Grants Given in Australia

Round 29

January to March 2016

Cause Region Amount

Christian Youth Centre

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) are to be held at the Christian Youth Centre in May 2016, with funding received will be used for camp costs. With 30-40 young adults around Tasmania participating, it is a intensive 7 day camp/training program for young community leaders chosen for their leadership potential to discuss leadership skills and to learn those skills through practice. Past participants say it's a life-changing event.

Tasmania $5,000

Volunteer Marine Rescue Kingborough

Volunteer Marine Rescue Kingborough are on call 24/7 all year to deal with emergencies on the water. They provide training to members, assist at water events, broadcast weather reports and more. They operate in the D'Etrecasteaux Channel, Huon River, Derwent River, Storm Bay, Dover & Franklin. The grant funds will be used to update the wiring on their vessel, which requires an upgrade to marine-grade wiring to reach safety standards.

Tasmania $4,815

CREATE Foundation

CREATE Foundation (CREATE) is the national consumer body for children and young people who are unable to live with their birth families and are placed in short or long term care to ensure the child’s safety. The Harcourts Foundation funding will be used to support the CREATE Your Future Grant Scheme which has been designed specifically to help young people with a care experience (15-25 years) transition to independence at possibly the most vulnerable times of their lives. Given the challenges young people face when released from child protection to live independently, the CREATE Your Future Grant Scheme provides them with practical grants of between $250 - $3000 to enable, for example (1) Further training or education to increase job opportunities in a competitive market (2) Driving lessons subsidies to ensure young people successfully attain their drivers’ license, increasing opportunities and independence (3) Laptop and interview uniform grants to secure job placements. Laptops are particularly valuable since young people living in residential care have limited access to privacy. With no overhead or project costs attributed to this project, 100% of the funds received from sponsorship will go directly to financially supporting grant scheme recipients, with transparent measurable outcomes. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare there are today 9,029 children and young people living in care in Queensland which represents a concerning increase of 30% since 2006.

Queensland $5,000

The Luke Batty Foundation

The Luke Batty Foundation was founded by Rosie Batty after her son's death by his father's hands. The Foundation is committed to improving outcomes for women experiencing family violence, enabling them to lead fulfilled lives, free of emotional, physical, sexual or financial abuse. This grant will fund a scoping study, involving desktop research of 45 organisations working across Australia, to address family violence and 35 interviews with key people in some of those organisations, academics and family court lawyers. The information and analysis from this scoping study will be the basis for formulating our strategic direction and objectives, as well as our future work program.. The study will be conducted by an expert in the family violence field.

Victoria $10,000

The Salvation Army - Burlendi Youth Housing

The Salvation Army is one of Australia' most well-loved and highly thought of organisations, assisting more than 1.5 million Australians in need every year. They are also one of the largest and most visible providers of social service in our community. Burlendi Youth Housing is a residential program that provides accommodation services for young people aged 15-17, and provides Emergency-Short Term (3-12 month) housing for up to 8 homeless young people at a time. It is often the first time for some while that the young person has been in an environment with care and support to deal with the issues in their lives. The shelter is staffed 24 hours a day, so there is always someone on hand to deal with any issues that need to be resolved. We have identified a mentoring and training initiative through a community market garden (Burlendi Market Garden), with the potential to teach our tenants to grow their own food, promote healthy eating habits and build life skills such as conflict resolution and entrepreneurship.

South Australia $5,500

Childhood Cancer Association

The Childhood Cancer Association, established in 1982, is SA's key childhood cancer support organisation, dedicated to providing ongoing and practical hands on support to children living with cancer and their families. Key services and support include: daily hospital visits, individual counselling, sibling support, education support, accommodation for country families, respite accommodation for all families, bereavement support, child minding services, wheelchair loans, financial assistance and family support packs. We currently support close to 400 families. The funds granted were raised at the Harcourts Quiz Night of the 18th March and will go towards supporting our family support programs.

South Australia $10,000

Port Noarlunga Surf Life Saving Club

Funds will be used to purchase and or updgrade our ageing rescue/competition equipment used by our Club Members, including Senior and Junior rescue and competition surf boards, Senior single surf skis, double surf ski, inflatable rescue craft (IRB) and gymnasium equipment. We also intend to conduct training camps with fully qualified instructors for senior and junior members alike to progress their skill levels.

South Australia $2,000

Hackham West Community Centre

Hackham West Community Centre is an inclusive community centre offering a diverse range of programs and services providing opportunities for the local community to be empowered through personal growth, learning and connections. This project will engage local young people (13- 18 years) at Hackham West Community Centre once per week for a two hour period (school terms) after school for one year. It is envisaged the majority of participants will be referred directly from other children's programs within the Centre (Girls Girlz and Boys Boyz - lifeskills programs for 9 -13 years).

South Australia $3,000

ManUp! Australia

ManUp! is committed to reducing the impact of prostate cancer on men and their families in Australia through awareness campaigns and a free educational program. We are very committed to reaching men in regional and rural areas as men in these areas have a 24% higher prostate cancer mortality rate than in metropolitan areas. All funds raised go towards either expanding our Educational Program or to establishing a program of prostate cancer care nurses to support men and their families living with prostate cancer. In 2016, ManUp! will conduct four major tours throughout rural and regional Queensland as part of our Prostate Cancer Educational Program. The goal of the Educational Program is to raise the public's "brand awareness" of prostate cancer, its detection, its treatment and the need for a program that offers support to men living with prostate cancer. It is only through awareness and education that prostate cancer will be detected at an earlier, more treatable stage. Awareness efforts will also hopefully reduce the stigma currently associated with the disease. ManUp! will be working with Queensland Health, local Councils, Chambers of Commerce and local businesses in each community to ensure the success of the program. ManUp! will distribute free information packs and information brochures at all of the educational sessions held in each community. This is the 3rd consecutive year The Harcourts Foundation has supported the ManUp! Tour.

Landmark Harcourts $5,000

Australian Red Cross - Tropical Cyclone Winston Appeal (Fiji)

Australian Red Cross is a voluntary aid organisation which seeks to build capacity and resilience in individuals and communities to reduce vulnerability and maximise life opportunities. Red Cross has launched the Tropical Cyclone Winston Appeal to provide humanitarian support to the people and communities affected by the devastating Cyclone Winston - the strongest recorded cyclone in Fiji's history. It left a trail of devastation, with more than 20 people confirmed dead and hundreds of homes destroyed on the main islands. Up to 90 per cent of homes in some villages are damaged or destroyed and more than 8,000 people have sought refuge in evacuation centres. Around 80 per cent of people are still without electricity. Funds raised by the Tropical Cyclone Winston Appeal will assist Red Cross to provide humanitarian support to people and communities affected by Cyclone Winston, including (1) emergency relief and recovery assistance such as food, water, sanitation, shelter and health initiatives including blood (2) sending specialist aid workers to assist in assessment, relief, recovery and disaster and crisis management operations (3) working in affected areas to strengthen local resilience and deliver effective relief and recovery services.

National $25,000