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Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund

About the Fund

The Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund was created in June 2018 with the objective to assist in meeting the social, economic, cultural, educational, environmental and other charitable needs of the community in the Australian Capital Territory (and the immediately surrounding region) for the public benefit. The ACT Government invested $5 million as seed funding to kick-start a long term commitment to our local charities and community sector to support their incredible work and also explore innovative solutions to meeting community needs. The Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund Grant Program is aimed at addressing the needs of vulnerable people by supporting and working with charitable organisations and social enterprises. The fund is managed by Hands Across Canberra.

Hands Across Canberra is uniquely equipped to respond flexibly to critical needs throughout the city and nearby region. This is due to our deep connections within our community; an understanding of the organisations that serve it; and relationships with multi-sector partners who can join with us to foster change.

The Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund has provided substantial support to our community sector since it’s inception in 2018:
  • 69+ organisations supported
  • 89+ projects funded
  • $1m+ granted to the Canberra community

In July 2018, Hands Across Canberra announced the creation of the Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund (CMCF) with an initial gift of $5 million. The CMCF’s first year comprised the start-up phase of what is intended to become a substantial community fund, characterised by growing funds invested, sourced from government, business and the broader community. The first year saw the CMCF become an established legal entity with formalised processes, a board, three-year businessplan, a website presence and JBWere appointed as the investment advisor.

We also launched the first CMCF grant round, with the processes being determined. Vulnerable families, the homeless and LGBTIQ+ people were among the many Canberrans set to benefit from $408,756 in funding awarded as part of the grant round. The 28 projects include e-learning platforms, mobile outreach services, innovative approaches to transitional housing, youth engagement, a social enterprise hub, food rescue, work skills programs, retrofits and workshops. All awarded projects will be rolled out between 2019 and 2020. The CMCF grant round in 2019 saw us working collectively with peer organisations and agencies. Six partnerships provided an additional funding for 10 projects worth $300,355.

In 2019–20 we were able to distribute funds from the Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund to assist communities in our region severely affected during the year – first by a summer of bushfires and then by the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown measures.

Responding to pressing needs throughout the Canberra region, Hands Across Canberra:

» granted $227,000 from the Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund to 29 organisations, and leveraged a further $343,000 from peer foundations in a combined COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round
» committed a further $250,000 from the Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund towards
the Canberra Recovery Appeal. These funds supported a suite of programs to meet the needs of our community, ensuring that our not-for-profit sector had access to
sufficient funding in time to make an impact.

As part of our activities this year we have further developed our relationship with the Snow Foundation and the John James Foundation which expanded our grant rounds by injecting $343,000 into community projects. Areas that the Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund was able to support this year included family assistance and domestic violence services; adapting service provision through improved technology and IT literacy for service participants; crisis support to the culturally and linguistically diverse community (CALD) as well as to migrants and refugees and through enhanced services that kept our community connected through the pandemic.

At a time when our community is still recovering from the impacts of COVID restrictions, the Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund distributed more than $280,000 in grant funds in the Spring of 2020. The funds helped award approximately 30 projects and supported a range of beneficiaries including people experiencing mental health issues, elderly people, at-risk children and youth, people with disabilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people experiencing homelessness, and those who are otherwise economically disadvantaged. Projects include support for palliative care, mental health and wellbeing and mobile outreach services.  A further grant round is scheduled for May 2021.

