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Announcing our 2021 Community Grants recipients

Today, Jemena is delighted to announce the recipients of our 2021 Community Grants; which seek to support organisations, groups, schools and charities making a positive difference for their, and our, local communities across New South Wales and Victoria.

Following a very competitive process, grants of up to $10,000 each are being awarded to 13 local groups working to address community needs across five key social areas: sustainability, people in need, diversity and reconciliation, social inclusion, and local community issues and priorities.

“With 49 applications across both States, we have been overwhelmed by both the interest in and calibre of grants applications this year,” said Usman Saadat, General Manager Customer and Commercial.

“We know the past two years have been incredibly challenging for many in our communities, and that being connected and feeling part of a community remains essential to maintaining good wellbeing.”

“Through our 2021 grants, we are delighted to put our support behind a broad range of groups and organisations working hard to deliver some incredible social and environmental outcomes – from supporting young mothers and rural youth struggling with life’s challenges to cultural celebrations bringing people together and innovative social enterprises changing the way business is done in their local neighbourhood.”

“We extend our thanks to everyone who applied and shared their story with us.”

Congratulations to this year’s recipients: Gunawirra, CatholicCare Sydney, The Shepherd Centre, Youth Insearch, KU Greenwood Children’s Centre, Northcott, Footscray Learning Precinct, Community Tributaries, Coburg Tennis Club, Bridge Darebin, Uniting Vic.Tas, Nourishing Neighbours and 300 Blankets.

Since their launch in 2019, Jemena is proud to have awarded over $300,000 in direct grants to 28 organisations, which in conjunction with other community programs and donations have provided critical emergency relief, health, education and other benefits for thousands of people across our communities nationwide.

Meet our 2021 Community Grants recipients



Gunawirra is a not-for-profit organisation supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities to break the cycle of hardship, heal intergenerational trauma and foster cultural connections by providing professional clinical care, treatment and support to improve lifestyle, health and education. Their Young Aboriginal Mothers Program provides support services for young women and young children living in Sydney’s inner west. Valuable inclusive modules to the program are, "Women’s Business", which provides traditional culture for healing and empowerment, along with speech and art therapy and nutrition programs. 

Jemena’s grant will support ongoing nutritionist sessions for Program participants as well as publishing of a cookbook featuring native food recipes designed by members, for hundreds of community members to enjoy.

CatholicCare Sydney is a not-for-profit social services agency offering a range of support and services to assist vulnerable people living across Sydney dealing with unexpected or long term relationship, parenting, ageing, disability, mental health or other crises and concerns. Their HOPE program is a unique service for young women aged 16-25 years old who are pregnant or have a young child, offering participants the tools needed to stay together as a family, learn basic life skills and prepare for the future.

Jemena’s grant will support the provision of ‘HOPE boxes’ containing essential items like linen, clothes, bottles, toys, furniture and educational materials to program participants, providing dignity and a brighter path forward.

The Shepherd Centre is a world-leading, child-safe NDIS service provider and specialist organisation supporting and educating more than 700 children with hearing loss, and their families. Their ‘Reach Out’ program uses innovative speech, audiology and counselling therapies to teach hearing-impaired children aged 0-12 years, to communicate effectively and improve their mental health. These therapies will empower them to overcome the challenges of their disability, and reach their full potential in life.

Jemena’s grant will support the expansion of the Reach Out program from 14 to 50 local families in Sydney’s Macarthur Region, including the delivery of over 50 life-changing audiology, speech therapy and counselling appointments.

Youth Insearch are a not-for-profit organisation supporting at-risk young people in rural Australia, aged 14-20, that would otherwise fall through the cracks. Since 1985 their Youth Insearch early intervention program has helped almost 32,000 young people rebuild their lives with the support of professionals and peer leaders, address issues and realise their full potential.

Jemena’s grant will support 20 young people from the Wollongong Region to attend an Insearch Weekend Workshop; the first step in their 12 month journey to receiving support and building their confidence, in a trusting and safe environment.

