Media Release: Variety makes futures brighter for SA Kids by granting $1.2m to eight organisations

26-Nov-2017 3:30 PM

After months of consideration, Variety – the Children’s Charity of South Australia today announced the eight successful applicants of the Variety Sprout Fund. 62 applications were received from a wide range of organisations who respond to the needs of children, from schools and established children’s charities to new and emerging not-for-profits.

The recipients of the funding encompass a range of areas across children’s health:
  • The Institute of Child and Adolescent Obesity Management – Danny’s Place Be Your Best Lifestyle Program
  • Can:Do 4Kids Can:Do Classroom - a free online education that teaches South Australian primary-school students about social inclusion, noise induced hearing loss and Australian Sign Language
  • The Carly Ryan Foundation – Project Connect to reduce violence against women and children
  • Foodbank SA – Fresh Food Fridays – A program to provide fresh food packs for severely disadvantaged school children to take home on Fridays ahead of the weekend
  • Encounter Youth – Party Safe Education Program – alcohol and drug prevention
  • Still Aware – Education Program to lower the level of still births in Australia
  • Multicultural Youth SA - Gateway: Refugee Child and Adolescent Early Intervention
and Prevention Program for children with special needs
  • Down Syndrome – Fulfilling Regional Lives – Provision of an educational consultant for regional SA
The fund is a first of its kind for the leading children’s charity.  They will inject the $1.2 million grant funding into the State in addition to their regular grants program, that has exceeded $3m per annum for the past 2 years.   As the Sprout Fund grant is allocated over three years, it enables organisations to have security of long term funding and it may cover wages and other costs not currently considered under the existing Variety grant criteria.

A sub-committee of Adelaide community leaders, Variety Chair, Dr. Kathryn Zeitz, Cardiologist, Dr. Bronte Ayres, Chair of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and Chair of the Australian Digital Health Agency, Jim Birch AM and Australian Federal Police officer and Head Coach for the Adelaide Football Club Women’s League, Bec Goddard, came together to shortlist the applicants to a list of 12.   The list of 12 was then be considered by the independent Variety Grants Committee to select the finalists.

As a grants-only provider, Variety distributes funding directly to families with children in need or to those organisations who assist them.  In the past 12 months alone, more than 33,000 South Australian children have been supported.

“Variety is excited to be able to provide this funding to help brighten the future of even more South Australian children,’’ said Dr. Kathryn Zeitz, Chair of Variety SA Board.
‘’We received a strong response to our call for applications and have made our selection based upon current need, whilst trying to support as wide a range of children as we could,’’ she said.

Since 1983, Variety has granted more than $57,000,000 to distribute to children in need in the State, including schools, hospitals and other children’s charities. 
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