Organisation Name Project Title  Amount Year granted Grant Round
Abbeyfield Garran Inc Abbeyfield Garran lounge room update  $          8,000 2020 CMCF Spring 2020
Arthritis ACT Art Therapy  $          8,000 2020 CMCF Spring 2020
Australian Capital Territory Council of Social Service Inc Building Digital Capacity for Transformational Service Delivery  $         10,000 2020 CMCF Spring 2020
Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation Activity Days for Young People living with Familial Mental Illness  $         10,000 2020 CMCF Spring 2020
Barnardos Australia Queanbeyan Homework Club  $         10,000 2020 CMCF Spring 2020
Better Renting Protecting vulnerable renters from unfair rental contracts  $          8,700 2020 CMCF Spring 2020
Canberra Community Law Limited Dhurrawang AMC Legal Clinic  $         10,000 2020 CMCF Spring 2020
Canberra Refugee Support Inc Canberra Refugee Support Scholarships.  $         10,000 2020 CMCF Spring 2020
Cerebral Palsy Alliance GaitRite: physiotherapy equipment for people with disability in Canberra  $         10,000 2020 CMCF Spring 2020
Council on the Ageing ACT Measuring the impact of COVID on the mental health of senior Canberrans  $          6,520 2020 CMCF Spring 2020
Heart Support Australia Canberra Heart Support Australia Branch  $          4,995 2020 CMCF Spring 2020
Kulture Break Dance Nation – inclusion and well-being through movement  $         10,000 2020 CMCF Spring 2020
Lifeline Canberra Lifey Leadership Program  $         10,756 2020 CMCF Spring 2020
Marymead Sporting Equipment – Young Persons (ages 8 – 13)  $         10,000 2020 CMCF Spring 2020
Mental Illness Education ACT Parent Hub: Online learning platform  $         10,000 2020 CMCF Spring 2020
Meridian Meridian Community Garden  $          8,000 2020 CMCF Spring 2020
OzHarvest OzHarvest Canberra Food Rescue  $         10,000 2020 CMCF Spring 2020
Palliative Care ACT Leo’s Place  $          9,600 2020 CMCF Spring 2020
Raw Potential Mobile outreach program for at-risk and vulnerable youth  $         10,000 2020 CMCF Spring 2020
Rebus Theatre Inc. Acting Out – On Screen  $         10,000 2020 CMCF Spring 2020
St Vincent de Paul Canberra The Night Patrol Program, St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/Goulburn  $         10,000 2020 CMCF Spring 2020
Technology for Ageing and Disability ACT (TADACT) Intelicare Home Monitoring System  $         10,000 2020 CMCF Spring 2020
The Farm in Galong ASES accreditation  $         10,000 2020 CMCF Spring 2020
The Shepherd Centre – For Deaf Children ‘Chime Time’ – a world-first music therapy program for deaf children and their families.  $         10,000 2020 CMCF Spring 2020
UnitingCare Kippax Health and Wellbeing for all – activity and connection  $          7,012 2020 CMCF Spring 2020
Warehouse Circus inc. Warehouse Circus Inclusive Equipment Purchase  $          9,680 2020 CMCF Spring 2020
Women’s Legal Centre ACT Making legal services accessible for CALD women  $         10,000 2020 CMCF Spring 2020
Women’s Shed Tutors for Women’s Strength and Community  $          9,360 2020 CMCF Spring 2020
Yeddung Mura (Good Pathways) Aboriginal Corporation Crisis Support Program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander detainees and their families  $         10,000 2020 CMCF Spring 2020
YWCA Canberra Clubhouse Crew Disco’s  $          9,997 2020 CMCF Spring 2020
ACT Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group Family Assistance  $          5,000 2020 COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round
Adopt Change Limited Support for Foster Carers During COVID-19  $          5,000 2020 COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round
Directions Health Services Service Access for Vulnerable Clients  $          9,000 2020 COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round
Australian Relief & Mercy Services – Canberra Pantry Equipment  $          6,000 2020 COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round
Canberra Refugee Support Emergency Income Support for Asylum Seekers  $         10,000 2020 COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round
2020 COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round
Catholic Care Canberra & Goulburn MacKillop House  $         15,000 2020 COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round
Community Services #1 CS#1 Studio Set Up  $         10,000 2020 COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round
Companion House Assisting Survivors of Torture and Trauma Supporting asylum seekers and refugees on temporary visas  $         10,000 2020 COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round
Conflict Resolution Service COVID – 19 Disruption  $          5,000 2020 COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round
Feel the Magic Virtual Camp Magic ACT  $          5,000 2020 COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round
Greek Orthodox Community & Church of Canberra & District Project Apollo – Connecting elderly community members  $          5,000 2020 COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Critical support for older people in the ACT with blindness or low vision in the time of COVID-19  $          5,000 2020 COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round
Hartley Lifecare Hartley Hall Markets  $         10,000 2020 COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round
Havelock Housing HHA COVID Mental Health Support  $         10,000 2020 COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round
KULTURE BREAK Social Connection  $          8,000 2020 COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round
Lifeline Canberra Crisis Support Services  $         15,000 2020 COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round
Marymead Child & Family Centre Online with Families  $         10,000 2020 COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round
Mental Health Foundation (ACT) Mobile Home-Based Service Model  $         10,000 2020 COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round
OzHelp OzHelp Service Transitions – COVID-19 Response  $         10,000 2020 COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round
Philanthropize Pty Ltd Adamas Nexus Online  $          5,000 2020 COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round
Print Handicapped Radio of ACT Support of Radio 1RPH Remote/Home recording and broadcast  $          1,900 2020 COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round
Queanbeyan Multilingual Centre Crisis Support for CALD Community  $         10,000 2020 COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round
Riding for the Disabled of the ACT Pegasus COVID-19 remote working grant  $          1,500 2020 COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round
Soldier On Soldier On Connect Hub  $         10,000 2020 COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round
The Mill House Ventures CRN Connect Centre  $          8,400 2020 COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round
The Shepherd Centre for Deaf Children ‘Care in Crisis’ – Supporting deaf children in the ACT  $         10,000 2020 COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round
This Is My Brave Australia Mental Health Support  $          3,000 2020 COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round
UnitingCare Kippax SPARK Expansion Computer and Data Bank  $         10,000 2020 COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round
Woden Valley RSL Subbranch SIV Program Response to COVID-19  $          5,000 2020 COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round
Action Aids and AGA LGBTIQ community -retrofit space for a community clinic  $          4,500 2019 CMCF 2019 Grant Round
AIDS Action Council of the ACT Innovative employment project (working name)  $         30,000 2019 CMCF 2019 Grant Round
Anglicare NSW South, NSW West and ACT Arawang Emergency Relief Hub Set Up  $          4,856 2019 CMCF 2019 Grant Round
Buoyed Up Canberra Yacht Club Buoyed Up  $         10,000 2019 CMCF 2019 Grant Round
Canberra Community Law Women in Prison Legal Empowerment Sessions (WIPLES)  $         15,000 2019 CMCF 2019 Grant Round
Canberra PCYC Canberra PCYC Youth Engagement Program  $         25,000 2019 CMCF 2019 Grant Round
CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn Addressing homelessness in the ACT – Pilot Project  $         20,000 2019 CMCF 2019 Grant Round
Construction Charitable Works Construction Charitable Works Case Management and Site Talks  $          7,500 2019 CMCF 2019 Grant Round
CREATE Foundation Connecting for Change  $         10,000 2019 CMCF 2019 Grant Round
GetAboutAble Pty Ltd Accessible Canberra  $         17,000 2019 CMCF 2019 Grant Round
Global Sisters Building Financial Resilience in Disadvantaged Women  $         10,000 2019 CMCF 2019 Grant Round
Marathon Health All Hands on Deck  $          5,000 2019 CMCF 2019 Grant Round
Marymead Access Days Project  $         15,000 2019 CMCF 2019 Grant Round
Mental Illness Education ACT Inc Mental Health 101 – Youth – Digital Program Exemplar  $         15,000 2019 CMCF 2019 Grant Round
OzHarvest OzHarvest Canberra Food Rescue  $         10,000 2019 CMCF 2019 Grant Round
Parentline ACT Inc. Parenting Advice for Vulnerable Parents from a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Background  $          4,900 2019 CMCF 2019 Grant Round
Parentline ACT Inc. Parenting Outreach Advice at Paint and Plays  $          5,000 2019 CMCF 2019 Grant Round
People with Disabilities ACT (PWDACT) Addressing barriers to employment for people with disabil ities  $         20,000 2019 CMCF 2019 Grant Round
Post and Ante Natal Depression Support and Information Inc (PANDSI) PANDSI Specialised Care Pathways Project (PSCPP)  $         10,000 2019 CMCF 2019 Grant Round
Raw Potential Canberra (YouthCARE Canberra Limited) Mobile outreach service  $         20,000 2019 CMCF 2019 Grant Round
Rebus Theatre Inc Acting Out  $         15,000 2019 CMCF 2019 Grant Round
Technology for Ageing and Disability ACT Outreach Mobility Service  $         15,000 2019 CMCF 2019 Grant Round
TransMasc TransMasc Workshop Series  $          5,000 2019 CMCF 2019 Grant Round
UnitingCare Kippax UCK – Ginninderry Social Enterprise Hub  $         35,000 2019 CMCF 2019 Grant Round
VOCAL ACT Volunteers Supporting Victims of Crime  $          5,000 2019 CMCF 2019 Grant Round
Volunteering and Contact ACT Connections Program – youth focus  $         25,000 2019 CMCF 2019 Grant Round
Warehouse Circus Inc. Jump Start  $          5,000 2019 CMCF 2019 Grant Round
Yeddung Mura Aboriginal Corporation Dhurrawang Reintegration Program  $         25,000 2019 CMCF 2019 Grant Round
YWCA Canberra A-Z Work Skills Pilot Program  $         20,000 2019 CMCF 2019 Grant Round

