Stories from our Grant Recipients show how local giving has a lasting impact….

Volunteer Resource Bureau

Albury Wodonga Regional Foodshare

Wodonga District Girl Guides

Belvoir Special School

awrfs-marketing-materials-in-useAlbury Wodonga Regional Foodshare – Raising Our Profile. $4,529.00
In 2015  AWRFS received funds for marketing materials to raise their profile.
A message from their Manager, Peter Matthews:
 “The Event Kit has been purchased and it look fantastic !  It is exactly what we needed for events, as it is highly visible so that we really stand out at events.  We used for the first time at the Nail Can Hill Run, where we really made a big impression.  The event kit has been used for three other events and like the Nail Can Hill event we really can be seen, plus the general public respond to our messaging. We very much appreciate the funding from the Border Trust that has allowed us to increase our exposure at events and expo’s.   This has resulted in us getting more donations and offers to volunteer with our organisation.  Thank you.”



burraja-art-6MURRAY ARTS – Burraja Arts Exhibition Space. $2,000
This  grant supported the creation of the Burraja Arts Exhibition Space at Gateway Village. The space is a gallery for local Aboriginal artists to display and sell their work.
Many of the artists’ work was exhibited as part of the Arts Space Wodonga Exhibition: ‘Our Stories Our Voices’. 
Congratulations to Murray Arts and all the artists involved in this fantastic project.
adroit-logo-smBELVOIR SPECIAL SCHOOL – Bel 54 Cafe – $3,000

Border Trust and the Adroit Insurance Group are both so pleased to have been able to contribute to a $3,000 grant to furnish the school kitchen with café style furniture to bring a true café feel to the space. The 15-18 year old VCAL students at the school use this environment to learn hospitality skills, develop confidence in a realistic work environment and create bonds with member of the community.

bel54-cafe-2Border Trust representative visited Cafe Bel54 in August. We were so impressed by the teamwork and skills of the students who not only made all of the beautiful sweet treats, but also prepared the menu, took our orders, made the hot drinks and then cleaned up!  The students will soon move on to the marketing and promotion phase of the project by designing logos, uniforms and advertising material.

Scanlon Foundation In 2015 Border Trust partnered with the Scanlon Foundation creating a new grant program aiming to deliver meaningful outcomes for the region’s refugees and migrants. Projects focusing on employment, transition support, transport, youth support & empowerment, multiple service co-ordination and whole of community engagement will be eligible to apply to this grant program.



Scanlon Foundation Grant to GATEWAY HEALTH – Work Ready Program $20,000.
whole-groupThe program offers participants from multicultural backgrounds hands-on, practical information to help them prepare for work in Australia, and particularly Albury Wodonga. Over 4 weeks, they heard from services including Centrelink, employment agencies and TAFE’s and learnt important skills such as preparing a resume with mock interviews about to take place.




This project was funded through Border Trust by the Scanlon Foundation with the next step being to link participants to employers through a mentoring stage.

Media Coverage: The Border Mail



Birallee Park Neighbourhood Centre: $5000  “Sewing Group for CALD community”

sewing-group-birallee-2014This grant supports a sewing/social group for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Refugees in Albury Wodonga. Project aims to facilitate language skills, social  interactions, personal confidence, community integration & employment potential.  Facilitated by tutor & mentor volunteers. Funds to purchase equipment & promote the program.



dsc00200Porpunkah Playground Group:  $2000  “Connection & Renewal Shared Play Space ”.

Grant will help fund the upgrade of shared play space in Porpunkah utilised by the  community as a social hub. Members of the School,  Playgroup, Out of School Hours Group, Play for Life Sports Program, families & visitors will benefit from this renewed space.



participantsTrudewind Road Neighbourhood House: $2000 “Arts For Seniors Program”.
Art classes in oils, acrylic, water colour & pastels will assist in maintaining social  networks for isolated seniors, providing a meaningful and rewarding activity  for  the participants.





yack-cg-recipient-2014Yackandandah Community Education Network:  $600 “Yackandandah  Community Garden Workshop Program”.
Guest speakers will attend workshops on  garden topics throughout the year, encouraging new members to the Yackandandah Community Garden, involving younger people into the group and providing new skills and experiences for those attending.



YWCA Albury Wodonga “Young Women Leading Change”  Grant Program 2014 


jobsforgirls-shearing-shed-recipient-2014Holbrook Landcare Network:  $ 5000  “Women in Agriculture Wool Power Program”.
Project will provide a training program to engage young women and girls to participate in entry level training in the wool industry. Facilitating mentoring, social support and connectedness to the existing network of Women in Ag established through Holbrook Landcare Network.



ycwa-picYarrawonga & Border CWA: $2500  “Untold Stories of the Women of Yarrawonga,  Mulwala & District.”
The project is collecting the stories of 100 women from the local CWA region of Yarrawonga & Mulwala from settlement to the current day. The grant will fund the publication of these stories .



In 2013 Border Trust received forty five individual applications for funding totalling over $190,000.00 from community groups throughout our eight Cities & Shires.

