Hands Across Canberra boosts relief for Canberra community sector with over $100,000 in grant funding

Published on 07 September 2021

Hands Across Canberra announced today that 14 local community projects will receive more than $100,000 in grant funding for relief activities as part of an ongoing relief grant round.

Peter Gordon, CEO of Hands Across Canberra, said that this grant round has especially highlighted the changing needs across the community sector.

“Each day our understanding of the depth of this pandemic on our community organisations expands,” Peter Gordon said. “We are always evaluating how best to serve our network of organisations in this challenging time. This round of funding reflects our commitment to the hard work our partners our doing to address the real impact of the Covid crisis.”

“The staff of Hands Across Canberra are in regular contact with Canberra charities and those in the nearby region, gathering information about our communities’ needs. Mental health is a concern for everyone. Food pantries and kitchens are seeing increases in demand for food and hygiene items, which has catalysed stronger coordination among organisations. Charities serving vulnerable communities and who have trust within those communities are supporting people in new ways, ensuring that basic needs are being met.”

“For this initial grant round, recipients of Hands Across Canberra’s relief support are being determined on a weekly basis. Initial focus has been to get resources quickly to the nonprofit basic needs, and social service providers in the region,” Mr. Gordon said.

The following organisations are benefactors of this grant round and are providing various forms of relief to vulnerable members of our community: A Gender Agenda, Doris Women’s Refuge, GIVIT Listed, HOME in Queanbeyan, Marymead, Mental Illness Education ACT, Meridian, Multicultural Hub Canberra, Parentline ACT, Ronald McDonald House Charities ACT & South East NSW, Roundabout Canberra, This Is My Brave Australia, Yeddung Mura (Good Pathways) Aboriginal Corporation.

Zakia Patel, Regional Managing Director of the Multicultural Hub, said “Since the lockdown commenced in Canberra, the Multicultural Hub Canberra has been inundated with calls from CALD community members for financial support, including assistance with rent, medication, food and bills. This funding will help support CALD clients impacted by the lockdown.”

The grants announced today support a range of beneficiaries and forms of relief during lockdown including:

  • rent and bill relief for domestic violence survivors and vulnerable community members,
  • coordination of essential items for vulnerable Canberrans,
  • PPE for organisation staff and residents,
  • emergency support accommodation, food/fuel vouchers, clothing, toiletries and crisis support for vulnerable families in the ACT,
  • Mental health programs.

The full list of grants awarded is attached.  Hands Across Canberra continues to accept applications from charities. It is inevitable that there will be a gap in funding for some of these organisations and further support is encouraged.  Hands Across Canberra is currently running a fundraising campaign with Supabarn called Supahands, which allows for donors to contribute and support the organisations who run and execute community-based projects for our most vulnerable community members in our city doing it tough in these times. Please visit to donate.



About Hands Across Canberra

Hands Across Canberra is an independent philanthropic community foundation, working with more than 300 local community organisations. To donate visit

Media Contact

Peter Gordon – CEO – 0417 064 767


Grantees of HAC Relief Grant Round (wk 1)

Organisation Name

Grant Amount

Project Name

A Gender Agenda $5,000.00 Lockdown Community Member Support
Doris Women’s Refuge Incorportated $6,400.00 Supporting impoverished women and children surviving violence during Covid restrictions in the ACT
GIVIT Listed Ltd $10,000.00 GIVIT ACT COVID relief
HOME in Queanbeyan $10,000.00 Help at HOME
Marymead $10,000.00 Free Mental Health Sessions
Mental Illness Education ACT $10,000.00 Self Care Canberra
Meridian $5,000.00 COVID-19 support for sex workers
Multicultural Hub Canberra $10,000.00 Emergency Support to the CALD Community
Parentline ACT $1,200.00 Purchase of Mobile Phones and Plans for Volunteer Counsellors Working from Home
Ronald McDonald House Charities ACT & South East NSW $2,500.00 Meals from the Heart
Ronald McDonald House Charities ACT & South East NSW $2,500.00 Wrapped In Love
Roundabout Canberra $10,000.00 Covid-19 Baby and Children’s Emergency Relief Packs
This Is My Brave Australia Inc. $10,000.00 Ngunnawal Street Pantry and TIMBA Care Boxes
Yeddung Mura (Good Pathways) Aboriginal Corporation $10,000.00 COVID19 support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families impacted by Justice System