The Impact Fund Grants Program was created to assist BHC residents facing financial difficulty to reach their goals around education, employment, participation and digital connection. We congratulate all our Round 1 Grant recipients and thank everyone who applied. Read on to hear from Belinda, one of our Connect Grant recipients, as she shares her experience with the BHC Impact Fund Grant Program.
In October 2021 Belinda became one of BHC’s first Connect Grant recipients through the Impact Fund Grant Program. After finding out about the grant program from her Housing Manager, Belinda completed an application and sent it through to BHC with her supporting documentation for assessment. Once the grant round closed in October, all applications were presented to the Grant Evaluation Panel. Belinda’s application was assessed alongside the other Connect Grant applications. In late October BHC was thrilled to let Belinda know her application had been successful and shortly after sharing this exciting news, we sat down with Belinda to find out exactly what receiving the Connect Grant will mean for her.
Since beginning her tenancy with BHC two years ago, Belinda has wanted to undertake further studies and education to create new employment opportunities, but she did not have access to a computer to do this. When Round 1 of the BHC Impact Fund Grants Program opened in September 2021, Belinda’s Housing Manager encouraged her to complete a Connect Grant application for a laptop so she could begin her studies. Whilst applying for a grant might feel overwhelming, Belinda said that the application form gave her examples and information which assisted her in completing it correctly.
Thanks to the Connect Grant, Belinda is now the proud recipient of a new laptop and is looking forward to achieving her education and employment goals. She plans to enrol in an Aged Care course next year and will be undertaking an online Responsible Service of Alcohol course, which will support her career in the hospitality industry.
Belinda says she would encourage all BHC residents to apply for one of the Impact Fund Grants (Educate & Participate Grant or Connect Grant) as they can support people to achieve or even enhance their goals and increase their success.
Congratulations again Belinda, we wish you all the best with your upcoming studies!