Calderwood Valley Seedling Fund Recipients Announced

 

We're excited to share that the first Seedling Fund round in the Calderwood Valley community (NSW) will see three great community groups receiving a share of over $7,780. The three finalists were Albion Park Oak Flats Rugby Football Club, Family Services Illawarra and 1st Albion Park Scout Group. We're excited to tell you about our three recipients and the programs the Seedling Fund will help support.

 
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ALBION PARK OAK FLATS RUGBY LEAGUE FOOTBALL CLUB

Mental health program - Received $2,722

The Football Club is a small and very proud regional football club with a strong focus on community and the mental health and wellbeing of their players and supporters. Notably, the Club was the first official NRL State of Mind club. With a commitment to using the profile of the game and its players to contribute to the happiness and health of the community, funds raised will enable The Resilience Project to hold one of their Discovery Sessions for the club and the wider community. The sessions will teach positive mental health strategies by providing evidence based, practical strategies to build resilience.

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FAMILY SERVICES ILLAWARRA

Park and Play sessions  - Received $2,636

FSI are a vibrant service that supports children, young people and their families, helping to keep them safe, well, strong and connected. They know that play is fun for children, and it’s a great way for children to learn about the world and each other. Funds raised will be used to provide ten 2-hour Park and Play sessions over ten weeks. Park and Play is program that delivers free, fun, outdoor play activities in a public space, facilitated by trained staff who provide age appropriate fun activities for children 0 to 5 years, their parents and carers.

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1ST ALBION PARK SCOUT GROUP

Showground Scout Hall - $2,422

1st Albion Park Scout Group is proud to run a fun, creative and innovative programs for the local youth aged from 6 to 26. The Mission of Scouting is to contribute to the education of young people, through a value system. Members attend weekly meetings, outings, camps and activities where they taught teamwork, leadership and acceptance skills. They also learn about environmental issues, camping and bushman know-how, first aid and survival education, anti-bulling techniques and much more. The Scout group is based at the Albion Park Showground Scout Hall, where funding will be of great benefit in allowing some maintenance work on the hall.


 
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About the Seedling Fund

The Seedling Fund is a community-led grant initiative we deliver alongside our Sprout Hub projects. It works by redistributing 10% of Sprout Hub cafe revenue and contributions from project partners back to community groups and clubs who are establishing themselves in the area. Funds are distributed in a process similar to crowd funding, whereby the community votes (online or physically) to decide how the funds are spent. The purpose of the Fund is to encourage participation and belonging, while supporting clubs and groups to form in the early stages of a new development. It’s all about providing more engaging opportunities for local residents to participate in local decision making. So far the fund has raised over $49,000 for local groups in the communities of Alkimos Beach (WA), Aurora (VIC) and Calderwood (NSW), demonstrating a high rate of participation and engagement in the new community

Three local groups receive Seedling Fund grants for community initiatives

 

A scout group, a rugby league club and a family support service are the first three local groups to receive grants from the Calderwood Valley Seedling Fund for their community initiatives.

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Established by Lendlease and social enterprise Sprout Ventures, the Calderwood Valley Seedling Fund is a community-led initiative that helps groups to purchase much-needed products or services that will benefit the local community.

The groups – the 1st Albion Park Scout Group, the Albion Park Oak Flats Rugby League Football Club and Family Services Illawarra will receive $7,780 between them from the initial round of the Seedling Fund to support their projects.

Each group automatically received $1,000 of the total grant amount, with the balance of the funds being determined through community votes.

Arthur Ilias, Lendlease’s Communities General Manager NSW/ACT, said it was great to see Seedling Fund grants awarded in the same year as the Sprout Hub community centre was opened.

“As well as providing a place for social connection for the new community at Calderwood Valley, the Sprout Hub plays an important role in the Seedling Fund with Bean Roasted contributing 10 cents from every dollar spent at the café to the fund,” said Mr Ilias.

The 1st Albion Park Scout Group’s grant will go towards maintenance work on their home at the Albion Park Showground Hall. Family Services Illawarra will bring its Park and Play program of free, fun, outdoor play activities to Calderwood Valley. The Albion Park Oak Flats Rugby League Football Club’s grant will enable The Resilience Project to hold one of their Discovery Sessions for the club and the wider community.

Bridie Ritchie, Director of Sprout Ventures, said they had three excellent not-for-profit groups this round which will all bring vibrant and exciting initiatives to Calderwood Valley and the local area.

“Congratulations to all the finalists! The allocation of grants will be driven by the community, creating a legacy of seeding and supporting local projects, clubs and groups which will make Calderwood Valley an amazing place to live,” said Ms Ritchie.

The Seedling Fund is a national initiative with Lendlease’s Alkimos community in Western Australia and Aurora community in Victoria also running the program. Since 2014 the three projects have redistributed $50,228 to support local community groups.

