The Foundation over the years has had the opportunity to further enhance their vision of enhancing Social Cohesion and Cultural Diversity by providing medium term funding commitment to select organisations, generally in the order of $30-50,00 pa over 3 years.
We believe more effective outcomes can be achieved by working with selected Community Groups that are focused on 'Capacity Building' in communities; on strengthening organisations to develop programs/actions that meet identified needs within the community.
Experience gained through our giving of Community Grants over the years allows us to identify organisations that share our mission and, through their successful delivery of projects for which grants have been provided, we know they have the organisational capacity to deliver large multi-year funded projects through the development of a detailed business plan.
A selection of these projects that the Foundation is currently supporting or has recently funded is set out below:
Supporting Migrant and Refugee Women
- ‘Whittlesea CALD Communities Family Violence & Early Intervention Project'’
- ‘Living and Learning Together’
- ‘Mamas Plus’
The Whittlesea CALD Communities Family Violence and Early Intervention Project developed in partnership with the Whittlesea Community Futures Partnership (WCFP) works with culturally and linguistically diverse communities to break the cycle of family violence and empower communities to confront and respond to the challenge of preventing violence against women in a new cultural and legal context.
A Living and Learning Together project being funded through Wellsprings for Women in the City of Greater Dandenong for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Women and their pre-school aged children. In its third year the project continues to celebrate the social connection of women and children as participants learn about the Australian education/training system, pathways to other learning environments and/or employment as well as the 'soft skills' that are necessary to participate in workplace environments.
'Mama's Plus' being funded through the Ecumenical Migration Centre (EMC) of the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Footscray offers women a range of support measures individually tailored to meet the specific needs of each migrant mother and their children. The project aims to strengthen family relationships and to help foster positive mother-child attachment as well as providing opportunities to support successful settlement around education, health and social needs. It will provide a link to connecting women to mainstream services and assist existing community agencies to understand the needs of these women to strengthen access to services.
Supporting Youth from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds
- ‘Streetlighters Enhanced’
- ‘Learning and Life Mentoring Project’
'Streetlighters Enhanced' funded through Concern Australia in the City of Greater Dandenong is in its third year and continues to build on trusting relationships with marginalized youth, especially from Sudanese and Polynesian backgrounds between 15-21 years by providing them with an inclusive space to gather on a Friday night and the delivery of a Soccer and Basketball program run alongside a Youth Leadership Program for these youth. These programs attempt to further engage this group of young people in educational, positive recreational and personal development activities.
The 'Learning and Life Mentoring Program' funded through Big Brothers Big Sisters provides site based mentoring services to disadvantaged young people who participate in activities at The Huddle (North Melbourne Football Club's Learning and Life Community Centre). Through mentoring this program aims to improve each young person's confidence, life skills and connection to the wider community.
Supporting Cultural Diversity and Cohesiveness through the Arts
- ‘Strengthening Advocacy for Cultural Diversity in the Arts’
- ‘Promoting Cultural Inclusivity and Tolerance through the Performing Arts’
- ‘Meet + Eat Project’
This program aims to strengthen Kultour's role as a national voice that advocates for the importance of cultural diversity in the activation and participation in the arts for the benefit of all Australians. As part of the project Kultour is to initiate a research program that will establish a national index for cultural diversity in the arts (CDITA).
This program supports part of Brink Productions 'Access Program' that allows South Australians from socially and culturally diverse backgrounds to participate more fully in society through direct engagement with the arts. More specifically an artist-in-residence program at the Adelaide Secondary School of English (ASSE) will seek to foster connections, promote cultural inclusivity and empower young people from diverse backgrounds.
Meet + Eat Project funded through Curious Works is a broadcast quality, short form documentary series set in the City of Hume, Melbourne and the City of Fairfield, Sydney. Meet + Eat will document the sharing of a meal with someone as a way of getting people from different walks of life to sit down and have a yarn. By sharing the intercultural stories of both theses areas on screens in arts and non-arts locations across the council areas it hopes to make more accessible the personal message about the benefits of diversity