Helping Aussies make a difference

Jetstar's Flying Start Program invites community groups and organisations across Australia to apply for a grant to fund a project that will enrich the lives of people in their local community.

Tell us your project story and you could receive a $30,000 grant.

About The Program

  • Jetstar helping New Zealand

    Every day Jetstar flies thousands of people, helping unite family and friends to share special holiday experiences with their accessible and affordable fares.

    Our staff do their very best, every day to get you where you want to go, and to ensure every Jetstar experience you have is as enjoyable as possible.

    But there are some people who need more from us than just low fares.

  • Entry is open to not-for-profit community groups and organisations of any size, who are seeking funding to help enhance the lives of people in their local community; and can be classified into one of the following categories.

    • Charity

    • Educational
      and Health
      Organisations

    • Arts Group or
      Organisation

    • Sporting Group
      or Organisation

    The community group or organisation should have a specific project in mind for how the grant will be used to benefit their local community.

    Each quarter we will be accepting entries from a different Australian state or territory.
    Dates:
    1 JAN - 31 MAR
    1 APR - 30 JUN
    1 JUL - 30 SEPT
    1 OCT - 31 DEC
    Open to:
    QLD & NT
    NSW & ACT
    VIC & TAS
    SA & WA
    • 1 JAN 2015
      to
      31 MAR 2015

      Grant #9, CLOSED

    • 1 APR 2015
      to
      30 JUN 2015

      Grant #10, CLOSED

    • 1 JUL 2015
      to
      30 SEP 2015

      Grant #11 VIC/TAS

    • 1 OCT 2015
      to
      31 DEC 2015

      Grant #12, SA/WA

    Grants will be awarded quarterly.

    Judges will gather within six weeks after the closing date for quarterly grant applications and select a community group or organisation to be the grant recipient.

    All applicants will be notified within six weeks of the applications close date each quarter and told whether or not they have been successful.

    • $15,000 Cash

    • $15,000 worth of travel
      with Jetstar anywhere
      on the Jetstar network

    • Promotion of their community group or organisation on Jetstar's website and Facebook page

    • National and local level
      media leverage to be
      facilitated by Jetstar
      PR agency partner

    All grants will consist of the same elements, to ensure fairness and transparency.

    Each grant will be worth $30,000, comprising $15,000 cash and $15,000 worth of Jetstar travel.

    • 1

      The extent to which the community group or organisation is seeking funding to help enhance the lives of people in their local community in the areas of charity, health, sport, education or the arts.

    • 2

      The extent to which the community group or organisation can maximise benefits to their local community with the Jetstar Flying Start grant (i.e. the extent to which they have a tangible project or activity in mind to utilise the grant).

    • 3

      The extent to which the project or activity will celebrate and highlight the work of the community group or organisation and help boost the profile and strength of the group for the future within twelve months of the grant being awarded.

Flying Start Stories

  • Orange Sky Laundry

    Founded in 2014 by 20-year-old best mates Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi, Orange Sky Laundry is the first free mobile laundry service for homeless people living in Australia.

    The service aims to restore respect, raise health standards and reduce the strain on resources for Australia’s 105,000 homeless men and women. Currently operating and trialing services in Queensland, it uses custom-built vans fitted with industrial washers to visit local parks and drop in centers.

    The charity now has its sights set on operating a national fleet, and thanks to Jetstar’s Flying Start grant, the plan can now be put into action. The $15,000 in cash and $15,000 in travel will be channeled directly towards establishing a brand new van for Melbourne, making this the first time the charity has ever operated full-time interstate.

  • Night Hoops

    Run entirely by volunteers, Night Hoops is a unique organisation in Perth that hosts free evening basketball tournaments on Friday and Saturday nights for youths aged 12-18. The players come from a diverse range of backgrounds, including those who are at-risk and significantly disadvantaged.

    Night Hoops is more than just basketball however. The program also provides young people with life-skills workshops and the opportunity to establish positive connections with local police, volunteers and peers within their community. The program delivers a safe, structured atmosphere where positive behaviour is rewarded.

    Thanks to Jetstar's Flying Start grant, Night Hoop will fund a six-day cultural tour of Singapore for 10 of the program's most promising Indigenous youth players, where they will go head-to-head with some of the best teams in South East Asia.The players were selected on their basketball skills, leadership qualities, resilience and overall enthusiasm for the program. The trip is scheduled to take place in June this year (2015).

  • Reading out of Poverty

    Supporting children and families from marginalised backgrounds with literacy skills, Reading out of Poverty provides a strong foundation for children to learn to read so they can succeed in education, reach their full potential and contribute to the community.

    Established in Melbourne in 2010, Reading out of Poverty has since shared a range of pre-literacy activities and resources to more than 3,500 children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Promoting a love and habit for reading, the charity will now be able to distribute more than 5,000 children’s books and expand into the Northern Territory thanks to Jetstar’s Flying Start grant.

  • SISTER 2 Sister

    Designed to empower vulnerable teenage girls to help them turn their lives around, Sydney-based charity SISTER2Sister is a mentoring and risk management program that aims to have a positive lasting impact.

    Assigned with a Big Sister, each and every girl in the program has a positive female role model to provide constant support, guidance and advice.

