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:
‘Whittlesea CALD Communities Family Violence & Early Intervention Project’
Whittlesea Community Connections
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.
EMC of the Brotherhood of St Laurence. Footscray
'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.
‘Promoting Cultural Inclusivity and Tolerance through the Performing Arts’
Brink Productions. Adelaide
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.
‘Study Support Program’
The Huddle. North Melbourne
The Study Support Community program at the Huddle provides support for young people aged 15 and over, who have English as a second language. The program offers subject specific tutors, mentors, computer or internet access, or just a quiet study space. This program aims to improve each young person's confidence, life skills and connection to the wider community.
‘Meet + Eat Project’
Curious Works. NSW
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
‘Strengthening Advocacy for Cultural Diversity in the Arts’
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).
‘Growing Communities Together’
Benevolent Society. Bankstown NSW
The overarching objective of ‘Growing Communities Together’ is to strengthen community services in Bankstown and build local capacity for change. The approach focuses on improving people’s personal and community networks, the result being a higher level of civic, social and economic participation by residents, a decrease in objective measures of disadvantage, and ultimately a healthier community. The GCT Hub has established numerous programs benefitting the local community with a particular focus on employment pathways. Some examples of the programs being run are;
- Mentoring program for high school students in 3 participating local schools,
- Social Enterprise model utilizing the Taste Mobile Kitchen
- Engaging fathers program run through three Bansktown primary schools
‘Visible Mentoring Program’
Multicultural Arts Victoria.
Multicultural Arts Victoria is the peak organization in victoria supporting Multicultural Communities through the arts. Professional musicians with established careers mentor refugees and emerging communities. The mentoring program provides emerging artists and cultural groups to showcase their culture and talent through varying showcase opportunities such as through the ‘emerge’ festivals supported and run through areas of high migrant communities such as Brimbank, Dandenong, Shepparton and Footscray. The 2013 program will support 11 musicians/groups representing eight different cultures; Mali, Burundi, Afghani, Indigenous Australian, Ethiopian, Somali, Congolese and Iranian.