With this in mind, Villawood injects funds directly back into each of its communities through various neighbourhood art programs, family fun days, school engagement programs, sponsorships and many other fun activities.
In reviewing applications for our community grants we often select smaller groups who may otherwise have difficulty attracting funding due to lack of profile. The highlight of our philanthropic program is our involvement Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. We’re incredibly proud to have collaborated with Henley for the past eight years to deliver the Good Friday Appeal Charity Home Auction, which this year raised $860,000 for the Royal Children’s Hospital.
Villawood also looks to provide a platform for community groups to get their message out to the wider community. The most visually arresting example is the social messaging displayed by Villawood’s iconic corten steel letters. Set in our Wandana hilltop, overlooking the Geelong Ring Road, the letters have been employed to highlight community issues such as road safety, marriage equality, the plight of refugees and the State Government’s “Call It Out” campaign. Our most recent installation, #YouCanTalk, highlights a national campaign by suicide prevention agencies from beyondblue to headspace, R U OK and Black Dog Institute. Geelong Cats’ Mark Blicavs helped us unveil this message, which will be seen by thousands of motorists who drive past the Geelong Ring Road hills at Wandana each day
PROJECT SPROUT is an amazing initiative by Encompass Community Services in Geelong. It creates employment pathways for people living with a disability by developing practical, social and job ready skills through farm work at The Paddock, a nurturing and supportive environment for people of all abilities.
PROJECT SPROUT has a dedicated apple orchard supplying fruit for the Flying Brick Cider house down the road, with their own ‘Encompass’ Cider on tap… we can say with certaintity that it is delicious!
Many of Geelong’s smaller but well regarded restaurants have their chefs visit weekly to pick and collect the fresh produce as it’s organic and they can support a local cause. They have recently installed a full commercial kitchen so they can add another element of training and income stream through making sauces, jams, pizzas etc from food harvested from the farm.
We’re very proud to support organisations, like Encompass, who provide such invaluable contributions to the community.
Learn more about Encompass, Project Sprout and The Paddock HERE.
Each Villawood community is commited to supporting the local sporting clubs, community groups and vital infrastructure that will in turn support the growing needs of their residents. For us, connecting with smaller groups that would otherwise escape the attention of corporate sponsors is an important way to foster community engagement, particularly in growth corridors.
Community Grants are awarded to groups or organisations that are local to our communities who have been operating for more than 12 months. Grants are generally bewteen $500 and $1,000 and awarded by individual projects. If you are working with a community group that is seeking a grant, the following communities are curently taking applications.