Hands Across Canberra gives almost $200,000 to local charities

Published on 18 July 2017

Today, Hands Across Canberra provided $197,497 to local charities, working with Canberra’s most vulnerable people. This event acknowledged the important contribution charities make across our city.

In announcing the grants Peter Gordon, CEO of Hands Across Canberra, said ‘Hands Across Canberra works with around 150 Canberra charities. The independent Hands Across Canberra board consults widely to identify the areas of greatest need in Canberra before deciding on our priorities for allocating grants. We were thrilled to have so many exceptional grant applications this year. These distributions today are strategically directed to provide much-needed funds to charities making a significant impact across the ACT.”

Hands Across Canberra was launched in November 2010 to encourage and provide a simple way for Canberrans to adopt more regular habits of philanthropy. Through the Hands Across Canberra portal Canberrans have a cost effective, flexible and financially secure vehicle to contribute to local charities. Hands Across Canberra helps to keep the wealth created locally within the Canberra community. Today’s grant giving event was hosted by Canberra City Care, which operates a number of services for the community in West Belconnen. Last year a Hands Across Canberra grant helped establish vegetable gardens to provide additional food hampers for locals in need. This year’s grant will contribute to the development of a much-needed kitchen at their Charnwood community facility.

The chair of the Hands Across Canberra board, Diane Kargas AM, made particular note of the role of the Canberra construction community in generating the funds that were committed today. “The Master Builders Association and Renaissance Homes in particular worked with Hands Across Canberra on the Deakin Charity House project which resulted in a substantial contribution and we are seeing the benefits of that effort today”. Ms Kargas said.

Mr Gordon also noted, “Hands Across Canberra has been working in the ACT for a number of years. Its role is to encourage Canberrans to think about being generous right here in our own backyard. And it’s not just about fund raising – it’s also about capacity building and knowledge sharing. I work to connect people who can help with local charities needing support. To help our large community sector get access to much needed funds the Board of Hands Across Canberra raises money, which is then allocated to those community organisations that are doing great work with our most vulnerable people.”


2017 Grant Recipients:
OzHarvest Canberra YouthCARE Canberra
The Shepherd Centre C3 Church Monash
Care Inc. Cerebral Palsy Alliance
St Vincent De Paul Society Canberra City Care
YWCA Canberra Technical Aid to the Disabled ACT Inc. (TADACT)
Beryl Women Inc. Canberra Police Community Youth Club Inc.
Lifeline Canberra Friends of Brain Injured Children ACT Inc.
Uniting Care Kippax The Deaf Society
Canberra Community Law Riding for the Disabled of the ACT (Pegasus)
ACT Council of Social Service Women’s Centre for Health Matters
EveryMan Australia The Early Morning Centre – The Uniting Church in Australia (ACT)
Council on the Ageing (COTA) ACT

Total Donated: $197,749

More information

Organisations registered on the Hands Across Canberra website were eligible to apply for grants of up to $10,000, with grants of up to $25,000 available in exceptional circumstances. In order to apply, organisations must have been working in Canberra on social and community welfare.

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