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Be rewarded for enriching the lives of Springfield Rise residents

Are you looking to start a program, initiative or event that enriches the lives of our residents? Then we want to hear from you!

Through a partnership between Lendlease and the Community Enterprise Foundation, the Springfield Rise Community Grants Program is an initiative which aims to build capacity of local community groups, not-for-profits and social enterprises through projects and initiatives that support environmental, economic and social outcomes.

With a funding pool of $10,000, we’re looking to fund organisations, groups, schools or clubs that are trying to achieve the following:

  • Educate or up-skill the community;
  • Connect and strengthen relationships within the community
  • Assist the start-up and ongoing support of community groups, programs, social enterprise;
  • Celebrate the stories of Springfield Rise’s past and present and/or
  • Activate public space.

If you’re chasing inspiration from a former grant recipient, look no further than Makayla Finch – an inspiring 15-year-old Springfield Rise resident who launched her own social enterprise that seeks to both improve mental health and raise awareness for mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression.

Makayla launched the I AM Project after being empowered by Springfield Central State High School’s ‘Future Anything’ program. As a grant recipient through Round 2 of the Springfield Rise Community Grants program, Makayla was able to make her initiative even bigger and better – allowing her to continue making keychains with positive affirmations on them.

“Dark negative thoughts are like viruses,” says Makayla. “They lead to more serious issues like depression, anxiety and even suicide. This is why I created The I AM Project; to help every person to know that they are loved, they are worthy and that their life matters!”

The I AM Project positive affirmation keychains are made on sustainably sourced bamboo, with 10% of all profits being donated to Beyond Blue.


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Makayla Finch, founder of The I AM Project


The Springfield Rise Community Grants Program has also recently supported programs, groups and events such as:

  1. Support for youth nights by The Rekon Youth Outreach Service
  2. Outside the Locker Room – a mental health program with local schools and sporting clubs
  3. Junior coach development at the Pioneers Basketball Club
  4. Funding to support the upgrade of the soup kitchen roller door at the Vedanta Centre
  5. Brass instruments for the Hymba Yumba Independent School
  6. Scouting flags for the newly established Springfield Scout Group

We’ve made applying for the next round of grants easy and accessible for everyone. Simply click here to read the full terms and conditions to ensure you’re eligible, then visit the Community Enterprise Foundation website here to apply!

Applications will be assessed on how well project outcomes align with Lendlease’s social, economic, and environmental priority areas.

Grants close on Friday, 3 June 2022 so don’t delay – get in quick and apply today!