Grace Gives: Grace in the community

At Grace, we recognise that if not for our local communities, we would not have grown as we have over the years. So, each year, Grace undertakes a range of initiatives to support the communities throughout Australia and New Zealand in which it operates.

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Grace Gives Grants

2016 sees the launch of Grace Gives Grants. Whilst we have grown a lot in our history, we continue to stay true to our local roots and our Grace Gives Grants is our way to maintain that community connection.

In Australia, Grace Gives Grants will be awarded to deserving community groups to help them help their local community.

What we are looking for:

Something a little different! We’re interested in hearing from community groups that:

  • Focus on communities which are excluded or disadvantaged – Although everyone has equal value, not everyone has equal opportunities. The Grace Gives grants will favour those who need it most.
  • Create relationships and environments where people are empowered to help themselves & each other – We understand that people with strong connections are safer and more successful. Grace Gives aims to support people to be independent – and interdependent.
  • Actively involve people and communities – Grace Gives loves the concept of community-led development. Whichever community is served – indigenous, disabilities, youth – we want to help organisations where these voices are integral to decision making at all levels.
  • Build inclusiveness – Dealing with exclusion requires understanding, fostering empowerment and participation, building bridges between different communities and addressing attitudes and structures that stand in the way. Grace Gives aims to support everyone to participate fully and have their voice heard.
  • Involve approaches that are likely to bring about solutions to complex problems – Grace Gives will look for approaches that aim to solve complex community problems. We consider a range of models of working, including not only service provision but also advocacy and social enterprise, and we particularly like collaborative efforts.

How to Apply:

It’s easy! Community groups can simply apply for the grants online via our Grace Gives Australia Facebook Page which will be launched in October 2016.

 

Grace Gives Grants Key Dates

Grant applications open

Monday 10th October, 2016

Grant applications close

Sunday 30th October, 2016

Public voting commences

Monday 31st October, 2016

Public voting closes

Thursday 24th November, 2016

Grant finalists announced

Monday 28th November, 2016

Grant recipients announced

Monday 5th December, 2016

Full terms & conditions are available here.

Grace Gives Sponsorships

(an internal programme run by our team members)

Twice a year the teams at each of our Branches elect local community groups or events that they feel would benefit from financial support from Grace, and sponsorships and donations are allocated on a needs basis.

In 2015, Grace supported the following community groups:

ARTS

  • Blacktown Theatre Company, Sydney, NSW

COMMUNITY

  • Blossoms Cat Rescue, Orange, NSW
  • City2Surf, Brisbane, QLD
  • National Breast Cancer Foundation Mother’s Day Fun Run, Sydney, NSW

SPORTS

  • Eaglehawk Athletics Club, Bendigo, VIC
  • Freeling Netball Club, Adelaide, SA
  • Ivanhoes (U15) Rugby League, Cairns, QLD
  • North Companions FC, Tamworth, NSW
  • Southern Districts Cricket Club Inc., Darwin, NT
  • Waterford Demons (U9) Rugby League, Brisbane, QLD
  • Wests Junior Rugby League, Wollongong, NSW

In addition to these contributions, Grace Removals provides its services and support to its key community partner, The St Vincent de Paul Society, affectionately known as Vinnies.

Industry Education

Each year, Grace Information & Records Management branches host site inspections for information and records management students from leading universities around Australia.

As part of our commitment to furthering education and advancements in this field, GIRM provides students with a commercial perspective on information management, and gives guidance on industry best practice, an overview of career opportunities, and insights into the future of commercial information and records management in Australia and overseas.

“I was one of the Curtin University students that attended the site visit at Grace. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you, for a very insightful and surprising afternoon. To be completely honest I was not looking forward to this visit and begrudged as an online student having to attend, but I am so pleased I did! Having worked in Libraries for over 18 years now, I never thought I would even consider venturing from that career pathway, but yesterday’s visit changed my mindset, as the tour and presentation really opened my eyes to the processes and relevance of excellent records management and storage practices.” – Christina, Perth

The St Vincent de Paul Society

Vinnies AppealThe St Vincent de Paul Society has been supporting Australians who are living in poverty and experiencing disadvantage for over 160 years. The charity operates more than 650 Vinnies shops nationally selling pre-loved, donated goods. Money generated through the shops is vital to funding St Vincent de Paul Society’s many national programs, including:

  • Operating homeless services
  • Employment and financial support services
  • Friendship programs for those living with mental illness
  • Youth services
  • Refugee assistance and resettling programs