A grant from Ballarat's community foundation will give families experiencing poverty the chance to enjoy a weekend away together.
The Wendouree West Exodus Community received a $6000 grant from the Ballarat Foundation to run its Family Camp.
Volunteers Elly Green and Malcolm Burns said the funding would help subsidise accommodation costs for Wendouree families to spend a weekend away in the Grampians.
Mr Burns said many families would not otherwise be able to afford to enjoy time away together.
"It is an opportunity these families might not otherwise have. These people are housebound," he said.
"It builds great relationships and friendships between the children and the families," Ms Green said.
"Some of them come every year and it is the only time they get away."
Some of them come every year and it is the only time they get away.Elly Green, Wendouree West Exodus Community
Ballarat Foundation announced $100,000 worth of grants to 19 community organisations during a morning tea on Wednesday.
The funding will help multicultural women's social enterprise cafe A Pot of Courage establish developmental pathways and training.
Ballarat Community Health will use a $2500 grant to establish a 'Go4Green' program to improve access to healthier plant-based foods at schools.
The Mercy Connect refugee mentoring program received funding to provide trained mentors for in class support to students.
The Courier Charity Fund awarded a $9400 grant for Wendouree Neighbourhood Centre to purchase equipment to improve its hospitality training program and $15,000 for the BreezeWay Meals Program.
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All grants related to Ballarat Foundation's four key pillars of food security, housing security, early childhood development and youth success.
Ballarat Foundation chief executive Andrew Eales said community organisations and projects required more support than ever as demand for their services continued to grow.
"The Ballarat Foundation is pleased to be able to provide funding where it is most needed to ensure all members of our community are well supported," he said.
Chairperson Wayne Weir said it was an 'enormous' community effort to be able to distribute the funds.
"It is the job of local government to build community, it is organisations like the foundation's responsibility to make community," he said.
"We as a community can do so much."
Ballarat Foundation distributed $230,000 worth of grants in 2020 in response to pandemic needs.
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