In the community
Not-for-profit groups providing fresh food distribution, transport and education programs, planting and regeneration initiatives, and homeless and at-risk youth projects have been announced as recipients of the latest round of Transurban's Australian Community Grants Program.

Now in its third year, the program awards up to $3,000 for projects that generate social or environmental benefits for communities that neighbour Transurban's road networks in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

In this round, Transurban received 125 quality applications and awarded 30 grants.

Transurban Group General Manager Strategy Michele Huey said the grants program demonstrated the organisation's commitment to sustainability and strengthening communities.

"We are very proud of our grants program, which has provided more than $200,000 to deserving not-for-profit organisations across Australia since November 2013," Ms Huey said.

"The diverse range of organisations awarded grants reflects the wide-variety of causes important to communities near our roads."

Offered twice-yearly, the next round of the grants program opens in May.

More information about the program is available on the Transurban website: transurban.com/communitygrants.

Victoria grant recipients:

  • The River Nile Learning Centre (North Melbourne) - will provide group driving lessons for refugee and asylum seeker women.
  • Dame Nellie Melba Kindergarten (Richmond) - will build a covered bike/scooter shelter shed for the kindergarten to encourage physical activity and increase riding skills.
  • Contemporary Art Society of Victoria - will run their annual outdoor art exhibition in Burnley.
  • Independence Australia (West Footscray) - will provide road safety and injury prevention sessions for secondary school students.
  • The Collingwood Cottage - will purchase fresh food for distribution via a weekly community food program for disadvantaged people.
  • Rawcus Theatre Company (Melbourne) - will continue its inclusive dance workshops that reduce barriers to participation for disadvantaged and disabled young people.
  • Children First Foundation (North Melbourne) - will support healthcare and mobility equipment costs for disadvantaged children.
  • Operation Newstart (Flemington) - will run outdoor youth programs working directly with young people at educational risk due to social and economic disadvantage.
  • Travellers Aid Australia (central Melbourne) - will continue its Community Travel Training program, providing transport education to young, elderly, disabled and recently emigrated residents.
  • Albert Park Primary School - will enroll in the "ResourceSmart Schools" education program for energy saving and sustainable transport programs.

New South Wales grant recipients:

  • Young Adults Disabled Association - will purchase 1,000 native seedlings for planting days with the Liverpool Council at locations that need help with vegetation and regeneration.
  • Sisters of Charity Outreach (Darlinghurst) - will run safe driving courses for volunteer drivers who provide transport services for those in regional areas requiring medical treatment or appointments in Sydney.
  • Little Wings Limited (Baulkham Hills) - will provide driver training and cover road transport costs to provide children in rural areas with flights to hospital.
  • The Nelune Foundation (Mosman) - will cover toll costs for patient transport services for disadvantaged cancer patients who are unable to get themselves to and from treatment services.
  • Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women's Shelter - will run the shelter's vehicle to pick up women in distress and also transport women residing in the shelter to appointments and job interviews.
  • Youth Off The Streets (Alexandria) - will run holiday outreach programs to give local youth somewhere safe to go and provide supervised activities.
  • CanRevive (South Western and Northern Sydney) - will run Cancer Awareness Information Sessions to raise awareness of cancer prevention & promote early intervention for Chinese speaking residents.
  • The Haymarket Foundation (Darlinghurst) - will provide an accommodation and living skills program to men who have completed drug and alcohol rehabilitation to support in their recovery.
  • Ryde Hunters Hill Community Transport Association - will make seatbelt and equipment upgrades to their transit bus for local elderly residents.
  • Angel Feather Foundation (Sydney) - will raise awareness and funds for children afflicted by terminal illness.

Queensland grant recipients:

  • Mount Ommaney Special School - will run a school bicycle education program and provide specialised bicycles for children with disabilities.
  • Youth Off The Streets - will cover mini-bus rental costs to transport youth in Logan to and from school holiday outreach programs aimed at disadvantaged and at-risk youth.
  • Centre for Men Australia - will fund visits to the Hospital Alcohol Drug Service at Royal Brisbane Hospital to help patients develop strategies to combat their addictions.
  • The Pyjama Foundation (Banyo) - will purchase communications systems for community days and recruit volunteers for children's support programs.
  • Good Samaritan Housing - will cover the cost of swimming lessons for children living in Good Samaritan's community housing in the north of Brisbane.
  • Mummy's Wish (Ipswich and Logan) - will supply practical, therapeutic workbooks to parents with cancer that assist their children to understand the illness.
  • Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee - will undertake a Fox Control Program in Bulimba Creek Catchment in collaboration with Brisbane City Council.
  • Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Foundation - will expand the capacity of its Hospital Milk Bank for premature babies in the hospital's Special Care Units.
  • Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House - will develop free online legal resources to better prepare for unexpected events such as mental ill-health and incapacity.
  • Youth Housing Project Association (Albion) - will provide "starter kits" of household items and appliances to homeless and at-risk young people staying in the group's accommodation.

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