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During the recent 2018/19 funding round, ETC received many worthwhile submissions with a total value of over $1.4 million.

15 applicants across our operating areas were successful in securing funding.

These include:

Gold Coast Region
  • The Migrant Centre Organisation Inc. ($28820) – The Skilling Up project provides a platform of activities and support mechanisms to engage and assist people who are experiencing social and economic disadvantage, marginalized and unable to access and participate in mainstream programs, or need to reskill to match overseas qualifications. Skilling Up will support marginalised, disadvantaged and vulnerable jobseekers to participate in, contribute to and benefit from Australian society. The project will deliver innovative, purpose-driven, appropriate activities for jobseekers to build capacity to acquire skills, secure jobs and financial independence, and reduce reliance on government support.
  • Community Support Agency Ltd T/as Plus One Care ($3750) – The Community Garden project aims to enhance Plus One Care’s ability to provide fresh, nutritious fruit and vegetables to the more than 500 people assisted each month. Being reliant on donated food, fresh fruit and vegetables can be difficult to find for the free food hampers that Plus One Care provide for their clients. A community garden that is suitably supervised will be able to produce food to supplement the hampers.
  • Varsity Lakes Community Resource Centre Inc. ($17000) – The Audio-G project will establish a youth led small business co-operative in audio visual and DJ services across the Gold Coast. Young people experiencing mental health issues and social isolation will undertake technical and business skills training and mentorship. This cohort will also undertake an outdoor adventure, life skills and personal development course delivered in partnership with Aboriginal enterprise Black Pearl Canoes. Participants will contribute to a short documentary video following their journey to greater employability and social participation. The business cooperative will provide sustained opportunities and life skills development by offering A/V support to local community groups.
  • Church of Christ in Queensland t/a Southport Church of Christ ($4500) – The Tethered project objective is to deliver digital literacy and digital inclusion services to homeless people living on the Gold Coast by way of multiple vehicles providing a mobile service. These vehicles will include; Wi-Fi connectivity (e.g.Telstra Air hotspots), Mobile devices such as tablets and laptops to access online services, Charging stations and swappable power packs, Access to a printer, Recycled smartphones and computers, Digital literacy support. All vehicles will also be equipped with Care packs that will include hygiene products, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.
  • Multicultural Families Organisation Inc. ($30000) – The Breaking barriers project will provide assistance to CALD women on the GC with a specific focus on DV victims and those with low levels of social integration and literacy levels. Many CALD women with DV report that their partner’s refusal to allow them to acquire a driver’s license was used as a form of control, keeping them reliant and socially isolated and limiting their ability to obtain independence. Not having a driver’s license has significant impact on women’s ability to integrate as it affects their ability to access English classes, employment etc. CALD women need support to obtain a learner’s permit due to language barriers and to assist with completion of practical driving hours, as they have no relatives to support them.
North Coast Region
  • The SHIFT Project Byron Inc. ($29118) – The Linen SHIFT is an innovative social enterprise laundry service that provides training, employment and support to women experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The program aims to disrupt homelessness by increasing employability, financial well-being and community connection. The Linen SHIFT is currently being run as a small-scale in-house training and employment opportunity for homeless women living within The SHIFT Project’s residential property based in Byron Bay, NSW.
  • St Vincent de Paul Society NSW – Lismore Central Council ($30000) – Harmony House Day Centre and Support Service (HHDCSS) will be a weekday drop-in centre providing much needed personal services and support for adult individuals and families experiencing extreme poverty and homelessness. At least 150 local people are currently considered homeless. Without cost to users, it will cover basic needs such as laundry, showers and light meals, and provide access to services such as GP and nursing, legal aid, psychology, allied health and grooming. In-house computer access will facilitate client interaction with government agencies such as Centrelink and also offer enhanced reconnection with educational and employment opportunities.
  • Mullumbimby & District Neighbourhood Centre ($20000) – The Cart Project “a cart with heart” provides access to a pop-up neighbourhood centre allowing community members to access support, information & referral. It will be an engagement tool providing training opportunity. MDNC will investigate opportunities to provide traineeships in hospitality and/or community services, and will focus on ‘real’ employment.
  • Human Nature Adventure Therapy ($28400) – The Human Nature Adventure Therapy Recre8 Life program offers a unique nature-based early intervention program providing intensive trauma-informed mental health support for young people in the North Coast NSW region most at risk of disengaging from education and spiralling down a negative life path. The Navig8 Life project will build our capacity to provide comprehensive community-based outreach support to cement long-term positive outcomes for each of our current Recre8 Life program participants and their care communities.
Mid North Coast Region
  • Gloucester Preschool Incorporated ($30000) – The Gloucester Pre-School is expanding their service with the establishment of 2 new classrooms to cater for 30, 0 to 3 year old children per day. These new classrooms will provide LDC education & care allowing families to return to work after starting a family. The project will employ 14 new staff and provide training opportunities to local TVET student from the local high school.
  • AAGANA Inc. ($1200) – The Residents Computers project will begin by purchasing and setting-up 10 computers for exclusive use by AAGANA clients. This includes the purchase of computers, peripherals and software. These will be made available to AAGANA clients for education, job readiness preparation, job searches and recreation. The second aspect of the project is for AAGANA to deliver basic computer skills programs to all clients as part of the living skills program. This will include Microsoft office training, budgeting and CV writing.
  • PCYC NSW ($30000) – The Space to CREATE at PCYC project will create an inclusive and innovative space accessible for young people to engage in interaction, education and self-expression. The aim of the space is to; Provide disadvantaged young people opportunities to access innovative technology and participate in a range of creative workshops, provide opportunities for young people to gain experience and employment through delivery of youth led workshops and mentoring programs, and ensure there is an inclusive space for young people to engage in education and training opportunities.
  • Boomerang Bags Camden Haven ($4650) – Boomerang Bags Camden Haven’s aim is to turn donated fabric into usable bags to replace single-use plastic bags. The program will teach volunteers skills that they can use to re-enter the workforce, e.g. sewing, cutting and ironing as well as reading and making patterns. With the commencement of selling better quality bags at markets, Boomerang Bags are able to assist and teach the unemployed volunteers skills associated with retail, but most of all give them the confidence and self-esteem to be able to interact with the general public. This is an opportunity for unemployed job seekers to fulfil their obligation with Centrelink for their weekly work for the dole hours and to teach them skills.
  • Nautilus Senior College ($2588) – The Nautilus Student Support Program will provide its students with the opportunity to have clean, dry clothes and a variety of garments. Most students have extremely limited clothing and often this may lead to stealing and other offences. The clothing would be sourced from second-hand stores but some items will obviously need to be purchased as new. Other purchases include a small BBQ for community meals, a cupboard to store clothing, washing machine and dryer to ensure the cleanliness of students’ clothes on a regular basis.
  • Bowraville Innovative Social Enterprise Precinct (BISEP), auspiced by Bowraville Community Development Association Incorporated (BCDAI) ($29600) – This seed funding will establish a physical presence in Bowraville by employing 2 Project Officers one day a week over a period of 9 months. Their key role will be to provide business mentoring, business development and support training for start-ups and established businesses within Bowraville and immediate surrounds, as well as source further funding for specific projects, training workshops and capacity building initiatives. The Project Officers will promote BISEP in the community through establishing a website presence, social media, networking and marketing. BISEP will become known as the ‘hub’ in the community to support new and established entrepreneurs with their business goals.
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The 2019 Community Support Funding round is closed.
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