Examples of Grants Recently Approved
The Stick Kit course and platform development
The Stick Kit is an online relationship education platform that has been developed to provide a new and innovative means of delivering relationship education resources to the Australian community. While relationship counselling services are well resourced, there are limited relationship education services available to the Australian community. As such, The Stick Kit aims to significantly increase the scope of relationship education services available to Australian couples.
PMRC has funded the complete development of this secular relationship education program, platform delivery, course development and marketing planning and initial launch.
Real Talk Australia
Funding to Real Talk Australia to support their work in the area of relationship education and life choices.
“Real Talk provides talks on sex and relationships to high school students. The grant we received from the PMRC Foundation has greatly helped Real Talk to present at events and travel to communities that would otherwise have difficulties covering the travel expenses incurred by Real Talk. These include regional trips to the northern territory as well a variety of youth events.” – Paul Ninnes, Director
SmartLoving Engage Course Production
Funding for video filming and production costs associated with a second edition of the SmartLoving Engaged program.
The new edition has been refined from the feedback of experienced mentor couples across the world and their experiences with literally thousands of engaged couples.
Print materials, including a 140 page Participant Pack and 256 page Mentors Manual have been revised and the DVDs, which include the two hours of video based teaching content, were released in April 2015.
The course materials are currently being translated into Mandarin, Malaysian and Spanish and it is envisaged that translation into other languages will soon follow.
The PMRC Relationship Education Foundation was instrumental in the development of this course revision. Approximately $50,000 of funding was provided to PMRC from the Foundation, enabling the project to be embarked upon and successfully completed.
Development of the SmartLoving.org website
The SmartLoving.org website has been designed to provide the community with a go-to place for marriage and relationship information. Presented in the context of the Catholic faithbut relevant to all, the website contains a rich and growing suite of free online resources, including:
- blog articles on relationships,
- details of and registration for marriage preparation courses, and
- details of and registration for marriage enrichment events
The website is linked to a range of social media applications, which provides a platform for discussion with the community on relationship issues and generates awareness of SmartLoving and its associated activities. A significant portion of the funding for the development of this we-presence was funded by the PMRC Relationship Education Foundation.
PMRC Rebranding Development
For the 20 years prior, PMRC’s flagship marriage seminar was known as Celebrate Love and the more recent engaged course as Embrace (or Engage when sold as a teach-out-of-the-box program). Professional advice that this was diluting our brand presence was taken on board and all programs became known as SmartLoving – a name that was tested for its receptivity and memorability.
Marketing materials were redesigned with a consistent style guide and additional material published including two booklets – Intentional Couples and Common Sense about Cohabitation (authored by our American colleagues Ron and Kathy Feher). Whereas the MarriageRC.org focusses on marriage educators and clergy, a new ‘couples-orientated’ webpresence www.SmartLoving.org was built from the bottom up; with areas dedicated to engaged couples, married couples and distressed marriages.
Of note is the development of member hubs for couples who have completed our SmartLoving courses. These member areas will provide access to a rich library of video content, articles, couple activities and educational materials.
Funding for the Renaissance of Marriage Conference, October 2010
The Renaissance of Marriage Conference was held in Sydney from October 1-3, 2010. The conference provided an opportunity for those involved in marriage education to further their professional development, with several internationally recognised keynote speakers presenting. Conference registrations were open to all individuals and couples who have a personal interest in marriage formation. Approximately 150 delegates from across Australia attended the conference; as well as representatives from related organisations in the US, UK and NZ.
Topics addressed throughout the conference included:
- Innovations in Marriage Formation
- Knot Yet: Why couples are delaying marriage
- Trends in marriage education throughout the world
A seed grant to fund this conference was provided by the PMRC Relationship Education Foundation and was critical to underwriting significant costs for the conference including venue hire, speaker fees and travel costs.
Registration for the third National Family Gathering, March 2011
This gathering is considered a pre-eminent Conference providing leadership training to individuals and couples working in marriage and family services in the Catholic sector and beyond. Anne-Marie and Bernie Higgins were provided with a grant by the PMRC Relationship Education Foundation to cover the costs of their registration fees, travel and accommodation expenses. This couple were identified as future leaders working in marriage and family services. Anne Marie’s experience at the conference is described below:
“Bernie and I travelled with our two young children down to Melbourne from Sydney to the Family Conference ‘Share the Dream.’ For us it was a pretty apt title because we’ve tried hard to help each other live our dreams in our marriage so far. Despite the fact we were coming off a very hectic few weeks with Bernie studying medicine and I working and being newly pregnant, we managed somehow to get there, fatigue and all.
One of the many benefits of attending the conference was the workshops on marriage, which has prompted us to speak plainly to each other about where we were at. Hearing about mentoring others in relationship struck a chord, and also hearing about the statistics of sole parents who actually do end up living only with their children rather than re-partnering astonished me. I know people in my neighbourhood and friends in that situation. It made me more aware of the need to support them and also to encourage others in married relationships to keep on strengthening theirs.
On the whole it was a powerful experience, one we will put to good use”.
PMRC Office Space
For the rent and outgoings for the lease of a office space in Zetland, NSW.