Our partners are charities and social enterprises that have the potential to achieve great things but may not have access to the funding to achieve them. Before partnering with any organisation, we research their vision and projects, as well as their governance and the outcomes they can achieve, to ensure our grant funding will be wisely used to achieve maximum impact.
Youth Insearch is a leading youth intervention charity focused on helping at-risk young people to overcome childhood trauma, improve their mental health, reduce youth crime and delinquency and prevent youth suicide, through case management support and peer mentoring. In 2020 the organisation was awarded $730,577 over three years to help to deliver a specialised peer-to-peer program including weekend workshops, weekly local support groups, coupled with tailored case management support provided by youth support workers embedded across seven communities in the Western Downs, Wide Bay and greater Brisbane regions.
Brisbane Youth Services
Brisbane Youth Services supports at-risk young people to thrive. In 2020 the charity was awarded $915,000 over three years to fund their Safe and Connected Futures program which provides early intervention and case management support to homeless youths to re-establish family support networks, find safe housing and re-engage with education or employment.
YellowBridge QLD is a not-for-profit organisation based in Toowoomba. Each year more than 4,000 people on the Darling Downs are supported to access housing, disability support, youth and home services so they can lead independent and rewarding lives.
In 2020, YellowBridge QLD received $220,000 over two years to fund transitional accommodation and case management for their Youth Matters program to support their aim of ending youth homelessness in Toowoomba by 2025.
Previously, 2018, YellowBridge QLD received $450,000 for the construction of a purpose-built three-bedroom unit in Toowoomba, to accommodate two people with disabilities and a carer. It was one of four fully customised units built by Enabled Living, which included assistive technology to empower residents to lead more independent lives.
Bravehearts Foundation is a renowned child protection charity focused on the prevention of child sexual assault. In 2020 the charity was awarded $790,000 over two years to support their program which provides early intervention and support for young people who have, or are at risk of engaging in harmful sexual behaviour in Brisbane, Logan and the Gold Coast with outreach capability via eHealth across Queensland.
Intercept Youth and Family Service
Intercept Youth and Family Service in Caboolture was awarded $320,000 over two years in 2020, to fund their Pathfinder program which runs trauma-informed camps with case management support to assist at-risk young people to future plan and identify a path for successful transitions across their teenage years and young adulthood.
Micah Projects is a not-for-profit organisation in Brisbane that is focused on creating justice and responding to injustice through the provision of services and opportunities in the community.
Incorporated in 1995, the organisation seeks to improve access to housing, healthcare and employment for individuals and families, based on their founding belief that every child and adult has the right to a home, income, healthcare, education, safety, dignity, and connection with their community.
In 2020, they received $800,000 in support, consisting of a $400,000 Significant Grant and a $400,000 interest-free loan, to allow the non-profit to purchase and secure the Wellspring Hawthorne Hub.
The Wellspring Hub provides a range of support services to vulnerable young families to break down barriers and create their own futures, supporting children and their mothers as they deal with the inter-related issues of domestic violence, traumas, poverty and homelessness.
4 Aussie Heroes
$98,500 was awarded to 4 Aussie Heroes in 2020 to fund two Triumph over Trauma and Refresh programs to provide support to 20 first responders and military personnel experiencing mental ill-health. A portion of the funds also went towards the development of an Impact Measurement framework.
Pinaroo Roma Inc, a 60-bed not-for-profit aged care facility managed by the Rotary Club of Roma has been given a hand up to provide more dementia specific care in the Maranoa region. Having received a $250,000 Significant Grant from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, the organisation will convert an existing wing into a second secure dementia specific wing to accommodate 11 additional dementia residents – bringing the total number of dementia specific beds to 23. This will mean more people with the progressive illness will be able to stay close to their loved one and support networks, rather than having to move away to access this care. In 2020, they received an additional $90,000 to furnish the twelve new aged care rooms, filling a funding shortfall due to reduced community fundraising as a result of the pandemic.
Happy Paws Happy Hearts is a Brisbane-based charity which runs unique animal therapy programs where young people with physical or mental health injuries can learn to care for and train rescue animals.
In March 2020, they received a Significant Grant of almost a half-a-million dollars from Hand Heart Pocket to help create new employment pathways for their participants.
Little Dreamers is Australia’s leading young carer support organisation. In March 2020, Hand Heart Pocket awarded a $380,000 Significant Grant towards the Little Dreamers Young Carer Project pilot.
This will see young carers living in Queensland receive extra support to overcome barriers to education, with a particular focus on young people situated in Townsville, Bundaberg and Brisbane, where higher numbers of young carers are found.
The pilot which has already been trialled in Victoria, will provide additional support to this vulnerable group to give them every chance of completing their education. This will be done by working with schools to create kind, safe and supportive environments for young carers.
The organisiation classifies a young carer as someone under 25 years of age who provides unpaid care for a family member with a chronic illness, mental illness, disability or addiction.
Open Doors Youth Service is a charity that works with vulnerable LGBTIQ+ youth, who experience a variety of life challenges such as homelessness, family breakdown, mental health issues and alcohol and drug addiction. Each year more than 2,000 young people access the support service.
In March 2020, Hand Heart Pocket provided a $80,000 Significant Grant to help take the organisation to the next level, to help more young LGBTIQ+ people to thrive. The funding injection will allow Open Doors Youth Service to engage a specialist to help develop a framework to better understand, measure and manage the impact they are making, and to prepare them to take advantage of future philanthropic funding opportunities.
