Community Sector Banking is proud to announce the recipients of the Social Investment Grants Program for 2015.
The focus of this year’s program was on projects that benefit people with a disability. Just under one in five Australians – or 4.2 million individuals – have a disability, and Community Sector Banking sought to support the vital work that not-for-profits do to help these people.
From a field of 127 applicants, nine not-for-profit organisations were awarded grants totalling $100,000 to pursue a diverse range of programs.
“This year, we doubled our grant purse from the inaugural $50,000 to $100,000. Given that this money comes directly from our profits and interest earned in our customers’ Social Investment Deposit Accounts, it’s a positive reflection of just how many people want to give back to the community,” said Community Sector Banking CEO and Managing Director, Greg Peel.
“We are delighted to see this program go from strength to strength, and look forward to supporting this year’s grant recipients in their wonderful work improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.”
2015 grant recipients
Congratulations to the following grantees and their inspiring projects.
Araluen House – Imagining Better Housing Support (VIC)
Araluen will facilitate workshops for 90 families who have adult children with intellectual disabilities, to help parents start the planning process towards independent living. A parallel project will give four people with a disability a trial at independent living in a share house arrangement.
Cora Barclay Centre – WHISPA Youth Mentoring Program (SA)
For deaf children – particularly those whose deafness was not diagnosed at birth, and hence missed out on early intervention therapy – the transition to adolescence can cause social isolation, mental health issues and low self esteem. The WHISPA Youth Mentoring Program seeks to redress this, by holding workshops on diverse topics that help each teenager build their skills and find their passions.
Disability Information Advocacy Services Inc – Self Advocacy and Rights Training (NSW)
People with intellectual disabilities who live in group homes or attend day programs have similar rights to everyone else in the community. Yet many have not been taught how to stand up for themselves. The self advocacy and rights training provided by DIAS enables these people to make more informed choices about the way they live their lives.
Holden Street Neighbourhood House – Healthy Life Skills: Cooking Basics (VIC)
Many people with a disability have never learned the basics of healthy food choices and meal preparation. Cooking Basics is a weekly cooking group that will cover skills such as shopping to a budget, preparing healthy meals and storing food safely. The goal is to empower people with a disability to make healthier food choices.
Jobs South West – Life Lessons for Disabilities (LIONS program) (WA)
Equipping people with fundamental life skills is the core focus of the LIONS program offered by Jobs South West. It will help people with a disability to gain confidence, improve communication and learn how to navigate issues like cyber safety, social media, telecommunications and cold callers.
Kids Plus Foundation – Kids Plus Assistive Technology Hub (VIC)
Many children with neurological disabilities like Cerebral Palsy cannot communicate without the help of a special device. Yet matching the right device to the child’s needs takes time and requires in-depth testing. The Kids Plus Assistive Technology Hub will have a permanent supply of different devices, so children and their families can easily trial devices.
Sing & Grow Australia – Music Therapy Project (QLD)
Music therapy has been shown to stimulate brain function, alleviate early trauma and more. Sing & Grow Australia is running a new music program specifically designed for blind and low-vision infants and children that will reach up to 40 children and their families.
Windgap Foundation – Making Airwaves (NSW)
The Making Airwaves project will give 24 intellectually disabled men and women the opportunity to get their voices heard on radio. Together, they will plan and produce four radio shows, developing their broadcasting skills and gaining new confidence along the way.
Women’s Circus – Train the Trainer: Deaf Women in Circus (VIC)
Members of Melbourne’s deaf community will have the opportunity to join a unique circus program thanks to the a new program from Women’s Circus. Opening the door to circus programs will boost the skills and confidence of deaf young people and adults, enhancing their self-image and breaking down communication barriers.
About the grants program
Community Sector Banking’s Social Investment Grants Program is directly funded through the Social Investment Deposit Account – a savings account aimed at community minded individuals looking to contribute to social change. Account holders can choose to co-contribute 50% or even 100% of the interest they earn towards the Social Investment Grants Program.
“Our Social Investment Deposit Account is certified by the Responsible Investment Association Australasia and is yet another example of how we encourage our customers to work with us in contributing towards social change,” said Peel.