With Victoria’s not-for-profits and local charities more active than ever, Freemasons Foundation Victoria (FFV) has awarded $617,089 in grants to 25 charities across the length and breadth of Victoria, in the latest round of FFV Community Grants.
The funds will go toward a range of projects supporting those experiencing disadvantage, including addressing food insecurity and job readiness, providing essential equipment for families who have fallen on hard times, and providing mental and physical health education programs for young people.
FFV Chairman, Rodney Lavin, JP, said the diversity of projects supported in this round is testament to the many and varied challenges that communities are up against.
“Cost of living pressures, barriers to healthcare access, and ongoing devastating flood events are just a few of the troubles many have faced in recent months. Victorian communities will benefit greatly from the work of the inspiring organisations delivering vital services in the current climate and we are proud to contribute to their ongoing work.
“We’re particularly heartened to contribute to important services that support children with disabilities or life threatening illnesses. For families in this position, it’s one thing to be able to get the treatment you need, but it’s entirely another to have organisations supporting you through the journey.”
In addition to funding in the areas of Health and Medical Research, Community Development and Education, FFV’s Community Grants program also supports programs in the Arts and Indigenous space.
“For the 5th year, we are delighted to provide funding to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) so that they can take the MSO experience to regional audiences across Victoria. We know this is an experience that is relished and will be welcomed again in the eight regional centres that the program will reach.
“We’re also excited to contribute to a number of projects in the Indigenous programs space, including creating bright opportunities for students from the Yorta Yorta Nation, supporting a literacy program for female Aboriginal students in Western Victoria and helping Woor-Dungin Inc build the capacity of Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) to secure philanthropic funding for community-led initiatives, through network and relationship building and skills development.
“Congratulations to the 25 recipients of this year’s Community Grants program. Freemasons Foundation Victoria recognises your hard work and dedication in delivering these projects, and we are proud to support you to continue to do your great work in the Victorian community.”
Abbey Solo Foundation Limited
Aboriginal Literacy Foundation
The ALF Aspire Girls Catch-up Program Western Victoria - improving literacy skills for female Aboriginal students in Western Victoria
Biala enhancing support for children with disabilities and additional needs – therapy room furniture for specialist intervention service
Vic Explore Program – helping under 18s to connect with others and normalise their cancer experience
Chelsea Community Support Service
Fair Start School Support Program – helping families and children meet the costs associated with attending school
Dungala Kaiela Foundation
Nanyak Burras 2023 - Future leaders – supporting 15 Yorta Yorta students to enrol in the Academy of Sport, Health and Education (ASHE)
Entertainment Assist (HPC) Ltd
Intermission prevention based program for entertainment workers
Empowering Students to Support People in Hardship – delivery of the program to schools at no cost
Fitted For Work
Women’s Economic Empowerment Program – providing services, training, and upskilling opportunities for women ready to be placed into employment
Quilts for Kids – materials for 80 quilts for children suffering from ongoing life threatening illness
Life Education Victoria
Adapting Healthy Harold Heroes program - Developing Future Leaders of Mental Health and Wellbeing – piloting a new program in 10 disadvantaged schools in Victoria
Love in Action Wallan
Don’t Spend Christmas Alone - a free event for people & families that are alone on Christmas Day
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
MSO Regional Tour 2023 – delivering world-class, accessible orchestral music-making experiences across regional Victoria
Mums Supporting Families in Need Inc
Food Packs – provision of 600 food packs of pantry staples to vulnerable families over 12 months
NextSense (formerly Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children)
Building Up NextSense's Cochlear-implant Program for Children and Adults in Victoria
Youth NEST Program (Youth Nutrition Education and Skills Training (NEST) - empowering adolescents experiencing disadvantage to improve dietary behaviours through increasing food literacy and cooking skills
Red Nose Australia
Treasured Babies – providing special items including coffins for parents of premature and stillborn babies in preparation for their funeral.
Shepparton Foodshare Commercial Kitchen – equipment to enable rescued food to be cooked into packaged ready-to-heat meals
Spinal Research Institute
Engage and Collaborate: a program for a healthier and stronger SCI (Spinal Cord Injury) community
Sport & Life Training
Clubs with Heart – delivering a wellbeing and Mental Health program to up to fifteen sporting clubs
St Kilda Mums Inc
The 2030 Vision - an urgent IT upgrade to enable critical day-to-day processes
St Kilda Police and Citizens Youth Club
Mobile Activity Centre (MAC) Park Towers – recreational based youth program at Park Towers Public Housing Estate
The Reach Foundation
Regional student wellbeing program- across Greater Mildura
Western Chances Alumni Mentoring Program – supporting young people to transition from tertiary studies to the workforce
Aboriginal Partnership Program – supporting skill development and networks to build the capacity of Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) to secure philanthropic funding for community-led initiatives