Stand Like Stone Grantsand Scholarships open now

The Stand Like Stone stakeholders in 2016.
The Stand Like Stone stakeholders in 2016.

Stand Like Stone will award over $60,000 in small grants and scholarships as part of the annual Small Grants and Educational Scholarship rounds, which opened on August 15.

Since its inception the Foundation has delivered over $1.3 million in direct benefits to Limestone Coast communities through its scholarships and granting programs. Stand Like Stone was established in 2004 by a passionate group of people from across the region seeking to create a community fund, or endowment, to benefit the region in perpetuity.

Donations to Stand Like Stone are never spent, but are held in trust and invested to maximise income. Income earned is then granted in the form of grants for charitable projects and scholarships to local individuals.

Stand Like Stone works in partnership with donors, local organisations and community leaders to strengthen communities and increase opportunities. The community foundation aims to build relationships and networks to understand and respond to the immediate and long-term needs of the community Stand Like Stone’s operations are funded through generous sponsorship arrangements with local councils and organisations.

This generosity of sponsors enables community confidence that donations to Stand Like Stone are not spent on administration and will deliver maximum benefit to the local community.

“With over $4 million in trust and the ongoing support of the region, Stand Like Stone will continue to make a difference and grow our local communities. Our vision is to invest in our community for lasting impact, and it is through our small grants and scholarship programs that we achieve this vision,” Chair of Stand Like Stone Foundation Bill DeGaris said.

Stand Like Stone Foundation’s Spring Small Grants and Scholarships opened on 15th August; organisations can apply for grants of up to $5000 for charitable projects that benefit Limestone Coast communities and will have up until 5pm on September 30 to apply for funding.

Scholarship funding is available for Individuals with a connection to the Limestone Coast, seeking financial support to achieve their educational goals in 2019. Scholarships are open to all ages and are available to support education from kindergarten through to tertiary and trade-based education. Scholarship applications are open until 5pm October 31 2018.

For more information on the Stand Like Stone Foundation or the granting and scholarship programs contact Executive Officer Georgie McKay on (08) 87210480 or visit www.standlikestone.com.au