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Media Release

$400,000 in grants to help make a difference in children's lives

8 June 2016

St.George Foundation will grant more than $400,000 to support 12 small community organisations across Australia to provide a brighter future for children in need, in the latest funding round for the Foundation.

In its 26th year, St.George Foundation is focused on helping community organisations support socially, economically or physically disadvantaged children. Since 1990, the Foundation has given more than $25 million to 800 community organisations and helped change the lives of over 600,000 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.

“The 12 organisations have been awarded with funding because they do important work in our communities. From providing education and coping strategies for children who have experienced domestic violence, to helping implement a program to support children who are affected by Sanfilippo Syndrome, these are just some examples of how the grants can help improve young people’s lives.

“We’re delighted to partner with these local organisations and look forward to continuing to support smaller Australian community organisations that do life-changing work for children well into the future,” Vanessa said.

Successful projects in the latest round were:


  • $48,600 to First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation to conduct cultural reconnection and leadership programs for young Indigenous people
  • $3,000 to Wings of Hope Incorporated to provide educational resources for children and families that are bereaved by suicide
  • $48,100 to Byron Youth Service to implement a study program to assist students who are at risk of disengagement with education and schooling
  • $37,750 to Riding Disabled Association NSW Ballina and Districts Branch to purchase a tractor to maintain a bequest of 117 acres of land
  • $30,000 to Enough is Enough Anti Violence Movement to implement their Promise Keeper program to assist young people who have experienced domestic violence
  • $42,500 to Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation to implement a program to address coordinated support and information for children who are affected by Sanfilippo Syndrome and their families
  • $50,000 to The Friends of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award of Australia to implement a Youth at Risk program which helps disadvantaged 14-15 year olds to undertake the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
  • $41,106 to The Girls and Boys Brigade to implement a program tailored to 11-18 year olds in Sydney City who struggle with significant life challenges




  • $5,200 to Parentline ACT Inc. to expand their Paint and Play program to outer suburbs of Canberra, allowing disadvantaged children aged 0-5 years to participate in structured play

To find out how you can support St.George Foundation please phone 1300 726 023 or email