An inclusive play space for families fleeing domestic violence, a new playground and a kitchen upgrade to produce nutritious meals for the community are among 36 not-for-profit projects to share in grants of up to $25,000 to support vulnerable South Australians and communities.
More than $530,000 will be dispersed across the state, including the regions, as part of the latest round of Grants SA grants.
Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said these grants were intended to help South Australians reconnect with each other and their communities.
“We are really thrilled to be funding these important community-based projects right across the state to help South Australians connect, engage and participate in their local areas,” said Minister Lensink.
“Each of these important local projects will deliver real and positive impacts to communities across the state.
“Not only will these grants provide fantastic new projects and initiatives for communities, many of them are providing opportunities for construction and building work, supporting jobs in our regions.
“Congratulations to all grant recipients – we look forward to seeing these projects come to fruition in the coming months.”
List of successful projects:
Ahwazian Community In Australia Incorporated
Equipment to enhance Ahwazian community activities
Purchase equipment to continue supporting community members, including a large portion of asylum seekers.
Beach Road Artworks
Reconnect @ Artworks
Enable participants who do not normally have access to photographic equipment and expertise to participate in a series of workshops exploring Mindful Photography.
Bungala Aboriginal Corporation
Bungala Kitchen Facility Improvement Project
A kitchen upgrade to produce a greater number of nutritious meals for vulnerable and elderly Aboriginal people in Port Augusta, and to create a dedicated education area to run Indigenous apprentice and trainee training.
Centacare Catholic Country SA Limited
Supporting Children in the Ceduna Safehouse
Create a play space that allows families and services to connect in a mutual space that is conducive for parents and caregivers to discuss their circumstances with support workers.
Clarendon Community Association Incorporated
Clarendon Community Centre start-up
Support a Community Centre and Op Shop, to provide opportunity for people of varying demographics and ages to connect with other people in the community, and to address the needs of disadvantaged groups that require support.
Community Help and Togetherness Incorporated
Community Help and Togetherness website
Build a website to enable people to donate online, for clients to connect and for the community to see volunteering opportunities.
Coorabie And Districts Progress Association Incorporated
Upgrade of Fowlers Bay Playground
Upgrade the playground to provide a much-needed meeting point for surrounding communities from Yalata Aboriginal Community, Scotdesco, Coorabie, Nundroo, Fowlers Bay and Penong.
Disability Advocacy And Complaints Service Of South Australia Incorporated
Girls In Awe(tism)
Draw on the lived experiences of 12-18-year-old girls with autism to develop and publish a monthly podcast series run by and for girls with autism.
Dis-able Sailing Incorporated
Improve “Freedom” yacht
Provide communities, particularly people with an intellectual disability, with the opportunity to engage and participate in sailing activities.
Edwardstown Baptist Church Incorporated
Refurbish kitchen to meet community needs.
Purchase a new commercial dishwasher and refurbish a cool room to support the provision of more than 450 meals a month to the community.
Encounter Centre Inc
Install new benchtops and rangehood to support the ongoing operation of the Encounter Centre kitchen, staffed by volunteers who prepare low cost, hot meals for all centre users.
Enfield Baptist Church Inc
English as a Second Language Class
Provide Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) members of the community the opportunity to improve their English skills and engage with other members of the local community.
Holdfast Baptist Church Incorporated
Holdfast Training Hub
Establish a Holdfast Training Hub to increase activities, opportunities, programs and services to increase the belonging, wellbeing, learning and skills development needs for members of the community.
KornarWinmil Yunti Aboriginal Corporation
Healing by Art
The program is focused on healing from intergeneration trauma, grief, loss and domestic violence via art and connecting to culture.
Money Mob Talkabout Limited
Mimili Family Wellbeing Centre Landscape Project
Support landscaping at the Mimili Family Wellbeing Centre (MFWC), to aid in building a strong and inclusive community where everyone has a safe place to go and improve their overall wellbeing.
Moonta And District Progress Association Incorporated
Upgrade Polgreen Park by creating a fun maze that is accessible for wheelchair users and repainting the barbecue shelter space to make it a more inclusive community space.
