At Grace, we recognise that if not for our local communities, we would not have grown as we have over the years. So, each year, Grace undertakes a range of initiatives to support the communities throughout Australia and New Zealand in which it operates.
Twice a year, each of our Branches elect local community groups or events that they feel would benefit from financial support from Grace, and sponsorship’s and donations are allocated on a needs basis.
Grace supported the following community groups in 2016:
- Melbourne Rainbow Band – Vic
- Royal Family Varsity Mega Crew – NZ
- Cairns SES: Great Wheelbarrow Rates – QLD
- Carrington Centennial Care: Camelia Garden – NSW
- Give Where You Live: Geelong – Vic.
- Portside Christian College Mission Trip – SA
- Sydney Heritage Fleet – NSW
- Sydney to the Gong Ride for MS – NSW
- Vinnies CEO Sleepout – NSW
- Belmont District Cricket Club – NSW
- Blacktown Workers Bowling Club – NSW
- Brothers Australian Football Club – QLD
- Campbelltown Cobras Soccer Club – NSW
- Coomera Crunchers Rugby Union Club – QLD
- Eaglehawk Athletics Club – Vic.
- Manukau Rovers Rugby Football Club – NZ
- Roselands Swimming Club – NSW
- City2Surf Grace Team – NSW
Grace Gives Australia 5 x $10,000 grants
Grace is finishing off the year by making 5 x $10K Community Grants. This is a new initiative that Grace has launched this year to help community organisations with major projects that are helping those most in need. Launched in October of this year, Community Groups from around Australia were invited to apply for grants. The general public were then given an opportunity to vote for their favorite community project.
Our Grace Gives Grants initiative generated a huge amount of interest from 52 worthy groups and charitable organisations nationally, and almost 100,000 votes.
The team at Grace are therefore delighted to announce the following recipients of our Grace Gives grants:
Child Abuse Prevention Service (Sydney) Inc. will use the grant to upgrade its digital media for their Safe Children, Safe Families (SCSF) Program. The program targets vulnerable children and empowers them to learn how to identify abusive situations and report abuse.
Refugee Migrant Children Centre tackles youth unemployment in Melbourne’s Inner West. This grant will ensure the cycle of disadvantage is stopped for over 50 resettled refugee and migrant youth who encounter barriers in securing employment.
Kids Giving Back provide hands-on opportunities for children and teens to give back to the community. Their volunteer programs are helping to develop the next generation of leaders creating a culture of generosity and civil responsibility.
A Cup of Cope believes in a world that enhances the quality of life for informal primary carers of the frail & disabled. This grant will deliver Andrew & Claire who care for their disabled daughter Melinda with a better quality of life.
The Daniel Morcombe Foundation’s Victims of Crime Program is designed to improve the lives of young people who have been the victims of crime. This grant will help give up to 20 child victims of crime some return to normality. The Daniel Morcombe Foundation has assisted and empowered 100s of young people to rehabilitate after a life changing tragedy.
This is an initiative that everyone at Grace is very proud of. We will be providing updates on all grant recipients over the next 12 months, so remember to stay up to date by following our Facebook