When Mike and Geraldine Roche established their philanthropic fund in 2013, they chose the name Sally Foundation, in memory of Geraldine’s maternal grandmother, Sally, who sailed to Australia from England in the early 1900s. Sally hailed from a well-to-do family, but her new life in rural Queensland was one of significant struggle. It was her determination, gentle ways and propensity to always see the best in a situation that provided the inspiration for the foundation


Our mission is to provide assistance to:

1.  Teenagers and young adults up to the age of twenty-five (25) in regional Australia who have been facing hardship of some kind or another and/or who lack the same opportunities as city youth. We aim to help them to develop greater social capacity, resilience and leadership skills through building strong connections with their local community as evidenced by:

• increased engagement in education and / or skills training towards employment pathways
• fostering collaborative decision making within the greater community and
• supporting start-up businesses utilising skill base of local community.

2.  Disadvantaged communities or groups of people in the southern part of Africa to improve their life through training, use of drama and other communication tools, education, food supply, fostering employment and business prospects and day to day matters of health and water.

We aim to do this by efficiently partnering with organisations who have relationships on the ground in the local area and who have a similar ethic of improving local people’s lives in such a way that it fosters the principles of accountability, self-help and sustainability.


Project Guidelines

Philosophy: All requests for grants must be to support community based activities that are inclusive of young people and that directly/indirectly benefit youth (year 9 to age 25) in or within 50kms of Orange, NSW.

Examples include (but are not limited to):
• Building capacity to incorporate young people into the broader community through activities such as:
- Activities promoting skills (eg woodwork, metalwork, cooking sewing, etc);
- community garden programs;
- community-based recreational, social, and physical activities that support good health and alleviate social isolation;
- mentoring or volunteering opportunities that promote the skills and knowledge of younger people;
- connecting older and young people in dialogue; or
- improving the capacity and confidence of young people to prepare for future employment
• Encouraging youth to have a voice that can be heard (eg drama, newspapers, social media, etc)
• Helping to redress disadvantage caused by social situation


1. Applications must be lodged by email to Sally Foundation

2.  Please direct any enquires to Vince Lovecchio (0407 454832) or email

3.  Applications must be signed by an Authorised Person who is able to commit the         organisation- please specify capacity in which Authorised person is signing.

4. Grants range in size from $500 to a maximum of $2,500

5. Applications which do not meet the Project Guidelines will not be considered.

6. These examples will not cover every possibility, opportunity or special need. For that reason, all applications will be reviewed on an individual basis.

7.  Ineligible activities include: administration or operational costs; projects that benefit a single individual rather than a community; personal living, education, medical or travel expenses, equipment for personal use, individual participation at conferences/sporting events; overseas travel and overseas projects; projects that support private/commercial business (NB however social enterprise/ local economic development is eligible). Federal, State and Local Government core business and areas of responsibility are not eligible
8. The encouragement or advancement of sport, recreation and social activities is not considered a charitable activity by the Australian Taxation Office. Applications from sporting organisations need to clearly demonstrate benefits beyond sport and to the wider community.

9.     If your project involves working directly with children, your organisation must have policies and procedures around working with children and the handling of child abuse complaints, or the project may not be funded.

For more information and applications: