in all aspects of the Upcycled Product Range $20,000
Disability Resources Centre Accessible Public Transport Campaign Launch a community awareness campaign around access to public transport for those with a disability. $20,000
Inclusion Melbourne Circles of Support and Microboards COSAM – Capacity Building Project Holding a National Forum of Circles of Support and Microboards (COSAM) organisations to draw together the wisdom, skills and experience of organisations with more than 20 plus years’ experience. $19,864
Link Community Transport Education pathways to employment The grant will provide Link with a dedicated workforce of volunteers who will support our over 1,200 elderly and disabled clients and it will provide a qualified workforce for the disability and aged care sector. $20,000
National Ageing Research Institute The ENJOY trial – Exercise intervention outdoor project in the community: engagement and empowerment of older people The ENJOY trial will implement and evaluate the effects of sustained engagement in physical activity. Exercise parks have already been installed outdoors within the premises of community centre parks in Whittlesea and Wyndham. $19,533
OC Connections Enterprise Waterless Car Wash System Employ an additional team of 8 individuals living with a disability to expand the car wash. The mobile waterless car wash currently employs 20 people living with a disability. $20,000
Royal District Nursing Service
trading as Bolton Clarke
Low impact assistance tools to support the independence of older adults Funding for the purchase of low-impact assistance tools, such as an adjustable walker and to create demonstration kits and information booklets for At Home Support nurses. $12,860
Sacred Heart Mission Taking Sacred Heart Local’s 5 Minute Volunteers to the next level The grant will help expand 5 Minute Volunteers which builds caring, one-on-one relationships between individual volunteers and elderly, isolated people living near them. $14,151
The First Step Program Limited ADHD and Methamphetamine Study The grant will fund a Care Coordinator in a joint study which aims to discover which interventions or combinations are effective in the treatment of people with ADHD and substance use. $19,448
Travellers Aid Australia Transport transition program for older drivers This 12-month pilot program addresses the loss of driving capacity of older road users at an early stage and help them transition to other forms of transport. $20,000
Tweddle Child and Family Health Service Sleep Play Bond – Infant Mental Health Education Series Tweddle develop three educational videos covering infant and parent mental health, attachment and brain development. $20,000
TOTAL $222,884

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