What is a Community Foundation?

September 14, 2023

The concept of a Community Foundation is simple. We make it easy for people to contribute to a pool of funds which is used to support charitable projects through purposeful grant making. We are governed by independent volunteer trustees that steward the growth of the fund, or endowment, to benefit the community in perpetuity. Community…

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SWCF Grants 2023

May 25, 2023

The SWCF has hit pause on the funding round for 2023, but it is all for good reason.  The foundation is going through a ‘getting to know you’ period, with a revised vision for the future of the SWCF grant offering.  This year will be spent meeting with communities from across the Warrnambool, Moyne, Glenelg,…

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Holiday Actors members Jake, Lyal and Nate participate in a puppet making workshop at One Day Studios, here with their trash puppets.

Puppet workshop helps set the stage

January 2, 2023

Warrnambool Holiday Actors are starting the new year in high gear as they take to the stage for the puppet-filled action of Shrek – The Musical. After COVID delayed the performance in 2022, all of the singers, actors, puppeteers and production crew are ready to hit the Lighthouse Theatre stage from January 7. Holiday Actors…

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Riding high on a small grant

November 24, 2022

A $900 SWCF grant will help build a sense of identity and improve the comfort of Warrnambool’s Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) volunteers. Small grants can sometimes make the most difference in the community. A $900 grant to Warrnambool RDA to purchase embroidered fleece jumpers will help the volunteers build their sense of identity…

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Murnong garden bowling community over

November 23, 2022

A SWCF grant for $3620 is helping re-establish an indigenous food garden on the site of the former Lismore Bowls Club. When the Lismore Bowls Club was shut, and the land came up for sale, a group of passionate locals campaigned for the space to remain in public hands. Now the former bowls green is…

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Scavenged scarecrows to show in Merrivale: Video

October 21, 2022

              Merrivale Community Association (MCA) is ready to run the third annual Sustainable Scarecrow Trail this November.   As part of their “Totally Wild” project, the scarecrows will be built alongside beach clean-up walks and education workshops focussing on the environmental impacts of marine debris.   MCA member Brenda…

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Three years of grant recipients celebrated

September 27, 2022

After all of the COVID interruptions, SWCF celebrated three years of grant recipients with a bash at Brother Fox on September 14. Grant recipients from 2020, 2021 and 2022 came together to talk about their projects, network with like-minded groups and share all of the different ways they are building capacity and connecting their communities….

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Gala night as Colac celebrates grant recipients

September 27, 2022

South West Community Foundation’s Colac Sub Fund celebrated the work of grant recipients from the 2020, 2021 and 2022 at Red Rock Regional Theatre & Gallery on Tuesday 13 September. Over 50 grant recipients and guests gathered for the first time in three years to celebrate the 12 community projects who have shared in over…

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$22,500 support for south west students

August 26, 2022

South West Community Foundation, in conjunction with United Way Glenelg, is providing schools across south west Victoria with $50 gift vouchers to help families struggling with cost of living increases. Over 450 vouchers, totalling more than $22,500, will be distributed to families in need, via the students’ school. In partnership with the Foundation for Rural…

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Di Dixon/LGSC mid year report

August 9, 2022

Hamilton personal trainer Di Dixon is now at the halfway point of her Leadership Great South Coast program. Balancing the leadership program, starting a new job with Southern Grampians Shire, and her family commitments have been a challenge, but with the financial support of SWCF she is managing to achieve her goals. “With thanks to…

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