In April and May 2016, nearly 2,500 people took part in allocating $1 million to improve the wellbeing of South Australians. They were tasked with making the difficult decision of selecting which projects to support from the 62 applications.

As a result of their decision-making, nearly $994,000 was allocated to sixteen projects to help a diverse range of South Australians. Read about the funded projects below. We’ll post updates about the projects here as they come available.

People affected by domestic violence or abuse

Safe Kennels project: to further develop the Safe Kennels project that provides temporary accommodation and support for the pets of people leaving a domestic violence situation

Silence Kills: to produce three films raising the awareness of the impact of domestic violence

$trength in Numbers: to provide financial counselling to people leaving a domestic violence situation

People who are homeless or at risk of homelessness

Homeless Beans Coffee Cart: to help homeless people gain the skills they need to re-enter the workforce by providing them vocational training on a coffee cart

Volunteer Coordinator: to fund a coordinator role to organise and manage programs for women experiencing homelessness

People with a disability or chronic health issue

Choose Your Own Adventure: a program to increase tourism opportunities across South Australia for people with a physical disability

Kids Equipment and Services Van: to purchase a van for mobile delivery and repair of equipment for children with disabilities

Solar Panels for Leukaemia: to install solar panels at the Bridgestone Australia Leukaemia Foundation Village, reducing the cost for users of the service

Children affected by the criminal justice system

Rescuing Prisoners’ Kids: to employ a diversion worker to help break the inter-generational cycle of crime by working with the children of prisoners

People who are isolated, vulnerable or experiencing disadvantage

Connect and Protect: to build a mobile, low-cost pet microchipping service for disadvantaged people

Heart and Soul Food Assistance and Food for the Community: to purchase equipment to expand these food collection and distribution services

Helping Nature Helping People and Nature For You: improving the mental and physical health of people by connecting them with nature

Education Kitchen: to fund a new kitchen classroom to improve nutritional and food awareness

Rooftop Solar Panels: to install a solar PV system on Foodbank’s premises, reducing operating costs allowing more funding to support their activities.