Homework Clubs provide important learning support to young people who may have had disrupted education and receive limited study assistance at home. They are an inclusive and safe place for students to study and receive support. Homework Clubs are particularly important for students from a non-English speaking background, with approximately 75% of programs attended by students with English as an additional language.

Funding for Homework Clubs comes from a diverse range of sources and is often short-term and highly insecure. The Homework Club Partnership Fund was established in 2015 to help provide sustainable futures for Homework Clubs. Grants from the fund are matched with grants from other funders and donors, so that the clubs can operate high quality and effective learning support programs for refugee and disadvantaged students.

“Over the last two years I’ve witnessed a blossoming, both the blossoming of this program and the kids whom I interact with every Friday”, said a volunteer tutor at one of the funded clubs.

Annual granting rounds are run by Australia Communities Foundation in conjunction with the Centre for Multicultural Youth. Last year, 11 clubs were funded across Melbourne’s urban growth areas and rural and regional Victoria. It was a great collaborative effort between the Homework Club Partnership Fund, ACF donors, the Myer Foundation, Reid Malley Foundation and the Stan Willis Trust.

We are embarking on the 2017/18 round, with grants to be provided before the end of the school year so Homework Club providers can plan for 2018. In the spirit of the collaboration, we are seeking co-funding from the ACF donor community along with other philanthropic donors, trusts and foundations.

Contact the Grants Team or call (03) 9412 0412 to find out how you can be involved.

Photos: Geelong Refugee Education Assistance Team Homework Club