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ANZ’s Community Foundation grants $250k to 16 charitable organisations

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ANZ announced that its Community Foundation has granted $250k to 16 charitable organisations to deliver projects that support financial wellbeing, housing access and environmental sustainability.

For every dollar ANZ employees contribute to the Foundation the Bank matches it with an additional two dollars. Since 1988 more than $5m has been granted to charities in local communities around Australia.

Chair of the Foundation Sarah Stubbings said: “It is great to see so many ANZ staff contributing some of their pay each week to make a difference to the lives of people and communities across the country, particularly in such a difficult year.”

According to her, the breadth and creativity of the projects put forward this year demonstrates how passionate local charities are about improving access to housing, improving people’s financial wellbeing and supporting sustainable environments.

“We

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are pleased to support the charitable sector every year but especially this year as it has struggled with restrictions on fundraising events, volunteering drives and in-person programs,” Ms Stubbings said.

This year 16 grants were made ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 – six in Victoria, three in New South Wales, two in Queensland and Western Australia, and one in each Northern Territory, Tasmania and South Australia.

Here are details of the 16 grants with corresponding amounts received.

Pillar

Region

Community Organisation

Funds will go towards…

Amount

Financial Wellbeing

Melbourne, VIC

GoGirls Foundation

…supporting 6 financially disadvantaged women to complete a 4 month program to become ‘work ready’

$15,000

Mount Druitt, NSW

Sunnyfield

…purchasing two laptops for use by participants in adult education classes for people with a disability

$5,027

Marrickville, NSW

Dress for Success

…funding the cost of transitioning the Career Support & Dressing Program to a virtual model (admin, IT and postage)

$10,000

Shepparton, VIC

Regional Opportunities Australia

…providing 13 refugees and their families with placement and relocation services

$25,000

Housing

Sydney, NSW

Kari Foundation

…supporting Aboriginal youth to transition from Out-of-Home Care to independent living by funding housing maintenance and supplies

$20,800

Melbourne, VIC

Society Melbourne

…delivering Financial Literacy training to homeless youth (‘train the trainer’ model) in partnership with Brotherhood of  St Lawrence and ANZ Money Minded, as part of an intensive employment and training program

$7,400

Surfers Paradise, QLD

Surfers Paradise Anglican Crisis Care Inc

…supporting families fleeing family violence to overcome barriers to accessing the private rental market

$20,800

Melbourne, VIC

National Homeless Collective

…providing 2 weeks of rent-in-advance on payback scheme, together with a support worker, for women escaping family violence

$20,800

Environmental Sustainability

Arnhem Land, NT

Karrkad Kanjdji Trust

…funding the Warddeken Indigenous Rangers to implement a cool burning program in the threatened Anbinik rainforest, supporting biodiversity, employment and traditional land practices

$30,000

Perth, WA

Plastic Free Foundation

…to conduct education campaigns on plastic reduction in schools and the community

$15,000

Melbourne, VIC

Yarra Riverkeeper Association

…running a community clean up event covering 30kms of the Yarra River

$17,500

General thriving communities

Melbourne, VIC

Bridges Connecting Communities Limited

…addressing digital exclusion of seniors and people with a disability by providing 5 digital devices with 12 months of access for the delivery of training on advoiding financial abuse

$10,000

Hobart, TAS

Second Echo Ensemble

…providing opportunities for people with a disability to builds skills in arts performance

$20,000

Playford, SA

United Way South Australia Incorporated

…running three weekly reading and craft session for children of families experiencing disadvantage

$8,000

Sunshine Coast, QLD

A Brave Life Ltd

…providing 100 ‘baby bundles’ of newborn essentials to young parents

$5,725

Armadale, WA

Hope Community Services Ltd

…purchasing a new van to deliver food hampers and other social supports to disadvantaged people

$18,948

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