The ANHCA Public Fund for DGR has enabled many Neighbourhood Houses/Centres across Australia without DGR status to obtain tax deductible donations and apply for grants from philanthropic trusts/foundations and corporates. Case studies of these Neighbourhood Houses are outlined below.
Yea Community House, Victoria
Yea Community House’s ‘Connected Garden Project’ received $9,100 from the Foundation for Rural and
Regional Renewal (FRRR) and the McEwen Foundation Partnership grants. The purpose of the project was to improve the connections between the existing food access/food security volunteer based programs being run at a number of Yea’s schools (pre-school, primary school and secondary school), a nursing home, a hospital and a number of community organisations. A paid co-ordinator supported this purpose by facilitating inter-organisation (pre- school/primary school/high school/hospital) visits where students had the opportunity to share their knowledge and learnings with each other in a kids-teaching-kids format, as well as setting up improved communications and resource sharing systems and processes. The food produced collaboratively from this project was shared at a harvest picnic/festival which included:
*Food supplied by each garden and cooked collectively to make healthy, fresh pizzas
*Food competitions between schools such as ‘which school has grown the biggest pumpkin,’ egg and spoon races, blind-folded tomato tasting, zucchini face carving, etc
*Stalls organised and manned by older students to cater to younger students.
Rosewall Neighbourhood House, Victoria
Rosewall Neighbourhood Centre received $8,000 from Give Where You Live to develop a strategic plan for the next three years. This grant will assist them to address management’s concern that the lack of planning and other governance documents hinder the management and governance of Rosewall Neighbourhood Centre.
Maitland Community Centre, NSW
The ANHCA Public Fund for DGR allowed Maitland Neighbourhood Centre to receive $30,000 from a local trust fund to support the local community following devastating storms in the area in April 2015. The generous donation has allowed Maitland Neighbourhood Centre to provide locals affected by the storms with a range of supports including bedding, whitegoods, linen, prams and other emergency relief support. “We registered to receive general donations through ANHCA about 1.5 years ago. I’m glad we did because we could receive funds from a public trust that required DGR status when the local community needed the support of Maitland Community Centre the most – after the storms,” said Centre Manager Naomi Rees.
Bellarine Living and Learning Centre, Victoria
Bellarine Living and Learning Centre (BLLC) received $30,000 from Give Where You Live to review and enhance their Food Provision program. The program is currently supporting the food needs of over one thousand people per week using food sourced from five different agencies. The money from the grant will be used to employ a project worker to: Review the Program in its entirety and develop a service map recording its history and progression Develop a sustainability plan, robust back of house policies and procedures and review partnerships with current food providers Review volunteer program and determine any unmet training needs Develop a data collection process to cover all areas of foodbank service including users. In addition to the Food Bank, BLLC offers a free two course lunch to the community each Monday. Food is sourced through the Foodbank and volunteers prepare, cook and serve the 60 meals served each week. Executive Office Julie George says, “I do encourage everyone to get their registration with ANHCA Public Fund for DGR done so if an opportunity arises they are ready to go.”
Norlane Community Centre, Victoria
Norlane Community Centre received $20,000 from Give Where You Live to provide job skills training for young and long-term unemployed people aged 16 – 40 years from Geelong’s northern suburbs who do not fit into existing training and employment pathways through their ‘Northern Futures’ program. The program will involve a combination of onsite training with local industry and classroom sessions, as well as supported study days with program mentors. Training will be offered in industries that have identified skills shortages.
Surrey Hills Neighbourhood House, Victoria
The Surrey Hills Music Festival is a great community event auspiced and delivered by the Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre. It has benefited from a number of tax deductible donations since signing up to receive donations through the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR. “It is a pretty simply process [signing up to be eligible to receive donations through the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR],” said Centre Manager Shima Ibuki. In organising the music festival to be held between 20 – 22 November, Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre has received tax deductible donations from one of their life members and Fletchers Real Estate. Fletchers Real Estate have also provided them with 12 real estate boards to promote the music festival. “Now that we have access to DGR status, I feel more confident asking individuals and businesses for support. Fletchers Real Estate doubled their donation to the music festival this year and part of their consideration is due to the tax deductibility associated with donating to us.” Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre are thinking about other ways to promote their access to DGR status on their website and other events so that they can raise much needed funds for projects that respond to the needs of the community.
Kensington Neighbourhood House, Victoria
The ANHCA Public Fund for DGR has given Kensington Neighbourhood House the impetus to launch their first ever fundraising appeal! Now in its fortieth year of operation, Kensington Neighbourhood House is appealing to the local community and businesses to help them raise $40,000 to fund:
- The set-up of a sound proof room divider
- The refurbishment of the upstairs kitchen
- The printing costs associated with a soon to-be released cookbook.
Kensington Neighbourhood House have raised $34,000 in total. Centre Manager Carolyn Webster says that “We previously hadn’t done a lot of fundraising because we did not have DGR status. Now that we have access to DGR status through the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR, it is more attractive for people to donate to us.”
The Centre Neighbourhood House, Victoria
The Centre Neighbourhood House received philanthropic funding to run the Spring Fling Festival. Over 16,000 people saw the transformation of Errol Street (where The Centre is located) and the surrounding laneways to celebrate the North and West Melbourne communities, with an action packed day from 11am – 6pm of live music, shopping, interactive activities and delicious cuisines. The festival is an annual event to celebrate North and West Melbourne as a great place to live, work, socialise and join together.
Railway Neighbourhood House, Victoria
Railway Neighbourhood House received philanthropic funding to deliver a homework club for girls and women from a refugee background. The mainly volunteer run initiative had been running for four years and more funds were required to assist with the coordination of the program, recruit volunteers and develop resources.
San Remo Neighbourhood Centre, NSW
San Remo Neigihbourhood Centre received a tax deductible donation to establish a community restaurant. Open to all, the community restaurant provides meals to members of the community who are financially disadvantaged, have mental health issues and/or an intellectual or physical disability. The restaurant has served 875 meals since last July!
Port Melbourne Neighbourhood House, Victoria
Port Melbourne Neighbourhood House received a tax deductible donation to assist with the organisation of the annual Port Melbourne Community Carnival event. Known as the “outdoor minifestival in the heart of Port Melbourne,” the carnival accessible to the whole community, no matter what age, ability or income and promotes creativity, active participation, citizenship, and environmental sustainability. Organised in partnership with many local organisations and performers, the carnival promotes a range of activities including family & children’s activities, arts & crafts, movement, dance, live music and theatre.
Bellarine Living and Learning Centre, Victoria
Bellarine Living and Learning Centre (BLLC) received philanthropic funding to deliver the Connections in the Community project designed to engage and connect new participants into BLLC and build capacity of BLLC to manage the ever increasing participant engagement and new/existing program numbers. BLLC wanted to employ a worker for 18 hours a week for one year to address engagement barriers and develop the policies and procedures required to ensure sustainability of engagement practices. The strategy will see the worker act as a conduit between disengaged community members and BLLC and using these experiences, develop practices to take engagement into the future.