Welcome to our first newsletter of 2021 – a year we all hoped would put an end to the upheaval and uncertainty of the past 12 months.
But as we move into 2021, still hitting some bumps in the road to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve been reflecting on the remarkable strength of our community.
As we’ve moved in and out of lockdowns, Victorians of all ages have proven to be remarkably resilient, determined and adaptable. Not just for a day or a week, but for as long as it takes to recover.
This is how communities stay strong – by working together for the long haul, through good times and bad – and it echoes our philosophy at the Ross Trust.
For 50 years, the Trust has worked to make a difference in the Victorian community, helping to overcome challenges and striving to make positive change. Many of our grantees have been part of that journey across the years, underscoring that we too are here for the long haul.
The Trust’s current five-year strategy is to contribute to meaningful improvements and change in the areas of educational equity and biodiversity conservation, as well as grants responding Victorians in crisis.
I’m proud that our first grants for 2021 reflect all of this, as well as a new commitment to a long-term grantee.
CEO, the Ross Trust
Bringing growling grass frogs back to Winton Wetlands
Endangered growling grass frogs will be returned to their natural habitat in northern Victoria through a project aiming to restore biodiversity to the Winton Wetlands with the support of a $36,500 grant from the Ross Trust.
Helping East Gippsland children to ‘build back better’
A three-year grant from the Ross Trust will enable the Children’s Wellbeing Initiative to continue its efforts to ensure children in East Gippsland have a voice in the region’s recovery from years of drought, bushfires and the pandemic.
Reconnecting with education as part of COVID recovery
For so many Victorian students, 2020 was a disrupted year. An Educational Equity smart grant of $40,000 has been awarded to the Beyond the Bell program on the Great South Coast to support students to reconnect with school as part of our COVID response.
Students get their hands dirty to learn about biodiversity conservation
Students from 30 government schools in Hume, Moreland and Boroondara will take part in biodiversity conservation education programs delivered by CERES Community Environment Park, with the support of an $80,000 grant from the Ross Trust.
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