2016 Innovation Grant Recipients

Recipient MM  Project MM  Purpose  MM Amount
Fitted for Work   Sheworks   The scale-up of this social enterprise recruitment agency will help fund Fitted for Work's not-for-profit services for women experiencing disadvantage and enable women to access sustainable employment and develop career resilience.     $140,000
SYC Limited   Sticking Together Project   The 60-week employment coaching pilot will explore the factors that affect positive work outcomes for young people. The results will influence the design of support services to increase a young person’s capacity to maintain employment.     $250,000 over two years
Victoria University – Victoria Institute for Education Diversity and Lifelong Learning   Improving Education for Young People in Remand: Forging a Prison to School Pipeline   This action research project will examine the often disrupted educational journeys of young people in remand, with a focus to improve life outcomes.     $247,677 over two years
FMC Mediation and Counselling Victoria   Seniors Conflict Resolution and Elder Abuse Prevention Services   A collaborative initiative undertaken with Senior Rights Victoria and Eastern Community Legal Service that builds the resilience of older people and supports conflict resolution through mediation.     $300,000
Royal District Nursing Service    Older women living alone: understanding and optimising wellbeing and aged care services   This research will explore the wellbeing and aged care service needs of older women living alone to optimise service equity.    $250,000 over 2 years
Hope Street Youth and Family Services   Hope to Home City of Whittlesea    The pilot program will expand to the Whittlesea area and support young people who have experienced homelessness or family violence to lead independent lives through access to stable accommodation.    $165,000
Safe Futures Foundation Inc.   First to Know, First to Act   The project will build the capacity of homelessness and mainstream services to identify and respond early to incidences of family violence.   $215,000 over two years
Victorian Women's Housing Association Ltd. (Women's Property Initiatives)   Shared Equity Housing for Older Women   This early intervention pilot will help prevent older women with assets, but no home of their own, from falling into housing stress and potential homelessness due to lack of affordability and insecurity of tenure in private rental housing. This project aims to provide these older women with an alternative, using their assets to enter into home ownership jointly with a community housing provider.     $300,000 over two years
Darebin Information Volunteer & Resource Service Inc.   Urban Food Social Enterprise   This social enterprise will connect local food producers with consumers, including food insecure populations, to create urban orchards that will increase the resilience of the Victorian food supply chain.     $150,000
Environment Victoria   Transforming Victoria's Energy Efficiency   The project will produce two research reports that will form the basis of a cross-sectoral public education campaign to promote residential energy efficiency measures, especially in low-income homes.    $133,600
Marist Youth Care   Growing Our Future: permaculture for sharing communities in St Kilda and Brunswick   Community gardens built as part of the project will provide food and social capital, as well as create potential employment pathways and increase school attendance for young people in the community.    $237,400 over two years