7 December 2022

Annual Report highlights benefits of working together

The John Villiers Trust (JVT) Annual Report 2022 highlights and celebrates the successes of our grantees, and the transformative change that can be achieved through active engagement and strong partnerships.

Over the past year, JVT has focused on doing better together – building partnerships and collaboration to leverage collective resources for rural, regional and remote Queensland communities. The Trust is committed to working with  like-minded organisations whose projects are community based, and have multiple, deep, and long-lasting impacts that will outlast JVT’s involvement. The idea is that by sharing connections, learnings, knowledge and resources, we can achieve more.

In 2022, JVT approved $690,000 in five new grants, distributed $602,352 in grant payments and leveraged $7.8million in co-funding. The grants awarded in 2022 supported efforts where grantees’ complementary knowledge, connections and experience enhance the impact of their grant.

CEO Lea-Anne Bradley, said JVT had continued to focus on building partnerships and collaborating to leverage collective resources for rural, regional and remote Queensland communities.

“We know we can do better together. Through collaboration we’re able to foster change and build powerful relationships in multiple ways and in many locations right across Queensland.

“Our grantees provide great knowledge, connections and experience. I am so proud of them, and their passion and commitment to making a difference to those who most need our support,” Lea-Anne said.

By supporting projects that are community led, driven or informed, JVT can have a positive impact on country Queensland now and into the future.

Grants awarded for FY2022 included:

ARACY: Thriving Qld Kids Partnership (2022 – 2025)

$255,000 over three years to co-fund a Country Queensland Engagement and Partnerships position as part of the Thriving Queensland Kids Partnership to amplify the needs of country kids. Read more.

Ausdance, Queensland (2022 – 2025)

$100,000 over three years to help address child safety in dance by funding training in safety practices for dance teachers of all styles and traditions. Cultural safety training will also support safe participation in dance for First Nations children.

JUTE Theatre Company (2021 – 2022)

$25,000 to engage on country with 10 indigenous communities for their input into JUTE Theatre Company’s Dare to Dream Safer Communities Indigenous stories program.

White Box Enterprises (2022 – 2024)

$300,000 over three years to co-fund a First Nations Business Coordinator role to boost Indigenous enterprises, youth employment and bring new income sources into country communities. Read more.

White Box Enterprises (2022)

$10,000 for bursaries for four budding social entrepreneurs from country Queensland to attend the Social Enterprise World Forum 2022 in Brisbane. Read more.

Since 2002, JVT has supported a wide range of charitable projects across Queensland. In those 20 years, we have grown our funds, through investment, from $6.75million to $21.8million and communities have benefitted from grants totalling $10.4 million, thanks to JVT.

For a list of programs we currently support, click here.

If you would like to help support country Queensland communities, you can donate to The John Villiers Trust by clicking here.


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A new space to share ideas

13 December 2021

After working from home for much of the past year, many of us are excited to be back in the office. We have come to appreciate how our physical workplace not only encourages teamwork and creativity, but also supports our emotional wellbeing.

A co-working space can be an exciting environment offering flexibility, collaboration and networking, all at a reduced cost.

Three philanthropic organisations have come together in Brisbane to form a new co-working space. Inspired by the Community of Giving approach, the team from Hand Heart Pocket, the Charity of Freemasons of Queensland has invited The John Villiers Trust and Philanthropy Australia’s Queensland Manager to share their space in Ann Street Fortitude Valley.

“We have a great, central office with extra space and want to share it with organisations we can collaborate with. We also want to issue a standing invitation to funders and social impact organisation from other States to work from our space whenever they are in Queensland,” said Sara Parrott, the CEO of Hand Heart Pocket.

The new Queensland Funders Hub has a few permanent workspaces still available, a shared communal kitchen, as well as bookable touch-down desks and meeting rooms.

Jack Heath, CEO of Philanthropy Australia, welcomed the launch of the Hub as a positive and exciting development for the Queensland philanthropic community.

“As the peak body for philanthropy, we understand the criticality of funders and social impact investors being able to come together and connect, convene and collaborate. This new co-working space will help bring Queensland funders together and Philanthropy Australia is excited to be invited to share this great new space,” said Jack.

