Our 200+ different partners include individuals, community organisations, all levels of government, corporate organisations and industry. These relationships bring about mutual benefits and vary from in-kind supporters, organisations who pay a fee-for-service for us to deliver corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities, program co-deliverers, grant givers and philanthropic trustees.
We would like to thank everyone who has shown their support to CERES this year, including our regular donors and all those who gave to our Annual Appeal. We couldn’t do it without you.
All of our partners are important and assist us in delivering our mission. Here we would like to acknowledge our financial and in kind partners.
Partnership highlights include:
Advanced Resource Recycling: Funded a new Excursions e-waste activity and provided onsite e-waste recycling.
Australian Energy Foundation: Assisted the upgrade of the EcoHouse.
Catholic Education Melbourne: Continued as a Strategic Partner to provide teacher professional learning in catholic schools in Metropolitan Melbourne.
Darebin City Council: 3 year partnership funding to move Fair Wood into its own warehouse.
FP Consulting: Carried out a study of best environmental practice in hospitality and surveyed our customers.
Holding Redlich: Pro-bono legal support.
Inner North Community Foundation: Funded Career and Education Pathways in Sustainability program, and supported us through the CERES sub-fund.
John Laing Charitable Trust: Funded new solar arrays for the Grocery and Merri Cafe.
Moreland City Council: Ongoing funding and in-kind support for a wide variety of governance, site development and operational matters
Moreland Energy Foundation Limited: Provided advice and a valuable sounding board. Provided timer switches for our coffee machines enabling us to save energy.
National Landcare Program: Support for Microgreens vertical garden.
Seesaw: Pro-bono rebranding.
SENVIC founding members: 100 Story Building, ACRE, The Community Grocer, GAME Traffic & contracting, Good Cycles, Green Collect, Social Traders, STREAT.
Sustainability Victoria: Continued our 10 year funding partnership to deliver the ResourceSmart Schools program to over 300 schools.
Sustainability Victoria & Foresters Group: Funded Fair Food with a combined grant/low interest loan to upgrade our ecommerce website, build a vertical microgreens farm and relocate an industrial cool room from our previous warehouse.
Victorian Government Department of Education and Training: Commenced a partnership to deliver energy education.
Victorian Government Department of Education and Training & Perpetual: Funding to design a new learning strategy, and invest in the development of new courses.
Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Social Services and the National Disability Insurance Agency: Funded our Youth and Adult day service program for people with a disability. We transitioned from state to national funding this year.
Victorian Government Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions: Funded delivery of SENVIC (Social Enterprise Network Victoria)
Victorian Government Department of Premier and Cabinet: Funded Tamil Feasts Training and Work program and Spiritual Ecology Leadership Program.
Victorian Government Pick My Project: Funded new playspace design and development.
Victorian Local Government: Continued partnerships with over 15 local governments to provide teacher professional learning and sustainable facilities management to schools in each locality.
Victorian State Government: Provided funding towards the building of 15 Victorian schools, in which CERES is the Sustainability Partner.
Other partners and supporters include:
Aboriginal Community Elders Service (ACES), Aoracreo, Apne Aap Education (India), Arnhem Weavers, Arts Victoria, ATEC Biogas, Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, BDC Group – Frank Cichello, Brunswick Bowls Club, Community Development Centre (Indonesia), Connecting Up, Corena, Custom Vertical Gardens, Melbourne Zen and Sophia Spring, Daikin Australia, Darebin Council, Data Runs Deep, Delta Energy Systems, Design2Thrive, Environment Education Victoria, Fifteen Trees, Geography Teachers Association Victoria, Hepburn Wind Community Energy, Holden Street Neighbourhood House, Initiatives of Change, ICT International, Kangan Institute – Bendigo, Laidlaw & Laidlaw Design Landscape Architects, LaTrobe Wildlife Sanctuary, LaTrobe University, LendLease/Good Cycles, Monash University, Murgo Constructions, Merri Creek Management Committee, Permatil (Timor), Poutasi Development Trust (Samoa), Reground, Renault Australia, Rightwire Electrical, RMIT University, Social And Citizenship Education Association Australia, Salt and Fuessel, Satpuda Vikas Mandal (India), Social Traders, Swinburne University, Tonic Consultancy, The Social Food Project, Victoria University, Wurundjeri Council, Westpac, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Zoos Victoria.