2013 Grant Recipients
Into Our Hands Foundation announced the successful recipients from its 2013 inaugural Grant Funding round at the Inaugural AGM on the 29th November at the Myrtleford Savoy Club. IOHF is a community organization and is managed by a voluntary Board. The Board is committed to funding projects that encourage community resilience and wellbeing over the whole 2009 fire damaged and fire effected Beechworth – Mudgegonga Fire Complex.
In her Chairman’s Report Loretta Carroll acknowledged the vast amount of work the Directors have accomplished over their first twelve months of operation. She further recognised the wonderful support during the foundation’s establishment from the Victorian Bushfire Appeals Fund, Freehills Solicitors (pro bono) and the ongoing support and guidance from Patron Alan Brown and the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal (FRRR).
“We have a wonderful opportunity to fund community-driven projects and we encourage locals to become involved and build a greater sense of caring for each other by socially connecting with our small communities. By developing pathways for collaboration with local councils, industry, organisations, and government agencies, I believe the Into Our Hands Foundation has the potential to become a legacy for future generations”.
Guest speaker, Natalie Egleton from FRRR spoke at the AGM about the important work of Community Foundations, the grant funding programs which FRRR oversees, and congratulated the Board of IOH Foundation on its achievements in its first year. “The Into Our Hands Foundation is uniquely placed to connect with and effectively resource community needs and challenges and to build community capacity and has an important role to play in the philanthropic sector”, said Ms Elgelton.
17 projects were funded, for an amount of $119,346. The IOH Foundation will be keenly following the success of all 2013 projects, see list.