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Applications open for scholarships and employment

THE Give Where You Live Foundation has opened applications for this year’s education and employment grants, and community organizations can apply for up to $40,000 for their projects that will benefit the G21 region.

Kerry Farrance, head of impact at the foundation, said the grants aim to ensure that every person in the region has the support and access they need to set and achieve their education and career goals. use.

“We know that access to education and quality employment opportunities helps people participate in their communities and improve their outcomes in life.

“Unfortunately, there are many areas in our community where people don’t have equal access, so these grants are focused on increasing opportunity and helping to reduce inequality.”

The foundation says education and employment are key pillars of its strategy to create a fairer G21 community where all people and places prosper.

The funding focuses on eight key result areas. They are:

Parent Engagement – supporting the important role parents play in their child’s learning

Early Childhood Learning – supporting and enhancing the learning of children 0-5 years old and ensuring they are ready to enter school

Transitions – ensuring children and youth experience successful transitions that support their learning

Disengaged youth – helping young people re-engage in learning to support their life aspirations

Job readiness – supporting the skills and resources needed for people to find jobs

Career pathways – helping people follow appropriate and meaningful career pathways

Support job retention – help address barriers to ensure continued and sustainable employment, and

Supported Employment – providing appropriate and ongoing support to individuals that is necessary to succeed in a competitive work environment.

In 2021, the foundation awarded $550,800 in funding to 17 local organizations through the Education and Employment Grants.

Recipients included Back to Back Theatre, CatholicCare Victoria, Kids+ and the Raise Foundation.

The Give Where You Live Foundation is also calling for volunteers to join Community Grants Review Committees to review the 2022 Education and Employment Grants.

“Volunteering for Community Grants Review Committees is a great opportunity for community members to learn about the issues and organizations that are creating change in our region and a chance to provide feedback on the allocation of community donations,” Ms. Farrance said.

She said all people living in the G21 region are welcome to apply for this opportunity.

“Anyone from the community, regardless of qualifications and experience, can join us to become a member of the Community Grants Review Board.”

Panelists are required to read three to four grant applications and attend a discussion with other panelists to provide feedback on the allocation of funds.

For more information on applying for a grant or signing up for a community grant review board, go to givewhereyoulive.com.au

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