Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation is committed to reducing place-based education and economic inequality.
Despite almost three decades of uninterrupted economic growth, Greater Melbourne has pockets of entrenched socio-economic disadvantage. Where you live affects your education and job opportunities.
There is great need to further develop our education and training systems to meet the changing nature of work and the influence of globalisation, technology and climate change.
We support project and policy responses that empower our most disadvantaged communities to increase work readiness and economic inclusion.
The Foundation is working towards achieving the following outcomes (click each one to learn more):
Does your organisation's work align with the outcomes of this Impact Area?
Learn about our grants and speak to Stephen Torsi, Program Manager - Education & Employment.
Learn more about the issues affecting our community
Our Greater Melbourne Vital Signs Report provides a snapshot of the health, wellbeing and vitality of Greater Melbourne. The report identifies positive aspects of our community, as well as the issues we face, and informs the Foundation's strategy.
Seed Innovation Grants
|Ability Works Australia Ltd||Pilot to test enhancing the skills and independence of people with cognitive disabilities in the workplace.|
Ability Works is seeking to empower employees with cognitive disabilities in the workplace by improving their skills, independence and sense of achievement. To realise this, a Microsoft HoloLens headset using Mixed Reality is being programmed to pilot test whether this is achievable in a real-world manufacturing workplace.
|Centre for Policy Development Limited||Community Deals.|
CPD will extend the operating model and trial sites for Community Deals - a place-based approach to boosting economic and social participation for disadvantaged groups.
|University of Melbourne||Making education work for women: addressing Australia’s education-employment gap.|
Globally, Australia ranks #1 in gender equality in education, but only #45 in women’s economic participation (World Economic Forum 2018). This project will investigate the reasons for and impacts of such wide discrepancy.
Scaling-up Innovation Grants
|Lively Community Limited||Lively Home Care: Scaling an innovative model of intergenerational care.|
This project will enable Lively to scale up an innovative model of aged home care that employs and trains young people through this project. Lively aim to establish and refine a community-based operating model for the service that can be scaled rapidly, effectively and at low cost across Australia, driving change in the aged care sector towards a more positive future of home care.
|Victoria University||'Third Space' Pedagogies Inspiring Disadvantaged Students in the West.|
The project will scale-up an innovative approach to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) teaching and learning in Footscray. The approach involves creating a 'third space' – neither school nor work – in which students work together with teachers, industry and community to identify and address real-world problems.