    From how to cook on a budget to developing a winning resume, the girls are continually learning and even get the chance to be involved in life changing experiences, such as climbing 134 metres above the sea on the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb or heading off on four day Butterfly boot camps.

    Thanks to Jetstar’s Flying Start funding, SISTER2Sister can continue to make a positive difference and achieve its goal of expanding into Victoria in 2014, helping more marginalised girls grow into strong and successful women.

  • Hear and Say

    Imagine a world with no sound. Not listening to your sister’s laugh when you pull a funny face or hearing your mum tell you she loves you. That is the reality for hundreds of children born with a hearing impairment across Queensland.

    Determined to give children born with hearing loss the best chance to lead a life without limitation, Brisbane-based not-for-profit Hear & Say has created a world-leading service to teach children how to listen and speak.

    Combining modern hearing technology such as the cochlear implant and specialised Auditory-Verbal Therapy, Hear & Say are currently helping more than 600 children discover the joy of communication, including in remote Queensland where remote children benefit from the project over Skype.

    And thanks to Jetstar’s Flying Start grassroots funding program those remote children are set to swap Skype for the skies, with the airline awarding Hear & Say a $30,000 grant to help connect rural kids with their therapist at a special outreach camp in Brisbane in October.

  • HeartKids SA

    Each year more than 2000 Australian children are born with life-threatening childhood heart disease and require major surgery to survive.

    In South Australia, these children must travel to Melbourne to access paediatric heart surgery not available locally. Some of them have just a few hours’ notice before departing and can stay for 10 days to a year.

    HeartKids SA is a not-for-profit charity that helps to reduce the financial and emotional strain on families affected by childhood heart disease, by providing education, financial support and counselling services.

    Through Jetstar’s Flying Start program, HeartKids SA has been able to help more families affected by childhood heart disease, by providing free flights to Melbourne with Jetstar as well as financial assistance when interstate.

  • The Song Room

    The Song Room, a Melbourne-based not-for-profit organisation was awarded Jetstar’s third Flying Start grant, receiving $15,000 cash and $15,000 in travel to be used for a ground-breaking music program for Australian primary school children. The Song Room is a national not-for-profit organisation that brightens the futures of Australia's most disadvantaged children with tailored, high-quality music and arts programs.

    The grant will enable The Song Room to expand its music programs across the country. The charity is looking to host a school excursion for students to travel interstate to Sydney to see a live performance at one of Australia's most recognisable cultural icons, the Sydney Opera House.

  • Shoes for Planet Earth

    Shoes for Planet Earth was Jetstar’s second Flying Start grant recipient. Co-founders Viv Kartsounis and Nick Drayton from Sydney, source, clean and deliver running shoes to homeless shelters, disaster victims, sports groups and anyone in need in Australia and internationally.

    The grant comprising $15,000 in Jetstar flights and $15,000 in cash will enable them to step up the charity operation and spread its reach. Currently, donated running shoes are washed in a cement mixer called “Mona”, named after marathon runner Steve Moneghetti. The industrial washing machine Shoes for Planet Earth is purchasing with the aid of the Flying Start funding will cut down the time and physical effort required to clean shoes. The flights component of the grant worth $15,000 will enable delivery of shoes to those in need at the various ports where Jetstar flies to.

  • Mummy’s Wish

    Queensland-based Mummy’s Wish a charity offering practical support to mums who are facing cancer, is the first Jetstar Flying Start Program grant recipient in Australia.

    From a helping hand with the house work to ensuring families stay connected with the provision of iPads to Skype on, Mummy’s Wish is all about helping to maintain a normal family life in the face of adversity.

    The $15,000 cash and $15,000 travel grant will enable Mummy’s Wish to further provide a range of care and services to 100 mums and their families across Queensland, and will assist in the expansion of its services to help families in New South Wales later this year.

Meet the Panel

  • David Hall - CEO, Jetstar Australia and New Zealand

    David Hall

    CEO, Jetstar Australia and New Zealand

    David was appointed Jetstar Australia and New Zealand Chief Executive Officer in August 2010, after being with the Qantas Group for over five years. David's Jetstar history has involved roles in finance and strategy teams.

  • Gorgi Coghlan - TV Host

    Gorgi Coghlan

    TV Host

    With a background in media, journalism, travel, entertainment, science, education and professional singing, Gorgi is one of the most well-rounded television presenters in the industry. She is also enjoying her favourite role as mum to her daughter, Molly Rose.

  • Jeremy Schmidt - Jetstar Pilot

    Jeremy Schmidt

    Jetstar Pilot

    Jeremy is a Jetstar Captain and has been with the airline since late 2004. He spent two years working overseas in both the UK and Vietnam before returning home in 2009 to work on the 787 Dreamliner Project team.

  • Jules Lund - TV and radio presenter

    Jules Lund

    TV and radio presenter

    Jules is well known as the charismatic host of the popular TV travel show Getaway and co-host to Austereo’s Fox FM national drive show. He is dad to two girls, Billie and Indigo.

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Contact Details

Alternatively, you can submit your entry form by downloading, printing out and posting into Jetstar at PO Box 4713, Melbourne VIC 3001.

Entry Form

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