GEELONG CATS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
The ‘Next Gen Diverse Squad’ is an initiative involving the Geelong Football Club,
AFL Barwon and the Geelong Falcons which aims to discover and
develop talent from diverse and indigenous backgrounds.
This ongoing program benefited from a $20,000 grant from GCC.
This organisation is leading a consortium of other high-profile organisations – from business,
government and community sectors – in an important initiative to increase the level
of physical activity of our citizens. This program seeks to create general health
outcomes for our city and it will benefit from a $5000 grant.
ROTARY CLUB OF BELMONT
A $4000 grant helped this organisation host a significant charity luncheon at the
Geelong Football Club to raise funds for Headspace Geelong and mental health.
Headspace Geelong provides a place where people between the ages of
12 and 25 who are going through a tough time can talk to someone.
GEELONG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
This collaborative ensemble of over 60 artists provides inspiring music that enriches our
cultural life in Geelong. Thanks to a $4000 grant from GCC, they will
be able to stage four concerts at Geelong’s Costa Hall this year.
ST MARYS SPORTING CLUB
A $500 grant will help support this local club’s player development program,
part of which will provide education to its participants about issues
such as drugs, alcohol, bullying and mental health problems
like depression and anxiety.
GEELONG SWIMMING CLUB
This local club caters for all types of swimmers – from developmental to those competing
at the national level – and will benefit from a $500 grant
towards the purchase of a video camera for coaching techniques
and two portable timing clocks.
ROTARY DISTRICT 9780
A $5000 grant allowed this group to hold the District 9780 Conference
at Barrabool Hills Centre for nearly 500 members from different
rotary clubs throughout the district.
GEELONG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
This organisation is one of Australia’s leading regional business bodies, boasting more than
750 members and a long, successful history of advocating on behalf of
Geelong business and GCC is set to become a ‘Silver Corporate
Partner’ of this group for 2017, via a $3,200 sponsorship.
ROSEWALL NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE
This community group held a free family festival called ‘Going Potty’ in Geelong’s northern
suburbs that benefited from a $2,500 grant from GCC. The festival provided hands-on
arts and outdoor experiences for nearly 1000 people, as well as performances
from local groups, food and family entertainment.
DOWN SYNDROME VICTORIA
This state-wide organisation which represents people with Down Syndrome and their families hosted
an event called ‘Step UP’ for Down Syndrome. A $1000 grant helped fund
this walk and family day along the Geelong waterfront.
SOUTH GEELONG PRIMARY SCHOOL
A $500 grant will help this school run its annual ‘Community Carnival’, which
is the school’s major fundraiser each year to help support their students with better
resources, such as learning iPads, playground improvements and welfare materials.
CITY OF GEELONG BOWLS CLUB
A $500 grant will help this club hold its annual Geelong district tournament,
which invites bowlers from outside the club to enter.
GEELONG FOOD RELIEF CENTRE
This non-for-profit volunteer food bank services people who require emergency
food around Geelong. Unfortunately, the demand for free food is rising,
and therefore the Centre has had to install a new cool room
to store perishable items in their North Geelong warehouse.
A $10,000 grant from GCC will ensure this new cool room
can be installed to better support those in need.
NORLANE WEST SCOUT GROUP
This group provides engaging educational experiences for young people and will be able
to send its members to a week-long camp called ‘Cuboree’ in Gembrook
thanks to a $5000 grant from GCC.
MARK WEST FOUNDATION
A $1500 grant will help this organisation continue to provide scholarships to disadvantaged
children so they can cover the costs of playing local football.
A $1000 grant will help MND Victoria hold a live music concert in
Geelong called ‘Rock Off MND: A Night To Make A Difference’
to raise funds and awareness of motor neuron disease.
GEELONG CROSS COUNTRY CLUB
This community organisation promotes an active and healthy lifestyle, made up of 200 members
who compete in races every Sunday around Geelong. A $500 sponsorship
will help offset the costs associated with running the 2017 season.
QUEENS PARK GOLF CLUB
This club with over 500 members is one of Geelong’s most popular golf courses
for casual players and will benefit from a $500 sponsorship this year.
GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE
This organisation received $20,000 worth of funding to complete a three-year agreement
it had established with GCC. This grant assisted Give Where You Live during
a period of reduced income in the wake of the closures to Alcoa and Ford in Geelong.
GCC is the naming sponsor of this organisation’s new community leadership program, called ‘Emerge’.
This program provides opportunities for volunteer leaders to learn new skills and strategies
to be effective in their expanding roles – by exposing them to topics and
environments that will challenge these people to push through fears and barriers.
A $5,000 grant from GCC will help this program be implemented over a six-month period.
GEELONG HIGHLAND GATHERING ASSOCIATION
This organisation received a $3000 grant to help stage the 2017 Victorian State Pipe Band
Championships and Highland Dancing and Scottish Heavy Games competition,
providing high quality entertainment for Geelong families.
YS MENS CLUB OF GEELONG
A large outdoor LED screen and accompanying facilities was a key feature of this year’s
‘Carols in the Park’ event on Christmas Eve, which attracted 1000 spectators.
This organisation purchased this big screen thanks to a $2,500 grant from GCC.
BELMONT HIGH SCHOOL
A $2000 grant from GCC helped this school develop a unique in-schools music workshop
that focuses on skill development, song-writing, studio recording and live performances.
The program also raises awareness for the autoimmune disease Multiple Sclerosis.
GEELONG CANOE CLUB
TD Community Solutions is a comprehensive ‘A-Z’ guide to running a community club,
providing a library of 150 short instructional video and an online ‘filing cabinet’ of
spreadsheets, document templates and other information on all the key areas of
club operations. This club will be able to purchase a one-year subscription
to improve their club thanks to a $1,350 grant.
ONE IN CHRIST CHURCH
A $500 grant you helped make possible will allow this organisation to hold
a potentially life-shaping Youth Conference where young people in Geelong
go on a journey of self-development, enhancing their personal skills
and character traits.
1) ROYAL GEELONG YACHT CLUB ($20,000)
Geelong Connected Communities was a sponsor of the Shoreside Festival Sponsor for the 2017 Festival of the Sails, which attracted huge crowds
to Geelong’s waterfront precinct. A grant from GCC allowed this organisation to make their Australia Day Celebrations something very special, providing a
variety of activities for families as they celebrated the public holiday. Thank you for helping us deliver such a memorable celebration for so many families around Geelong.
2) BLUEBIRD FOUNDATION ($3,500)
A renowned early childhood musical expert, Dr John Feierabend, brought his expertise to Australia to present a music and movement curriculum
for teachers and students, via the Bluebird Foundation. The five-day course, called the First Steps in Music, benefitted from a grant from GCC.
3) SECONDBITE ($5,000)
A grant from GCC helped this organisation repair one of its refrigerated vans so it could get back on the road and continue to deliver fresh,
nutritious food to people in need around Geelong.
4) GEELONG RANGERS SOCCER CLUB ($1,000)
This organisation staged the Geelong Pre-Season Cup, which is an annual event that brings the city’s soccer community together, thanks in part
to grant from GCC. Crowds of more than 500 people per night attended the matches during the 16-match tournament.
5) GEELONG TENNIS CLUB ($3,000)
The Geelong Junior Grass Court Gold Championships is the premier junior tennis tournament in the region, attracting 250 of the state’s top players
as well as a team from China. A grant from GCC helped this organisation stage this four-day tournament in Geelong.
6) GEELONG ONE FIRE RECONCILIATION GROUP
This organisation, thanks to a grant from GCC, was able to employ a local young adult Aboriginal person and a trainee assistant to coordinate
the Reconciliation in the Park event that will be held in Johnstone Park – as part of National Reconciliation Week coming up in May this year.
This grant will help over 100 disadvantaged children between 8 and 11 attend a five-day ‘wilderness’ camp where kids will engage in a range of outdoor activities.
This organisation needed life jackets for a fully wheelchair accessible chartered fishing vessel and a grant from GCC will allow them to make that purchase.