TRACTION is a community-based youth mentoring program that delivers tangible benefits for vulnerable young people and their families through hands-on, action-based education programs.
In late 2019, TRACTION received a $100,000 Significant Grant from Hand Heart Pocket to support their internal scholarship program, enabling 38 more young people aged 12-15 to re-engage in an alternative action-based learning environment. A portion of the funding will also assist the organisation, to measure its outcomes, build its capacity and better understand, manage and measure the impact they are making. Recurrent funding for a further two years will also be an option with a review of the program outcomes conducted each year.
Prior to this, in 2018, TRACTION received a $15,000 capacity building grant from Hand Heart Pocket to engage a specialist to guide the development of their long-term strategy, business plan and governance program, positioning them for future growth.
Since launching in 2015 the organisation has supported over 1,094 young people, through their early intervention programs.
Vanguard Laundry Services is a social enterprise commercial laundry in Toowoomba which provides employment pathways for people with a lived experience of mental illness. In 2019, Hand Heart Pocket provided a $277,500 Significant Grant to empower the social enterprise to take on larger clients and service new contracts, with a view to creating new jobs and an employment pathway for 30 people in the next 12 months.
Care Goondiwindi Assn Inc is a community services provider in regional South West Queensland with an aim to improve the quality of life of its people. In late 2019, Hand Heart Pocket provided a $281,000 Significant Grant to Care Goondiwindi to help make disability respite care more accessible in the region. The gap-funding went towards the construction of stage one of their new $1.5M purpose-built disability respite and short-term accommodation complex. The region’s Freemasons were vocal supporters of this grant.
Since 1968 Help Enterprises has been supporting people with disability to lead more independent lives. In 2018 HELP received a $1M Flagship Grant from Hand Heart Pocket to cover the funding gap, with the purchase and fit out of the new $3.3 million-dollar HELP Centre of Excellence Community Disability Hub in Crestmead. This will empower hundreds of students with disability in the Brisbane Bayside, Southside and Logan City each year to transition into meaningful employment when they finish high school. A 2,500 sqm Supply Chain Services facility will also provide valuable work experience and permanent supported employment for up to 100 people with disability.
This is the largest gift the organisation has received in its 50-year history.
Bloomhill Cancer Care on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast exists to help those with cancer to live well. Set within the lush Buderim rainforest, their Wellness Centre is a place of solace and understanding – where clients from as far as Kilcoy, Gympie and Burpengary can access to a range of therapies, counselling and nursing support to improve their quality of life. Transport to and from medical appointments is also provided.
To help meet the growing demand for its service, in 2019, Bloomhill Cancer Care received a $570,000 Flagship Grant, plus a $130,000 interest-free loan from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland to go towards providing additional wellness facilities as part of a major expansion of the Buderim site.
By 2030 Bloomhill is expected the support 4,000 clients, that’s double the number of people they support today.
Hear and Say is a non-profit organisation supporting those who are deaf or hard of hearing to reach their full potential. Their multidisciplinary team are experts in hearing and Listening and Spoken Language Therapy. Through their six centres across Queensland, Telepractice Program for rural and remote families, and School Hearing Screening Program, Hear and Say’s services reach thousands of people right across the state.
In March 2020, Hear and Say was awarded a $110,000 capacity building grant and a $110,000 interest-free loan from Hand Heart Pocket. This support will help to accelerate the growth of their new Adult Hearing and Rehabilitation program, to provide adults with access to technologies and skills to manage the everyday impacts of hearing loss. As a social enterprise, the program sees any surplus funding can support Hear and Say’s work teaching children with hearing loss to listen and speak.
Previously, in 2018, Hand Heart Pocket provided a $500,000 Significant Grant to Hear and Say to ensure 500 children across the state could continue to access to their Audiology and Early Intervention programs over the following year.
Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) Hervey Bay is a volunteer-based organisation which responds to emergencies on the waters off the Fraser Coast. It is the busiest regional VMR site in the state and in 2019 they secured a $400,000 Significant Grant from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland to continue their life-saving work into the future. The grant will fund the gap to construct a new $1.3M 11.94m purpose built marine rescue vessel called Rescue I.
With the local Freemasons having been vocal supporters of this initiative, Hand Heart Pocket was able to fulfil this need within their community.
Each year Guide Dogs Queensland empowers over 1,500 people with low or no vision to lead more independent lives. In 2018, the not-for-profit organisation received a $230,000 Significant Grant from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland to help with the construction of an on-site veterinary clinic at their breeding and training centre north of Brisbane. This came following many years of support from Masonic Lodges at a grassroots level.
With guide-dog breeding numbers expected to increase by 70% over the next few years, having an on-site vet clinic will help to reduce expenses by as much as 60% – ensuring the organisation is able to meet the demand for its services into the future.
The Murilla Community Centre in Miles has been supporting families and communities in the Western Downs region for almost 30 years. They provide a range of essential services, community programs and referrals to other agencies.
In 2019 the Murilla Community Centre received a $102,500 Significant Grant from Hand Heart Pocket to empower the region’s elderly and people with disabilities to continue leading independent lives.
The grant allowed the centre to purchase a wheelchair accessible Hi-ace bus so that its vital bus service, which is the only transport option for the region’s aged and disabled could be saved.
A new RAV4 vehicle was also purchased and is used by staff to provide in-home respite and social support in the wider community. The handover of the grant coincided with the local Murilla Masonic Lodge’s centenary in July 2019, making it even more special for the region’s Freemasons who championed this initiative.
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