Growing Change through Fremantle Foundation’s Impact 100.
November 16, 2015 1 Comment
One of my favourite things about Freo is the way the community gets together to make things happen. There was no better example of that than the great work the Fremantle Foundation does through its Impact 100 program in which 100 people donate $1000 each to give worthwhile community program $100,000!
This year and in the largest Impact 100 Fremantle Voting and Awards Night yet, 150 donors and community members filled the PS Art Space and it was Growing Change’s Fremantle Social Farm that took home the primary grant of $100,000. Congratulations to Renee Gardiner and Jess Stenhouse!
Growing Change’s signature program is Truly Living Well, a 12 week social and therapeutic horticulture course for people vulnerable to or experiencing social isolation, with a particular focus on mental health and wellbeing.
The Impact100 investment will have a significant impact, allowing Growing Change to:
- Establish Fremantle Social Farm, utilising and activating a vacant bowling green for food production, at the North Fremantle Bowling Club
- Provide 100 scholarships for Truly Living Well social and therapeutic horticulture program for socially vulnerable people in Fremantle
- Provide opportunities for Truly Living Well graduates to lease individual or micro-business allotments and continue harvesting produce for personal consumption or sale through Growing Change’s customer networks
The Fremantle Social Farm will reach beyond the target group to impact the broader community by supplying local, fresh, organic vegetables to restaurants and residents.
The Impact100 Fremantle grant will allow Growing Change to establish themselves as a self-sustaining social enterprise through the development of products including crops and value-added products, and services including training programs. Revenue will fund on- going operations and programs, with profit invested in establishing additional farms in Fremantle and beyond.
CLICK HERE to learn more about Growing Change’s Fremantle Social Farm.
I also want to acknowledge the finalists. It was extremely hard voting this year! While it’s always hard to see such strong projects miss out, thanks to a record number of generous donations, our three other finalists each received $10,000!
Congratulations must go to the incredible finalists – Nick Maisey (Befriend), Paul Fleay and Denver D’Cruz (InclusionWA) and Griffin Longley, Tim Kelly, Josh Kelly and Troy Kelly (Lifting Horizons) for their competitive applications and inspiring projects.
Finally a big thankyou to Dylan Smith and the Fremantle Foundation team, and to all the wonderful people that put their money where their mouth is to make Fremantle an even better community. I’d strongly encourage you to check it out and get involved.