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Victorian not-for-profits awarded more than $800K in Community Grants

Freemasons Foundation Victoria's newly appointed Chairman, Garry James, congratulates grant recipients

FFV Chairman Garry James with The Shrine CEO, Dean Lee.

Freemasons Foundation Victoria’s (FFV) newly appointed Chairman has proudly announced this year’s Community Grants program recipients, awarding a total of $803,604 via 29 grants to not-for-profit organisations (NFPs) across Victoria..

The grant recipients embody FFV’s commitment to fostering positive change in the areas of Community and Youth Development, Education, Health and Research and supporting Indigenous-led programs.

“The diversity of these projects mirrors FFV’s steadfast commitment to effecting positive and lasting change within Victoria.

"As the newly appointed Chairman, I am incredibly honoured to witness the impact these grants will have across Victoria, and I'm excited to lead our efforts in making a meaningful difference within our communities.

“This year’s grants show strong support for addressing pressing community needs and social inequality with programs including RizeUp’s Children’s Trauma Recovery packs for families fleeing domestic violence, and for food relief programs such as Rosebud West Community Hub and Shepparton Foodshare.

“FFV is again supporting several programs in Youth Development and Education that aim to empower and guide the younger generation, including early education support at Ronald McDonald House, volunteer tutoring for foster children with The Pyjama Foundation, and the youth mentorship programs like Standing Tall Hamilton and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Australia.

“In the area of Health and Research, FFV has awarded grants to the Australian Prostate Centre and the E.J. Whitten Prostate Cancer Centre at Epworth Freemasons, demonstrating our commitment to improving health outcomes and reducing the societal impact of diseases.

“Support for Indigenous-led programs, like the Algabonyah Driver Mentor Program by Dungala Kaiela Foundation and the Traditional Owner Cultural Mentoring Program for Youth by Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency, reflects our commitment to empowering First Nations community members and preserving cultures.

“These grants represent not just financial support, but a commitment to supporting organisations that are dedicated to improving the lives and opportunities of Victorians through critical services and innovative programs. We are inspired by this years’ cohort of recipients and the diverse themes these projects represent, all aligning with our mission to support and uplift communities throughout Victoria."

The full list of grants is below.





Banksia Gardens Community Services

Banksia Gardens After-School Program



Big Brothers Big Sisters Australia Limited

Supportive Friends Mentoring

Bentleigh East


Chelsea Community Support Service

Fair Start School Support Program



Epworth Foundation (trading as Epworth HealthCare)

The CONFIRM Project: a better way to manage low grade prostate cancer



Anglicare Victoria

Buldau Yioohgen - Aboriginal cultural connectedness project for young people in Victoria



Dungala Kaiela Foundation

Algabonyah Driver Mentor Program



Hope Bereavement Care

Hope for the Future: Philanthropy Sustainability Project



Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Regional Tour 2024



MHSN Australia

Suicide Prevention Education



Oceania Indigenous House of Ecommerce

Oceania Digital X Pathways Program



The Pyjama Foundation

Love of Learning Program Victoria



The Queen’s Fund Limited and Trustee for The Queen’s Fund

Refurbished Laptops for at least 25 Single Women and Their Children in Victoria



RizeUp Limited

Children’s Trauma Recovery Packs – Sleeping Safety after Domestic and Family Violence



Ronald McDonald House Charities Victoria & Tasmania

Early Years Empowerment Pilot Project

Surrey Hills


Rosebud West Community Hub Ltd

Nutritious Meals for Community Members in Need

Capel Sound


RULE Prostate Cancer (Australian Prostate Centre)

ProsFIT: Exercise medicine for men with prostate cancer

North Melbourne


SALT Sport and Life Training

Empowering SALT to Transform Australian Culture Through Sport



SALT Sport and Life Training

Champions of Change- Creating a Level Playing Field for Women and Girls



Shepparton Foodshare

Shepparton Foodshare Food Rescue Truck



Spinal Research Institute

Engage and Collaborate Phase 2: a program for a healthier and stronger SCI community



Standing Tall in Hamilton Inc.

Empowering Futures: Expanding Youth Mentorship and Support in Southern Grampians Shire



Think Pink Foundation

Think Pink Living Centre Physical Therapies Program



Think Pink Foundation

Think Pink Fundraiser Project



United Minds Community Services

Extended Community Access Initiative (CAI)



The Venny Inc

Cubbies Productive Food Garden



Very Special Kids

Very Special Youth Program Extension



Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency

Traditional Owner Cultural Mentoring Program for Youth



Waminda Inc

Our Community-Eating Well, Living Well



Wombat Housing Support Services

D.I.Y. - Developing Independence Your Way

North Melbourne





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