Regional Projects Focus of 2017 Women’s Trust Grants
31 January 2017 at 2:14 pm
The Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust has opened its 2017 general grants program with a specific focus of supporting regional women and girls.
Community organisations contributing to social inclusion and addressing disadvantage for women and girls in rural and regional Victoria are invited to apply for grant funding from a pool of around $150,000.
VWBT general manager, Carolyn Munckton said the trust would support projects that address the needs of refugee and migrant families or women or girls who are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage, lack of educational or training opportunities, or who live with a disability or illness.
“VWBT has previously funded many outstanding projects across regional Victoria including research and support services delivered by the Ballarat Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA), Wimmera Uniting Care’s capacity building program for women with disabilities and Gippsland Women’s Health Service’s program to support teachers and nurses working with family violence,” Munckton said.
“The rural and regional focus of the 2017 general grants round continues the trust’s proud tradition of targeting significant disadvantage or lack of resources affecting women and girls and their communities.
“It’s vital that we are reaching out to rural and regional Victoria with our 2017 grants. Supporting initiatives that specifically respond to the needs of rural or regional women and girls will deliver positive, impactful outcomes for local communities.”
Munckton said VWBT did not specify funding amounts but asked organisations to “say what they really need”.
“We try to get into the nooks and crannies of needs that other funders are perhaps not getting to,” Munckton told Pro Bono News.
“Last year we supported organisations that applied for $2,000 as well as $30,000. We encourage applicants to look at previous grants to see what was approved.”
Munckton said the VWBT was the grant-making entity of the Victorian Women’s Trust and over 31 years had funded nearly $7 million in grants for more than 560 projects in Victoria supporting women and girls.
Applications for the 2017 general grants close Friday 24 March 2017. More information is available here.