Foundation funding focus on environment and mental health

5 min·10 Jul, 2022

More than $240,000 of support has been awarded to grassroots organisations working to support our environment and communities nation-wide.

Morris Family Foundation approved funding to five projects at its recent board meeting working in the key impact areas of environment and climate; regenerative food systems; and mental health and wellbeing.

One of the foundation’s major partners, Greenpeace Australia Pacific, received renewed funding to expand their highly successful REenergise campaign.

Over the past two years the campaign has seen 21 major Australian companies commit to 100 per cent renewable energy, which will result in reducing the country’s carbon emissions by 6.7 million tonnes per year.

The next phase of the campaign will focus on increasing the uptake of electric vehicles through corporate fleets and government policy.

Existing partners The Resilience Project and the Mornington Peninsula Foundation were approved for funding to continue their work delivering resilience, mental health and wellbeing programs at schools on the Mornington Peninsula.

The program works to build resilience and provide opportunities to discuss mental health among teachers, students, and parents. This is the third year of funding two schools that do not have the means to fund the program themselves.

Three brand new projects were funded via Sustainable Table for their work in building a regenerative food system.

The foundation contributed to funding to support two farmer networks, the Central Queensland Landscape Alliance and Regenerative Cane Farming Network.

Both networks provide support and knowledge-sharing amongst farmers to help lead the transformation of their region’s agricultural practices from conventional to regenerative.

Funding was also provided to Sustainable Table to support the growth and development of Kandanga Farm Store on the Sunshine Coast.

The farm store is regenerative farming-focused alternative to conventional rural supply stores that provides information and products that enable and support regenerative farming practices.

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