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Readings Foundation announces 2019 grant recipients

The Readings Foundation has chosen nine Victorian organisations to share in $146,700 worth of grants in 2019.

The grant recipients are:

  • Aboriginal Literacy Foundation: $20,000 to start an after-school program based in Melbourne at the Docklands Centre, which aims to help young Indigenous Australians who are no longer at school with literacy.
  • Ballarat Foundation: $19,700 to support the Ballarat Foundation’s family literacy intervention, which targets teen parents and infants aged 0-5 years in the Yuille Park Community College Young Parents Program, in the Ballarat suburb of Wendouree.
  • Banksia Gardens Community Service: $20,000 to continue supporting for a third year the Banksia Gardens Aiming High VCE Support Program, which is for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in Broadmeadows and Craigieburn.
  • Church of All Nations: $20,000 to support the Church of All Nations Family Learning Program, which provides a supportive out-of-school learning environment for primary and secondary students and their families from the Carlton housing estates.
  • Kids Under Cover: $5000 to support KUC scholarships, available to those aged 15-25 living in KUC studios (as well as their siblings), which help offset basic educational expenses and help young people at risk to re-engage with education and training.
  • Mallee Family Care: $10,000 to support MFC to assist vulnerable refugee students through a learning support program outside of school hours that aims to improve  literacy skills and connections with the local community.
  • Parkville College: $20,000 to replenish its library, which in turn allows leaving students to keep books on request, supporting their literacy engagement.
  • The Smith Family: $12,000 to support its national early years literacy program, Let’s Read, which promotes reading to children aged zero to five years in disadvantaged communities.
  • The Wheeler Centre: $20,000 to support the Wheeler Centre’s Hot Desk Fellowships.

The recipients were chosen from 34 applications. In an announcement on its website, Readings said it chose to allocate funding to ‘organisations that are delivering strong literacy and education support to the most disadvantaged people in our community’.

Readings donates 10% of its profits to the Readings Foundation each year, in addition to donations from customers.

For more information, visit the Readings website here.

 

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