Emergency payments of up to $5000 for approved charities who are experiencing immediate funding pressure as a result of COVID-19 can also be accessed now by applying through the St.George Foundation website.
The St. George Foundation has doubled the funds available in the next Community Grant round to $1 million so that charities can share in a greater funding pool; and introduced a $500,000 Bushfire Assistance Grant to support organisations working on the long term recovery of bushfire affected communities.
Vanessa Barry, CEO, said that the goal of the Foundation is to ensure it’s truly partnering with charities to achieve the best social outcomes for children.
“We understand that organisations need to adapt and respond to the increased community needs and ever-changing environment. We are committed to helping our charity partners like JOII Community continue their vital work providing opportunities for children to experience brighter futures.”
TheFoundation awarded a $50,000 Community Grant to JOII Community in December 2019 to support 24 Indigenous students in the Redland Bay area who are experiencing disadvantage and a disconnection with school.
The charity had to suspend its program as a result of COVID-19, and the additional $4300 in COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funding awarded for the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment has helped get its TRACTION programs running again.
“We could not have continued without vital PPE, including face masks, infrared thermometers, hand sanitisers and disinfectant cleaning supplies. St.George Foundation’s additional funding through its COVID-19 grant means we can safely return to helping young people in need”, said Sandy Murdoch, Founder of TRACTION.
The TRACTION program provides a safe learning environment where vulnerable young people complete projects such as restoring bicycles, and in doing so, build self-esteem, find a sense of belonging, discover their potential and create their own future.
The Program has so far helped more than 1090 participants build new, practical and critical life skills leading to increased confidence in overcoming challenges in learning.
To find out more about the support packages available and apply: https://www.stgeorgefoundation.com.au/home/