COVID-19 Update from Gandel Foundation (8 June 2021)


The Board of Directors of Gandel Foundation recently allocated grants and support for the third phase of funding in support of charities working to address the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 emergency.

In this third phase Gandel Foundation has allocated a total of $1.34 million in grants to 21 organisations.

Some of the key issues addressed in the third phase include:

  • General operating support to assist organisations in delivering on their core mission;
  • Support for educational needs of Indigenous and vulnerable and disadvantaged students;
  • Food security in the community;
  • Addressing the mental health needs in the community;
  • Developing employment pathways for at-risk groups; and
  • Supporting a range of needs of refugees and asylum seekers.

Below is a full list of grant recipients with a brief description of the funded activity.

COVID-19 Grant Recipients in June 2021 (in alphabetical order):

1. Organisation: 100 Story Building

Purpose: digitisation of the Early Harvest student-led literacy and editorial program, with the associated ‘digital studio’ development

2. Organisation: Access

Purpose: general operating support to meet the growth in demand for their services

3. Organisation: Adelaide Holocaust Museum and Steiner Education Centre

Purpose: general operating support to strengthen their educational activities and school connections

4. Organisation: Arts Centre Melbourne

Purpose: in support of the Arts Wellbeing Collective

5. Organisation: Australian Schools Plus

Purpose: support for the ‘recovery for COVID-affected schools’ initiative in the south-east of Melbourne

6. Organisation: CareerSeekers

Purpose: support for internship and employment program, creating jobs for humanitarian visa entrants

7. Organisation: Council of Single Mothers and their Children

Purpose: support for COVID-recovery employment pathways and coaching

8. Organisation FareShare

Purpose: Support for increase in food assistance to the most vulnerable

9. Organisation: Foodbank Victoria

Purpose: Support for increase in food assistance to the most vulnerable

10. Organisation: Ganbina

Purpose: general operating support for their programs helping Indigenous students

11. Organisation: Good Cycles

Purpose: support for the future social enterprise Hub that will generate employment opportunities for youth at risk

12. Organisation: Hatzolah

Purpose: general operating support to deliver medical services in the community

13. Organisation: Jewish Children’s Aid Society

Purpose: support for students with special needs who need educational assistance at school

14. Organisation: Melbourne City Mission

Purpose: general operating support to deliver services to young people at risk of homelessness

15. Organisation: Melbourne Jewish Charity Fund

Purpose: general operating support to deliver food and other assistance to vulnerable families

16. Organisation: National Disability Services

Purpose: support for the ‘career and school to work transition’ pilot program for students with a disability

17. Organisation: Oz Harvest

Purpose: Support for increase in food assistance to the most vulnerable

18. Organisation: Refugee Legal

Purpose: general operating support to deliver legal services to asylum seekers, including through their Fast-Track Clinic program

19. Organisation: Smiling Mind

Purpose: support to develop and deliver a new model of self-care for primary school children, the digital learning project

20. Organisation: St Kilda Gatehouse

Purpose: support for the growing needs of the Young Women’s Project

21. Organisation: UJEB

Purpose: general operating support to help re-establish their in-school programs and learning



Funding allocated in the first phase (April 2020): $1.27M

Funding allocated in the second phase (December 2020): $1.115M


Gandel Foundation is committed to supporting the Australian community and the not-for-profit sector through the ongoing difficulties and challenges posed by the COVID-19 emergency.

As a result, the general Community Grants program of Gandel Foundation remains temporarily closed for applications. This decision was made with the aim of concentrating our efforts on the COVID-19 response, which currently still continues.

This situation is under review all the time, as the COVID situation remains uncertain. Nevertheless, Directors of Gandel Foundation continue to retain flexibility to respond to some smaller scale grant requests, related to COVID-19 or otherwise, through direct communication with our past, current and potential future grant partners.