Grant Round

Canberra Foundations Collaborative – Grant Round 2022 [NOW CLOSED]

About the Collaboration

Canberra Foundations Collaborative is a partnership between local community foundations: Hands Across Canberra which administers the Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund, the Snow Foundation, and the John James Foundation. The foundations regularly collaborate, share knowledge and co-fund. Each year the foundations run a major grant round in Spring.

In 2022, the collaborative is piloting running a major grant round with one centralised process which simplifies the process of applying for organisations who already have limited resources for grant writing.

A total grant pool of $1 million will be available for organisations.

Other local foundations as well as private donors and corporate partners will be encouraged to engage in this partnership.

Joint Grant Round 2022 – Guidelines

Approximately $1,000,000 is available in grants (evenly provided by the foundations)

A majority of grants are expected in the $5,000-$25,000 range, with a few up to $50,000. Smaller grants are also welcome. A limited number of multi-year grants are possible.

Organisations may apply for more than 1 grant/activity/project.

Unless earmarked for multi-year awards, funds should be expended within 12 months from the date of approval.

The partnering foundations regularly consult with the community sector and are guided by their identification of needs and priorities.

This grant round welcomes expressions of interest from charitable organisations and social enterprises that address the systemic disadvantages of communities living in Canberra and the nearby regions.  It supports initiatives that engage socially disadvantaged or marginalised community members and that strengthen charities to support them.

This collaborative approach to philanthropic grant making will provide a shared understanding of the areas of greatest need in our community, which will be central to the process. Each partner foundation will also consider their specific focal areas which complement each other and are noted here:

  • John James Foundation is a leading medical charity focused on strengthening health outcomes in the Canberra community
  • The Snow Foundation supports health, education and employment, economic justice and safety, and philanthropy and for-purpose sectors
  • Hands Across Canberra supports community organisations working with socially disadvantaged and marginalised individuals and families to address challenges in the community
Grants are intended for community organisations and social enterprises working with socially disadvantaged and vulnerable groups[1]

Projects delivered in Canberra and the nearby region

Eligible Activities
  • New and expanded programming – costs associated with the development, delivery, or evaluation of new programs or expansion of existing programs.
  • Existing Programming – costs associated with the delivery of current or ongoing programming – only for individual organisations and where outcomes can be attributed.
  • Capacity building – costs associated with strengthening organisation’s ability to deliver on charitable mission.
Activities may contribute to (but are not limited by the below list)
  • Social inclusion opportunities: working to build community harmony and inclusiveness
  • Enhancing community connectedness: including spaces to convene and connect; and bridging the digital divide.
  • Support for sector collaboration
  • Service awareness and outreach
  • Support for staff mental health and wellbeing
  • Equipment enabling improved or increased service provision
  • Health education and awareness programs
  • Capacity building for staff and community
  • Mobility of service users to and from programs/appointments
  • Taking measures to help reduce the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Canberrans in the justice system and to promote access to justice
  • Providing support for individuals and families experiencing housing stress
  • Preparing young, marginalized people to enter the job market post-covid and addressing barriers to employment for various community groups
[1] At-risk children, youth, young people, women, men and elderly persons; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, refugees, migrants, precariously employed people, unemployed people, prisoners, domestic violence victims and perpetrators, homeless people, persons with a disability, persons identifying as LGBTIQ+ amongst others.





Funding will not be considered for individuals, overseas study, or travel, lobbying, political activities, completed projects or expenses that have already been acquitted or salaries for regular staff.


Grant proposals will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Rationale for the grant (why?): Benefit to the community/needs addressed – evidence of needs
  • Clarity of project description and activities
  • Achievable timeline that corresponds to the key activities, realistic project budget; funds spent within 12 months of receiving them (unless multi-year)
  • Organisational capacity to deliver proposed activities
  • Established track record in specific program content area or potential to achieve needed content expertise, alignment with organisation’s mission
  • Project has been co-designed with beneficiaries (inclusive design)
  • Alignment with foundation’s values, vision, mission and purpose


Other Considerations:

  • Consultation and/or collaboration with other community organisations
  • The proposed project should not overlap with or replace government activities/projects/services, but rather complement these.
  • Ability to leverage financial, human and technical resources for greater impact

This grant round will be run through a two-step process including

  1. an expression of interest
  2. invitation to submit a full application

Please see relevant dates below.

Once foundations have reviewed the Expressions of Interest, organisations will be invited to apply and submit a full application with details regarding the activities they are seeking funding for.

Successful applicants will be emailed a Grant Terms of Agreement (contract) to be signed or a grant letter. Payment will be expedited as much as possible. Grants and first instalments will be fully paid out within a few days of receiving the signed Grant Terms of Agreement or receiving an invoice. A final acquittal report[1] is expected.

[1] If organisations have a pre-existing format for the acquittal report, a sample can be provided with the application for consideration. Alternatively, the Consortium can provide a sample acquittal report.

The Canberra Foundations Collaborative – Expression of Interest process will be administered by Hands Across Canberra which uses Foundant to manage applications.

All applications must be submitted via the online Expression of Interest Form.

New Foundant Users: Please click on “Create New Account” to complete the brief registration process and create your logon credentials.

Existing Foundant Users: If you have applied for a grant with Hands Across Canberra and the Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund in the last 12 months you should already have a username and password to access the portal. If you have forgotten your password please request a new one by clicking the “Forgot your password?” link under the logon prompts.

Interested grant applicants are encouraged to contact someone from the collaborative before making a submission.

Please click on the following link to submit an Expression of Interest:

Logon Page – Grant Lifecycle Manager (

Date Activity Details
24 Feb Launch of Grant Round Grants portal will be live and accepting expressions of interest from this day.
24 Feb – 17 March Call for Expressions of Interest Expressions of interest will be accepted during this time. Hands Across Canberra’s grant management platform “Foundant” will be used to collect expressions of interest with all parties having access to the platform.
18 March – 31 March EoI Review Foundations will review EoIs together during this period
31 March Results of EoI’s communicated Both successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified of the outcomes. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full application.
31 March – 21 April Applications Those organisations whose EoI were successful will be invited to submit during this period.

·       The Snow Foundation will seek applications through their grant management platform.

·       Hands Across Canberra and John James Foundation will seek applications on the Foundant platform.

21 April – 31 May Applications Review Each foundation will go through their own process of approvals with boards, sub-committees and sector experts.
June Announcement of grants & payment Successful applicants will be emailed a Grant Terms of Agreement (contract) to be signed or a grant letter. Grants and first installments will be fully paid out within a few days of receiving the signed Grant Terms of Agreement or receiving an invoice.


Organisation Contact Phone Number
John James Foundation Nathalie Maconachie – Grants and Relationships Manager 0412341117
Hands Across Canberra Julia Lieser – Grants and Partnerships Manager 0401799670
The Snow Foundation Carolyn Ludovici – Our Place Manager 02 6275 2229