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Victorian Nonprofits Receive $800K+ in Community Grants

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Freemasons Foundation Victoria’s (FFV) newly appointed Chairman has proudly announced this year’s Community Grants program recipients, awarding a total of $803,604 via 29 grants to not-for-profit organisations (NFPs) across Victoria. 

The grant recipients embody FFV’s commitment to fostering positive change in the areas of Community and Youth Development, Education, Health and Research and supporting Indigenous-led programs.  

“The diversity of these projects mirrors FFV’s steadfast commitment to effecting positive and lasting change within Victoria,” said Freemasons Foundation Victoria Chairman Garry James. 

“As the newly appointed Chairman, I am incredibly honoured to witness the impact these grants will have across Victoria, and I’m excited to lead our efforts in making a meaningful difference within our communities.” 

According to James, this year’s grants show strong support for addressing pressing community needs and social inequality with programs including RizeUp’s Children’s Trauma Recovery packs for families fleeing domestic violence, and for food relief programs such as Rosebud West Community Hub and Shepparton Foodshare. 

“FFV is again supporting several programs in Youth Development and Education that aim to empower and guide the younger generation, including early education support at Ronald McDonald House, volunteer tutoring for foster children with The Pyjama Foundation, and the youth mentorship programs like Standing Tall Hamilton and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Australia,” added James. 

“In the area of Health and Research, FFV has awarded grants to the Australian Prostate Centre and the E.J. Whitten Prostate Cancer Centre at Epworth Freemasons, demonstrating our commitment to improving health outcomes and reducing the societal impact of diseases.” 

He highlighted the importance of supporting Indigenous-led programs, like the Algabonyah Driver Mentor Program by Dungala Kaiela Foundation and the Traditional Owner Cultural Mentoring Program for Youth by Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency, reflects our commitment to empowering First Nations community members and preserving cultures. 

“These grants represent not just financial support, but a commitment to supporting organisations that are dedicated to improving the lives and opportunities of Victorians through critical services and innovative programs.” 

“We are inspired by this years’ cohort of recipients and the diverse themes these projects represent, all aligning with our mission to support and uplift communities throughout Victoria.” 

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Menchie Khairuddin is a writer Deputy Content Manager at Akolade and content producer for Third Sector News. She is passionate about social affairs specifically in mixed, multicultural heritage and not-for-profit organisations.

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