Recipients of Bankwest Foundation Social Media Grants announced

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30 January 2015

The recipients of the 2015 Bankwest Foundation Social Media Grants have been announced, with ten WA not-for-profit organisations each receiving $10,000 grants to design and develop their social media strategy.

Foodbank WA, Kalparrin, UnitingCare West, The Centre for Cerebral Palsy, Volunteering WA, Activ Foundation, AWESOME Arts Australia, Volunteer Task Force, Baptistcare and Wagin Agriculture Society have been announced as the recipients of the grants. These grants were made possible through the partnership between the Bankwest Foundation and the Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF), which was formed in September 2014.

ASF CEO, Amy Lyden, said she was thrilled to be part of this amazing initiative which addresses such a critical need in the community sector.

“These organisations will have access to cutting edge social media expertise with the help of Hancock Creative and as a result, their organisations will be stronger and able to better engage with their volunteers and other supporters to further their cause. In turn, the communities they serve will also benefit greatly,” said Ms Lyden

The grant program will be delivered by Hancock Creative, who will provide the recipients with ongoing media training, mentorship, development and support with the added aim of attracting and retaining a strong volunteer workforce.

Hancock Creative Director, Alecia Hancock said that many of these organisations rely heavily on the support of volunteers, but are struggling to know the right way to gain and retain volunteers in today’s tech-savvy media world.

“This is a unique one-of-a-kind program designed to help organisations gain new volunteers and retain and nurture their existing volunteer workforce using social media. Each grant recipient will be guided through developing a thorough social media strategy, with our team holding their hand for the entire year”, said Ms Hancock

The Bankwest Foundation was launched in 2013 with a mission to improve the well-being of Australians by enabling the implementation of significant and meaningful community initiatives in Western Australia and nationally.

Bankwest Foundation chair, Carolyn Kidd, said the Bankwest Foundation was proud to be offering these grants as a commitment to one of the Foundation’s four areas of focus which is to promote, encourage and recognise volunteering and civic leadership.

“Our goal by offering these social media grants is to support the growth and retention of WA volunteers by enabling the successful recipient organisations to better engage with their volunteer workforce through social media platforms,” Ms Kidd said.

The Bankwest Foundation will be offering another ten social media grants worth $10,000 each, with applications open in December 2015. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the ASF website for further information at www.scholarships.org.au.

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