Dancing With Our Stars 2021

After the cancellation of Dancing with our Stars last year due to COVID-19, we were thrilled to be able to bring the event back to Civic Hall on March 20 and live-stream it into local households.  Ten well-known local identities participated as ‘Stars’ by obtaining sponsors, fundraising a minimum of $5,000 and performing a dance […]

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Back to School Vouchers Empowering Kids to Learn

March, 2021 Earlier in the year, the Ballarat Foundation distributed 400 Back to School Vouchers in association with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal. These vouchers were to the value of $50 each and were able to be used at either Kmart or Target for back-to-school items; stationary, books or uniform. These vouchers were […]

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2021 Community Grants Announced

The Ballarat Foundation is proud to announce more than $100,000 will be distributed to community organisations and projects following our 2021 Community Grants Program. The projects funded in the general Community Impact grant round include: – A Pot of Courage: Tiered Empowerment Project – Funded amount:$5000– Ballarat Community Garden – Funded amount: $3900– The Ballarat Tool Library – Funded amount: $1992– Ballarat Community Church’s Doorways Program – […]

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Vaccine must target the most vulnerable

THE COVID19 pandemic has taught us much. Lessons that have been incredible tough. It’s taught us about the importance of basic hygiene, about economic fragility and about the susceptibility of political decision-making. Our “normal” existence has been shattered by an enemy we can’t see, smell or feel and almost every aspect of the freedoms many […]

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Youth Strategy for the Ballarat Community

During the latter half of 2020, the Ballarat Foundation has conducted consultations and extensive research in order to develop a new Youth Strategy for the Ballarat Community. Students from Ballarat High School, Mt Clear Secondary College and Phoenix P-12 Community College participated in the consultation process for the Youth Strategy and identified three key areas […]

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Announcing the 2020 Grant Recipients!

The Ballarat Foundation is proud to announce more than $105,000 will be distributed to 17 community organisations and projects following our 2020 Community Grants Program. The Ballarat Foundation allocates funding annually through a number of different grant opportunities. The Community Impact Grants Program is an annual grants program distributing funds in the areas of Early Childhood, Youth […]

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Working from Home with Kids

Working from home with kids – is this even possible? Kids don’t really make the best co-workers, so here are some hints and tips to be a good parent and worker at the same time. There are plenty of memes doing the rounds at the moment about working from home with kids; many of them […]

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Ballarat Reads Pop Up at the Begonia Festival

The Ballarat Foundation recently brought the Ballarat Reads Pop Up program to the Begonia Festival. It was lots of fun, with lots of little smiling faces dropping by to see what games and books were on offer. The Ballarat Reads Pop Up Program is an extension of the existing program whereby books are posted to […]

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Back to School Vouchers Empowering our Kids to Learn

The Ballarat Foundation is once again distributing Back to School Vouchers to families in the Ballarat area to assist with the cost of education. Partnering with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), vouchers will be given out via schools to help students engage in learning and strengthen their educational experience. We are proud […]

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Volunteer Driver Mentors Needed

Imagine being unable to obtain a driver’s licence simply because you don’t have access to a car or a supervising driver. This is a barrier that many young people face. The TAC L2P program aims to minimize this barrier by matching eligible learner drivers aged 16-21 years with fully licensed volunteer mentor drivers, enabling the […]

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Storytime Pop Up at Stockland Wendouree!

The Ballarat Foundation is excited to be holding Ballarat Reads Storytime Pop Up sessions at Stockland Wendouree. All little kids love have a story read to them! Its a chance to snuggle up with Mum or Dad and have some quiet, bonding time together. Not only that, reading to kids from an early age is […]

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Australia’s bushfire crisis – how you can help

In the face of the current national bushfire crisis, it’s easy to feel helpless and overwhelmed by the scale of the disaster. But there are ways that you can help, and every contribution counts. Below are some of the key organisations working in the fire affected areas. FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES The Australian Red Cross, Salvation Army and St Vincent […]

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