CANBERRA COLLABORATIVE GRANTS $1.5 MILLION TO LOCAL PROJECTS
Published on 12 July 2022
A collaboration of the region’s leading charity funds has awarded 71 local projects with a total of almost $1.5 million in grant funding to support people who experience economic and social disadvantage.
The collaboration includes the Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund/HAC (Hands Across Canberra), the John James Foundation and The Snow Foundation, with further support from the Aspen Foundation and Aspen Medical.
“Since the beginning of Covid the number of people living in poverty in Canberra has risen from about 30,000 to 40,000; and 9,000 of those are children. So with increased food prices and cost of living pressures, many are doing it really tough,” Hands Across Canberra CEO Peter Gordon said.
“This is in addition to the increases in domestic and family violence and mental health challenges amongst other issues, following three years of pandemic. That’s why this new injection of funds is so important right now.”
The inaugural grant round received a total 171 grant applications, with successful projects focussed on addressing the challenges many Canberran’s are experiencing in connection to health, education and employment, housing and belonging. These social themes were highlighted in the Vital Signs Canberra research released in October 2021.
“This has truly been a massive and really worth-while project. Most importantly, it has provided us with a stronger connection to our community. We have learnt so much more about the work being done to support people in need in our region, complementing the 2021 Vital Signs Canberra report, which painted a true picture of our challenges and strengths,” The Snow Foundation CEO Georgina Byron said.
“We set out to make grant application processes simpler for the community sector. In truth, we have all gained so much ourselves, and we have been able to understand and share the greatest needs within our community, together.”
Each project received around $10,000 to $50,000 depending on size and need. The 71 projects cover a wide range of sectors, supporting domestic and family violence significantly, with seven projects valued at $208,000, as well as mental health with five projects valued at $116,000. Health is also strongly supported, especially the disability sector with grants worth $283,000 for nine projects.
“The response from the community has been extraordinary. The commitment of our three Foundations, supported by Aspen, has been recognised and has galvanised community organisations to reach out. We believe this is just the beginning of deeper partnerships and scaling up our support for Canberra’s most vulnerable sectors,” John James Foundation Chair Professor Paul Smith said.
One of the projects supported by the grant round is ability.news (which received $90,000) who work to provide accurate information regarding the NDIS scheme, assisting people with disability, and their carers, to navigate their way through this rapidly changing environment.
“This grant will allow ability.news to become established as an impartial and reliable source of vital information for people accessing the NDIS,” ability.news’ Editor Nic Stuart said.
“We are absolutely thrilled to receive this grant. It will allow us to create an accessible website that will become a vital resource as we inform, connect and empower the disability community here in Canberra.”
The projects are located across the ACT and the surrounding regions and span homelessness, aged care, carers, employment and education as well as post prison support, and more.
“For over 30 years, The Snow Foundation has offered an annual funding round, and to provide a collective and coordinated grant round with other Foundations demonstrates all of our commitment to the community. Together, we are saving time on administration while enabling greater impact. We are thrilled to be part of this dynamic and ground-breaking collaboration,” Ms Byron said.
“This is the start of something great for our region.”
