Past Impact100 Fremantle

Impact100 Fremantle 2019

In November 2019 180+ donors and community members gathered in the Old Boys School Fremantle to hear 4x incredible pitches from our Impact100 Fremantle finalists.
This year Australian Dental Health Foundation, Earbus Foundation, Fremantle Mind Inc. and Walyalup Kannajil Community Choir raised the bar with their pitches in an effort to win the game-changing $100,000 grant.
Earbus Foundation were the chosen recipients of the major $100,000 grant which will help them customise an Earbus and put a team on the road to provide vital ear health services to the children in the greater Fremantle region.
Thanks to the generosity of our Impact100 Fremantle donors we raised a total of $115,000 allowing our three deserving finalists Australian Dental Health FoundationFremantle Mind Inc. and Walyalup Kannajil Community Choir to each receive a $5,000 grant.  

Funding will help Earbus Foundation customise a fit-out of a vehicle to be used as a mobile children’s hearing clinic and employ clinicians. The mobile clinic will visit sites in the greater Fremantle region, to screen children’s ears and identify those who need treatment and further referral to the locally based ENT clinic. The key objectives are the reduction in middle ear disease and high attendance rates. The World Health Organisation (WHO) specifies that rates of chronic Otitis Media (OM) above 4% in children constitute a “massive public health problem” requiring urgent attention. Australia is the only western country with documented chronic suppurative OM rates above 6%. Healthy ears are the key to children’s learning at school. Children who can’t hear, can’t learn. 
Hearing early, when it counts most, lets children learn and hopefully navigate a career path towards a successful life.” Paul Higginbotham, CEO of Earbus Foundation
Impact100 Fremantle is only possible thanks to the generosity of our donors. Thank you to everyone who contributed to Impact100 Fremantle 2019.    

2018 Impact100 Fremantle

This year Black Swan Health, Fremantle Men’s Community Shed, Fremantle PCYC and ICEA Foundation raised the bar with their pitches in an effort to win the game-changing $100,000 grant.

Fremantle PCYC were the recipients of the major $100,000 grant which will allow them to run a Breakfast Club for vulnerable and at-risk children in Fremantle for the next two years.

Breakfast Club will provide breakfast for 30+ children aged 5 to 12 years every Monday and Wednesday morning during school terms in 2019 and 2020. Children will arrive by 7.30 and have a healthy breakfast following exercise or targeted activities, and then be walked to school. Overall, the program aims to improve the food security and nutrition of children living in disadvantage and providing them an equal opportunity to excel academically, emotionally and socially. Congratulations to Julie Gorman, Daniel Roy and the team at Fremantle PCYC!

Thanks to the generosity of our Impact100 Fremantle donors we raised a total of $115,000 allowing our three deserving finalists Black Swan Health, Fremantle Men’s Community Shed and ICEA Foundation to each receive a $5,000 grant.

2018 Donors

Impact100 Fremantle is only possible because of the generosity of our donors.

2017 Impact100 Fremantle Winner

We are proud to announce the $100,000 Major Grant Recipient!

On November 2nd, 2017 over 160 donors and community members gathered for the Impact100 Fremantle Voting and Awards Night.

Four worthy finalists each had time to pitch to the donor group on why they deserved the $100,000 grant.

We’re thrilled to announce Ngalla Maya – Aboriginal Employment Access was the major grant recipient of $100,000!

And because of the generosity of our donor group the other three finalists, Fremantle PCYC, MyKy, and Koora Wadi Supported Playgroup, each received $5,000.

An additional donation was made by the Smith and Jones Fund (held by the Fremantle Foundation) to the Fremantle PCYC.


Ngalla Maya is a not-for-profit organisation taking a holistic approach to closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. First Nations people makeup 3% of the Australian population but represent 43% of the prison population in Western Australia.

Ngalla Maya addresses core social problems that lead to disparity and works to inspire and commit former inmates to training and education opportunities that lead to employment. They support each candidate in their journey into training, employment, ongoing mentoring and support; all of this occurs while also supporting the family unit. Ngalla Maya also works with First Nations Homelessness Project supporting First Nations families who are at risk of eviction from their homes.

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2016 Impact100 Fremantle Finalists

In 2016 we asked, how do we create a culture of connection? We invited submissions for creative projects that enrich our community and public spaces with joy and inspiration. We encouraged initiatives that have a strong collaboration to achieve this outcome. While creativity was a key theme this year, we were open to submissions from any area of social impact. Here was our final four:

Fremantle Men’s Community Shed

Fremantle Men’s Community Shed is a non-profit organisation that evolved from an idea that men in the Fremantle area could benefit from having a “tooled up” shared shed facility to work on personal or community projects. The Shed will implement a 32×5 week specifically designed Shed based workshops over a 24-month period, focusing on working with wood and mental and social interaction. Partnerships will be drawn up with four target groups consisting of vulnerable youth, refugee men and women and persons living with mental illness. This project aims to create a non-judgemental positive environment that optimises interaction while building competence and confidence and moving towards re-engagement back into the community through collegiate support and achievement.

