As a not-for-profit company and registered charity, ETC is proud to be able to reinvest any profits we receive each year right back into the communities in which we operate.
Through the ETC Community Support Fund (CSF), we have provided over $2 Million in funding to worthwhile community organisations since 2012, including $1M over the past 2 years.
We are proud to announce the 16 recipients of the 2023 Community Support Fund, to which we have given close to $500,000.
“ETC prides itself on giving back to local communities and partnering with like-minded organisations to build stronger communities as part of our philanthropic commitment,” said ETC Chair, Rod McKelvey.
Our aim is to provide significant funding for significant impact. We are proud to have helped many organisations reduce disadvantage, generate opportunity, increase support services and/or build capacity within our local communities.
Through the CSF, ETC has supported young people, people with a disability, migrants and refugees, the long-term unemployed, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and the broader community. Our recipient organisations have used ETC funding to purchase infrastructure, transport, equipment, resources, information technology and materials; develop publications, kits and information; develop and deliver support services and programs, establish social enterprises; and achieve special projects.
“We are thrilled to be able to help facilitate positive change across our footprint and achieve our vision of making a positive impact on people’s lives,” said ETC CEO Damon Munt.
“I’m confident that the organisations who were successful in securing funding this year will be able to make an even stronger impact within their communities, thanks to the support of ETC.”
Aussie Battlers, located in the Hastings region of NSW, provides home setup support for people securing permanent accommodation after being homeless or escaping domestic violence. This funding will be used to purchase a new freezer and fresh food vouchers to use in their emergency food hampers.
Backtrack is a youth transition program providing wrap-around support and skill development to young people from significantly disadvantaged backgrounds in the New England region. ETC’s funding is enabling them to undertake an electrical and security upgrade.
Connect Community Plus Kids is a Sunshine Coast charity that provides free tutoring programs for children at risk of disengaging from education, programs aimed at helping support children with Autism, intensive family support services and NDIS advocacy and support.
Connected Inc is a not-for-profit company located in Brisbane that assists people affected by domestic violence, homelessness and disadvantage. ETC’s funding will be used to supplement their costs for delivery of donated items, installation of additional lighting within their warehouse and supplementing maintenance costs for the efficient operation of their delivery truck.
Endeavour Foundation Industries is a Disability Enterprise based on the Gold Coast that employs people with disability and helps them build their skills and social confidence to transition into open employment. ETC’s funding will assist with the building a new kitchen for their premise.
Goodna Street Life Inc provides housing and support for homeless and vulnerable people in the Wivenhoe community. ETC’s funding will assist with electricity bill costs, stocking their foodbank for crisis centres, and building a sleep pod for the homeless.
Got Your Back Sista offers relief and support to women and children escaping domestic violence and are at risk of living below the poverty line in the Hunter. ETC’s funding will enable them to deliver a 16-week program, in conjunction with Hamilton TAFE, for 10-12 women focussing on confidence, resilience, soft skills, vocational skills, work experience and support to gain entry-level employment into the hospitality, retail or customer service fields.
Ipswich Assist is the biggest foodbank in Ipswich, aiming to help anyone experiencing financial hardship and crisis. ETC’s funding will be used to buy a forklift, which will save on hiring costs for the charity.
Murri’s on the Move is a driving school that helps people in the Sunshine Coast region obtain their drivers licence. ETC’s funding will allow them to purchase a new car, which will help meet the demand for driving lessons in the region and help community members overcome this major barrier to employment.
REDinc delivers personalised disability services to promote independence, dignity, and fulfilment in the Northern Rivers. ETC’s funding will go towards purchasing new musical equipment (to replace what was lost in Lismore floods), allowing customers to connect with the organisation.
Rosewood and District Support Centre is a community organisation providing emergency relief, services, and wellbeing initiates to the Wivenhoe region. ETC is assisting them by purchasing a car, so they can take disadvantaged people to appointments and offer driving lessons for people in outreach areas.
Strong Spirit Aboriginal Services in Port Macquarie Hastings region provides professional and cultural services to the local Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander community. ETC’s funding will help develop an Employment Support Program, which includes licensing program, cultural immersion, training and development.
The Breakfast Club Redcliffe Inc provides a Homeless Support Hub in Redcliffe offering food, shelter, showers, laundry service and other support services. ETC’s assistance will help to cover rent on a new premises, while their current building is demolished and rebuilt.
Vietnamese Community in Australia – QLD Chapter Inc helps the Vietnamese Community in the region access important resource. ETC’s funding will assist Vietnamese people in the Ipswich region with English language course, digital courses and driving lessons.
Walk With Us supports people experiencing homelessness, mental health issues and domestic violence across the Gold Coast. ETC’s funding will assist with providing weekly meals to the homeless, youth, families and those from low socio-economic backgrounds.
The main aim of Young Diggers is to provide support, information, education, and practical programs to ex-serving Australian Defence Force members, giving them the tools to allow a better quality of life. Young Diggers also provides Advocate and Welfare support for veterans to process their claims for disabilities through the Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA). ETC’s funding will assist their Dog Squad therapy program, helping war veterans and first responders diagnosed with PTSD, anxiety, depression, and suicide.
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