Grant recipients set to showcase building stronger communities together

11 September, 2017: Philanthropy Australia and FRRR have welcomed the announcement today from the Hon. Christian Porter  that 21 groups will receive grants to help celebrate Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week (20-24 November).

The grants are possible thanks to funds from the Department of Social Services. The Australian Government has provided $650,000 over three years to run Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week. The initiative is supported through the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership and managed by Philanthropy Australia in partnership with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.

CEO of Philanthropy Australia, Sarah Davies, said that the diversity of recipients reflects the myriad of groups that work together every day to build stronger and more inclusive communities.

“This year’s grant recipients come from right across Australia, from each state and territory and from urban, rural, regional and remote areas. They provide fantastic examples of the things which can be achieved at a grassroots level when community groups and philanthropy work in partnership.

“Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week is a chance to celebrate and acknowledge the work they do, showcase effective collaboration, as well as strengthen or develop new relationships and partnerships,” said Ms Davies.

The communities receiving CPPW grants this year highlight their work towards building stronger communities together with their philanthropic partners, for the benefit of current and future generations.

Some of the recipients and their initiatives include:

  • Access Community Services Ltd, QLD – will use the funds to undertake research to demonstrate and share the impact of partnerships in their collaborative Building Connected Communities project that supports vulnerable families. They will also share the findings with their numerous partners by hosting a morning tea.
  • Anglicare Tasmania Inc., Tas. – who plan to create awareness of local services through the provision of six, full day inclusive Community Treasure Hunt events.
  • Barossa Region Community Foundation Inc., SA – will be highlighting the lessons learned so far through their Concordis project by recording a digital story that can be shared on line across multiple sites as well as holding a community group training and networking function to showcase the Barossa Region Community Foundation’s partnerships, raising the profile of existing partners to attract future partners.
  • Colman Education Foundation, Vic. – through their partnerships, they have created a unique education / school model which provides an integrated education and family support service for local children, young people and their families. They will use their funds to develop a video to demonstrate what can be achieved through strong philanthropic partnerships.
  • Kimberly Aboriginal Law and Cultural Centre (KALACC), WA – will also be using their funds to gather and showcase stories through the production of a short film and webcast, demonstrating how KALACC and their various philanthropic partners have strengthened Kimberley community and culture.
  • Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre Inc., WA – will hold a celebration and shared learning event, showcasing the outcomes and impact of an innovative elder abuse awareness partnership project.

Natalie Egleton, CEO of the Foundation of Rural and Regional Renewal says there are many great examples among this year’s recipients of groups that are doing fantastic work coming together to address needs within their community.

“While people often consider philanthropy as giving money, that’s only part of it. It’s just as important for individuals and groups to lend their time as volunteers, and to bring their knowledge, networks and skills to help create strong, sustainable solutions.”

Ms Egleton recommends looking at the CPPW website to read case studies about the work of past CPPW grant recipients, as well as to see what else is planned during Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week.

“In addition to case studies from across the country, the website will list how grant recipients and other groups will be marking Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week.”

Groups are encouraged to share what they are doing via the CPPWeek Facebook page and use @CPPWeek on twitter to help spread the word of the power of philanthropy working in partnership with communities across Australia.

There are a number of tips and resources available to help community groups, along with an events register.

See the full list of grant recipients below:

  Organisation Project Location Amount
1 YWCA Canberra

YWCA Canberra Clubhouse – Partner or Perish

Publish and launch of a booklet to celebrate the impacts that industry and philanthropic partnerships have made to Canberra YWCA’s youth program and the development of STEM projects.

Canberra, ACT $5,250
2 Central Coast Emergency Accommodation Services Ltd

Partnerships Ending Hardships

Create a Partnerships Photobook and related book launch, celebrating and showcasing 25 years of strong local support for homelessness services.

North Gosford, NSW $9,500
3 House of Hope Recovery Centre

With Food Comes Hope

Develop a documentary to communicate the history of Hope Centre Food Barn, the role that essential partnerships play and to raise awareness of community models that increase food security.

Warrawong, NSW $9,500
4 Prosper (Project Australia) Incorporated

Family One Stop Shop Showcase

Develop a resource book and hold a community launch event, showcasing successful outreach service made viable through community partnerships.

Campsie, NSW $6,700
5 The Reach Foundation

Humans of the Hunter – Stories Made Possible Through Partnership

Publish ‘Humans of the Hunter’ Stories Made Possible Through Partnership; to increase awareness of the impact that successful project partnerships can deliver.