For further information about Calderwood Valley’s Seedling Fund visit https://calderwood.sprouthub.com.au


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About the Seedling Fund

The Seedling Fund is a community-led grant initiative we deliver alongside our Sprout Hub projects. It works by redistributing 10% of Sprout Hub cafe revenue and contributions from project partners back to community groups and clubs who are establishing themselves in the area. Funds are distributed in a process similar to crowd funding, whereby the community votes (online or physically) to decide how the funds are spent. The purpose of the Fund is to encourage participation and belonging, while supporting clubs and groups to form in the early stages of a new development. It’s all about providing more engaging opportunities for local residents to participate in local decision making. So far the fund has raised over $50,228 for local groups in the communities of Alkimos Beach (WA), Aurora (VIC) and Calderwood (NSW), demonstrating a high rate of participation and engagement in the new community

 

Aurora Seedling Fund Recipients Announced

We're excited to share that the first Seedling Fund round in the Aurora community (Wollert, Victoria) will see three great community groups receiving a share of over $7,000. The two finalists were Wollert Fire Brigade and Epping North Scout Group, with Lendlease donating an additional $1,000 to Boomerang Bags due to their excellent application. We're excited to tell you about our three recipients and the programs the Seedling Fund will help support.

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WOLLERT FIRE BRIGADE

Community Education Program - Received $2824.38

Wollert Fire Brigade is a volunteer fire and emergency service that aims to keep their community safe.  They will use the funds to purchase a generator, TV, café table, chairs and three bifold tables for a community education program that will teach people how to proactively prevent fire, and what to do when one occurs. The program will cover fire risks around the home, what to do in the event of a grass fire, and how to use fire extinguishers and fire blankets. They will be running an event at the local Aurora Village and will be regularly a hosting displays with seasonal fire safety advice to help educate the community. The Brigade believes in working together with communities to reduce the incidence and impact of emergencies on Victorians.

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EPPING NORTH SCOUT GROUP

Equipment for camping trips  - Received $3198.62

As a new group, the Epping North Scouts Epping North are still becoming established. Most of the group’s membership fees are used on on venue hire and leader training, with little leftover for essential extras. They will use the funds to purchase camping equipment, including cooking equipment, solar lighting gear, tents and eskies, to be used for upcoming Cuboree (October) and Jamboree (January 2018) camping trips, as well as many other trips, years into the future. The group are an important community facility, supporting many local families including those of low socio-economic status, CALD families, and recently arrived refugees who are new to scouting.

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BOOMERANG BAGS EPPING

Equipment & resources for sewing bees - $1000.00

Boomerang Bags organises workshops/sewing bees where community members from all walks of life come together to sew used textiles into reusable bags. These are then offered to businesses as a replacement for single use plastic bags, tackling plastic pollution at its source. More than just a bag, Boomerang Bags create a platform to start conversations, make friends, up-cycle materials and work towards shifting society’s throw away mentality. In order to run their workshops, the organisation needed a sewing machine, overlocker and cutting mat, as well as extra funding for venue hire fees, machine maintenance, thread purchases, printing costs, and refreshments for volunteers. They will be hosting a monthly meet up at the Sprout Hub from October, a documentary screening of ‘Bag it” and a subsequent sewing bee in early 2018. This project is not a Seedling Fund finalist but due to the excellent application has been supported directly by Lendlease.


 
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About the Seedling Fund

The Seedling Fund is a community-led grant initiative we deliver alongside our Sprout Hub projects. It works by redistributing 10% of Sprout Hub cafe revenue and contributions from project partners back to community groups and clubs who are establishing themselves in the area. Funds are distributed in a process similar to crowd funding, whereby the community votes (online or physically) to decide how the funds are spent. The purpose of the Fund is to encourage participation and belonging, while supporting clubs and groups to form in the early stages of a new development. It’s all about providing more engaging opportunities for local residents to participate in local decision making. So far the fund has raised over $49,000 for local groups in the communities of Alkimos Beach (WA), Aurora (VIC) and Calderwood (NSW), demonstrating a high rate of participation and engagement in the new community

Seedling Fund raises $49,592 for local communities

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We are proud to share that in the fourth year of the local community grant initiative, the Seedling Fund has raised over $49K in funds to 15 deserving community groups in Western Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. The Seedling Fund is a community led grant initiative that recognises the hard work of our community members, and helps community groups, clubs and associations to purchase much needed items to benefit their community. The purpose of the Fund is to encourage participation and belonging, while supporting clubs and groups to form in the early stages of a new development.

The Seedling Fund was launched in the Lendlease and Landcorp community of Alkimos Beach (WA) in 2014, with Lendlease communities in Aurora (VIC) and Calderwood (NSW) launching thier own fund this year.

