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Paul Ramsay Foundation’s Peer to Peer Program funding announced

December 04th, 2019

Five new initiatives from across Australia have been given development funding to help tackle local disadvantage, courtesy of a new philanthropy program that involves peer organisations in decision making.

The Paul Ramsay Foundation’s Peer to Peer Program, which is run in partnership with Philanthropy Australia, brought together 10 Australian not-for-profit organisations to use problem-solving methodology to reduce disadvantage.

At the end of the peer review - held in Sydney in October - five proposals were given $150,000 with additional capability support in the next year to develop the other five initiatives. 

The five organisations are:

Hands Up Mallee, in Victoria’s northern Mallee region, seeking to bring together local leaders and services to improve health and education outcomes for young families in the area.

Burnet Institute is seeking to help address the issue of recidivism and work with key stakeholders including people with lived experience to design programs that address the root causes of re-offending.

GoodCycles, a social enterprise that plans to provide employment to young people in Liverpool (NSW), who are at risk of entrenched unemployment and contact with the criminal justice system. See the full Good Cycles story here.

The Benevolent Society will co-design and implement a program to provide parenting support to vulnerable young parents who have been in out of home care.

The Fitzroy Legal Service and the University of Melbourne will create a new model for supporting the decision-making of people with disability to improve their participation in the justice system and achiever control and agency in their lives.

The Paul Ramsay Foundation has allocated almost $1 million to support organisations taking on these new projects in their early stages of development. Foundation CEO Professor Glyn Davis said the new approach was just one of the ways the Foundation would help break the cycle of disadvantage.

“We are in the early stage of a new focus on supporting under-resourced communities in the most effective way possible,’’ Professor Davies said.

The Peer to Peer program is described as a devolved form of philanthropy that involves peer organisations in decision-making.

Watch the video below to hear more from the program's participants.

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