Hands Across Canberra Announces 2016 Grant Recipients

Published on 07 July 2016

Hands Across Canberra has today announced more than $100,000 in grants to local community organisations for 2016. With a particular focus on rehabilitation and homelessness, Hands Across Canberra is dedicating this year’s funds to ensuring Canberra’s most vulnerable members are not lost and forgotten.


With almost $10,000 being directed towards rehabilitation of perpetrators of domestic Violence through the Everyman organisation and another $10,000 towards assisting fathers to remain connected to their children after separation via the Connections ACT organisation, Hands Across Canberra is seeing a shift in the needs of Canberra’s residents towards proactive and preventative support.


Since its conception, Hands Across Canberra has now allocated more than $500,000 in grants to many worthy organisations helping people in Canberra.


The Chair of the Hands Across Canberra’s Foundation Board, Diane Kargas proudly announced the grants today saying, “The 15 grant recipients are a perfect example of what Hands Across Canberra seeks to achieve.  The grants show just how important it is for our community to look after itself. Hands Across Canberra is focused on local philanthropy.”


The Foundation received about 30 applications seeking grants for innovative projects in 2016. As Hands Across Canberra accesses even more funds it will be better placed to fund more innovations in the community sector. Ms Kargas noted, “Hands Across Canberra is shaping itself as a substantial community foundation and we are sure that our donors will be delighted with the list of grants that show where their generous donations have gone and in time, the impact they will make.”


The 2016 grants have a deliberate focus on priorities such as domestic violence and others marginalised in our community.  Hands Across Canberra is also dedicated to enabling community organisations to continue their important work. Consequently, a number of grants have been approved to help charities with technology upgrades which is a new direction for the foundation.


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2016 Grants



C3Cares Essential technology                                                             $2,500

Canberra City Care Harvest Kitchen in Charnwood                           $10,000

Canberra Community Law Essential technology                               $3,036

Canberra Rape Crisis Centre Information Management                   $9,000

EveryMan Domestic violence intervention                                        $9,600

Hartley Lifecare Improved management systems                             $7,920

Prisoners Aid Family support                                                             $2,500

Safe Shelter Homelessness                                                                $5,000

The Shepherd Centre A Sound Start to School                                  $9,500

Directions Health Services Training for people working with the impact of drugs $9,984

Early Morning Centre Essential infrastructure – a fridge                  $1,798

Unitingcare Kippax Playgroup for the disadvantaged                       $9,640

Connections ACT Incorporated Fathering After Separation              $10,000

Marymead Essential Technology upgrade                                         $5,000

Mental Health Foundation (ACT) Inc. Technology creating access $4,701

Total: $100,179

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