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Schools Plus

Schools Plus works with teachers and schools to create lasting change so students facing disadvantage in Australia can reach their potential through access to a great education.

Through the 2021 Inspire Grant, they will support the expansion of the innovative Virtual STEM Academy (VSA) that aims to deliver high-quality STEM learning opportunities to students across regional, rural and remote areas, Indigenous students and girls.

Over the next three years, the VSA, originally set up in QLD, will expand into NSW and NT, providing more than 10,000 young people who are experiencing disadvantage with the chance to participate in STEM activities with like-minded students from across the country using a real-time online learning platform.

Community Spirit Foundation

Community Spirit Foundation (formerly Cathy Freeman Foundation) has been named the recipient of the 2020 Inspire Grant for its Starting Block Program - helping to strengthen student engagement in four of some of the most remote Indigenous communities in Australia.

The program’s innovative and targeted approach helps to connect children, families and school and is delivered by local Indigenous staff in each community, ensuring local people lead local children through a culturally appropriate lens. 

The Inspire Grant will support Community Spirit Foundation over the next three years to help Indigenous children and their families recognise the power of education to achieve their goals and dreams. 


Working with at-risk youth to help break the cycle of disadvantage, PCYC focuses on empowering young people to reach their potential through Police and community partnerships. 

In 2019, they became the third recipient of St.George Foundation's annual Inspire Grant and will use it to roll out its innovative Fit to Learn program to more than 400 students, helping empower and equip vulnerable young people to re-engage with school or other educational pathways.

By providing a safe and supportive environment for young people to fully express themselves, the program is inspiring and motivating students to reconsider their behaviours and lifestyles, significantly improving their chances for a brighter future.  


Whitelion supports at-risk young people in the Australian community. 

With the Inspire Grant, they will roll out a program to support young women who find themselves suspended or expelled from school and who are considered high-risk of deeper or chronic disengagement.

This program will provide these young women with an alternative, highly supportive, innovative and flexible learning environment that will help them to reintegrate with mainstream education or connect them to a new vocational pathway and prevent them from 'falling through the cracks'.

More than this, it aims to give these young women the courage and opportunity to change the course of their lives, forever.   


In 2017, Australian children’s charity MissingSchool was the inaugural recipient of the St.George Foundation Inspire Grant.

The grant, awarded to MissingSchool, is funding telepresence robots to help seriously ill children stay connected to their teachers and friends at school.

The robots represent these students in two-way connection to their regular classrooms, teachers and peers. Children can operate these robots in real time so children are empowered to participate in class and interact with their friends and teachers from their hospital bed or from home.