Each year Viva Energy offers Community Support Grants of up to $5,000 each to help not-for-profit groups implement programs that might improve the circumstances of people living in local communities of (Geelong and Newport in Victoria, Clyde and Gore Bay in New South Wales and Pinkenba in Queensland). These coveted Grants have now been awarded to worthy organisations accross the country.
The Viva Energy Community Support Grants opened in September 2023 for submission (see: https://acapmag.com.au/2023/09/viva-energy-powering-community-service-with-new-support-grants/ )
$55,000 has been awarded to 11 community organisations in Viva Energy heartland communities – Geelong and Newport in Victoria, Clyde and Gore Bay in NSW and Pinkenba in Queensland.
These grants are one part of the broader Viva Energy Community Program, which aims to have a positive impact in the communities where Viva Energy lives and works.
Congratulations to the 2023 Successful Grant Winners.
Geelong & Newport, VIC:
· Mainly Music Australia Limited, Little Miracles Community Inc in Corio teams up with Mainly Play to foster healthy primary carer attachment, and community connection, whilst providing educational fun in language, literacy, and gross motor skills.
· Norlane Community Initiatives (Friends of Cowies Creek) will engage with local high schools by facilitating regular educational and practical regenerative sessions in 2024.
· Read the Play Inc will provide the tools and strategies needed to prioritise their mental wellbeing, participants will gain a deeper understanding of mental health issues within a healthy and supportive sports environment.
· Reading Out of Poverty promotes the importance of literacy in the early years and provides literacy resources and support services to families and children from low socio-economic backgrounds in Victoria.
· Rosewall Community Centre, Corio’s Hendy Hall strengthens the community by providing education, creative and wellbeing programs and services
· BCYF (Barwon Child, Youth & Family) Bethany Limited trading as Meli Community, a Victorian not-for-profit organisation committed to strengthening communities through supporting people.
· Disability Sports Australia events aim to promote inclusivity, empower individuals with disabilities, breaking down barriers and providing opportunities for participants to improve physical fitness, self-confidence, and social connections.
· Reading Radio 1296 AM – Queensland Radio for those with a print disability, creating innovative and informative radio programming for the vision-impaired community.
Clyde & Gore Bay, NSW:
· Road Safety Education Limited, whose mission is to equip young people with the tools they need to make good choices on the road, laying the foundation for them to become active citizens with positive, socially connected road user identities.
· Guide Dogs NSW/ACT will be running an Open Day Event in the Flagship St Leonards Head Office, to provide an opportunity for people with low vision or blindness to learn about services and assistive technology available and connect with peers and the wider community.
· Reading Out of Poverty promotes the importance of literacy in the early years and provides literacy resources and support services to families and children from low socio-economic backgrounds in Paramatta.
Congratulations to the winners on this recognition of their important contribution to their communities.
Elisha Radwanowski BCom(HRM&IR)