South West Community Foundation reach $1 million grant milestone

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Founded thirteen years ago, the South West Community Foundation (SWCF) covers a large geographical corner of Victoria, from Warrnambool in the far west to Colac-Otway, a little closer to Melbourne. Created by and for the people of Victoria’s South West, the Foundation’s vision and prupose is to strengthen communities across their region.

With its 2021 funding round, the Foundation has reached an important milestone: it has now distributed over $1 million to local community projects and organisations. Parallel to that achievement, the Foundation has grown its funds under management to more than $1.75 million, which will help support community initiatives into the future.

This year’s grant recipients include the Dhauwurd-Wurrung Elderly & Community Health Service, Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare Network, and Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West, demonstrating the diversity of community organisations supported by South West Community Foundation.

And this funding round includes the single biggest grant in the Foundation’s history: over $30,000 to the Koroit Rail Trail Committee to help build a BBQ area at the Koroit Railway Station, an important investment in local tourism infrastructure.

Foundation Chairman David McIntyre firmly believes it is important to continue to support a range of different organisations in the current COVID climate.

“It is hard for small organisations to keep going in times like these, but these groups are needed in our communities now more than ever,” Mr McIntyre said. “Like all community organisations in south west Victoria, these groups are working hard to build strength and resilience in our community.”

Congratulations to South West Community Foundation for their continued work in partnership with donors, local organisations and the community to strengthen their region and increase opportunities for all.

To find out more about SWCF or how to get involved, visit their website or contact SWCF Executive Officer Annabel Cussen at

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