The Internal Grants Program is the heart of the Southern Cross Care Community Foundation – turning fundraising revenue into real-world outcomes that improve the lives of people in our community.

Through the program, we seek to provide opportunities for creative and innovative projects to support people in our community to be Better for life - free from loneliness and isolation.

Since 2015, we have funded dozens of projects including that have had wonderful outcomes for the community. An excellent example is the Dementia Friendly Cinema, which received funding in 2019. Different to a regular trip to the movies, Dementia Friendly Cinema sessions are held with the lights on, the volume lower than normal and plenty of qualified staff on-hand to help clients with dementia to enjoy their cinema experience. In addition, the movie is usually a musical to encourage singing and reminiscing.

Other projects funded by the Internal Grants Program have included gardening initiatives, health literacy programs, technology programs and much more.

The good news is, by sharing the stories of how the program has enriched the lives of our older Australians, we have seen an increase in response to our donation appeals!