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Seed Challenge Grant Recipients Announced

Three charitable organisations have been announced as successful grant recipients from the Seed Challenge to transform employment and training opportunities for young Victorians with disability.

Disability Advocacy & Information Service Inc., Melba Support Services and The Bridge Incorporated were part of a group of seven shortlisted organisations who pitched for the chance to share in $150,000 in grants.

The inaugural Seed Challenge aimed to spark innovation and cross-sector collaboration from social entrepreneurs, employers and not-for-profit organisations working in Victoria.

“Through the Seed Challenge, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation piloted a new way to find innovative solutions for youth disability employment. Building on the success of this initiative, the Foundation will add this model to its innovation funding approach within our Grants Program” says, Chief Executive Officer, Catherine Brown.

As part of the Challenge, each organisation participated in a two-day intensive Power-Up workshop with program facilitator, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation, to further develop project ideas and business plans.

The projects supported by the 2015 Seed Challenge include:

Employment Circles of Support
Disability Advocacy & Information Service Inc.
Seed Challenge Grant: $66,000
Research shows that relationships and support networks are crucial to young people when they leave school and start seeking work. This grant will fund a Project Officer to work intensively with three to five young adults with a disability to create Employment Circles of Support to help them find and maintain a job they feel valued in.

Able Bakehouse
Melba Support Services
Seed Challenge Grant: $40,500
Melba Support Services have devised an innovative program that aims to remove barriers to the food, hospitality and horticulture industries that young people with a disability often experience, as well as providing employers with information about the many benefits of employing people with disabilities.

INteractive Work Experience
The Bridge Incorporated
Seed Challenge Grant: $42,000
This project focuses on understanding and shifting parents’ attitudes about work for their child living with a disability. The Bridge Incorporated will partner with Springvale Park Special Developmental School to learn about how parental attitudes and expectations can help or hinder work opportunities while young people are still at school.