Crisis Support for CALD Community (Multicultural Hub)
A Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund grant enabled the Multicultural Hub to provide essential support to their clients in Canberra and Queanbeyan who had lost their employment but had not been eligible for any of the government welfare packages released in response to the financial impact of COVID-19.
Axial Housing, Catholic Care
In 2019, CatholicCare received a $20,000 grant from the Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund for a Housing First pilot, called Axial Housing, operating in Canberra. Built on a partnership between CatholicCare and Housing ACT, Axial Housing enabled the homelessness support sector in the ACT to provide permanent housing to people who are sleeping rough and who cannot navigate the housing system – and who would otherwise remain homeless'.
Canberra Food Rescue (OzHarvest)
The aim of this project was to increase OzHarvest Canberra’s capacity to rescue quality surplus food from businesses and to deliver it to charities in need. A Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund investment of $10,000 enabled the organisation to deliver 20,000 meals to community members doing it tough across Canberra.
Connecting for Change program, the Paws Pet Therapy & CREATE Foundation
The aim of Connecting for Change was to build awareness of services in the community for children and young people living in residential care under child protection systems in the ACT and adjoining regions. ‘Pet therapy’ aims to create an environment in which a child or young person will feel comfortable to discuss mental health and wellbeing; alternative therapy methods; stigma and barriers to accessing support; and different services available in the community, with a trained practitioner.
Building Financial Resilience in Disadvantaged Women (Global Sisters)
This project’s aim was to support disadvantaged women facing barriers to mainstream employment to access face-to-face and online support and education by providing accessible pathways to entrepreneurship.
Good Pathways Enterprises (Yeddung Mura Aboriginal Corporation)
This grant supports a partnership between the Yeddung Mura Aboriginal Corporation and The Mill House Ventures in 2020–21, to explore new business opportunities that can deliver social impact for the Yeddung Mura community and for the broader ACT community.
Acting Out, Rebus Theatre
Acting Out received a $15,000 grant from the Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund for a three-day school holiday film program aiming to provide social connection and creative expression opportunities to LGBTQIA+ youth aged 12-17years. The program was run by two drama tutors from Rebus and a support worker/counsellor provided by our project partners Meridian (formerly Aids Action Council).
Barnardos Australia received a $10,000 grant from the Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund in 2020 to fund the running of the Queanbeyan Homework Club following impacts associated with COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020.
Canberra Refugee Support (CRS)
A scholarship recipient, Tenzin who came to Canberra as a refugee in 2020. Immediately enrolled himself at Reid CIT where he is now completing a Certificate III in Barbering. Reid CIT nominated Tenzin for a scholarship based on his dedication to classes and explained that he actively seeks to assist and encourage other students.
Canberra Community Law
Dhurrawang is a legal service developed to provide individually tailored and culturally sensitive legal advice and representation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the ACT in the following areas of law – Housing and Homelessness, Social Security, Human Rights and Race Discrimination. The Dhurrawang team is comprised of one Aboriginal lawyer, one non-Aboriginal lawyer and one Aboriginal paralegal.
Lifeline Canberra supports school students mental health
Lifeline Canberra has developed a training program to run throughout schools in Canberra; students are trained and mentored as LIFEY LEADERS - which promote the skills and confidence to support a more mentally healthy school community.