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Media Release

St.George Foundation grants over $1 million to children’s charities

6 December 2016

St.George Foundation is pleased to announce grants worth more than $1 million to support 29 small community organisations across Australia to help provide a brighter future for children in need.

In its 26th year, St.George Foundation is focused on helping community organisations support socially, economically or physically disadvantaged children. The organisations supported by St.George Foundation usually do not have access to significant sources of funding. Since 1990, St.George Foundation has granted more than $27 million to 800 community organisations and helped change the lives of more than 800,000 children.

Vanessa Barry, Head of St.George Foundation, said St.George Foundation is dedicated to helping community organisations that create a positive impact on children’s lives.

“As we approach the holiday season, the 29 organisations that have been awarded funding are a timely reminder of the importance of supporting children in our communities. From providing refuge for children and families who have been affected by domestic violence, to offering relief for children diagnosed with rare illnesses, these organisations make a real difference in Australian kids’ lives.

“St.George Foundation is delighted to partner with these organisations and we look forward to continuing to support small community organisations for children well into the future,” Vanessa said.

The grants are as follows:


  • $50,000 to Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation to employ a Program Manager to support children living in families affected by mental illness.
  • $19,740 to Australian National Maritime Foundation to roll out its disability outreach program.
  • $50,000 to Australian Theatre for Young People to provide disadvantaged children with the opportunity to find their voice and inspiration through theatre.
  • $50,000 to Batyr Australia to strengthen the mental health and wellbeing of youth through awareness programs at schools in the Greater Western Sydney region.
  • $50,000 to Be Centre Foundation to help traumatised and vulnerable children through its play therapy program.
  • $41,600 to Dandelion Support Network to purchase and distribute sleep and travel items for babies and children from disadvantaged families.
  • $49,935 to I-Manifest to fund its ‘Inspired Education’ program designed to empower youth to develop their passions and find their purpose.
    $47,433 to KYDS Youth Development Service to provide one-on-one and group support for children affected by mental health issues.
  • $49,183 to Milk Crate Theatre to roll out a series of programs for youth that have experienced or are currently experiencing homelessness.
  • $49,427 to the National Centre for Childhood Grief to provide support to grieving children.
  • $49,250 to Nicole Fitzsimons Foundation to roll out two projects aimed to support children living with disabilities from low socio-economic backgrounds.
  • $16,000 to Orana NSW to provide opportunities for disadvantaged children in the Sutherland Shire District to participate in sport.
  • $50,000 to Paint the Town REaD to expand its program aimed at encouraging communities to read, talk, sing, and rhyme with children from birth.
  • $23,522 to PCYC City of Sydney Woolloomooloo to coordinate a gymnastics program aimed to support at-risk children.
  • $50,000 to The Pinnacle Foundation to provide scholarships and mentoring to young LGBTIQ students who are marginalised or disadvantaged because of their gender or sexual identity.
  • $49,500 to Royal Hospital for Women Foundation to roll out its Best Start program to support premature and critically ill babies while they are in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit.
  • $12,310 to Special Children Services Centre to provide sensory and motor skill training to support children living with an intellectual disability.
  • $50,000 to StreetWork to support its KickStart mentoring program which provides one-on-one mentoring for at-risk young people.
  • $5,600 to Tapestry Foundation of Australia for implementation of its ‘Weaving into Wellbeing’ program aimed at providing therapeutic artistic support for children recovering from illness.
  • $50,000 to Women’s Community Shelters to engage a professional Child Support Worker for children at its new shelter.



  • $4,895 to Gold Coast PCYC to support its school-based domestic and family violence and sexual assault prevention program.
  • $19,376.70 to HeartKids Queensland to coordinate a three day camp tailored for children living with congenital heart disease.
  • $50,000 to Zephyr Education to provide school essentials for children living in domestic violence shelters throughout Queensland.


Media contact

Vicki Copeman
M: 0412 059 766                                           

Brendan McGufficke
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About St.George Foundation

St.George Foundation was established by St.George Bank in 1990. Since that time, it has partnered with more than 800 community organisations across Australia to invest more than $27 million to improve the lives of Australian children who are physically, socially or economically disadvantaged. To find out how you can support St.George Foundation please phone 1300 726 023 or email