In our Australian region this year, Lendlease Foundation will double the number of grants available, with 10 grants of up to $10,000 for bushfire affected communities and the organisations that support them.
This is in addition to the 10 grants of up to $10,000 for community organisations and charities, bringing our total Community Grants funding up to $200,000 for twenty worthy community organisations.
During the 2019 Community Grant period, employees were asked to contact community organisations and charities that they support, encouraging them to apply. With a total of 59 applications received this year, Lendlease employees were then encouraged to short-list the top ten organisations in need of funding.
Successful applicants were given a financial boost to address a range of community needs, including community development, diversity and inclusion, skilling, training and employment, health and wellbeing.
Meet last year’s Community Grant recipients and hear what they have to say about what the financial grant means to them.
Pyjama Foundation’s Love of Learning program
“There are 48,000 children living in foster care within Australia, we are reading to 1,400 weekly which is showing life-changing results for these kids. Receiving the Lendlease Foundation’s Community Grant means that we will be able to reach more of these children who so desperately need that one-on-one time with a trusted adult, to help them feel safe, protected and cared for.”
Liz Calligeros, Pyjama Foundation
AEIOU Foundation’s Community and Family Connect project
“This grant means that children in AEIOU centres will be able to go on excursions with their families, learning the skills they need to successfully integrate into their community. They will socialise, communicate and enjoy time with their families – all with help from our qualified staff, when they need it! It means that no families will miss out on these vital experiences, simply due to financial constraints. It means that so many kids will have fun! It is these simple experiences, that so many other kids take for granted, and kids with autism so often miss out on.”
Catherine Focken, AEIOU Foundation
Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation’s Psycho-education and Recreation Camp
"This grant means so much to a group of vulnerable young people who live with family members with mental illness. With Lendlease’s support, they will build skills, knowledge and abilities which empower them to grow beyond the impacts of family mental illness, while having loads of fun and connecting with peers who share common experiences.”
Chris Giles, Kookaburra Kids' CEO
Women’s Housing’s Rise Up Program
“This grant will enable Women’s Housing to develop a program with Blue Chip Minds that will drive tenant sustainability. Participants will be guided through a supportive process to reflect on their personal style in responding to situations, providing participants with tools and resources for personal growth. Women’s Housing believe that these sessions will provide tenants with valuable tools that will enable them to live richer lives.”
Lindy Parker, Operations Manager
Congratulations to all our Lendlease Foundation 2019 Community Grant recipients:
- Pyjama Foundation – QLD, NSW, VIC
- Days for Girls – Tiwi Islands, Bathurst Islands, NT
- Sydney Children’s Hospital House (Ronald McDonald House) – NSW
- Kookaburra Kids – NSW
- Bloomhill Cancer Care – QLD
- Women’s Housing LTD – VIC
- AEIOU Foundation - QLD
- First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation – NSW
- The Girls & Boys Brigade – NSW
- Shakti Migrant & Refugee Women’s Support Group – NSW
Lendlease is proud of our employees who make a difference in the communities where they live and work.