Endeavour Foundation Endowment Challenge Fund grants announced

Winners of the 2015 Endeavour Foundation Endowment Challenge Fund grants have been announced by Endeavour Foundation Chief Executive Officer, David Barbagallo.

This year’s grant recipients share in a funding pool of $70,000 and are again expected to make an immense contribution to the lives of people with a disability.

“These grants encourage ground-breaking research into the issues that really matter for the Australian disability sector. They also foster inclusion of people with a disability,” Mr Barbagallo said.

“I am immensely proud to announce this year’s recipients, who are all playing their part and doing incredible work,” Mr Barbagallo said.

The Centre for Disability Studies Inclusive Research Network, a part of Sydney University’s Medical Faculty, will use a $40,000 grant to investigate whether disability support services are hitting the mark for the people who use them. This is the fund’s major grant in 2015.

Among the three non-profit awards, Sydney’s Bushlink employment program for people with disabilities can now buy new equipment and get going on more environmental projects thanks to a $10,000 grant.

Sunshine Coast’s The Compass Institute helps keep 35 disabled people in work through its Rakes and Panes garden maintenance and window cleaning business. With a $4000 Endeavour Foundation Endowment Challenge Fund grant, the business can buy four new lawn-mowers to double their equipment pool and win more contracts.

The Prader-Willi Syndrome Association of Victoria will use its grant to expand online family support services to families of children newly-diagnosed with the disorder.

Curtin University Masters student Caris Jalla has earned $5000 for her research into perceptions of health, wellbeing and disability by young people in Aboriginal communities.

And PhD student at the University of South Australia, Sujatha Raj, will investigate how occupational therapy intervention can help slow the functional decline of people with Down Syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease.

In previous years the fund has helped fund a range of innovative disability-specific projects to

  • train community workers to include young people with a disability in camps and holiday activities,
  • develop programs to prevent sexual assault and help victims to recover,
  • create an online self-reporting system for teens with mental health concerns, and
  • foster service access for people with a mental health issue.

Established in 2009, the Endowment Challenge Fund has supported important projects - large and small – that improve the lives of people with a disability nationwide. The fund is also providing vital tools to help people with a disability prepare for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

From buying lawn mowers for small social enterprises, to supporting complex research projects, Endeavour Foundation’s Endowment Challenge Fund has provided more than $290,000 to worthy and ground-breaking disability projects.

Endeavour Foundation Endowment Challenge Fund chairman Grant Murdoch said the grants all focused on improving the lives of people with a disability.

“People with a disability are often overlooked. We have made it our mission to change this through better inclusion in society, and with greater knowledge through research excellence,” Mr Murdoch said.

The Endeavour Foundation Endowment Challenge Fund is a public benevolent institution that seeks to benefit the wider Australian disability sector as a whole, with an emphasis on people with an intellectual disability.

It is a capital-preserved fund, with donations invested and interest earned used to support Endowment Challenge Fund annual grants. For more information about the fund go to: www.endowmentchallengefund.com.au.

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Endeavour Foundation
P: (03) 9851 9750 M: 0417 912 644,
E: j.kenrick@endeavour.com.au