Grant Stories

The English Family Foundation is extremely proud of the organisations we partner with. Each of these organisations strive to enrich the social fibre of our society, particularly within disadvantaged communities. They are truly inspirational.


An important part of our philosophy is to actively promote philanthropy. We are proud to share these stories of our partner organisations, and we hope you find them inspirational too.

Vulcana Women’s Circus

  • Changing the world through circus, Vulcana facilitates community empowerment and transformation using the circus traditions of inclusiveness, strength, excitement, and daring. Vulcana has been an incubator for women artists in Queensland who have found their feet as learners, practitioners and performers in the ancient craft of circus and the new art of physical theatre. As a leading Queensland community engagement organisation, Vulcana works specifically with women, their friends and their families, with the Deaf community, with groups who experience disability and disadvantage, the Indigenous community as well as in the broader community.


    The Foundation has assisted Vulcana to enhance its social enterprise offering through the provision of children’s classes, in order to fund the community engagement work it does with disadvantaged communities across Brisbane.


    Visit the Vulcana website

Children's Ground

  • Children’s Ground arose from the ambition of Aboriginal people committed to changing their future – where people want their kids ‘strong both ways’ – strong in the oldest living culture in the world, and fully engaged in the Western world. It is a radical new approach to addressing extreme disadvantage in Australia. Led by the communities they work with, they celebrate the extraordinary depth and sophistication of First Nations knowledge, capture local ability, and bring the scale and quality of resources needed for kids to have the very best in learning, well-being and development. Their vision is for the next generation to have amazing opportunities to celebrate their social, cultural, educational, health and economic well-being.


    The Foundation has provided funding to Children’s Ground’s first partnership with the Mirarr people in the Northern Territory.


    Visit the Children’s Ground website


CBM Australia

  • CBM Australia is part of the world’s largest organisation working with people with a disability in the poorest places. CBM's work is founded on the core values of Christianity, internationalism, professionalism, stewardship, honest communication and inclusion inherited from their founder, Pastor Ernst Jakob Christoffel. CBM’s vision is an inclusive world in which all persons with disabilities enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential.
    ASSERT is CBM’s on the ground partner in Timor Lorosa and their centre in Dili services a large number of people with disabilities both in the capital Dili and the rural districts. Funding received from the Foundation has allowed volunteer Emma Betts to work alongside the local staff at ASSERT to develop a regular monitoring and evaluation tool used to measure the progress of ASSERT’s clients after receiving the initial services from ASSERT. This project has delivered better care of clients and allowed staff to improve and develop their work.
    Visit the CBM Australia website