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2021: Smartgroup Foundation grant recipients

World Animal Protection

Building community resilience and capacity to protect animals in bushfires
The PrepAid project is a free community resource with the goal of building community resilience and capacity to protect animals during natural disasters. This approach will ensure communities are 'animal ready' for emergencies and can help reduce the risk of large-scale animal losses in future bushfire events.

Pancare Foundation

Changing the lives of rural and regional patients with incurable cancer
Pancare is on a mission to educate people about upper gastrointestinal cancers, starting with GPs and focusing on the multi-disciplinary teams in the specialist cancer centres. The ‘PanSupport’ service provides dedicated upper GI cancer care at no cost to those affected.

The Pyjama Foundation

The Love of Learning Program
The Pyjama Foundation’s Love of Learning Program trains volunteers to mentor a foster child on a weekly basis. Volunteers meet with children to read, tutor and implement educational play, while offering a safe and trusted friendship.

Cottage by the Sea Queenscliff Inc

A 4-Day Take a Break camp for disadvantaged children from the Mirabel Foundation
The aim of the Take a Break camp is to provide fun and learning in an idyllic seaside location for disadvantaged children from the Mirabel Foundation. Exercise, new life experiences, nourishing meals and consistent bedtimes allows the group to feel safe and calm, with 24h care by professional staff.

Stewart House

Children from regional and remote NSW public schools attend Stewart House
The Stewart House project supports disadvantaged children in regional and remote NSW public schools. During their stay, children receive medical and mental health screenings, overall health assessment, and engage in a school and residential education program.


Kids Under Cover

Partnering to Prevent Youth Homelessness in South Australia
The Kids Under Cover project helps young people divert from homelessness in South Australia, providing them with studio accommodation and education scholarships to mitigate family breakdown and leaving home prematurely without the necessary capacity and support.

Brotherhood of St. Laurence

Fitzroy Breakfast Club
BSL's Breakfast Club program provides children with a nourishing meal before school. Supported by volunteers, children and their families are welcomed from 7:30am each morning to enjoy a healthy breakfast and can take part in fun, learning activities, including music, games, books, and art.

Treasure Boxes Inc

700 Treasure Boxes for the New Start Program
The Safe Start program supports vulnerable babies born into extreme disadvantage by providing essential material aid. Items such as clothing, nappies, sterilisers and bottles, maternity hygiene, a safe place to sleep (cots, warm bedding and linen), safe methods of travel (baby capsule, car seats, prams).

Miracle Babies Foundation Ltd

NurtureTime at Royal Hospital for Women
NurtureTime at Royal Hospital for Women is in-hospital support, facilitated by caring volunteers who visit the hospital weekly to offer support, guidance and hope to families, and also provide resources that will support them through this journey.

The Humour Foundation

The Clown Doctors - Bringing Laughter where it is most needed but least expected
Clown Doctors is The Humour Foundation’s flagship program, working in partnership with medical and health professionals to divert children and young people during painful procedures to help calm and distract them, and generally improve outcomes in what is often a stressful, anguished environment.

The Kidzwish Foundation

Kidzwish Sibling Support Program
The Kidzwish Sibling Support Program targets siblings in families who have a child living with a disability or chronic Illness. The program delivers sessions at the Kidzwish House so they can share experiences, receive support, and participate in fun activities.

Karrkad Kanjdji Trust

Addressing the protection of vulnerable native species in West Arnhem Land
This project addresses the protection of vulnerable native species in West Arnhem Land. Warddeken Indigenous rangers undertake ecological monitoring to target their land management efforts and control threats affecting key species of ecological and cultural concern.

Rural and Remote Mental Health Limited

Rural Minds and Deadly Thinking- Train the Presenters
Deadly Thinking is a social and emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention workshop, designed by and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The program has a strong focus on connecting to culture and a strengths-based approach to support the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal people.

Top Blokes Foundation

Top Blokes Mentoring Program
The Top Blokes Mentoring Program strengthens the mental health and emotional resilience of teenage boys while improving their engagement and perception in the community. They participate in workshops covering topics such as Mental Health, Online Behaviour and Consequences, Alcohol and Drugs, Racism, Sexuality and Anger Management.

Women's Legal Service Queensland

Women's Legal Service QLD: Client Emergency Relief Fund
Women’s Legal Service Queensland’s relief fund to provide clients with essential items and other material help when they have made the decision to leave a violent partner. Items include groceries, petrol and taxi vouchers, school supplies, personal care products, removalist expenses, furniture, and more.

Geelong Food Relief Centre Inc

The weekly purchase of nutritious food for the Geelong Food Banks
Geelong Food Banks aims to support individuals to have more successful food security outcomes. From ensuring children have food in their lunchbox to providing the essential hygiene products that impart dignity, they believe that no individual or family should struggle with food insecurity.

Cancer Patients Foundation

Look Good Feel Better
Look Good Feel Better is a new program supporting cancer patients with Home Delivered Confidence Kits and Virtual Workshops. Their mission is to empower those undergoing cancer treatment, equipping them with the skills and knowledge needed to face their cancer diagnosis with confidence.

Foster Families South West Inc

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) training sessions
Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) training sessions, organised by the professional team at PATCHES who are leading the way in research on FASD in Western Australia. This training will give carers the skills and understanding of FASD specifically tailored to suit foster carers.


Orygen's NinjaART - Art-based Therapy Program
Orygen’s art-based therapy program called ‘NinjaART’ has worked as a 'soft entry' for teenagers to do art, have some food, and have a chat about their mental health. It’s coordinated by a young clinician with an art background and quickly became the most popular program with a constant waiting list.

Little Wings

Medical Wings Program
The Medical Wings Program involves flying paediatric medical specialists out to regional areas in NSW and provide routine pop-up clinics. Each mission can have 4 healthcare workers on board and last between 1-3 days depending on the local need and treatments/training to be delivered.

Life's Little Treasures Foundation

LLTF NICU Connections
NICU Connections helps to nurture the bond between parents with babies in NICU, providing peer support and information in a convenient and safe space. The project supports these families to reduce mental health issues, financial hardship, relationship breakdowns and social isolation.

Brightside Farm Sanctuary

Northern Animal Sanctuary
Brightside is the first of its kind in Tasmania with an extensive education program on animal rights. They offer a permanent home to over 250 farm animals and companion animals, and also rescue and rehome hundreds of animals each year by placing them in approved loving homes. This grant will fund the building of a new kennel area.