KU Greenwood Children’s Centre

KU Greenwood Children’s Centre is a not-for-profit 28 place long day care at Greenwood Plaza, North Sydney that provides education and care for local residents.

Jemena’s grant will support the introduction of new braille and assistive learning technologies such as books, toys, wayfinding and e-tools, to support clients and families around their centre.


Northcott is a leading NSW & ACT provider of disability support services, including early childhood support, therapy, respite care, recreation, accommodation, life skills and employment training. Their vacation care program offers children and teenagers with disability the opportunity to make new friends, gain new skills and build their confidence while having fun.

Jemena’s grant will support Northcott Campbelltown to upgrade their play equipment and other resources to support the recreation and sensory needs of local children with disability of all ages, and expand their vacation care program to include a Junior group at their Rosemeadow service, and so supporting more primary school-aged children and their families.

Footscray Learning Precinct is a partnership between local schools, Council and Victoria University to establish a world-class education precinct offering excellence in teaching and learning, while also acknowledging the diversity of inner west communities and embedding local First Nations history, perspectives and achievements into its ethos and teachings.

Jemena’s grant will support the establishment of a new on-site reconciliation garden by local students and First Nations groups; creating a hub housing local native plants and First Nations history and perspectives, as well as a gathering and quiet reflection point for the local community.

Community Tributaries is a community group based in Melbourne’s west and north who undertake initiatives to help individuals and groups, especially those new to Australia, exchange skills, experiences and foster greater inclusion.

Jemena’s grant will support the group to deliver a variety of Refugee Week 2022 events, organised by 8 different refugee communities, to celebrate culture, diversity and inclusion while also offering participants networking, language and other growth opportunities.

Established over 130 years ago, Coburg Tennis Club is an inclusive sporting club connecting local players of all ages and abilities, including over 60 senior and 40 junior players, and a big focus on encouraging more kids into the sport through their junior programs.

Jemena’s grant will support the Club to install new energy efficiency lighting on their junior Hot Shots court, allowing the community greater access to night-time play and coaching during winter, for kids who cannot attend daytime sessions, and players with a vision impairment.

Bridge Darebin is an innovative not for profit organisation and social enterprise based in Preston and Thornbury, offering services including adult education, child care, community programs, a café and Makers Market. As part of their Circular Economy Scheme, they are launching a new Darebin Paper Loop Project; which turns cardboard boxes donated by local businesses into eco-friendly flexible packaging for local re-sale at less than market rates, with income used to fund further community support initiatives.

Jemena’s grant will support the setup of this new operation, including equipment and project management.

Uniting Vic.Tas is one of the largest community service organisations in Victoria, delivering services and programs like financial counselling, emergency relief, mental health, housing and family support for those in need. Their Asylum Seeker Project and Welcome Centre supports many people arriving in Melbourne by providing food hampers and free housing donated by Uniting Church.

Jemena’s grant will support much needed maintenance to some of these properties, helping to improve the dignity and mental and physical health and wellbeing of families living there. Jemena’s grant will make a significant impact on these clients lives.

Nourishing Neighbours is a 100% volunteer run charity providing emergency food relief to those suffering food insecurity across northern Melbourne via their walk-in pantry and charity partnerships. In response to COVID-19 driven demands especially from local culturally and linguistically diverse communities, they are seeing a growing need to expand their service and support more clients from surrounding municipalities.

Jemena’s grant will support an additional 1,000 visits to their walk-in pantry, equating to an additional 1,000 families fed for a week, as well as an Open Day to raise awareness and support in the community.

300 Blankets is a 100% volunteer run charity dedicated to supporting people experiencing, or at risk of homelessness in Victoria. 300 Blankets' Soul Kitchen program offers local people experiencing hardship the security and dignity of a free nutritious meal, as well as a safe, warm and family friendly environment where everyone feels welcome and can enjoy a meal and each other's company.  This program has become a focal point for the local community.

Jemena’s grant will support the delivery of 2,000 meals over 12 months, as well as the potential for expanded ancillary / complementary support service offerings at Soul Kitchen Braybrook.