UPPER MURRAY SCOUT DISTRICT 3RD WODONGA SCOUT GROUP – $2,500.00: BBQ Trailer for Upper Murray Scout District. 
Grant will assist purchase a BBQ trailer for use in the northern region by district scouts and other community organisations.




WALWA COMMUNITY CENTRE  – $1,000.00 – Community Op Shop.
The newly opened community op shop includes a book swap, vegetables, fruit and plants all donated by locals. The grant contributed to signage and  flags, ensuring the shop will have a presence to attract locals and tourists.



CORRYONG NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE – $2,299.00 – All Abilities Adventure Playground.
The grant will be used to install a Spiderweb Springer at the playground which can accommodate up to 4 children and will be safe for children of all abilities.




ALBURY WODONGA REGIONAL FOODSHARE – $5,000.00 – “Maximising Potential” Office Facility.

Foodshare services over 100 agencies across the region. It c0-ordinates the rescue, storage  and distribution of fresh and packaged food salvaged from supermarkets and food producers. The rescued food is  available to welfare agencies who provide emergency food relief directly to people in need and to  community programs & community service organisations.




COUNTRY HOPE – $2,250.00 – Albury Region Family Support Centre Development.
The grant will assist convert part of their building into an interview room/crèche for families attending the service.


umfc-big-jigsaw-program-2013-recipUPPER MURRAY FAMILY CARE – $2,500.00 – Big Picture – Jigsaw Children’s Program.
The Jigsaw Children’s Program will assist children from families going through divorce or separation.





2014-ywca20YOUTH ALBURY WODONGA – $10,200.00 – North East Wilderness Leadership Project for Girls.
Ten day wilderness activity including trek & culminating in a graduation ceremony for 15-20 young women aged 15-17.






WOMEN’S HEALTH GOULBURN NORTH EAST – $15,000.00 – “It’s Up to You for 72” 72 hr Post Disaster Workshops.  Facilitated project bringing young and more mature women together to explore what they know and what they need to prepare for in the 72 hours following a disaster.



The Men’s shed, located in Beechworth promotes interaction amongst men through a range of activities encouraging community connectedness and being physically & mentally active. This grant augmented the groups resources by providing a hot water service, computer, printer and a camera.




DAIS provides support to people with all types of disability, of all ages, their carers, families and service providers, living and working in the region. This grant provided  funds to upgrade the infoTree Website managed by DAIS. The website provides current news and information on services and events for people with disability, families, carers and service providers.



The grant provided funds to purchase furniture for “The Hub”, a meeting room used as a communal lounge by residents, visitors, ancillary committees and community based groups aligned with the Centre.







Grant funded material for comfort quilts for the bedrooms and lounges of “Hilltop” the Albury Wodonga Cancer Patient & Carers Accommodation Centre. Quilts were made locally by members of the patchwork & quilters group, Murray River Quilters Inc.




swim_prog_webA Swim Safety Program for Children under five from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities in Albury Wodonga.

This grant provided funds to run a year long water safety program for children under five and their mothers who are newly arrived in Australia and living in the Border Region. In addition the program assists families become less socially isolated and strengthens confidence to participate and socialise with other members of the community. The program links families to community resources, services and facilities.



Grant funded promotional materials to publicise the Ecoportal website



Grant Recipients Cooking Group Uniting Care Wodonga Supply Emergency Meals

Grant Recipients Cooking Group Uniting Care Wodonga Supply Emergency Meals

Uniting Care Wodonga is the major provider of emergency food relief in Wodonga and meets the immediate material needs of people in financial crisis (food, clothing, emergency accommodation, medical expenses, travel etc). The Cooking Group Social Inclusion Program aims to involve those people who are socially isolated as a result of poverty and/or mental health issues and assist them to regain the capacity to engage with the community. The group cooks, shares a meal and makes up meal packs that are frozen and distributed as part of emergency relief food parcels provided through the Albury Wodonga Food Share Centre.



Vic_Govt_logo_replaces_all_dpcd_june_2013In 2011/2012 Border Trust was successful in obtaining grants from the Victorian Department of Planning & Community Developments’ “Community Foundations Initiative”.

A total of $400,000, including $100,000 raised locally by Border Trust will now be retained as capital to build a perpetual and substantial trust fund for philanthropic purposes, with the income from this capital being distributed to Victorian organisations via the annual grant round.




This grant provided funds for the Creation of a ‘Welcome Garden’ that is the hub of the new Alpine View Children’s Centre in Bright. The Centre provides a place for integration of children’s services with other community groups including: family day care, integrated children’s services, long day care service, kindergarten, Bright Toy Library, Bright Playgroup, Maternal and Child Health Care, Bright P-12 College, Garden Club and Landcare Group.




This grant funded the provision of materials, construction and installation of a shelter and seat for visitors to the Cemetery. To replace old seats and provide comfort to visitors.






young mums

“All About Me” Project Gateway Community Health

GATEWAY COMMUNITY HEALTH for the “ALL ABOUT ME” Project for Young Mums. $4,700
Designed to attract young mothers back into education and increase their participation in education by building confidence and self esteem. Running three hourly sessions over ten weeks the program will cover topics such as self care, stress, personal values, decision making, goal setting, nutrition, communication and healthy relationships. The project aims to facilitate links with services relevant to young mothers, to further educational opportunities as well as social and community networks.




