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Surf Life Saving Foundation - jet ski

The Grant Seeking Unit achieved excellent results again this year securing $4.8 million in grant funding for the movement and lodging 406 grants, an increase of 9.1% on the previous year.

This year a number of ‘firsts’ were achieved for the movement with Surf Life Saving New South Wales and its clubs raising an unprecedented $2.1 million in grant funding, an increase of $1.2 million on the previous year. Record results were also achieved for Surf Life Saving Tasmania and Life Saving Victoria with both States and their respective clubs having achieved their highest return in grant funding since the GSU was created in 2009. Surf Life Saving Queensland repeated their outstanding prior year performance with over $1 million in grant funding being achieved for their programs and clubs.

The GSU, with the support of the States and the NT, continues to work closely with the volunteers at a grassroots level, assisting to alleviate the pressure of raising valuable funds that enable them to continue their vital work in communities throughout Australia.

The Grant Seeking Unit achieved excellent results again this year securing $4.8 million in grant funding for the movement and lodging 406 grants, an increase of 9.1% on the previous year.

John Villiers Trust

Through the generous support of the John Villiers Trust, Surf Life Saving Queensland piloted the Indigenous Youth Bronze Medallion and Certificate II Public Safety Program in Cairns. The project was aimed at removing existing barriers to participation for indigenous communities in Surf Life Saving through education and training in lifesaving, first aid, resuscitation and emergency care. An important aspect of the program also included communications training to provide the necessary tools to be able to speak confidently with the public when on patrol.

The Program attracted 17 participants from the Clontarf Foundation with all achieving their Bronze Medallion and Certificate II in Public Safety. These founding participants have become members of Cairns SLSC or Ellis Beach SLSC where they will commence active patrol duty, expand their communications skills with the public when on patrol, and undertake further training to broaden their knowledge as first responders on our beaches.

Surf Live Saving values seed funding for this project provided by the John Villiers Trust and proudly share this story as an example of the power of philanthropy in our community.

Grant Seeking Unit - Indigenous Youth Bronze Medallion

Indigenous Youth Bronze Medallion - Cairns

Participants at their award ceremony receiving their Bronze Medallion and Certificate II in Public Safety

Indigenous Youth Bronze Medallion participants

Following a rigorous training session, participants were interviewed by local media


North Entrance Surf Life Saving Club – Stepping Up!! Connecting Disadvantaged Youth to the Community

Stepping Up!!, an initiative of North Entrance Surf Life Saving Club, received funding from FRRR Innovation for Community Impact Funding Program to provide essential equipment to deliver a 2-year training and education program to disadvantaged youth at a Juvenile Justice Centre in NSW. Through the program activities, qualified volunteer lifesavers work to break down the barriers these young people experience and improve their overall physical, mental and social well-being facilitating social integration whilst gaining valuable skills that lead to employment options and further development through training at their local Surf Life Saving Club.

The program introduces youth to a much-loved community recreational activity that facilitates connecting them to their local community, provides a gathering place with focus and purpose, and introduces them to an organisation that has strong ties to the surrounding community.


Department of Health and Human Services

In 2018, Surf Life Saving Tasmania trialled an accessible beach program for youth with a disability – the program involved 20 volunteer surf lifesavers and saw 14 youth participate in a ‘Come and Try’ Day at Long Beach, Sandy Bay. The trial was overwhelmingly successful with demand from the community for further programs. The Department of Health and Human Services provided funding from their Community Support Levy to purchase modified surf and beach equipment to secure the establishment of a community based safe surf education program for youth with a disability, their carers, parents and families. The program offered participants a recreational activity in the local community that promotes safety, healthy lifestyles and offered families with a disability an opportunity to come together and collectively enjoy one of Australia’s favourite pastimes – our great Australian beaches.

Teaching kicking and balancing skills on the soft rescue board

Teaching kicking and balancing skills on the soft rescue board

Participants learning how to paddle on modified rescue boards with volunteers

Participants learning how to paddle on modified rescue boards with volunteers

Table of Grants Received to 30 June 2018  >