Diamond Valley Community Support (DVCS) is committed to helping children at risk reach their full potential, and provides financial assistance to families who are experiencing financial difficulties and are unable to meet the full cost of school.
Through KidsAssist we support eligible families with school related expenses including:
• Stationery and Text Books
• Electronic Devices
• Excursions and Camps
• School Sports
• Other essential school items
To be eligible to receive KidsAssist a child or young person must:
• Be enrolled in an Eligible Referral School or live in Nillumbik Shire.
• Hold a valid Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card
• Be experiencing financial hardship and not able to meet the full cost of school
• Not have received DVCS Back to School Funding this financial year.
Eligible Referral Schools:
Primary Schools: Apollo Parkways, Our Lady’s Help of Christians Arthurs Creek (Eltham), Christmas Hills, Panton Hill, Diamond Creek, Research, Diamond Creek East, Rosanna, Doreen, Rosanna Golf Links, Eltham, Sacred Heart Catholic School, Eltham East (Diamond Creek), Eltham North, Streeton, Hurstbridge, St. Andrews, Hurstbridge Learning CoOp, Strathewen, Kangaroo Ground, Wattle Glen, Macleod College, Yarrambat.
Secondary Schools: Diamond Valley College, Eltham High School, Macleod College, St Helena Secondary College.
NOTE: Applications from Eltham High School, St Helena Secondary College and Diamond Valley College will be referred to CAVE in the first instance. To contact CAVE directly: Jan Aitken 9439 0342 0407 682 177 Diana Warrell 9430 8565 0414 39 8565.
Assistance Rates are:
• Up to $200 per Child
• Up to $500 per Family
Applications for assistance above the Assistance Rates can be made however there must be extenuating circumstances.
All KidsAssist payments are paid directly to the School.
How to apply:
Applications must be made through an Eligible Referral School or by visiting DVCS in person at our Greensborough office.
Other Financial Support
DVCS is collaborating with Community and Volunteers of Eltham (CAVE) and Nillumbik / Diamond Valley Lions Club (Lions) to support families who are unable to meet the full cost of school.
DVCS may refer KidsAssist applications to CAVE and Lions if additional funding is required.
What can I do if I need help with school costs?
If you are struggling financially to provide for your child’s education, we suggest you make an appointment with the school principal or welfare coordinator to discuss your situation and see if you are eligible for KidsAssist.
Families facing hardship may also be eligible for assistance through the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund to attend school trips and other school organised activities, and assistance with uniforms and footwear through State Schools’ Relief. Please contact your school for more information.
For further information click here to view our brochure.