Financial assistance for children affected by family violence
Friends with Dignity is launching its eighth round of the Little Friends Scholarship Program, an Australian-first initiative awarding bi-annual monetary scholarships to children and young people throughout Australia who have faced, or are facing, domestic or family violence.
Research by the Childhood Domestic Violence Association shows that exposure to family violence has significant impact on children, often leading to short and long term negative mental, behavioural and social effects.
The Little Friends Scholarship aims to ensure that all children can complete their education and/or participate in extra-curricular activities that they might otherwise not be able to pursue due to the financial impacts of family violence.
With a minimum of 40 scholarships on offer for this round, 2 scholarships are guaranteed to be awarded per State or Territory, and the remaining will be awarded on an ‘as needs basis’. Children and young people between the ages of 5 and 18 years are eligible to apply.
Unlike other programs facilitated by the charity, this scholarship program allows parents to make a submission. However, applications must be supported by a ‘sponsor’ who may be a social worker, case worker, general practitioner, school principal, counsellor or other relevant professional.
Applications for this round opened on Monday 25 January 2021 and close on Friday 26 February 2021. Read more about the scholarship or start an application on the Friends with Dignity website.