In 2020 we're delighted to be supporting 16 fantastic projects from across Australia, with funding from the Bank Australia Impact Fund.
Graduates into Jobs
Scarf are a social enterprise based in Melbourne, using hospitality to transform lives. Scarf trainees are resilient young people seeking protection, and those from refugee and migrant backgrounds facing barriers to employment. The Job Readiness Program will support Scarf graduates to successfully transition into meaningful employment.
Free to Feed
Free to Feed are a Melbourne-based social enterprise. They will provide 20 participants who are refugees or seeking asylum with 20 hours of paid training in their vibrant kitchen and events program. The immersive workforce participation program is designed to increase social and economic inclusion in Australia.
Pathway Alliance Program
HoMie are a Melbourne-based streetwear clothing brand and social enterprise. The HoMie Pathway Alliance Program is HoMie’s own accredited retail training and education paid internship for young people aged 16-25 who are affected by homelessness or hardship. The program will equip them with the skills, confidence and experience to become work-ready.
Waste Less App
Reground is a sustainable waste education service based in Melbourne, aiming to teach us all how to make our future more sustainable. The Waste Less App will help businesses keep thousands of kilos of edible food out of landfill, reduce the creation of waste and save money.
Climate for Change
Climate for Change are based in Melbourne, with a mission to create effective action on climate change in Australia. Climate Conversations is an online flagship program to create efficiencies and enhance capacity to train and support volunteer facilitators. This program will use the party plan model, to facilitate Climate Conversations amongst peers in people’s homes.
Natura Pacific is a social enterprise based in Queensland committed to ecological consulting and environmental education. The project will produce, install and monitor nest boxes for fauna in fire affected areas in Southeast Queensland in collaboration with Beechmont Landcare. The aim is to support the recovery of local ecosystems.
Women's Legal Service Inc
Financial Abuse Video Series
Women’s Legal Service are based in Queensland. They provide life changing and lifesaving free legal and welfare help to women and children impacted by domestic violence. The Financial Abuse Video Series project will produce 4 videos on financial abuse and prevention. The videos will provide women with timely and accessible financial information to assist in both short and long-term safety and security.
Human Nature Adventure Therapy
Healthy at Home
Human Nature Adventure Therapy are based in Mullumbimby, New South Wales. Their Health at Home project will provide safe options for 30 at-risk young people to receive professional mental health support and mentoring during this challenging time of facing a pandemic and beyond.
Reconciliation Victoria is the state-wide body for reconciliation across Victoria to promote a deeper understanding, respect and justice for and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Treaty Engagement work will inform and engage non-Aboriginal community and the importance of Treaty and raise awareness of how Treaty benefits the broader community.
Road to Refuge
In My Own Words
Road to Refuge are based in Melbourne. They believe sustainable, safe refuge for people seeking asylum is possible when refugees are able to take back the narrative of their lives and experiences. The In My Own Words storytelling and capacity-building program is designed to give young people of refugee backgrounds skills to shape their story, and have it heard on their terms.
Doherty’s Creek P-9 College is located in Truganina. The school will employ an Indigenous Wurundjeri artist to work with children, their families and the community to educate about the importance of our traditional culture. This will involve storytelling and creating artwork about the Wurundjeri culture, as well as teaching and running workshops about Australian Aboriginal histories.
Future Female Changemakers
Ethni are based in Brisbane. Their Future Female Changemakers leadership program designed to foster young emerging female leaders from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. The 3-month program will provide 15 young women to grow and gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to motivate, creating and leading change now and into the future.
Bowling along in the Goldfields
ASTERIA Services are located in Maryborough, they will run a tailored six-month lawn bowling program for people with a disability. This will involve a one-on-one buddy and mentoring opportunity, in collaboration with a local bowling club.
Social Solar Project
BREAZE are located in Ballarat and will install 20-25kW of solar panels onto the roof of the Community Centre operated by the Old Colonists’ Association as well as on the roofs of 5-8 rental cottages at the Charles Anderson Grove Retirement Village. This retirement village is dedicated to providing subsidised housing to those in need in our community.
RePlant Byron Project
Zero Emissions Byron is a grassroots community organisation leading on ways to reduce emissions in the Byron Shire. RePlant Byron project involves planting 3,500 subtropical rainforest trees to restore degraded pasture, drawdown carbon and restore biodiversity. Unique features include site preparation with indigenous fire stick burning practitioners and involvement of the community groups in communal planting days.
Nature Glenelg Trust
Mt Burr Solar Project
Nature Glenelg Trust works with communities across south-eastern Australia to protect and enhance the natural environment. The project will establish a solar power system to allow the Mt Burr property to be used as a multi-purpose community facility. This will support community use by volunteers, educators, environmental researchers and indigenous cultural engagement.