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Community foundation’s latest grants to help job pathways

August 26th, 2022

Ten community organisations in Melbourne’s inner northern suburbs, across the performing arts, environmental education, social enterprise, and a Neighbourhood House are among the recipients of the latest Pathways to Employment Fund provided by the Inner North Community Foundation.

The grants, announced today, provided $20,000 to 10 organisations across the three municipalities of Darebin, Moreland and Yarra.

The Foundation has made grants since its inception 15 years ago, to support projects that help remove barriers to work. Four months ago, it was announced that INCF, the Darebin, Moreland and Yarra councils plus IntoWork Australia - a not-for-profit which focusses on employment, skills and support - had entered in to a 30-year partnership to support pathways to employment.

Since 1983, the three council have worked through IntoWork to strengthen pathways to employment in the inner-northern area. In 2007, IntoWork founded the Inner North Community Foundation to foster job opportunities and economic inclusion across the region.

Under the new arrangement, the three councils have relinquished their controlling interest in IntoWork and have committed to supporting the on-going partnership for the benefit of local jobseekers.

That means that until 2051, IntoWork will support the Pathways to Employment Fund with an annual contribution of more than $200,000 and additional funding that contributes to INCF’s core operational funding.

“It will impact the lives of thousands of local people, and signal to the community that we are not going anywhere,’’ Carolyn Phiddian, Chair, of INCF said.

 “We all have a role to play – business, not-for-profit and individuals – in supporting local communities to thrive.’’ 

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