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Building Stronger Communities by Turning Intention into Good

Welcome to the Proveda Foundation.

The Proveda Foundation is the new name for what was previously known as the Community Capital Foundation (CCF). It plays a significant role for Proveda, as we look to build a strong and sustainable Australian future in enhancing community wellbeing and related outcomes.

The Foundation (under CCF) was established in 2019, to provide a support and investment platform to enhance the resilience and depth of community level compassion and care. The Foundation helps to augment promising ideas, ignite innovation, and support ground-breaking work done by others locally in their own communities.

There is no doubt, the Australian community at large has experienced significant challenges in recent times. The Proveda Foundation (under the auspices of CCF) has focused on ensuring those most vulnerable, who often fall through the gaps, are supported and given a chance to flourish.

The Proveda Foundation exists to enhance the success of local grassroots organisations who have been identified as doing important work that delivers on our purpose, ‘to enable individuals and communities to grow, connect and feel supported through collective expertise.’

 

How it works

Each year the Proveda Foundation opens submissions from organisations in the wider community (registered charities), to apply for grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to support their work locally.

By September each year, the Foundation determines the area of focus or theme, for the Foundation’s grants. In the past, we have been delighted to support and help expand the work of local organisations operating in key areas such as youth mental health, carer support, volunteering, helping the elderly, and also those that are socially isolated.

Involving the wider community is crucial to ensuring the ongoing success of this work. We also seek to stimulate grant applicants to consider the role of local mentors, leaders, and volunteers within the grant application process itself. We aim to enable the expansion and depth of support that resides in the community as a principal element within the process.

Our desire is to help the serious work of real people, solving real problems on the ground, and to have fun!

A Word From Us

Recent Grant Recipients

We are proud to have supported these organisations through the Proveda Foundation:

Dance Health Alliance
Guniwarra
Marion Street Theatre for Young People
We Care Connect
Top Blokes
Rize Up
Empowering Parents in Crisis
Harrison Riedel Foundation
One Eighty
Waves of Wellness

Other Ways to Give

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About the Foundation

As the Proveda Foundation, we will continue to support grassroots organisations by way of an annual grant application process. We are committed to enhancing local communities’ social and cultural outcomes, thus improving wellbeing for the wider community.

We support the work of other organisations committed to achieving positive community outcomes as we extend the work, we are already doing at Proveda, to build stronger collaborative communities that care for others.

The Proveda Foundation is the new name for what was previously known as the Community Capital Foundation (CCF). It plays a significant role for Proveda, as we look to build a strong and sustainable Australian future in enhancing community wellbeing and related outcomes.

The Foundation (under CCF) was established in 2019, to provide a support and investment platform to enhance the resilience and depth of community level compassion and care. The Foundation helps to augment promising ideas, ignite innovation, and support ground-breaking work done by others locally in their own communities.

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Our Purpose

The Proveda Foundation further supports delivery of Proveda’s overall purpose, to ‘enable individuals and communities to grow, connect and feel supported through collective expertise’.

In so doing we aim to:

  • Foster generosity and facilitate connection between those who want to give and those seeking to make change for the better,
  • Build stronger communities by supporting smaller, not-for-profits and empowering citizen engagement,
  • Produce meaningful change of social issues through awareness and activity.

 

Our Focus

In recent years, the focus of the Proveda Foundation has been to identify good intention in the community and through receiving donations, and providing a structured grants program, help fill those gaps.

We recently supported a number of local organisations who were helping to address isolation, support of voluntary carers or were providing programs to assist with improving youth mental health.

All our causes have been local and operating to strengthen a wider range of support groups and communities.

We are committed to making a positive lasting change by harnessing the collective strength of individuals and entire communities to create practical steps towards a shared future together, is our goal.

Our Governance

The Proveda Foundation is governed by a Trust, which, in turn is governed by a Board of Directors.  The Directors oversee the annual application and approval process of all grant submissions from applicants, as well as make decisions regarding the successful grants.

The Board highly value the experience and opinion of people who live and breathe the social issues facing society and take advice from independent community members for each granting round.

Our Directors

Chris Liell-Cock

BComm, CPA, GAICD
Chris joined the Board in 2014, was appointed Treasurer in 2015, Vice Chair in 2017, and was elected to the position of Chairperson in December 2021. He has over 20 years’ experience as a director, company secretary and audit committee member across several organisations and industries.

Chris Hunt

BSc Environ.Services MSc Biotech., FCMA, MAICD
Joining the Board in 2015, Chris has over 30 years of commercial experience, with most in Finance Director/CFO/COO roles across a range of industries (publishing, media, business services, software) in both multinationals and small start-ups . He is currently the COO/CFO of CAMMS.

