Sally Foundation supports seven youth focused projects in Orange, NSW

Orange, 9 November 2016: The Sally Foundation today announced that seven local community groups will each receive grants of up to $2,500 in the Foundation’s inaugural Sally Foundation Small Grants (Orange) round. 

Established by Mike and Geraldine Roche in 2013, the Sally Foundation is named after Geraldine’s grandmother. One of its core focuses is to provide assistance to teenagers and young adults (up to the age of 25), who live in regional Australia and have been facing hardship and / or who lack the same opportunities as city youth. The aim is to help them develop greater social capacity, resilience and leadership skills through building strong connections with their local community. 

Co-founder Geraldine Roche explained that the Foundation works to invest, rather than donate. Last year, the Sally Foundation partnered with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) to establish a place-based funding program to support the community of Orange in NSW. 

“I have worked extensively with young people and I’m a passionate believer in the power and opportunity afforded by education. That’s why we want to invest in young people and help them and their communities become self-sufficient. 

“I worked in Orange early on in my career and so I have a strong connection to this vibrant rural community. By investing in the whole community, we hope to work with local community members to foster youth opportunities and help to invigorate the local community, which has been impacted by drought, major employers closing down and ensuing social challenges,” said Geraldine. 

Inaugural Sally Foundation Small Grants recipients 

The grants will support community-based initiatives that are inclusive of and directly or indirectly benefit youth (from Year 9 to age 25) in or within 50 km of Orange, NSW. This focus area is based on research commissioned by the Foundation into community needs. Applications were assessed by the Small Grants Orange Program committee, including locally-based members representing the broader community. The 2016 recipients are: 




Orange City Council 

Harmony Day Soccer Festival 

Soccer competition run by Orange CultureHub as part of the annual Orange Harmony Day Event, promoting cultural awareness and breaking down prejudice and barriers. 


Fusion Australia 

Peer Skills Leadership Program 

Year 9 students to be skilled as leaders to help Year 7 students’ transition into high school at Canobolas RTHS, to reduce bullying and improve school transition. 


Barnardos Australia 

Bounce After Dark 

A knockout basketball competition for 30 young people to engage at-risk youth and deliver essential life skills through workshops. 


Calare Public School 

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Green House Installation with TAFE 

TAFE students to be involved in the installation of a green house in the school’s vegetable garden. 


Bowen Action Residents Group 

Bowen Community Technology / Homework Centre 

Grass roots support to disadvantaged young people and families via a homework club with afternoon tea, stationery, computers and internet access. 



Orange Luminosity 

A 12 week community program supporting a number of workshops targeting people with a disability to create a truly inclusive arts / education based event for the community and young people, resulting in a lantern parade and film 


Orange Fibre Artist Group 

Natural Weaving and Connection to the Environment 

A workshop-based engagement program in the summer holidays to encourage young people to think about their environment, sustainability and learn from Indigenous culture. 



Grants just part of The Sally Foundation’s support for Orange 

The Sally Foundation aims to maximise its impact by investing in a range of different activities that support the community of Orange - as a whole. There are three prongs to the Place Based Strategy Sally is adopting in Orange: 

  • The Canobolas Rural Technology High School (RTHS) Big Picture Academy – a three-year investment, including specific support to enhance leadership capacity within the program; 
  • One-off small grants – toward programs or activities that will enhance the fabric of the Orange community and its capacity going forward; and 
  • The Sally Foundation Small Grants (Orange) Program – operating annually for at least three-years, focused solely on projects that directly or indirectly benefit youth in the Orange area. 

For more information on the Sally Foundation’s support in Orange, NSW, please call Geraldine Roche on
0414 873784 or Mike Roche on 0418 406216 or Additional information about Sally Foundation can be found at

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