Grants for good now available
Funds to support education & training, leadership skills, youth issues and disaster recovery
Bendigo, 17 July 2017: The Domino’s Give for Good grants program opens today, offering grants of up to $5,000 to not-for-profit initiatives to support youth issues, education and training, leadership development and disaster preparedness and recovery.
A total of $150,000 is available this year for projects in rural, regional and remote communities. This is the second year of the program, which is administered by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR).
There are three focus areas:
- Education & Youth Initiatives (to benefit people 17 -25 years)
- Leadership & entrepreneurship
- Skills, knowledge, and networks needed to prepare and recover from natural disasters
Domino’s Head of Giving, John Harney, said the Domino’s Give for Good Grants Program provides regional communities with the opportunity to make a big difference.
“We have always prided ourselves of being a company that gives back to the communities in which we operate, and we wanted to extend this help to rural and regional communities all over Australia that need assistance.
“Our partnership with FRRR, which commenced last year, has already helped dozens of groups and means we are able to tap into the community groups and the people who need our support the most.
“The grants help to support these communities to identify issues that need addressing, develop projects to implement improvements as well as supporting sustainable best practices for innovative ideas that make a difference,” Mr Harney said.
“Whether these grants fund an educational workshop, the development of young adult activities, rebuilding and ongoing maintenance of infrastructure damage due to a natural disaster – Domino’s wants to help our regional communities grow stronger.”
FRRR CEO, Natalie Egleton, explains that the program is wide-reaching, as every community has different issues and unique ways to address them.
“Working in partnership with Domino’s is great because, like us, they appreciate the importance of working with grass-roots groups. Local people are best placed to identify the issues that need addressing and the best way to solve them. By supporting those solutions, we can help build strong, vibrant, sustainable communities.”
Last year, the Domino’s Give for Good program supported 20 diverse projects ranging from essential equipment, to training to help with disaster preparedness and recovery, seed funding for community owned micro businesses, and support to address youth employment issues and job creation.
One such project was undertaken by Coast FM in northwest Tasmania. This volunteer-run radio station caters for many groups including indigenous, ethnic, religious and senior citizens. However, they realised there was nothing focused on youth. A $1,859 grant from the Domino’s Good to Give program, allowed Coast FM to buy outside broadcasting equipment to both reach and teach local youth.
Two new programs now have weekly timeslots, and there are regular live broadcasts from local football matches, attracting younger listeners. Brian Shearston, Coast FM Chairman, said this project has made the station a more well-rounded service and delivered mutual benefit.
“Young people now have a voice and the opportunity to learn new skills. And we have a growing listener base.”
Applications close Friday, 25 August 2017. Guidelines and application forms are available on the Give for Good page.