For information about current grant rounds please click here.

Grants funded by chief Minister’s Charitable Fund

Barnardos Australia

Barnardos Australia received a $10,000 grant from the Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund in 2020 to fund the running of the Queanbeyan Homework Club following impacts associated with COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020.

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Acting Out, Rebus Theatre

Acting Out received a $15,000 grant from the Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund for a three-day school holiday film program aiming to provide social connection and creative expression opportunities to LGBTQIA+ youth aged 12-17years. The program was run by two drama tutors from Rebus and a support worker/counsellor provided by our project partners Meridian (formerly Aids Action Council).

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Building Financial Resilience in Disadvantaged Women (Global Sisters)

This project’s aim was to support disadvantaged women facing barriers to mainstream employment to access face-to-face and online support and education by providing accessible pathways to entrepreneurship.

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Connecting for Change program, the Paws Pet Therapy & CREATE Foundation

The aim of Connecting for Change was to build awareness of services in the community for children and young people living in residential care under child protection systems in the ACT and adjoining regions. ‘Pet therapy’ aims to create an environment in which a child or young person will feel comfortable to discuss mental health and wellbeing; alternative therapy methods; stigma and barriers to accessing support; and different services available in the community, with a trained practitioner.

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Canberra Food Rescue (OzHarvest)

The aim of this project was to increase OzHarvest Canberra’s capacity to rescue quality surplus food from businesses and to deliver it to charities in need. A Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund investment of $10,000 enabled the organisation to deliver 20,000 meals to community members doing it tough across Canberra.

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