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OFO grants to Stand Like a Stone

Stand Like Stone has announced the recipients of grants from the 2018 OneFortyOne (OFO) Community Capacity Building Grants. Source: Timberbiz

The partnership commenced in 2014 and has to date distributed $80,000 across eight charitable projects that have built capacity in the Limestone Coast.

The OneFortyOne Community Capacity Building Grants have delivered a further $50,000 into the community, with the following projects receiving support in 2018:

An amount of $18,000 was granted to Youth Opportunities Association (SA) Inc to providing personal leadership programs for youth in the Limestone Coast region. The funding will assist 20 students from Mount Gambier High School, Grant High School, Millicent High School and Allendale East Area School to undertake the program.

The program assists in addressing disadvantage and disengagement and enables early intervention to create lasting positive change in the lives of participants.

An amount of $10,000 was provided to Foodbank of South Australia Inc to assist with increasing capacity of the warehouse in Mt Gambier through the construction of an annexe to accommodate the loading and unloading of produce.

The annexe will enable additional space inside the warehouse to increase operations and expand food storage space to increase capacity and deliver to the growing need within the community.

The Limestone Coast Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC) has been granted $6800 to build a

community vegetable garden.

AMRC Seniors will establish a community vegetable garden in the backyard of the AMRC Eleanor Street site to plant and harvest food for their families. The project will target senior members of the migrant community to assist with integration into the local community, reduce isolation and assist them to improve their conversational English skills.

On the back of $10,000 support received in 2014 and $12,000 support received in 2016, a further $7200 was provided this year to support 17 participants from the Naracoorte Independent Learning Centre to attend a 7-day trip to Cambodia.

The students will undertake volunteering work and assist to build a washhouse at a school and participate in daily self-development coaching program. They will undertake seven main tasks ranging from planning, budgeting and writing applications for the program.

The participants need to complete a detailed journal, reflecting on their personal experiences and how the development of skills will impact them in their future. They will also participate in a community presentation at the conclusion of the program.

An amount of $8000 was provided to Centacare Catholic Family Services to create a Mobile Toy Library to service the Wattle Range region. The family connections program is a mobile resource family support program that works with vulnerable families with children.

The project will bring a mobile toy library to the Wattle Range communities and assist the Family connections program to connect with families who may not otherwise have access early intervention support for their children.

The funding will provide for an enclosed trailer to transport toys and resources to the families. Toys will be delivered to homes and libraries, and personnel will assist parents and families with the selection of developmental toys for their children.

The OneFortyOne Community Capacity Building grant round is made possible through a funding partnership between the Stand Like Stone Foundation and OneFortyOne Plantations.

“OneFortyOne is strongly committed to the Limestone Coast region and is proud of our ongoing partnership with the Stand Like Stone Foundation. Supporting the wellbeing of people in the region will create the positive future we are all striving for.

We have seen wonderful outcomes from the projects funded previously and we remain committed to those initiatives that deliver real value back into the community,” Willie van Niekerk, general manager Green Triangle, OneFortyOne Plantations said.

“The funding partnership with OneFortyOne assists our region to grow and become resilient.  The increase to $50,000 funding this year has enabled the support of more worthwhile projects and will assist to deliver real and sustainable impact in local communities,” Georgie McKay, Stand Like Stone, Executive Officer said.

The Stand Like Stone corpus now stands at over $4 million. The income earned from this corpus is distributed back to the Limestone Coast community via grants and scholarships. Since its inception, Stand Like Stone has distributed over $1.2 million to the communities of the Limestone Coast through the many programs on offer. As Stand Like Stone never spends the donations it receives, the amounts available to grant to the community will continue to grow as the amount of donations held in the trust funds grow.

The OneFortyOne Community Capacity Building Grants are offered annually in February.

In August 2018 Stand Like Stone will invite applications for its Small Grants Program, offering grants of up to $5000 for charitable projects.

Application forms and guidelines can be obtained from