Lifting Horizons – Night Hoops Youth Engagement Project

Lifting Horizons is a harm prevention charity that creates, runs and sources social inclusion and engagement projects to protect youth at risk from harm and support their positive choices to break the cycle of disadvantage. The Night Hoops Youth Engagement Project aims to engage at-risk or disengaged young people and offer safe and constructive activities and pathways on Saturday nights, where anti-social behaviour is at its peak, over the course of 48 weeks in 2017 to 2018. With food and transport provided, Night Hoops includes basketball, life skills workshops, and engagement with cultural mentors and local volunteers. With the added opportunity for five participants to compete in a tournament and take part in a cultural exchange in Singapore.

MOMO – Creating Connections/Talking Objects 

The Museum of Moving Objects (MOMO) Inc. is a non-profit organisation that provides an informal and lively interpretation of Western Australia history through object driven workshops, exhibitions and collaborative projects with a mobile museum that brings history and archaeology to life in schools and communities. The Creating Connections/Talking Objects project aims to engage and celebrate the history and contribution of the aged care communities of Fremantle, connecting them together with each other, the youth and their community environment. It is made up of “Creating connections through objects” which is an object-driven interactive workshop that connects the elderly and participating local school children through social history workshop and “My object, my story” which tells history stories through videos in unusual public spaces in Fremantle. It gives the silent elderly generation a voice and connects the young and old together to create a culture of respect.

Perth Symphony Orchestra – “Big Play Big Sing” 

Perth Symphony Orchestra aims to bring about a music revolution in Western Australia and getting the widest possible involved by bringing world-class music to communities. The “Big Play Big Sing” project provides an opportunity for community members who have once learned an instrument or sung to do it again. Workshops and sectional rehearsals will be conducted with principal musicians with simple versions of the score for participants. This will lead to a mass orchestra and mass choir flash mob performance in Fremantle. “Big Play Big Song” will bring people together through music and performance.

2016 Impact100 Fremantle Winner

The Impact100 Fremantle donor community and supporters filled the Packenham Street Arts Space on 8 November 2016 to decide which of the four finalists for 2016 would walk away with a game-changing $100,000 grant!

Congratulations to Paul Malone and Griffin Longley of the Night Hoops Youth Engagement Project – their perseverance and hard work paid off and our donors were thoroughly impressed by their application and pitch.

Lifting Horizons is a harm prevention charity that creates, runs and sources social inclusion and engagement projects to protect youth at risk from harm and support their positive choices to break the cycle of disadvantage.


2015 Impact100 Fremantle Finalists

In 2015 the focus for Impact100 Fremantle was Building Community Spirit. We invited initiatives that connect disadvantaged people back into the Fremantle community.
We looked for projects that would:
  • break down barriers to opportunity and participation for disadvantaged people
  • have strong elements of collaboration (e.g. partnering with another organisation to create an outcome that neither organisation could achieve on its own)
  • activate or utilise public space making activities visible for the broader community


The Befriend Social Network is an existing Perth-based network of social inclusion that creates opportunities for individuals to form new connections, whilst simultaneously influencing a broader cultural change around the inclusion of all individuals as valued, participating members of the community. The network empowers people at risk of social exclusion, including people with a disability, people with mental illness, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, to enhance their social and community participation through regular, localised small-scale social activities.

The events of the network enable marginalised, socially excluded individuals to participate in everyday community activities, meet new people and form genuine connections through sharing meaningful social experiences with others.


The concept for the Freo-Connect Sport and Recreation Program has been developed by Inclusion WA to address community concern surrounding high rates of crime; disengagement of local youth; and increasing rates of substance abuse; anti-social behaviour and truancy.   The program aims to improve the ability of local groups to cater for community members who are having difficulties across various parts of their lives. Inclusion WA train and mentor sporting clubs, recreational groups and individuals to assist the engagement or re-engagement of those who are currently isolated. The program aims to be inclusive – to connect people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds with existing local groups – by closing the physical and social distances separating people and with this it aims to bring everyone together and promote a friendly, welcoming Fremantle community.

Lifting Horizons (Night Hoops)

The Night Hoops Youth Engagement Project aims to engage at-risk, or disengaged young people, aged 12-18, and offer them safe and constructive activities on a Saturday night. The project will run over 48 weeks. There is an additional opportunity for at least five young people from the program to compete in an international tournament in Singapore and to take part in a cultural exchange at United World College.

