Four or more grants of up to $10,000 each will be made by Future2 this year to community organisations working to give a better future to young Australians struggling with homelessness, addictions, social exclusion, disability or unemployment.
Charities and not-for-profit organisations may apply for 2012 Make the Difference! Grants; the closing date is 31 July. All applications must have the support of a financial advice professional who is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) or the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA).
Corinna Dieters, Chair of the Future2 Grants Committee, called on financial advice professionals to support grant applications from local organisations. “Your support may result in a grant that will transform the circumstances of needy young people and put them on the road to fulfilling and productive lives”, she said.
“Our aim, besides helping these young people, is to encourage the engagement of financial advisers with local not-for-profits. As professionals in the community, they not only give a helping hand but also derive enormous personal satisfaction and enrichment from their involvement”, Ms Dieters added.
Since Future2 was established in 2007, the foundation has granted over $200,000 to 17 not for profit and charitable organisations across Australia.
Future2 Make the Difference! Grants focus on the under 25s who may be financially disadvantaged, homeless, juvenile justice offenders, drug or alcohol dependent, disabled or Indigenous. Grants are awarded to projects and programs in the areas such as financial literacy, skills training, work experience, community service or mentoring. Future2 will invite the strongest applicants to submit a full proposal. The trustees’ final decision will be announced in November.
Further details are available on the Future2 website, www.future2foundation.org.au or on request to [email protected]