Young people and rural communities get a boost from Domino’s Give for Good grants

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Bendigo, 15 January 2018: Twenty-six not-for-profit groups will share in just under $110,000 thanks to the second round of the Domino’s Give for Good small grant program.

The funds will help grassroots organisations to deliver community-led projects that build stronger rural and regional communities across Australia. Projects focus on education or youth initiatives, leadership and entrepreneurship, and improving preparedness and recovery from natural disasters.

Domino’s Director of Giving, John Harney, said it was wonderful to read through the applications, and be reminded of the diverse needs of rural, regional and remote communities across Australia.

“As a company that prides itself on giving back to the communities in which we operate, we wanted to use these grants to help create stronger regional communities,” said Mr Harney.

“The requests we received ranged from initiatives to encourage youth employment and job creation, to essential equipment to support disaster preparedness and recovery, and seed funding for social enterprises and opportunities for community networking.

“These are all important initiatives that address local challenges and will ultimately help create more vibrant rural and regional communities,” Mr Harney said.

Natalie Egleton, CEO of the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR), which manages the program, said that the Domino’s Give for Good program is a great example of corporate philanthropy working with small communities to build capacity and sustain the local economy.

“We look to local community leaders to identify solutions to the most challenging issues. A small injection of funds goes a long way in rural Australia. By harnessing and investing in the people, places and local prosperity of rural Australia, we are helping to build strong, vibrant, sustainable communities.

“I congratulate Domino’s for their foresight and support of small communities across the country through the Give for Good program and look forward to continuing to work with them,” Ms Egleton said.

Some of the projects funded include:

  • King Island Council, TAS – to pilot a vocational level course to interested young adults (beyond Year 10) who do not wish to leave the Island to pursue further education.
  • SES Baralaba, QLD – to ensure volunteers can effectively respond to and communicate during emergencies, by attaching a vehicle bull-bar to support the SES HF radio antenna.
  • Role Models and Leaders, Leederville, WAwill support 10 senior students to complete year 12 and secure post-secondary training and employment, through leadership development, careers guidance and one-on-one mentoring.
  • Mid Macquarie Landcare Inc, Wellington, NSW – to create opportunities and build skills for disengaged workers, plus improve access to fresh food, by purchasing equipment to set-up an aquaponics social enterprise and conducting workshops about aquaponics.
  • YMCA, Katherine, NT – to increase capacity to sustain the delivery of services in a culturally-appropriate way, by providing accredited training in safe four-wheel driving and cultural awareness to YMCA staff.

The full list of projects funded is listed below.

Organisation

Project

Location

Amount Awarded

New South Wales

Buckett's Way Neighbourhood Group

Kickstart your Career - Blueprint Café
Equipping young people in the Gloucester region with practical experience and industry qualifications, to increase their skills, knowledge and employability in the hospitality industry.

Gloucester

$5,000

Coutts Crossing Coronation Hall Inc

Cooking Up a Storm
Enhancing the community’s preparedness and ability to recover from natural disaster through improvements to the Coutts Crossing Hall kitchen.

Coutts Crossing

$5,000

Early Links Inclusion Support Service Inc

Future Leaders - Be my Buddy
Equipping up to 30 university students with skills and knowledge to provide effective support to families of children with a disability, via the delivery of Accidental Counselling and Coach Approach training.

Dungog

$5,000

Mid Macquarie Landcare Inc

Affordability, Sustainability, Viability - developing opportunities for Wellington's disadvantaged
Increasing community members’ knowledge and assisting in the set-up of an aquaponics social enterprise, through the facilitation of three workshops and the purchase of equipment.

Wellington

$4,370

Regional Youth Support Services Inc

Off the Page
Building employability among disadvantaged youth on the Central Coast, by providing training and practical experience in creative design and marketing while delivering a local event.

Gosford

$5,000

Northern Territory

YMCA NT Ltd

Train and Retain

Strengthening organisational capacity to support community wellbeing via accredited training in four-wheel driving and cultural awareness training specific to the region.

Katherine

$5,000

Queensland

Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation Inc

Farming, Friends and Food!
Building social networks amongst agricultural producers in the South Burnett region by supplying meals and speakers at the Southern Burnett Community Agriculture Network meetings.

