Round Five of the With One Voice Social Franchise Start-up fund is open and will run until the 2nd of March.
Local community groups, social businesses and not-for-profits wanting to promote social inclusion and tackle loneliness, isolation and disadvantage in their community are invited to apply. Each successful applicant will receive a $10,000 Start-up Grant and join a 12-month intensive mentoring program to create their socially inclusive choir.
The With One Voice social franchise initiative was launched in 2016 by award winning social entrepreneur and Creativity Australia Founder and Chair, Tania de Jong AM. The vision is to create positive social and economic outcomes for individuals, communities and organisations through song. To date, Creativity Australia has awarded 6 grants to individuals and organisations over the past 18 months.
“Creativity Australia’s fourteen With One Voice choirs are helping diverse people break cycles of isolation and disadvantage and discover pathways to better future. When many diverse voices come together as one on a regular basis, the outcomes are transformational.” Tania said.
The choirs cultivate social cohesiveness, empowerment and wellbeing, providing a joyful place for people to find their voice, friends, mentors, learn English, improve self-esteem, build skills and employability and find work.
Organisations or individuals planning to apply for a grant must address the seven selection criteria and identify how singing in a group can inspire personal growth and create wellbeing and social cohesiveness within their community.
Applicants need to present a strong social franchise offer that is both practical and sustainable. They also must identify how a choir will create new social connections and extend opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds and how they will develop new skills, community cohesion and improve wellbeing.
Founder & CEO of Centre for Hope in Windale, Geraldine Moran, says “With One Voice perfectly encapsulates the unity we want to create for our community. Mentoring is such a powerful tool, and through the With One Voice mentoring program we are learning quickly, safely and in a supported manner.”
For more information and to apply for a place in the With One Voice Start Up project, visit www.creativityaustralia.org.au/start