Sally Foundation supports eight youth-focused projects in Orange, NSW

19 October 2018: The Sally Foundation has announced that eight local community groups will receive grants of up to $3,000 in the Foundation’s annual small grants round. This is the third year that the program has operated in Orange.

Sally Foundation

The Sally Foundation was established by Mike and Geraldine Roche in 2013 and is named after Geraldine’s grandmother. The grants program provides supports to young people up to age 25 living in regional Australia, to develop greater social capacity, resilience and leadership skills in youth by building strong connections across their local community.

Geraldine explains that the Foundation believes that investing in young people within a community in this way has a much larger impact than a simple donation.

“Having worked extensively with youth, I have had the opportunity to witness the profound difference afforded by education and simply believing in young people. We must encourage and engage with youth in regional areas because they have so much to offer Australia. That’s why we have made a commitment to support and invest in young people in this way – to help them and their communities.”

The Sally Foundation partners with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) to ensure that funding can get to grass-roots organisations through a place-based funding program specifically designed to support the NSW community of Orange. Rod Watson was recently appointed as the local representative of the Sally Foundation, supporting their mission to work with local community members to develop youth opportunities and thereby help invigorate the local community.

“Through the annual Sally Foundation Small Grants (Orange) program, we ask the people of Orange what they want to do, what is important to them. We want this to be locally driven, and so have three members of our Grants Assessment Committee that live in Orange and are involved in the community,” explained Geraldine.

This annual grants program complements a three-year program through which the Sally Foundation supports the Canobolas Rural Technology High School (RTHS) Big Picture Academy for tailored independent learning. Sally Foundation also makes a number of other grants available during the year.

A full list of recipients awarded can be found below.




Aboriginal Education Consultative Group

NAIDOC Week Yr12 Graduation, School Encouragement Award and
Youth Formal Ball

To be run by as part of the annual NAIDOC Event in recognition of improvement and achievements at school and completing Year 12. A Youth Ball run by junior AECG will aid capacity building/taking responsibility/skills.


Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation

Supporting children living in families affected by mental illness
Year 6 children in Orange to attend free W/E Kookaburra camp to learn about mental illness and develop coping skills and resilience and to connect with other children.


Canowindra Arts Inc.

Canowindra Youth Arts Development Program

Youth Arts Program is targeted at late primary and high school students with skills and/or love of art to go beyond basic arts education. Weekly mentoring sessions with local professional artists. End of year themed exhibition.


Fusion Australia

Peer Skills leadership program
Sixty Year 9 students to be skilled as leaders to help Year 7 students’ transition to Orange High School & Canobolas RTHS, to reduce bullying, improve school transition and foster school culture.


Marathon Health

Youth Employment Skills-Future Me Program
6 Interactive, small group workshops to support young people develop education and job seeking skills. Workshops carried out in Headspace Orange via partnership with skills providers (Skill Set, TAFE, Army, CSU, Mayten Consulting, Study Matters Australia).


Millthorpe Village Committee

Social and Movie Event Self Sufficiency - run by MyClub youth organisation
Support members to develop community engagement, event management and promotional skills by promoting and delivering a social and movie nights each term for teenagers from Millthorpe and surrounding Spring Hill, Spring Terrace, Forest Reefs and Blayney.   


W NSW Health (Pine lodge Day Program)

Horticultural Therapy Program
Follow on to 2017 Pilot Project that assists young people living with Mental illness  to create fully functioning veggie patch with the opportunity to take home and/or cook with and eat any successful produce as a way of celebrating their work. Likely to encompass formal Research Project into benefits of horticultural therapy.


W NSW Health (Pine lodge Day Program)

Education Support Program
Education program run by Pine Lodge Health Education Officer for Young People with mental illness struggling to attend regular school or being monitored by Home School Liaison Office or placed before the courts.


Veritas House

Pilot Project to providing young people with skills to obtain and sustain rental property
Focus on YP 17-21 receiving support from Veritas, Headspace Orange, Skillset, etc. to deliver intro skills & knowledge for YP to be aware of in renting for first time and provide resources to connect to further information or services.


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