The Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund grants more than $400,000 to local community organisations

Published on 03 July 2019

Vulnerable families, the homeless and LGBTIQ+ people are among the many Canberrans set to benefit from $408,756 in funding awarded as part of the first ever Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund grant round.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr today joined with the chair of the board of Hands Across Canberra Diane Kargas AM to announce support for 29 community projects across the ACT and region.

The grants support organisations working with vulnerable people in Canberra and the nearby region.

They will make an impact across a range of areas, including wellbeing, mental health and employment outcomes for a range of beneficiaries including LGBTIQ+ persons, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and children and youth.  They will also address homelessness and domestic violence; support families impacted by incarceration and activate services in outer suburban areas.

The projects include e-learning platforms, mobile outreach services, innovative approaches to transitional housing, youth engagement, a social enterprise hub, food rescue, work skills programmes, retrofits and workshops.

In addition, the organisation has sought collaborations with the Snow Foundation, the John James Foundation and the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs.  Beyond financial contributions, Givit and the MBA are further providing in-kind support to a number of applicants.

All awarded projects will be rolled out in the next twelve months. Click here for the full list of applications funded in this grant round.