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2023-12-22 2:05 pm

2017 Community Customer Grant recipients

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Zoe Support Australia

Zoe Support provides holistic, place-based support for young mums in Mildura to reengage them in education.

The organisation received an Impact Fund Customer Grant in 2016 and 2017.

Since 2012 Zoe Support has assisted more than 100 young mothers by providing a socially inclusive environment with connection to peers, support workers and the community. A number of their initiatives address barriers to social connectedness, civic life and pathways to education and employment.

In 2016 the organisation helped about 70 young mothers.

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Increasing demand for Zoe’s services led to the opening of a fourth club and a new childcare centre.

With the funding Zoe Support Australia was able to cover the costs of computer and study equipment in a new mother’s study club.

67% of young mums accessing Zoe Support are now engaged in education. The organisation also provides pre-accredited training with Zoe Learn Local for courses including cooking, sewing and small business numeracy and literacy, while many young mums are completing secondary or tertiary education.

Kalay Academy

This project will engage and support indigenous female students to enhance their confidence, self-esteem and educational outcomes.

Victorian National Parks Association

This project will conduct a sea slug census to find, photograph and document the occurence and distribution of these 'popular and photogenic marine critters' in Port Phillip Bay.

Echuca College Science/Makers Fair

This project will engage over 1000 primary students in STEM education, providing opportunities they would otherwise not have access to.

Moe Life Skills

This initiative will provide opportunities for people with high and complex support needs to participate in a physical activity program.


This project will provide hospitality training programs for young people (18-28 years) seeking asylum and those from refugee and migrant communities who are facing barriers to work.

Murray River Tea Rooms

This project will provide opportunities for people with a disability to develop skills in numeracy, banking, retail, customer service and hospitality.

Maryborough Education Centre

This initiative will enable the centre to purchase a bus to transport students to and from their Flexible Learning Program.

Nature Glenelg Trust

This project will commence revegetation efforts at Mt Burr Swamp Habitat Restoration Reserve.

Fitted for Work

This project will assist women experiencing disadvantage to become work-ready.

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