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2016 Innovation Grant Recipients
|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|