Projects supported in 2022
|Ability.News||Ability News Journalism|
|Doris Women’s Refuge||Assistance for DFV-affected women and children from CALD backgrounds|
|Kulture Break||Creative Pathways to Employment|
|Mental Illness Education ACT||Thriving Minds: Empowered Futures|
|Better Renting||The Renter Centre|
|Canberra Community Law||Disability Advisory Group Pilot Project|
|Canberra PCYC||South Side Mower Shed – equipment|
|Capital Region Community Services||Youth Space in Westfield Belconnen|
|HOME in Queanbeyan||Kitchen equipment|
|Respite QBYN||Respite centre for Queanbeyan|
|Roundabout Canberra||Corporate Volunteering|
|The Farm at Galong||Social Enterprise Project|
|Toora Women Inc||The Complexity Centre|
|Women With Disabilities ACT||Preventing violence against women with disabilities|
|Women’s Health Matters||Promoting women’s health and wellbeing in the AMC|
|Youth Coalition of the ACT||Evaluation of the ACT Youth Worker Practice Network|
|YWCA Canberra||Domestic Violence Brokerage|
|ACT Down Syndrome Association||Community Kitchen Upgrade|
|AKFFA||Trust Based Relational Intervention training|
|Barnardos Australia||Homework Club in Queanbeyan|
|Barnardos Australia||Queanbeyan Family First|
|Beryl Women Inc||Garage and soundproofing of office area|
|Black Mountain School||School equipment|
|Bosom Buddies ACT Inc||Support Program|
|Canberra Hospital Foundation||Canberra Hospital Foundation Samaritan Fund Program|
|Canberra Refugee Support Inc||Economic empowerment for women from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds|
|Canberra Refugee Support Inc||Inclusion for children from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds through sports and recreation|
|Carers ACT||Keeping Carers Connected|
|Common Ground Canberra||Furniture and Equipment for Common Ground Dickson|
|Companion House||Scholarship program|
|Directions Health||Mini-PAT (Pathways to Assistance and Treatment)|
|Directions Health||Directions Teen Clinic Lanyon|
|Forcibly Displaced People Network||Increasing resilience and community connections for LGBTIQ+ forcibly displaced people|
|Heart Support Australia||Introduction packs for hospitals and cardiac rehabilitation units|
|Karabar High School||Scholarship program|
|Karinya House for Mothers and Babies||Circles of Security – Building Karinya House Casework Practice|
|Lions Youth Haven Inc.||Lions Community Garden|
|Marymead||Youth in Need|
|Meridian ACT||CALD Aged Care support for LGBTI Awareness|
|Miracle Babies Foundation Ltd||Supporting babies born premature or critically ill and their families|
|Money Bites Pty Ltd||Financial Feminists program|
|Music for Canberra||Music for all abilities|
|My Coaching My Future||Supporting for women leaving DV experiences|
|Palliative Care NSW||Goulburn Region Palliative Care Volunteer Program|
|Parentline ACT||Qualified counsellor employment|
|Perinatal Wellbeing Centre||Birth Trauma Counselling Service|
|Print Handicapped Radio of the ACT Inc||Radio1RPH community engagement|
|Quest for Life||Moving Beyond Trauma|
|Riding for the Disabled of ACT Incorporated||Farm Skills Program|
|Right to Work||Building regional microbusiness capability to support young adults with disability|
|Roundabout Canberra||The Healthy Start Project|
|Salvation Army||Dental and Speech Therapy Program|
|Sisters In Spirit Aboriginal Corporation||Awareness Raising of Aboriginal Women to The Wider Community|
|Soldier On||Connection and Wellness Retreat|
|Stepping Stone Social Enterprise Limited||Stepping Stone Social Enterprise Training Program|
|The Early Morning Centre||Furniture replacement|
|The Girls Leadership Network||The Girls Leadership Network|
|The Salvation Army||Oasis Youth Services, upgrade/convert existing infrastructure|
|The Shepherd Centre for Deaf Children||The Hearing Transformation Initiative|
|The STOP Campaign||The Safe Response Toolkit: for sexual victim survivors and their supporters|
|This Is My Brave Australia Inc.||Community Mental Health and Wellbeing project.|
|UnitingCare Kippax||Winter Relief kit Stay safe and stay warm|
|Woden Community Service||The Community Placemaking Program|
|Woden Community Service||English Conversations Program|
|Women’s Health Matters||The State of Women’s Health in the ACT Survey|
|Yeddung Mura (Good Pathways) Aboriginal Corporation||Ex-detainees as Peer Support leaders to support detainees released from AMC|
|Zonta Club of Canberra||Home Starter Packs|
|Zonta Club of Canberra Breakfast||Breast Cushions Project|
|Woden Community Service||Big Issue vendor engagement|
About the Canberra Foundations Collective
Hands Across Canberra is an independent philanthropic community foundation, working with more than 300 local community organisations. Funds for this grant round are being provided by the Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund which is delivered in partnership with Hands Across Canberra. For more information visit www.handsacrosscanberra.org.au
The Snow Foundation is a family foundation that creates opportunity and strengthens resilience for a more caring and inclusive community. One of the four pillars of their work is Our Place that focuses on Canberra and the surrounding region. For more information visit www.snowfoundation.org.au.
John James Foundation is a Canberra based medical charity improving health outcomes in our community. Keep up to date on their activities at www.jjf.org.au