Recipients have included groups such as the North Coast Womens Shed, Northern Beaches Cycling Club, Enterprising Youth, and Epping North Scouts. The Seedling Fund has supported community groups to deliver a range of initiatives for the community including youth development programs, fire safety education programs, mental health in sports awareness, recyclable bag creation, and art projects.

“Receiving the Seedling Fund Grant was a wish come true for our school community,” said a representative at St James Kindergaten, an Alkimos Beach Seedling Fund recipient.

“Our daily ‘Environment Helpers’ collect the eggs, feed the chooks, water the indoor and outdoor plants and monitor the worm farm and water tanks. How special that the children are immersed in sustainability each and every day.”

Sprout Hub cafes donate 10% of revenue from sales, that's 45 cents per regular coffee! Project parters also contribute to the Fund, in Alkimos Beach Lendlease and Landcorp donate $6,000 per year, and in Aurora and Calderwood Lendlease have contributed $5,000 per round. The aim is to eventually have local businesses chipping in as well, so it will be money donated by the community, for the community!

We think it’s important that the decisions around which ideas projects or groups are to be supported should be handed back to the community. So, the Fund works in a process similar to crowdfunding, whereby the community gets to decide how to distribute the funds through voting (online and physically in our Hubs). It’s all about providing more engaging opportunities for local residents to participate in local decision making.

Charitable and not-for-profit organisations can apply for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities, contributing to their development in building social capital, community welfare, environmental, health, education or cultural area are eligible to apply for the Seedling Fund. Follow your local Sprout Hub social media or subscribe to our newsletter to be informed when applications for the next round.

This year, the Alkimos Beach Seedling Fund was able to donate $14,000 to three finalists. Aurora’s first Seedling Fund has raised over $7,000, and community voting has now opened for Calderwood. Members of the Calderwood community can have their say here. Thanks to every community for their support!

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Alkimos Beach Seedling Fund Recipients Announced

Since launching the Seedling Fund at Alkimos Beach in 2014, the initiative has gone from strength to strength with a greater amount of funds being raised each round and more applications from terrific community groups received. In this round of the fund, Alkimos Beach's fifth, we have been able to distribute close to $14,000 amongst our three finalists: Alkimos Beach Surf Life Saving Club; The Insight Foundation; and Scott + Propel Youth Arts. We're excited to tell you about our three finalists and the programs the Seedling Fund will help support.

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Alkimos Beach Surf Life Saving Club Inc.

Life Saving Course Materials - Received $4291.34

The Alkimos Surf Life Saving Club Inc is a not-for-profit organisation committed to making the beach and coastline of Alkimos a safer place. Their goal is to assist and educate residents, ensuring a safe beach experience for all, as well as equip volunteers and residents with vital aquatic life-saving skills and certificates to ensure the safety of Alkimos’ beach goers. They require funds to purchase course materials to educate volunteer lifesavers for the Alkimos community in the near future, additional funds raised will go towards surf vests, rescue boards, training aids and other essential club equipment.

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THE INSIGHT FOUNDATION

Enterprising Youth Program - Received $3916.00

The Insight Foundation is a global organisation with an aim to help and benefit others through individual projects. Their past projects include collecting and donating toys for children in need; including refugee children and providing blankets for cats and dogs in shelters. Their next project “Enterprising Youth 2017” is aimed to assist young people between the ages of 16-28 to start their own business, help them achieve their goals and reduce youth unemployment rates. Funds raised from the Seedling Fund will contribute to raising the $14,000 needed to get 25 young people through this transformative program!

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Scott + Propel Youth Arts

Did you know you could change the world? Event Series - Received $5792.65

Did you know you can change the world? Is a project run by an inspiring child, partnering with propel Youth Arts, that is aimed to inspire children to change the world through small acts of kindness, and to help them think about how they can help others and change the world. The plan is to run a series of creative workshops for 75 kids and to organise for their artwork to be showcased in Alkimos Beach for the community to enjoy, and ultimately inspire more children! Funds will be used to purchase workshop materials, with top up funds going towards art displays such as lockable frames.


 
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About the Seedling Fund

The Seedling Fund is a community-led grant initiative we deliver alongside our Sprout Hub projects. It works by redistributing 10% of Sprout Hub cafe revenue and contributions from project partners back to community groups and clubs who are establishing themselves in the area. Funds are distributed in a process similar to crowd funding, whereby the community votes (online or physically) to decide how the funds are spent. The purpose of the Fund is to encourage participation and belonging, while supporting clubs and groups to form in the early stages of a new development. It’s all about providing more engaging opportunities for local residents to participate in local decision making. So far the fund has raised over $49,000 for local groups in the communities of Alkimos Beach (WA), Aurora (VIC) and Calderwood (NSW), demonstrating a high rate of participation and engagement in the new community.