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Readings Foundation announces 2020 grant recipients

The Readings Foundation has chosen 12 Victorian organisations to share in $135,142 worth of grants in 2020.

The grant recipients are:

  • Banksia Gardens Community Service: $10,000 to continue supporting for a fourth year the Banksia Gardens Aiming High VCE Support Program, which is for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in Broadmeadows and Craigieburn.
  • Carringbush Adult Education: $10,000 to support the Literacy for Life project, which provides one-on-one literacy tutoring to adults in Richmond and Collingwood.
  • Church of All Nations: $10,000 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.
  • Farnham Street Neighbourhood Learning Centre: $10,000 to support the centre’s ‘Valiant Volunteers’ program, to recruit volunteers and match them with low-level English students to improve their speech and written English.
  • Maldon Athenaeum Library: $10,000 to support the Tarrengower Chapters book club for women incarcerated at Tarrengower Women’s Prison, Maldon.
  • 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.
  • Paint the Town REaD: $10,000 to support early literacy movements in Coleraine, Bealiba and Clayton South.
  • The Smith Family: $10,000 to support its national early years literacy program, Let’s Read, which promotes reading to children aged zero to five years in disadvantaged communities.
  • Western Chances (Footscray Hospital): $10,000 to fund the Western Chances Scholarship program, which provides students in need of support with funds for essential items.
  • The Wheeler Centre: $20,000 to support the Wheeler Centre’s Hot Desk Fellowships.
  • Whitehorse Manningham Regional Library Corporation: $5900 to fund the libraries’ ‘Give the Gift of Reading’ project, which will provide gift bags of books and storytime kits to families experiencing disadvantage.
  • Zoe Support: $9895 for the purchase and installation of five computers at the Mildura organisation for pregnant and new mothers who lack support and resources to access pre-accredited ‘Learn Local’ courses.

The recipients were chosen from 37 applications. Readings 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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