Sally Foundation supports 10 youth-focused projects in Orange, NSW

11 October 2017: The Sally Foundation today announced that 10 local community groups will receive grants of up to $3,000 in the Foundation’s annual small grants round.

Sally FoundationEstablished by Mike and Geraldine Roche in 2013, the Sally Foundation, which is named after Geraldine’s grandmother, provides assistance to people up to the age of 25, who live in regional Australia. The aim is to develop greater social capacity, resilience and leadership skills through building strong connections with their local community.

Geraldine explains that the Foundation takes an approach of investing in young people and the community, rather than simply making a donation.

“I have worked extensively with young people and am a passionate believer in the power and opportunity afforded by education and simply believing in young people. Youth in regional areas have much to offer Australia and I want to encourage them as much as possible. They are our future. That’s why we want to invest in young people and help them and their communities.”

Geraldine’s work took her to Orange early on in her career and she developed a strong connection to this community. In 2015, 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. Sally Foundation plans to work with local community members to foster youth opportunities and thereby help to invigorate the local community.

“We started this program by asking people in Orange what they wanted to do - what was important to them. The program was designed to respond to those issues and to ensure it continues to have that focus, we have three members of our Grants Assessment Committee that live in Orange and who are involved in the community,” said Geraldine.

This annual grants program complements an existing 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.

Here is the full list of recipients awarded through this program:




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


Bowen Action Residents Group

Bowen Community Technology/Homework Centre

Provides grass roots support to disadvantaged kids and families via a homework club with stationery, computers and internet access.


Calcare Public School

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Enhance ability of 180 students to be involved in the school’s vegetable garden / cooking program, in conjunction with strong community / parent support.


Canowindra Arts Inc

Canowindra Arts Mentoring Program

Tutorial and guidance workshops for 10 young artists, to be run by Canowindra Arts Council, to provide developing core young artists to revitalize regional arts community and bolster vitality of community.


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.


Orange City Council


A 10 week interactive program around motor bikes, involving local mechanics to keep young aboriginal boys at schools and reduce antisocial behaviour by tapping into motorbike interest


NSW Health

Thriving Not Surviving Program

Youth led grass roots initiative to be run as part of Orange Youth Forum 2017. Young people helping young people with Mental Health involving 2 youth speakers and inviting reps from all schools in Orange area.


Millthorpe Village Committee

Millthorpe Teen Trivia Night Program

An event convened by Youth Club as vice for young people in Millthorpe to connect teenagers from surrounding towns, have fun in a safe environment, develop project management and community engagement skills and inspire young people.


Marathon Health

Youth Employment Skills-YES Program

 Seven workshops of 6 each involving Rotary and Mayten Consulting to develop employability skills for young people in practical environment including mock interviews with Rotary.


WNSW Health- Pine Lodge

Horticulture Therapy Program

Pilot program to be run as part of Pine Lodge program to assist young people 12-18 with mental health to work in veggie garden with peer/staff and integrate with cooking.


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