Young people across Australia have benefited from more than $1.5 million in funding over the past three years, thanks to support from the Employee Connected Grants program, an initiative of the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation.
With recipients including organisations such as Mission Australia, Save Our Sons, and Cerebral Palsy Alliance, the grants have provided a wide variety of initiatives with much-needed financial support; from creative writing programs and youth disability services, to support for young refugees and asylum seekers.
Each year the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation invites eligible employees of Coca-Cola Australia and Coca-Cola Amatil to nominate a charity they have a personal connection with. Each charity also aligns with the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation’s mission to promote moments of happiness and possibilities for young people.
Malcolm Hudson, Chair of the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation, said: “Employees of Coca-Cola Australia and Coca-Cola Amatil share a mutual passion for making a positive impact on Australian communities. The Employee Connected Grants program is an extension of this passion, helping local charities and organisations deliver important programs and services to young Australians.
“The positive feedback from our charity partners continues to fuel our commitment to nurturing more meaningful engagement between young Australians and their communities."
Since the philanthropic fund was established in 2002, the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation has provided more than $14 million in funding to hundreds of organisations across Australia.
The Employee Connected Grant program is just one example of the support the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation provides. The Coca-Cola Australia Foundation also supports three national charities through the Flagship Grants program, with up to $200,000 provided per year for three consecutive years. Current Flagship Grant partners are The Song Room, Raise Foundation and The Carers Foundation.
To be eligible for a Coca-Cola Australia Foundation grant, it is required that charity missions are relevant to young Australians aged 13 to 19 years and address their happiness, optimism, empowerment and wellbeing for a positive life.
Click here to learn more about the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation.