The Babes Project believes in the power of community and thanks the following groups for their generous contribution to our Babes community. Their support of our work means hundreds of women are not alone as they face the challenges of motherhood.
The Babes Project approached the Victorian State Government with a budget bid in 2020-21 in an effort to fill a financial gap due to the impacts of Covid-19 on the sector. As a result we were thrilled to receive $140,000 in funding from the State Government in January 2022 to ensure the Frankston Centre could continue to work with women from the Mornington Peninsula region.
Specifically, this will mean that The Babes Project will be able to include a higher number of women into the Frankston program than in the previous two years, providing them with essential education and support throughout their pregnancy and first year of baby's life.
Special thanks to Tien Kieu MP, Member of Legislative Council for South East Metropolitan Region and Paul Edbrooke MP, State Member for Frankston for their advocacy of The Babes Project to receive funding.
The Dorman Family Foundation have generously supported the work of The Babes Project over the past three years. This began in 2020 with a $16,750 contribution towards our Victorian Centre's Incentive Program, followed by $25,000 in 2021 to ensure we could respond to the rapidly growing need for our services post-Covid. This year we're excited to receive $35,000 in funding from the Dorman Foundation to continue our vital work educating and supporting women as they become parents.
We are so thankful for their amazing support which makes a significant impact on many young families.
The Australian Government provides local communities with small grants to assist with retaining volunteers through the Community Grants Hub. We were successful in getting some of this funding through Member for Dunkley, Peta Murphy
Peta has visited our Frankston site and met some of the women impacted by our service. We are thankful for her support in advocating for The Babes Project in funding $3796 for rescources at our Frankston Centre.
The Bank of Melbourne Foundation generously donated $50,000 in April 2021 towards the development and implementation of our new Empowered Mamas Program which aims to support women in subsequent pregnancies. This funding will The Babes Project to ensure the women we work with have the opportunity to create positive outcomes for her family. This is in addition to $50,000 donated by the Bank of Melbourne Foundation in 2019 which launched our Perinatal Education Program giving vulnerable women access to the very best information about pregnancy, birth and parenting.
We are thrilled that the Bank of Melbourne Foundation believes in empowering young families and that with the development of our programs The Babes Project can provide a consistent model of care for all women seeking help. We look forward to increasing our capacity to include many more young families due to the support of the Bank of Melbourne Foundation.
The Department of Health contributed $240,000 in 2019 toward the operational costs of the Babes Project throughout Australia. This funding was to support vulnerable pregnant and postnatal women and their families to enable them to better care for themselves and their families by providing:
• access to pregnancy and parenting advice and support services specific to their needs;
• access to local health and community services specific to their needs; and
• health literacy education and care specific to their needs.
We are thankful for the generous support of several granting bodies whose investment in our programs and services ensure we can be there for the vulnerable women and their babies who need us. In 2020-2021 this included:
The Queensland Community Foundation, who granted The Babes Project Cairns $3000 to equip vulnerable women in the Far North Queensland region with Birth and Baby Packs in preparation for becoming a mother. These packs are used as resources to educate and equip women for her birth experience and to encourage proactiveness in preparing for her baby.
Tobin Brothers Foundation supported The Babes Project Frankston's need for Program resources for our expectant and new mums by providing a $5000 grant in 2020/21.
Frankston City Council contributed a $2000 grant towards The Babes Project Frankston's covid recovery plan which will ensure new women in our program get a nappy bag and new mums basket to ensure they're prepared for their new baby.
Maroondah City Council granted The Babes Project Croydon $4600 in 2020/21 to ensure 24 women had access to our Perinatal Program by funding the baby and parenting resource packs given in the program.
The Inger Rice Foundation funded The Babes Project Cairns $6382 in 2020 to ensure the women in Far North Queensland had access to the baby furniture needed to provide a safe environment for their babies
For more information about Grants or Partnerships please email our team at [email protected]