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Grants of up to $200K available for initiatives that alleviate homelessness

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Lendlease is calling for established not-for-profits providing solutions to alleviate homelessness and housing stress to apply for a grant from its shared value initiative, FutureSteps.

Offering grants up to $200,000, Lendlease is wanting to collaborate with skillful organisations to directly increase the supply of accommodation for individuals or families and alleviate homelessness. Previously, grants have only been available in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, but for the first time they’ll also include not-for-profits in Western Australia.

In the previous six months, FutureSteps has provided four grants to Australian not-for-profits, including Pathfinders Australia (NSW) and Lighthouse Foundation (VIC), to boost the availability of accommodation and support services while also investing in targeted training and jobs programs. In 2020, the program proudly provided six grants.

Lendlease looks forward to establishing long-term partnerships that seek to increase safe and appropriate housing; pathways to education and employment; and participation in the community via the grant process.

The Lendlease FutureSteps grant program will be open for applications between 2 August – 3 September 2021.

“Already in 2021, FutureSteps has provided financial and in-kind support to four noteworthy not-for-profits across Australia. Contributions like these allow for incredibly important projects to continue, helping to support those people experiencing or at risk of homelessness,” said Kylie Rampa, Group Head of Investment, Lendlease and Chair of the FutureSteps Advisory Committee

“We’re excited to welcome new partnerships to the mix as these collaborations are the lifeblood that make FutureSteps so successful. The power to positively impact and support vulnerable Australians with the backing of an organisation such as Lendlease, is unparalleled, and a privilege to be a part of.” Rampa said.

One of FutureSteps previous grant recipients is Pathfinders, which purchased a motel to increase the accomodation in their Supported Independent Living Program.

“To assist in converting the motel to house 13 young people, FutureSteps has provided a grant of close to $80,000. This funding has been instrumental in being able to assist our local community,” said Mark Cromption Senior Manager of Pathfinders Australia.

 

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