Update from the Inner North Community Foundation
Welcome to our May 2016 newsletter!

Time is running out to apply to our flagship grants program, Pathways to Employment. The applications we receive from local organisations reflect the breadth of community work in our region, and each year we invest in as many projects as possible. We know economic participation is just a starting point to prosperity, as people's access to work often relies on whole of community vitality.

That's why we are thrilled that Portland House Foundation is again contributing funds to the program this year. Other donations - large and small - are welcome, with funds directed to support diverse community groups. You can donate to the Pathways to Employment fund at our website

Directors and staff are working on our new Strategic Plan 2016-2019, which outlines our approach to building the Foundation as an important resource for Melbourne's Inner North. The Foundation provides a platform for donors and grantees work together to unlock people’s potential, and we look forward to sharing this plan with you later in the year.

We're delighted to again partner with the Clifton Hill/Fitzroy North Community Branch of the Bendigo Bank to deliver the Young Changemakers Program in 2016. With the help of local volunteers we have expanded to three schools, and we’re speaking about community life beyond the schoolyard with Year 10 students at Northcote High School, Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School. To learn more, here is the film we made about the project last year.

Ben Rodgers
Executive Officer

Grant update
Last month we opened the Pathways to Employment Grant Round, a key activity for the Foundation to contribute to prosperous, connected and cohesive communities. If your organisation has a project  idea to remove the barriers for people to find work, please get in touch. This year there are Spark Grants for up to $5,000 for new ideas, as well as Single-year project funding of up to $30,000. Applications close May 27th 2016.

The Community Building Small Grants, a partnership between the Foundation, Scanlon Foundation and Community Hubs Australia, have been announced. 13 groups received funding to build their capacity, and we thank all who took time to submit an application.

If your group is planning to raise funds through Crowdfunding, the Foundation may be able to help with up to $2,000 for eligible local groups. Find out more here.

Donor update
Our ninth sub-fund has been established! We’re super excited that the Baker/Hall Literacy Matters Sub-fund will give all kids support to read and write, forever. Read more about the announcement here.

There are many other ways local people can get involved with our work:
  • Give: With the closing date for Pathways to Employment Grant Program fast approaching, additional donations will increase the reach of local community groups. Donate to the Pathways to Employment fund today, and support your community resource in perpetuity. 
  • Participate: In the last 3 years, over 90 people have have joined in the Inner North Community Foundation team for Run Melbourne. They have had fun, got healthy, and participated with friends and family in a community event - all to raise funds for the Inner North Community Foundation. To find out more - and how to get a limited edition t-shirt - click here.
  • Volunteer: We are looking for passionate people with connections to the inner north to support our work in meaningful and practical ways in an honorary capacity.Contact Ben for further information.
Plugs for local groups in the Inner North
Organisations connected to the Inner North Community Foundation are always doing great work in the local community:
  • Real Industry Job Interviews: as part of the 2016 Jobs for Youth Campaign, volunteer interviewers are required to conduct short mock interviews with up to eight students and provide verbal and written feedback on the students’ performance. See more here.
  • Scanlon Foundation is seeking to recruit a part-time Program Manager in Melbourne. If you would be interested in working for the organisation please see the position description and respond by close of business on 20 May 2016.
  • Yarra Neighbourhood Houses: Music and Art from the Heart is a performance and CD launch featuring beautiful music from Yarra Neighbourhood Houses.This Wednesday 18th May, 7pm @ Collingwood Town Hall.
Connect with the Inner North Community Foundation
Got more to tell us? We'd love you to stay in touch and send us your feedback and ideas.  Email us at info@innernorthfoundation.org.au or pick up the phone and call (03) 8689 1967.

Thanks for reading from Richmond to Reservoir, Fitzroy to Fawkner and Brunswick to Bundoora - the team at Inner North Community Foundation.
The Inner North Community thanks our major partners for their ongoing generosity:
Operational support from IntoWork Australia (INGT Ltd) enables us to direct 100% of our donations towards our perpetual fund and granting programs.


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