In February and early March 2023, the Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation (The Foundation) has distributed $34,500 in Back to School Vouchers to students across the Eyre Peninsula (EP).

With additional donations received of $1,000 to the Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation and its funding partner, the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR), the original allocation of $32,500 from FRRR was increased.

Since inception in 2009, in partnership with the FRRR, the Foundation has distributed over $300,000 in Back to School Vouchers in the form of a $50 Shopping Card to assist families in need on the EP purchase school items such as uniforms, school bags and stationery for their children starting the new school year.

Foundation Chairperson, Greg Barry said “The 2022 program highlighted a much greater need for help with basic school equipment than the Foundation program currently provides. Importantly, local communities can support children at their own schools by donating specifically to the Back to School Vouchers program. Funds donated in this way will be matched to double their impact locally, adding to the normal distribution.”

“We still see huge need to continue to help families start their children off well-prepared for their learning years. The support of the FRRR program is truly valued, and their willingness to match locally donated funds creates an outstanding opportunity for EP residents and businesses to boost the impact for local kids.”

Mr. Barry also acknowledged the support of School Principals and Governing Councils with the success of the Back to School Program.

The Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation carefully manages a growing base of donated funds and works with philanthropic and other partners to ensure the best possible value and impact from each of its community projects, regional student advancement and home hospice services on Eyre Peninsula. The Foundation is supported by the invaluable work of the Book Bazaar volunteers and committed administrative staff.

Please contact the Foundation on 0400 685 520, or download the donation form from the website at if you would like to assist your community with extra Back to School Vouchers in 2024. Credit card and bank deposit facilities available.