Future2 Make the Difference! grants 2014
In November 2014 Future2 awarded seven Make the Difference! grants with a total value of $70,000. Four were multi-year grants of up to $30,000 and a further three were short-term grants of up to $10,000.
Multi-year grants ($30,000 over three years):
Women's Health and Family Services, Northbridge WA
Palngun Wurnangat Association, Wadeye NT
BackTrack Youth Works, Armidale NSW
Bridge Builders Ltd Youth Organisation, Lilydale VIC
Short term grants (up to $10,000 in one year):
Edmund Rice Camps, Metro Melbourne VIC
Wirrpanda Foundation, Perth WA
Windeward Bound Trust, Hobart TAS
Women's Health and Family Services
$30,000 grant over three years for an education and empowerment project for women
Application supported by Kelly Pillay, KLI Accountants & Wealth Managers
Finding a way out of crisis and towards sustained independence is at the core of what Women’s Health & Family Services do for the most disadvantaged women and children. With the help of a Future2 multi-year grant, WHFS aims to assist around 30 women a year to reach their education and employment goals. These are women who are affected by domestic violence, alcohol and drugs in the family or mental health issues – or a combination of all. They are at risk of homelessness and in urgent need of life and leadership skills, education and training, and jobs.
Palngun Wurnangat Association
$30,000 grant over three years for an employment project including work experience and job readiness
Application supported by Kathy Havers CFP, Catalyst Financial Group
Indigenous young women in the remote NT community of Wadeye are being helped to develop skills and job-readiness by PWA, with remarkable social and economic outcomes. Now a link between PWA and the Thathangathy Foundation in Bright in country Victoria will enable 15 young women to take part in training at the Foundation’s café and accommodation service. The work experience and improved literacy and numeracy skills will mean they can return home to jobs which are otherwise often taken by incomers on work visas. Kathy Havers CFP advises the PWA board and is now helping to set up a native harvest processing co-operative on a larger scale to benefit multiple indigenous communities.
BackTrack Youth Works
$30,000 grant over three years for a work experience and job readiness program for girls
Application supported by Matthew Meehan, AGBIS Pty Ltd
The essence of BackTrack Youth Works is to give young people who have lost their way the opportunity to reconnect through training and work experience in agriculture. This is the second Future2 grant to BackTrack and it will enable the successful AgLads program to take up to 35 girls who are among the most at-risk youth in the community, mostly from indigenous and single parent households. By helping the girls develop self-esteem, trust, skills and sense of community belonging, the program opens the way to meaningful work and happy, productive lives in the community.
Bridge Builders Ltd Youth Organisation
$30,000 grant over three years for the BB3 leadership program
Application supported by Craig Ralph, Financial Lifestyle Partners
Through community festivals, business breakfasts, music events, youth leadership in schools, camps and in other ways, Bridge Builders engages and empowers disadvantaged young people by developing skills and inner assets to create competent, confident youth leaders in the community. Future2’s multi-year grant is for an expanded three-tiered leadership and engagement program to recruit, develop and grow young leaders using a curriculum to suit the learning stage of each young person. Financial Lifestyle Partners will be involved in several aspects of the program, including sessions to help the young leaders learn about good financial management.
Edmund Rice Camps
$7,000 one-year grant for a teenage girls' camp
Lower Plenty VIC
Application supported by David Moloney CFP, Avant-Garde Financial Services
Teenagers coping with a dysfunctional family life can feel isolated and be at risk of delinquency. A short time away from home surrounded by supportive young volunteers and kids with similar backgrounds can be a life-changing experience. The Future2 grant is for a five-day summer camp for teenage girls who have been bullied or profoundly affected by developmental disabilities, psychological issues or traumatic experiences. Up to 30 young volunteers will be positive role models, leading structured activities – surfing, canoeing, mountain bike ride, swimming – as well as informal team games, group problem-solving tasks and one-on-one interaction.
The Windeward Bound Trust
$10,000 one-year grant for a youth leadership challenge for newly settled refugees on board the Windeward Bound
Application supported by Byron Arnold, CRC Financial Services (TAS) Pty Ltd
A 10-day voyage crewing a sailing ship in the waters around Tasmania is a life-changing experience for young men and women who lack self-confidence, life skills and community spirit. Life on board is both challenging and supportive, enabling the participants to explore and conquer fears and develop confidence. The voyage, funded by Future2 with the Hobart City Council and MyState Foundation, brings together 20 young people of vastly different backgrounds for the Windeward Bound experience. Ten are ‘established’ Tasmanian youth who are mentors to 10 recently settled ‘new’ Tasmanian youth from refugee backgrounds; the mentors raise funds to offset the cost of participation by the young refugees.
$10,000 one year grant for Deadly Brotha Boyz, a youth engagement program
Appliclation supported by Peter Gilkison, Gilkison Investments Pty Ltd
In the south Perth suburb of Kwinana, The Wirrpanda Foundation has teamed up with Gilmore College and local police officers to offer the weekly fitness program for young Aboriginal offenders and those at risk. Boxing and circuit training with the police officers, a healthy snack and a ‘yarning’ session led by trained Aboriginal mentors will combine to engage the young men. Initially, Gilmore College, Kwinana Police and other partners will refer up to 15 boys. If the program proves popular, more volunteers will be engaged so that no one who is keen to join is turned away.