More than $530,000 in grant projects to support vulnerable South Australians

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:

Organisation

Project

Project Description

Amount

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.

$5,138

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.

$17,027

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.

$22,592

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.

$19,000

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.

$14,689

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.

$6,800

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.

$19,494

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.

$24,990

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.

$1,750

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.

$14,724

Encounter Centre Inc

Kitchen Improvement

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.

$3,945

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.

$7,800

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.

$21,906

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.

$24,825

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.

$23,451

Moonta And District Progress Association Incorporated

Polgreen Facelift

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.

$6,678

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.

$8,000

Point Pearce Aboriginal Corporation

Youth /community centre

Upgrade and insulate the youth shed, including installing new cupboards.

$25,000

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.

$20,000

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.

$15,913

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.

$25,000

RufUS SA

Starter Pack Initiative

Introduce a ‘Starter Pack’ to provide basic household staples for people who are forced to urgently leave their existing homes.

$22,313

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.

$23,997

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.

$4,251

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.

$2,750

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.

$22,603

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.

$25,000

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.

$12,350

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.

$3,787

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.

$7,870

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.

$5,000

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.

$21,522

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.

$1,108

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.

$3,850

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.

$23,440

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.

$22,800

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