Real children, real needs – grants aimed at helping children living in disadvantage

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Australia is an amazing country to call home. Our citizens stand up for what is right, band together against threats and support one another in times of need. But there are still thousands of Australians living in poor conditions who need our help. And many of these Australians are children.

We all want to help. But how? Part of the answer could be with the new grants program from Real Insurance that will provide not-for-profit children’s charities and organisations with much-needed financial aid. If you belong to a school’s P&C, community group, sporting club or any other organisation that supports children, then here’s how you can benefit from this amazing support.

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Real Needs is encouraging not-for-profit organisations working with children in need to apply for charitable funding which will enable them to address the growing issues faced by Australia’s youth. In a recent Galaxy poll commissioned by Real Insurance, 57 per cent of those surveyed agreed that Australia is above average when it comes to looking after disadvantaged people within the community. However, whilst we are well aware of the problems of poverty and the disadvantaged people within our community, many of us are not fully aware of the extent of the effect it can have on our children.

In the same poll, 77 per cent of people underestimated the number of children classified as disadvantaged in Australia. There are programs and organisations designed to help our youth but many are not getting the support they need. While the majority of those surveyed agreed that there needs to be more support for children in key areas such as education, counselling, health care and food services, most people are unsure how to provide this support.

This is why Real Insurance introduced the Real Needs Community Grants program.  In the interest of giving back to the community and ensuring that children’s charities are getting adequate support to help children, the Real Needs program provides monthly grants in increments of $5000, $10,000 and $20,000 to not-for-profit organisations working with children. This money can be used by the charities to provide more support to the children who need it most.

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Kimberley O’Brien, principal child psychologist at The Quirky Kid Clinic, and one of the judges brought on board to assist with the Real Needs grants program, said “there should never be barriers to children receiving the essential services that many of these charities provide.” Real Insurance strives to help break down these barriers and hopes to make a real difference to children across Australia.

With one million dollars invested in this initiative, all not-for-profit organisations supporting children up to the age of 18 years that are registered charities, community groups or services, sporting clubs or hospital community programs are encouraged to apply. If you belong to a school’s P&C, community group, sporting club or any other children’s not-for-profit organisation, then you may be eligible for financial assistance to support your cause.

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While the Real Needs program only launched last month, Real Insurance entered the Australian market in 2005 with a goal of protecting the quality of people’s lives and making insurance simple and easy to understand. Mark Reid, CEO of Greenstone (the distributor of Real Insurance), told us, “Through this contribution, we hope to make a positive difference to children in need across the country.”

At Babyology we see great potential in the Real Needs community grants program and hope that our readers will too. While individually we may not be able to contribute to each and every children’s charity, a community grants program like Real Needs can make a major difference. Find out more about the program and whether your organisation is eligible to apply by visiting Real Needs and passing on this important message to those who may benefit from this support.

(This is a sponsored post for Real Insurance)

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