Amanda Williams, the new Queensland Manager of Philanthropy Australia will be based out of the Hub. “We want to connect with funders of all types, large and small, new to giving or established, from family foundations or corporates. Together we can encourage more and better philanthropy in Queensland and into Queensland,” said Amanda.

Lea-Anne Bradley is the CEO of The John Villers Trust which focuses on rural, regional, and remote Queensland children and young people. “Having worked in Victoria where there is a larger philanthropic community, I know the value of working with other funders to share ideas and expertise, as well as resources. Our philanthropic organisations and community partners can be more effective when we work closer together to create social change,” said Lea-Anne.

To find out more about the Queensland Funders Hub or to make a casual booking, email [email protected]  or get in touch with any of the three organisations through their websites.


Grants for Country Queensland

New Grants to support children and youth in rural, regional and remote Queensland

1 July 2021

The John Villiers Trust has awarded $781,901 in grants in FY21 for four new projects that support children and youth in rural, regional and remote areas of Queensland. The last two years has seen significant change for The John Villiers Trust with a new strategic focus on grant giving to benefit children and youth in country Queensland and achieve transformative change in Queensland communities through active engagement and strong partnerships.

The grants awarded in FY21 support organisations to address the needs of rural, regional and remote communities with a focus on initiatives that: support organisational capacity building; are community directed; provide multiple impacts and enable partnerships and collaboration to leverage resources.

The John Villiers Trust awards grants throughout the year which range in size and commitment, however at the centre of our granting strategy is the wellbeing and future of children and youth, and their families and communities, in country Queensland.

Lea-Anne Bradley, CEO of The John Villiers Trust, said The John Villiers Trust will continue to provide grants to rural, regional and remote communities where the need and potential for impact is the greatest.

“The last 12 months has been challenging and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many young people across Queensland communities.  We are grateful to all of our grantees who work with locals so they can understand the challenges young people in these communities face and with our contribution, can reach those most in need of support” Lea-Anne said.

This includes organisations such as Litehaus International who are bridging the digital divide for school children and through a $10,000 grant will be able to extend their reach into rural, regional and remote Queensland with 1,000 digital devices to be distributed to students over the next 12 months. And in Toowoomba, the Top Blokes Foundation will work with young males to deliver a mentoring and social education program which will develop young men’s resilience, empathy, and respect for self and others, and in doing so, aims to reduce the rates of suicides, mental-health issues, antisocial and risk-taking behaviours.

By working with these grantees, partners and the local community The John Villiers Trust are committed to positively impacting the lives of children and youth as they face whatever the future may hold.

The grants awarded for FY2021 are:

Australian Schools Plus – Building better schools –  $450,000 over 3 years

This three-year grant will provide much needed support to disadvantaged schools in regional Queensland to improve the learning outcomes of their students. The grant supports three Australian Schools Plus  projects designed to meet a significant need in regional school communities. They will;

  • Develop school leaders’ capacity to design, deliver and evaluate strategic projects
  • Create sustainable partnerships by harnessing the expertise of the local community
  • Increase attendance and engagement of students and grow connection to culture

Griffith University – Supporting schools, Outback Futures, and the community to improve child wellbeing in Barcaldine – $40,860

A one-year pilot project where Griffith University’s RealWell team will collaborate with and support Outback Futures to better understand child wellbeing in the Barcaldine region and inform community-led initiatives to improve outcomes for outback children.

LiteHaus InternationalBridging the Digital Divide across Rural, Regional and Remote Queensland –  $10,000

This capacity-building grant will enable Litehaus International staff to distribute 1,000 digital devices to students across rural, regional and remote Queensland over the next 12 months.

Top Blokes Foundation – Improving the mental health and wellbeing of young men in Toowoomba $282,041 over 3 years

This 3 year grant allows Top Blokes Foundation to launch this program in the Toowoomba region to positively impact the mental-health and wellbeing of over 550 young males whilst building a sustainable hub.

Since its inception, The John Villiers Trust has invested over $9.9 million in the Queensland community and we continue to ensure we are making a difference and impacting the lives of young Queenslanders and their communities. For a list of activities we currently support click here. If you would to join us in supporting county Queensland and its children and youth you can donate to The John Villiers Trust by clicking here.