The Night Hoops Youth Engagement Project involves the very tangible success of keeping young people off the street and out of trouble, along with the more intangible successes of positively impacting their lives and helping to build cohesion in the Fremantle community.

Growing Change

Fremantle Social Farm is an initiative of Growing Change Australia Ltd. It is a micro-farming venture that utilises unused land, connects with vulnerable individuals and fosters group therapeutic care through horticultural programming. The grant will allow Growing Change to provide 100 horticultural scholarships for 100 vulnerable people in Fremantle over a two-year period.

After the 12 week introduction, graduates have the opportunity to lease farmland and maintain a private or shared plot, and continue harvesting produce which Growing Change sells to existing customer networks. The revenue from produce sales is shared amongst the participants, allowing them to receive a modest income as well as reinvest in further developments on their micro-farm business. The project will deliver a sustainable community-based model to recovery, facilitate a coordinated approach to achieving social impact, and provide person-centered support for long-term solutions to mental illness, homelessness and social isolation in Fremantle.

2015 Impact100 Fremantle Winner

Homegrown talent Growing Change was awarded $100,000 to establish the exciting Fremantle Social Farm through the Fremantle Foundation’s Impact100 Fremantle giving circle.

2015 was a record $130,000 was raised allowing the three other finalists, Befriend, InclusionWA and Lifting Horizons (Night Hoops), to walk away with $10,000.

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Thank you to our 2015 Committee Members who included:

  • David McDonald (Chair)
  • Cass Beeson
  • Jane Cowling
  • Connie Handcock
  • Santo Merenda
  • Liesbeth Goedhart
  • Andrew Mostyn
  • Gabe Mostyn
  • Mayor Brad Pettitt
  • Dylan Smith
  • Keryth Cattalini
  • Ros de Souza
  • Stefanie Dobro
  • Yvonne Townes

2014 Impact100 Fremantle Finalists

In 2014 Impact100 Fremantle donors collectively raise $115,000 for four inspiring finalists.


DADAA will provide high-level art programs for women and children experiencing mental health and homelessness in the Fremantle area. The project will engage participants at iconic Fremantle locations, build valuable skills and empower personal growth through artistic expression.

South Lake Ottey Family & Neighbourhood Centre – Noongar Rangers 

Noongar Rangers is an educational and life-skills program, providing strong beginnings and cultural pride for Noongar children, aged 6-12 years. Noongar Ranges programs have previously led to a significant increase in school attendance. The successful program has clear preventative strategies and supports the alleviation of social isolation for children and their families.

St. Patricks Community Support Centre (St. Pats) – The Fremantle Community Hub 

The Fremantle Community Hub will be a groundbreaking project that will support the most vulnerable in our community, particularly those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness by bringing services together, in the one place, for the first time. This will ensure service users are able to readily gain access to what they need to support them on their journey to independence and quality of life.


The project aims to build personal and community wellbeing through cooking classes and communal eating onsite at a local lodging house by installing a commercial kitchen. It provides supported accommodation to some of the most underprivileged people in our community. Many residents have mental health issues, substance abuse problems and are living isolated lives with limited social connections.

2014 Impact100 Fremantle Winner

Congratulations to FORM – their perseverance and hard work paid off and our donors were thoroughly impressed.

Impact100 has made an incredible impact on all our finalists and previous winners and is a great way to get involved in giving and together make a significant impact in your local community.

Donations Now Open For Impact100 Fremantle 2018

Thank you for all those who came to the Impact100 Fremantle 2017 Awards Night on 2nd November 2017.

We’d like to acknowledge and thank our sponsors, without whom the Impact100 Fremantle 2017 Awards Night could not have happened.

The night was a great success, and included an update from our 2016 Impact100 Winner; Night Hoops, delicious catering from Clancy’s Fish Pub, runner-up grant announcements and finally our Major Grant Prize Winner for our four inspirational finalists:

– MyKy – creating a tourist cultural trail along the Swan River celebrating local Aboriginal culture

– Caralee Community School – a supported playgroup to inspire family learning

– Fremantle PCYC – the Safe Space program to support disadvantaged young people

– Ngalla Maya – providing training, employment, advocacy and mentoring to ex-offenders

We’ll be announcing the Impact100 2017 winner shortly!

For now, we invite you to donate to Impact100 2018! You can donate by clicking here.

Impact100 Fremantle inspires at least 100 donors to each contribute $1,000 annually and then pool the contributions to make high-impact grants to local charities and projects.

In 2017, to recognise the 1967 referendum we asked for ideas that support Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing in Fremantle.

Through collective giving our group has distributed over $475,000 to important community organisations in the greater Fremantle area.