YES Youth & Family Services "Strong Young Women" Project: Recipients 2012

YES Youth & Family Services “Strong Young Women” Project: Recipients 2012


The grant funded 3 x 8 week programs over a 12 month period to improve the wellbeing and leadership of young women 13-14 years old. Students from secondary schools in the Albury region were referred to the program which covered issues including resilience, self esteem, family, communication, leadership, community involvement and self development.





Recipient - Making A Difference Program - Gateway Community Health

Making A Difference Program – Gateway Community Health

Community Health and Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation in partnership with the YMCA of Wodonga provide this program targeted at young at risk and disengaged women between 8-18 in the Wodonga region. This is an ongoing program which has been running for two years. The project is focused on empowerment, leadership and building the skills and knowledge of young women whilst promoting healthy life style choices.





hume coast guardLAKE HUME VOLUNTEER COAST GUARD was the recipient of a Border Trust 2011 Grant of $5000.00 for the purchase of a VHF Repeater. This radio repeater will enable rescue services to communicate over a wider area eliminating a communications “black spot”.

The repeater, which will be built on Huon Hill Wodonga, will enable communication with Police, Police Air Wing & Water Police boats as well as the boating public. Geographical obstructions have hampered communication but installation of the VHF repeater will rectify this.
The VHF Repeater will greatly improve search & rescue operations and have the potential to save lives.


PARKLANDS ALBURY WODONGA were awarded a $2000 grant for the project “Improving Accessibility to Regional Parklands”. The Parklands_web_homeproject engages Murray Valley Centre disability volunteers as participants in the project.

Achievements included the installation of directional markers & signage along Parklands Albury Wodonga tracks on Gateway Island, Mc Farlanes Hill and Baranduda.



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Sponsored by Adroit Insurance Group, Aspect Riverina School was succesful in obtaining a grant to purchase Speech & Language Assessment Tools  for use by therapy staff at the school.


YWCA “Young Women Leading Change” Grant Program


eat well shoppingGateway Community Health – Street Harvest Project: $5,000

The project involved vulnerable youth in middle high school in a food production program with the Community Gardening Network, Trudewind Road Neighbourhood House and Food Share Albury Wodonga. The project promotes a healthy lifestyle message and enhances the participants involvement in the community.




Ronald McDonald Family Room – Wodonga Hospital- $4,100.

Grant of $4100 to establish a Mothers and Premature Babies Group. This is a support group for families of premature babies providing education & care around health issues of premature birth.



Albury Wodonga Youth Emergency Services Ltd (YES Youth Family Services) received a grant of $2000 for the “Girls on the Go Program”. This is a nine week course, supporting young women with negative body image and disordered eating patterns.


prem baby ronald mcdonald fam room wodongaMurrumbridgee NSW Local Health Network. The recipients of a $5000 grant for the “Getting Ahead of Post Natal Depression Course” at the Mother Baby Unit, Mercy Hospital, Albury. This project provides a support group and education course for families with multiple vulnerabilities to manage post natal depression.



2011 Back To Reality Foundation Grant Recipients

Parklands_1Parklands Albury Wodonga received a $2500 grant for the “Work On the Wild Side Project” – a youth mentoring program for at risk/disadvantaged youth identified by local high schools. Students mentored by the Parklands Ranger – working on Parklands Albury /Wodonga projects including track reconstruction & revegetation.




Holbrook_ASSCCommunity Technology Centre – Holbrook Library received a $2500 grant to set up the After School Study Club for K-12 students within the Greater Hume shire.

Congratulations to the Community Technology Centre at Holbrook – the Greater Hume Shire has recognised this project as a success and anticipates continuing the program, across the three locations in 2013.



Midnight Basketball Association received a $2500 grant towards running the 2011 Midnight Basketball Tournament in Albury.



Carevan Foundation received a grant for $2500 for the “Kids Caring and Cooking for Carevan” project. The project involves Year 9 students participating in a cooking program run by Carevan cooking meals for the Carevan project. Grant requested to pay for cost of meals cooked by high school students over a 40 week program. This cooking program has since extended across more schools and is continuing to provide high school students with opportunities to help those less fortunate.



musicability logoWILD ABOUT YOU Performance by MusicAbilities Wild Choir & Wild Things Band

The Border Trust grants made available by the Back To Reality Foundation and the Albury Wodonga YWCA were used to support a twelve month project where professional musicians, performers, singers and dancers participated as mentors for the MusicAbility participants, culminating in the outstanding “Wild About You” performance held at the Albury Entertainment Centre in September 2011.

musicability showcase







Albury Wodonga Community College “EAT WELL DO WELL PROJECT”.

eat well proj

The project, for young female students between 15 – 20 years of age, aimed to increase self esteem, promote healthy lifestyles and develop an understanding and capacity to educationally focus.






ywca recipient 2011 bubbaliciousBased in Culcairn this program supported young mothers (Under 25) located in the Greater Hume Shire and provided relevant education and social activities to enhance their employment and educational opportunities.