Hunter region, NSW $9,500
6 Ernabella Arts Inc

For a Love of Clay! Celebrating the Ernabella Arts & Baillie Longitude 131 Partnership

Create and launch a short film showcasing successful community/business partnership, offering professional development opportunities for local artists, and modelling the unique opportunities that such a partnership can bring.

Ernabella, NT $9,340
7 Access Community Services Ltd

Building Connected Communities

Conduct a research project and related launch to demonstrate and share the impact of partnerships in a collaborative project that supports vulnerable families.

Logan, QLD $9,750
8 St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland

Vinnies PALS (Partnership Learning Sessions)

Hold an event to showcase established partnerships and to harness the knowledge and capability of industry leaders to support further collaboration.

Brisbane, QLD $8,000
9 Barossa Region Community Foundation Inc

CONCORDIS Harmony Project

Record digital stories, conduct community group training and hold a networking function to showcase the Barossa Region Community Foundation’s partnerships with the wine growing industry around a successful traineeship and scholarship program, raising the profile of existing partners to attract future partners.

Nuriootpa, SA $5,500
10 The Wyatt Benevolent Institution Inc

Work Pay$ – Celebrating Everyday Money Skills for Young People with Disabilities

Create a short film and hold a celebration event, promoting the achievement of successful partnerships that supports increased financial literacy for young people with disabilities.

Adelaide, SA $3,750
11 Anglicare Tasmania Inc

Community Treasure Hunts – Let’s Treasure Our Community

Run six, full day inclusive Community Treasure Hunt events to create awareness of and connection with local services.

Tamar Valley, TAS $9,000
12 CERES Inc

Celebrating 35 Years of Community and Philanthropy Partnerships @ CERES

Launch a written and visual history of CERES, highlighting the change that can be achieved at a community level through collaborative and ongoing partnerships.

Brunswick East, VIC c $9,500
13 Colman Education Foundation

Together on the Hill

Create a video celebrating the unique education model supporting three tiers of students, community and adult learners in a disadvantaged/migrant community, and hold a launch event to celebrate what can be achieved through strong community partnerships.

Doveton, VIC $9,500
14 Community Living & Respite Services Inc

The CPPW Complimentary Cup Cake

Create a short film and holding ‘Cup Cakes to Tea Rooms’ event to celebrate achievements in supporting people living with a disability, through partnerships between business, philanthropy and community.


Moama, VIC

15 Friends of the Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton

Reach for the Stars

Install permanent signage and hold a community celebratory event to acknowledge project partnerships.

Shepparton, VIC $5,000
16 Inner North Community Foundation Public Fund Trust

Leaving a Lasting Legacy: IntoWork’s Impact in Melbourne’s Inner North

Conduct a review, create a documentary film and hold events to deepen relationships with donors and encourage new community giving and support for the employment program.

Northcote, VIC $7,000
17 Justice Connect – Melbourne Office

Kicking Goals with Melbourne’s Homeless Community

Hold a Street Soccer event and a community meal to facilitate deep, engaged and collaborative partnerships between those experiencing homelessness and Justice Connect, Big Issue, business, philanthropic partners and law firms.

North Melbourne, VIC $6,500
18 Longbeach Place Inc

It’s Our PLACE! Celebrating Partnerships with Longbeach Place

Hold an Open Day showcasing the success of existing partnerships, promoting the community activities supported by the centre, and encouraging future support.

Chelsea, VIC $9,500
19 The Community Foundation for Bendigo & Central Victoria Ltd.

Big Give Launch

Support orientation sessions across five local government areas to promote the 2017 Big Give campaign and encourage involvement from new community groups.

Northern Victoria, VIC $9,860
20 Kimberley Aboriginal Law & Cultural Centre Aboriginal Corporation

Supporting Cultural Activities in the Kimberley

Create and launch a short film and webcast celebrating partnerships, strengthening existing philanthropic relationships and increasing philanthropy’s understanding of the importance of culture.

Fitzroy Crossing, WA $10,000
21 Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre Inc

Older People’s Peer Education Scheme (OPPES)

Hold a celebration and shared learning event for Peer Educators and volunteers, showcasing the outcomes and impact of an innovative elder abuse project partnership between two community legal centres and local government authorities.

Northern Suburbs Perth, WA $4,100