Financial planners behind over $40,000 in grants for community projects

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Future2 announces 2010 Make the Difference! Grants

Four grants totaling $41,000 were announced today by Future2, giving vital support to grassroots projects working to transform the lives of disadvantaged young Australians who are at risk.

The four were selected from over 20 applications, each endorsed by a local financial planning professional.  They are:

$10,000 to the Australian Children’s Music Foundation ‘s (ACMF) Youth at Risk Music Program (North Sydney NSW).  Application supported by John Tutt, FPA member.

$10,000 to Family Resource & Network Support Inc (FRANS) for a financial literacy program for young people with disabilities (Croydon NSW). Application supported by Guy Thornycroft, FPA Sydney Chapter committee member.

$6,000 to Galilee Inc for a Young Women’s Craft Group (Pearce, Canberra ACT).  Application supported by Philip Basche, former FPA ACT Chapter Chair and a director of Galilee.

$15,000 to Mission Australia’s Charcoal Lane training program (Melbourne, VIC).  Application supported by Julian Place, FPA Melbourne Chapter Chair.

Future2 Chair Steven Helmich said this year, the  fourth round of Future2 Make the Difference! Grants, the quality and relevance of applications to the selection criteria was higher than ever.

“We saw a wider geographic spread and greater engagement by financial planners.

“It was inspiring to read of the work being done to repair damaged lives, build essential skills and offer pathways to sustainable employment”, Mr Helmich said.

“The successful applicants each has a great track record of achievement and a passionate commitment to touching and improving the lives of young Australians who are marginalized and lacking the opportunities most of us take for granted”, he added.

Future2 made its first grants in 2007, the year of the Foundation’s establishment.  Each year since then trustees have made further grants under the Make the Difference! Grants program.  Including these latest grants, some $150,000 has been committed to community initiatives that are bringing a second chance and hope for a better future to financially and socially disadvantaged young Australians.

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