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.
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.
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!
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.
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.