Neporendi Aboriginal Forum Incorporated
Southern Deadly Dancers
Support the Southern Deadly Dance program, for all children, including young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to connect and participate in an activity that increases self-esteem, confidence and positive body image.
Point Pearce Aboriginal Corporation
Youth /community centre
Upgrade and insulate the youth shed, including installing new cupboards.
Port Augusta Youth Centre Incorporated
Part time program coordinator
Engage a part time program coordinator to better connect with Aboriginal youth and refresh the programs on offer.
Regional Community Care Limited
Port Pirie Lifeline Connect Centre
Fit out part of the Port Pirie Lifeline Connect Centre to provide a welcoming and supportive environment, promoting participation, community connections, social inclusion and belonging.
Reynella Neighbourhood Centre Inc
Redevelopment of Small Meeting Room
Reconfigure the internal floor plan at the centre to improve community participation by providing the local community with a usable and more accessible space.
Starter Pack Initiative
Introduce a ‘Starter Pack’ to provide basic household staples for people who are forced to urgently leave their existing homes.
Seeds of Affinity Inc
Preparing to reconnect with community: Seeds of Affinity prison workshop series
Design and facilitate a series of in-prison community workshops for women who will be released from prison in the next 12 months.
Technology For Ageing and Disability SA
Office desks and Laptop for TADSA volunteers
Purchase of desks and two laptops to provide volunteers with improved working conditions and working environment.
Telugu Association of South Australia
Community inclusion and belonging
Hire of a facility for the Telugu community members to discuss their needs and guide them to services available. Supports include advocating on issues, offering advice, facilitating relationships and developing policies and programs which support the community.
The Australian Literacy And Numeracy Foundation Limited
My Language My Story
Give Aboriginal children living and learning in the APY Lands an opportunity to celebrate and honour their culture and language whilst also fostering cultural connection and meaningful literacy learning.
The Food Centre Inc
Social Community Enterprise Project
Create a social enterprise project to expand reach and allow more people to feel empowered and resilient, connecting people into their local food network, creating more local community leaders to build and reconcile sustainability on a local level.
The Mount Remarkable Agricultural Society
Community Hall Internal Fit-Out
Purchase tables and storage trolleys for a new multi-purpose community hall currently being constructed to allow people to participate in activities, communicate and connect with others with shared interests.
The South-East Junction Mental Health Activity and Resource Centre
Millicent Mental Health and Wellbeing
Providing a greater variety of activities for the Millicent community while creating a space for the community to enjoy and benefit from.
The Trustee for THE SALVATION ARMY (SA) PROPERTY TRUST
Copper Coast Corps Kitchen Upgrade
Develop the kitchen by making it safer, more hygienic and provide a greater capacity for preparing and serving meals.
The Uniting Church In Australia Property Trust (SA)
Port Augusta Life Skills Mentoring Program
Mentor youth and provide them with the necessary life skills to build up their confidence and self-determination – including understanding tax, banking, budgeting, superannuation and household management.
Toc H South Australia Inc
Connecting Communities through Camps
Engage a Service Coordinator to ensure community groups, referral partners/agents are fully engaged in all programs that Openlight develops.
U3a Kapunda District
Purchase of Keyboard for choir
Purchase a keyboard, stand and amplifier to facilitate rehearsals at venues in the area served by U3A Kapunda & Districts Inc.
University of the Third Age Mount Gambier Branch Incorporated
Mount Gambier U3A Exercise for Ageing
Provide a new course at the local gym for older people to engage and participate in physical activities that are tailored to the needs of the group, with benefits including fitness, balance and mobility.
Victim Support Service Incorporated
VSS Volunteers – Supporting Aboriginal Victims of Crime at Court
Expand the long-established Court Companion Program to attract more Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people to volunteer with the program to improve the overall safety and wellbeing of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander victims of crime, with a focus on women and children.
Wangkangurru Yarluyandi Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC
Connecting with Country
Support a 10-day trip to visit Wangkangurru Yarluyandi (WY) Native Title Country in South Australia for WY Elders with valuable knowledge of culture and language, and younger WY people with a keen interest in learning about Country.