Virginia Hazard

BLaws, MLaws, MAICD
Virginia is a commercial lawyer and consultant. She has over 25 years' legal and executive experience with large international and highly regulated corporations in pharmaceuticals, agribusiness, foods, and OTC products. Her expertise includes strategy, policy, risk management, licensing, and conflict resolution. Virginia joined the Board in 2022.

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Turning Intention to Good

The Foundation seeks to supports organisations through both grant-giving and community-building initiatives.

We focus on identifying what would ‘shift the dial’ on important issues affecting local communities.  Through a close working relationship with community and partner organisations, we determine where we can have the most impact.  We believe it is important to support the smaller grassroots organisations who seek to make a difference in their own right.

Through our grant giving program, we aim to empower these smaller organisations to grow their own impact, which, in turn, benefits community on a broader and wider scale. The support we provide helps them to grow capability and capacity, which, ultimately benefits us all.

 

Youth Mental Health

The past work of the Foundation has helped, amongst other things, the identification of what would shift the dial on youth mental health in our community. We had extensive conversations with young people, youth workers, psychologists, and youth advocates to determine where best to provide our support and what would really make a difference.

The outstanding community participation in the youth mental health fundraising Spin-a-thon event is a great example. As a grassroots community fundraising event, we successfully raised over $25,000 which was granted to local surf therapy charity, Wave of Wellness Foundation, to support the development of 40 young people on the Northern Beaches of Sydney with their mental health.  The event sees teams come together and ride (on stationary ‘spin’ bikes) on Manly Corso to raise money for local youth mental health charities.

Our grant recipients:

Dance Health Alliance

One in every five Australians is diagnosed with a condition that impairs their control over their bodies.

We provided a $7,500 grant to Dance Health Alliance for the “Dance Like No One is Watching” Program to establish a video library and online classes keeping thirty seniors and others engaged in dance and movement.

Guniwirra

Guniwirra provides holistic programs focused on breaking the cycle of trauma and disadvantage among Aboriginal families in Sydney’s inner suburbs.

We provided an $18,500 grant to Growing Cultural Connections through Aboriginal Ancestral Footsteps to support a group of young Aboriginal mothers and their children to experience excursions to Sacred Sites for Aboriginal Women and support to develop a framework to measure and record outcomes.

Marion St Theatre for Young People

The experience of men and boys’ mental health often goes unrecognised.

We provided a $20,000 grant towards the production of a ground-breaking theatre production by the Marion Street Theatre for Young People, bringing together fathers and sons to support vulnerable young people and promoted their program through our own mental health campaign.

We Care Connect

Over 30,000 children live under the poverty line on the Central Coast and in the Hunter.

We supported We Care Connect with a $10,000 grant to their wheels on the bus program that gave 307 disadvantaged families prams, car seats, carriers and sixteen newborn-suitable car seats. We also mentored to develop an outcomes measurement framework.

Top Blokes

In the next 48 hours, a young man will take his own life. The Top Blokes program has demonstrated that young males are four times better off after experiencing the Top program and having a mentor compared to those that haven't.

We provided a $30,000 grant to expand to Northern Sydney and promoted their program through our own mental health campaign.

Rize Up

Established in 2015, RizeUp is a community-driven organisation made up of committed men and women who provide support to the many families affected by domestic and family violence.

We provided a $17,500 grant to cover the cost of comfort packs for children affected by family and domestic violence in Northern Sydney.

Empowering Parents in Crisis (EPIC)

EPIC work to empower parents and carers of teens in crisis by creating a supportive community that is safe, anonymous, and non-judgmental.

Our grant of $23,050 to EPIC provided over the phone, in person and video link peer-support to parents and carers of teens in crisis. The project will provide two programs that interlink to ensure parents and carers of at-risk teens are supported, informed, and gain access to community connection.

Harrison Riedel Foundation

Seven out of ten young people who need help are not getting it. The Harrison Riedel Foundation aims to increase help-seeking by youth in emotional distress and reduce the rate of self-harm to zero.

We contributed $30,000 to Harrison Riedel Foundation to upgrade their ‘Your Crew App’, which is designed to foster and encourage accountability and help-seeking among youth.

One Eighty

Over 75% of mental health problems occur before the age of twenty-five. One Eighty provide mental health support to promote wellbeing and reduce suicide risk.

We contributed $24,299 to One Eighty to establish ‘Open Up’ Northern Beaches, which is a unique group peer-support program for youth mental health. Open Up sessions allow participants to build protective factors which are important in preventing the risk of suicide.

Waves of Wellness

Mental health surf therapy charity, committed to changing lives by delivering for purpose, innovative support programs for people experiencing mental health challenges.

We contributed $25,000 to the Waves of Wellness program to provide the opportunity for 40 young people who needed support with mental health to participate in the evidence-based surf therapy program.

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