Past Grant Programs

2015

Community Grants

Congratulations to the five community organisations who were awarded $222,000 in grants to support women and their families in 2015/2016.

Dunlea Girls Centre $8,200 for the Life Skills program, assisting at risk teenage girls to develop practical life and workplace skills.

Early Years Support Service $25,000 for extending the existing Volunteer Home Visiting Service that supports new mothers experiencing high anxiety and post-natal depression into the St George area.

Life Changing Experiences Foundation $24,352 enabling at risk and marginalised teenage girls in the St George and Sutherland Shire to join the SISTER2sister mentoring program.

Project Youth $50,000 for continuation of the ‘INSPIRE Project’, a successful youth mentoring program supporting young teenagers in contact with the juvenile justice system.

Southern Community Welfare $100,000 to provide a Child and Family Caseworker over three years in of support women and children who are experiencing domestic violence and homelessness.

Sylvanvale Foundation $15,000 combined seed and loan funding for the Enterprising Women program, a social enterprise supporting 15 intellectually disabled women working collaboratively to transform a creative hobby into an income generating business.

Sustainability Funding Program

Congratulations to our first round of Sustainability Program funding recipients. Both of these organisations receive no government funding and have a rapidly growing list of clients. They offer unique services delivered exclusively by volunteers.

The Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation supports kids living in families affected by mental illness. Across NSW they provide recreational, educational camps and other activities, using trained volunteers.

The Dandelion Support Network accepts and safety checks recycled and donated children’s nursery items for distribution, free of charge, through hospitals and support agencies to families in need. Run entirely by volunteers this service operates from Caringbah and services the entire Sydney region.

Our Sustainability Funding Program offers selected organisations the opportunity to grow and build capacity over three years, funding vital resources, expertise, governance and business systems.

The Program works with like-minded organisations who provide measurable community support, and who have in the past delivered maximum impact from the funds Big Sister has invested.

2014

Congratulations to the seven community organisations who were awarded $140,000 in grants to support women’s mental health in 2014/2015.

Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation $24,000 for the Young Kookaburra Graduate Project , providing young women caring for a parent with a mental illness access to leadership training, mentoring on self-esteem, tertiary education and career choices.

Dandelion Support Network $25,000 to assist in managing and distributing pre-loved nursery equipment free of charge to families in need. Run 100% by volunteers this service operates from Caringbah and services the entire Sydney region.

Dunlea Girls Centre $6,000 for the SEED program, assisting teenage girls to develop healthy relationships, self-esteem and critical thought processes around media usage.

Project Youth $40,000 for continuation of the ‘Inspire Project’, a successful youth mentoring program supporting young teenage women in contact with the juvenile justice system.

Southern Community Welfare $5,000 to enable case managers to streamline the referrals process and connect marginalised people immediately with social services

Sutherland Shire Family Services $15,000 for the Links to Safety program, providing access to timely and critical safety measures for women escaping domestic violence.

Sutherland Shire Early Support Service $25,000 for the Contagious Calm project providing volunteers to support new mothers at home who are experiencing high anxiety and post-natal depression.

2013

Congratulations to the six community organisations who were awarded $135,000 in grants to support women’s mental health in 2013.

Amelie House Women and Childrens Refuge – $25,000 for a social educator to support women and children escaping domestic violence and homelessness.

Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation – $24,000 for the Young Women’s Leadership Program to support and empower young women caring for a parent with a mental illness.

Bears of Hope Pregnancy and Infant Loss Inc received $5,000 to form a support group and therapy sessions for parents who have lost an infant

Southern Community Welfare funding of $35,000 for ongoing case manager to support clients with complex social and mental health needs

Sutherland Early Support Service received $25,000 for their Sister to Sister Project, assisting mothers of newborn babies who are at high risk of post-natal depression

Sutherland Shire Family Services funding of $24,000 for the Love Bites Respectful Relationships Program for high-school student education on avoiding domestic violence, sexual assault and unhealthy relationships.