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Readings Foundation awards $93,000 in grants for 2016

The Readings Foundation has chosen seven Victorian organisations to share $93,000 worth of grants in 2016.

The grant recipients are:

  • 3081 Angels: $10,000 to support a volunteer team to work with community organisations to deliver its literacy program to ‘children and families that are generationally and educationally disadvantaged’
  • Brotherhood of St Laurance: $11,750 to help ‘provide reading, storytelling, group play and books to the 130 children and their families (including migrants, refugees and asylum seekers) that participate in the Fitzroy and North Melbourne Home Interaction for Parents and Youngsters programs’
  • Church of All Nations: $18,000 to ‘continue an after-school program for students P-12, and in 2016 extend to an adult literacy program, holiday program, Transition To School pre-school program and specialist tertiary volunteers’
  • Mallee Family Care: $20,000 to support its Reading Discovery program, an ‘early intervention preschool program that targets marginalised families in Mildura to improve language and literacy’
  • Melbourne Indigenous Transition School: $8250 to ‘build a library of books, resources and teaching materials for their innovative program aimed at increasing school achievement for remote and regional Indigenous students’
  • Preston Reservoir Adult Community Education: $20,000 to ‘provide an English language class for asylum seekers from Iran, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Afghanistan and Somalia living in the local area’
  • Victorian Indigenous Literary Festival: $5000 to support the inaugural festival, ‘an important step in developing and advocating for stronger Indigenous representation within Victoria’s literary programming’.

The recipients were chosen from 63 applications. The foundation will also continue to support of the Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships for 2016.

Readings donates 10% of its profits to the Readings Foundation each year, in addition to donations collected through gift-wrapping, notice services and in-store events. As previously reported by Books+Publishing, the foundation distributed $123,880 in grants to six organisations in 2015.

For more information, visit the Readings website here.



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