The Ballarat Foundation purchased Chatham House, in the heart of our thriving CBD in 2018, with a vision for creating an innovative and inviting space for not-for-profit and volunteer-involving organisations to co-locate and collaborate to reduce disadvantage and support the vulnerable in our community.
Since 2019, the foundation has been focused on bringing the Ballarat Community Hub to life, having already invested more than $700,000 in the building purchase, a business case by Deloitte and architectural works.
Working to make this vision a reality, the Ballarat Foundation will redevelop the building with office and meeting spaces across three levels, updating the building and creating an environment which has long-term benefits for the community.
Once established, revenue generated by the Community Hub will be utilised to support the foundation’s work in helping facilitate and drive better outcomes for those in need in the Ballarat region.
In 2021, a planning permit to redevelop the building was approved by Ballarat City Council and in 2022, the State Government of Victoria announced $1.047 million in funding through the Regional Infrastructure Fund.
Pictured: Ballarat Foundation Chair, Wayne Weaire, Volunteer Mentor, Helen Bloom, State Member for Wendouree, Juliana Addison and Ballarat Foundation CEO, Andrew Eales.
We are seeking further support from the federal government, philanthropic and community partners and have created a project prospectus.
If you are interested in becoming involved in this iconic project, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 03 5331 5555 to request a meeting.
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