Board members on air in Warrnambool

March 19, 2022

With just two weeks to go to get applications in for the 2022 Grant Round, SWCF board members Edith Farrell and Carly Jordan joined 3YB’s Peter Headen on Friday 18 March. If you missed the conversation you can listen back here. Please head to the Grants section for all information about applying to the 2022…

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SWCF hits the Colac airwaves

March 16, 2022

Robyn Alexander, SWCF Deputy Chair and chair of the Colac Sub Fund Committee, has been doing the media rounds talking about the 2022 Grant Round applications (closing March 31, see www.southwestcommunityfoundation.org/grants for more information). Here are the two conversations, with OCR and MIXX FM, if you missed them the first time around.      …

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2021 Annual Report

March 11, 2022

The SWCF 2021 Annual Report is now available. Please download the report to see all of the great work the Foundation has been undertaking to help our community connect and grow. SWCF 2021 Annual Report  

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2022 Grant applications now open

March 1, 2022

Applications for the 2022 South West Community Foundation Grant Round are now open. Submit applications via the Grant Portal here, The applications are to be completed via the SWCF Smarty Grants page. You may begin anywhere in this application form. Please ensure you save as you go. For queries about deadlines, or questions in the…

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Board chair talks 2022 grants on ABC South West Vic

February 25, 2022

SWCF board chair David McIntyre chatted to ABC South West Victoria’s Jeremy Lee, on Monday February 21, about the upcoming opening for 2022 Grant Round applications. The pair were joined by Wendy Rotumahn from Portland’s Dhauwurd-Wurrung Elderly and Community Health Service. In 2021, DWECHS received a grant to help purchase pots, pans and other equipment…

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Hamilton business woman receives leadership grant

February 18, 2022

Hamilton businesswomen Di Dixon is ready to make big strides in leading her community as the recipient of the South West Community Foundation 2022 Leadership Great South Coast grant. Mrs Dixon said she has been looking to move into the community space and was recommended by several friends to apply for the LGSC program. “When…

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2022 Grant Round guidelines

February 16, 2022

Applications for South West Community Foundation’s 2022 Grant Round will open on March 1, 2022 (and close on March 31). Any group interested in this funding needs to read the 2022 Granting Guidelines prior to submitting their application. If you need any assistance with the application, or have questions about the grant process, please email…

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2021 Grant Recipients – Strategic grant starts sausages sizzling in Koroit.

December 31, 2021

A new BBQ will be installed in the Koroit Railway Station precinct, on the Warrnambool to Port Fairy Rail Trail, thanks to a strategic grant of $31,142 from the Koroit Sub Fund. The large grant was approved to help the progression of this ‘signature project’ Ian Bodycoat, the Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail Committee…

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2021 Grant Recipients – “Connect and Contribute”

December 31, 2021

The Colac & District Family History Group (CDFHG) will use a grant from the Colac Sub Fund to upgrade their computer infrastructure allowing researchers to work from home. Media and project coordinator Merrill O’Donnell said the two phase project will be a massive step for CDFHG, and especially important for members who have been isolated…

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2021 Grant Recipients – ‘Stoked Surf Therapy’

December 31, 2021

Brophy Family and Youth Services have received a grant of $5000 to run the Stoked surf therapy program. Brophy Community Connections Coordinator Anna Sanderson said it was amazing to have the opportunity to help build connections between young people while using the surf to improve their mental health. “During COVID we needed to rethink how…

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