Successful grant applications share in $200,000

August 26, 2016 by in News

Community sector bankingJust announced by the funding body today….

From innovative employment programs to inclusive training in nutrition, the successful recipients of Community Sector Banking’s 2016 Social Investment Grants program each have an inspiring story to tell.

In total, seven not-for-profits from around Australia will share in $200,000 to reduce homelessness and create new opportunities. Congratulations to:

Category 1: 5 x grants up to $20,000

  • Byron Community Centre (see photo) will develop a six-week barista and hospitality training program that supports women to transition out of homelessness.
  • Meals @ the Bridge Lifeline will establish a community farm in northeast Victoria where visitors will have an opportunity to stay and address causes of their homelessness.
  • Adelaide’s Hutt Street Centre will create a social enterprise by restoring an old shed and implementing an education and employment program for homeless people.
  • Suited to Success will provide an employability program for 30 unemployed people in the greater Brisbane area who are either homeless or at risk of homelessness.
  • The Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Australia in collaboration with Transgender Victoria, Launch Housing, and Drummond Street Services will develop a model of care to support trans and gender diverse people who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness.

Category 2: 1 x $50,000 grant

Youth Projects’ ‘The Dining Room’ will teach the basics of healthy eating, shopping, budgeting and bills, food hygiene and meal planning to improve health, nutrition, help seeking behaviours, and social skills for those most excluded from the opportunities we all take for granted.

Category 3: $50,000 to be match-funded on

This grant was awarded to Melbourne’s HoMie to implement a retail training and employment program in Melbourne in partnership with the Ladder and Cotton On Foundations.

More information can be found on the organisation’s website at

Indigo Gold comment: This is a great example of the sort of innovative project that assessment panels are looking for when considering outcomes for $20,000 applications.