More About The Community Fund Goulburn Valley
The Community Fund was established in 2001 by a group of leading local business people who aimed to raise money in our community for the sole purpose of supporting the people of the Goulburn Valley.
The fund was set up to reduce the need to give to many causes, or have to choose who to donate to as well as reduce the workload of small organisations to raise funds themselves.
The Community Fund is governed by a Community Board, we are an independent fundraising organisation - we are not-for-profit, non-political and non-religious. We are based in Shepparton and our catchment area takes in Kyabram, Tatura, Mooroopna, Numurkah, Cobram, Murchison, Nathalia, Dookie, Yarroweyah, Girgarre, Tongala, Stanhope, Rushworth, Euroa and of course Shepparton.
Our primary function is to raise funds and identify groups in the local community in need of our support through our Grants Allocation process as well as our social impact strategies.
We guarantee that the funds raised here stay here supporting a wide variety of projects, causes and groups, with a real focus on , but not exclusive to children and early learning opportunities, the disabled, the elderly and struggling families. Many of the groups in need often do not qualify for government support.
We have distributed more than $3 million to more than 150 local community projects in the past 14 years. Typically in any year we donate around $200,000 to about 35 groups. This is done as I mentioned through two Grants Allocation Rounds, the minor grants of up to $2000 in February each year and major grants of up to $20 000 in June each year. We also spend money on major social impact programs and some examples are our commitment to Shepparton Foodshare, the Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project, which is a cradle to career blueprint to keep children engaged in education, and most recently our Lift Off Education Scholarships which help rural students transition from secondary school to post secondary education.
We raise funds in a variety of ways, firstly through corporate and individual donations, an end of financial year appeal and via events and fundraising opportunities.
In addition, The Community Fund undertakes a range of community development activities such as volunteer programs in local schools to support school breakfast and lunch programs, knitting, woodwork and homework clubs. Last year we distributed hundreds of Christmas presents to disadvantaged children via local schools and at the Christmas for Those Alone Lunch.