Murgon

$5,000

Community and Neighbourhood Support Services

Youth and Community Connections

Building community networks, reducing substance use and enhancing job prospects through an early intervention support and counselling service for 35 vulnerable at-risk youth.

Burrum Heads

$4,335

SES - Baralaba

That's no bull… bar
Ensuring volunteers can effectively respond to and communicate in times of emergency, via a vehicle bull bar to support the SES HF radio antenna, and purchase the winch and aerial mount.

Baralaba

$2,804

SES - Mount Isa

Bandaids and Tablets
Develop and deliver First Aid simulation training for emergency services volunteers, through the purchase of Microsoft tablets and a reusable Multiple Casualty Simulation Kit.

Mount Isa

$5,000

SES - Theodore

That's no bull… bar
Ensuring volunteers can effectively respond to and communicate in times of emergency, via a vehicle bull bar to support the SES HF radio antenna, and purchase the winch and aerial mount.

Theodore

$2,804

South Australia

Port Vincent Country Fire Service

Catering for the Community
Increasing operating efficiency of the local volunteer fire brigade and IT literacy in the community, through the purchase of a new laptop.

Port Vincent

$1,560

Tasmania

Big Hart Inc

Cards About Humanity - Stories of Everyday Leadership
Supporting young people to engage in leadership and social change, by providing a tool to local organisations which encourages self-reflection and the sharing of real life stories.

Smithton

$4,533

King Island Council

Access to Education

Improve locally available educational opportunities beyond Year 10 by piloting a TAFE level course to interested young adults who do not wish to leave the Island to pursue further education.

Currie

$4,998

Rural Alive & Well Inc

Kickstart Better Mental Health for Rural Tasmanians
Supporting the mental health and well-being of community members, by purchasing equipment required to deliver high quality mental health first aid training.

Ulverstone Beaconsfield Latrobe

$5,000

Surf Life Saving Tasmania Inc - Wynyard Volunteer Marine Rescue

Rescue Ready at Wynyard Volunteer Marine Rescue
Improving safety and capacity of search and rescue volunteers by purchasing four hand-held VHF radios to use in on-water search and rescue operations.

Wynyard

$1,196

Victoria

Barnawartha Development Association

Barny Connects and Prepares
Strengthening resilience and local capacity through a range of communication strategies designed to educate and better connect all members of the local community.

Barnawartha

$5,000

Climate Council of Australia

Bogie Bulk Buy
Profiling the region’s leadership on renewables and supporting acceleration of community uptake of a bulk buy program, to encourage other member councils in rural and regional Australia to implement a similar program.

Strathbogie

$5,000

F.Inc East Gippsland Inc

The F-ISH Market
Strengthening the local economy and community connectedness through the development of new creative and entrepreneurial opportunities for local artists, Indigenous and young people.

Lakes Tyers

$5,000

Irrigated Cropping Council Inc

Capacity Building Crop & Connect Workshop Series
Building community resilience and prosperity by supporting the development of more sustainable and profitable farming practices across northern Victoria and southern NSW.

Kerang

$5,000

Maffra Neighbourhood House Inc

Engage, empower and educate!
Increasing awareness and accessibility of social and education opportunities available at the Neighbourhood House through the distribution of material and information to residents.

Maffra

$1,352

Rivers and Ranges Community Leadership Inc

Pass it On Disaster Resilience
Building community resilience and capacity for local leaders through training to build their skills and experience to deliver local activities.

Broadford

$5,000

Western Australia

Esperance Goldfields Surf Lifesaving Club

Beach Safety and Education
Saving lives at the beach, through provision of two loud hailers to convey safety warnings, and two data projectors to support lifesaver education.

Esperance

$2,111

Role Models and Leaders

Girls Academy
Supporting 10 senior students to complete year 12 and secure post-secondary training and employment, through leadership development, careers guidance and one-on-one mentoring.

Leederville

$5,000

The Liebe Group Inc

Inspiring Innovation & Leadership in Women in the Wheatbelt

Developing leadership and entrepreneurial capacity of rural women in agribusiness, via project coordination, venue support and advertising the Women's Field Day.

Dalwallinu

$4,550

Yiyili Community Aboriginal Corporation

Highway to Gallery
Developing employment opportunities for local youth and local artists, and strengthening wider economic sustainability and entrepreneurialism in the community by providing tourism and customer service training for young gallery workers.

Yiyili Community

$5,000

 

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