$805,000 Community Foundation Grants

We’ve said it before and we will keep on saying it, when it comes to supporting our own, the Geelong community steps up and keeps stepping up to meet the challenge.

The Geelong Community Foundation is one way that happens, with local families who have been fortunate enough to be successful in business choosing to generously give back to those who have not shared in their good fortune. The donated funds go into a corpus (capital) fund and the income from that fund is distributed annually through a grants program.

Kids and families doing it tough, those who live in our city but don’t have a home to live in, and people experiencing mental illness are just some of our region’s at-risk community members who will benefit from $805,000 in Geelong Community Foundation grants.

The 2017 grants program will fund 53 diverse projects and programs across areas including community wellbeing, youth, education, training, health, support for the aged, homelessness, poverty, family services and the arts.

Some of the organisations to benefit include Samaritan House, Geelong Food Relief Centre, Salvation Army Bellarine, KIDS Foundation, Foundation 61, Back to Back Theatre, Barwon Child Youth & Family, Ocean Grove Neighbourhood Centre, Cottage by the Sea, The Song Room and Reading out of Poverty. A full list of the 2017 grants can be found here.

Foundation Chair, Mr John Miles, “We are delighted with the results of this funding round, providing the community with a 9 per cent increase in funding on that which was offered in 2016 and over $6.8 million since inception of the Foundation seventeen years ago. We simply would not be in a position to grant this amount of money if it were not for the continued generosity of our Foundation donors, whose total contributions are valued at almost $22 million.”

The Geelong Community Foundation Board has also extended its gratitude to retiring Board member, Founding member and past Chairman of the Board, Barry Fagg, who served on the Board for seventeen years.

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