Grant Applications 

The Snow Foundation has joined forces with Hands Across Canberra and the John James Foundation to deliver a collaborative grant round to distribute $1,000,000 in grants to the Canberra community sector.

The Canberra region is at the heart of our family foundation and falls under the Our Place pillar.  We support a variety of local organisations across a range of different causes to help address the need, build capacity and connection.

In 2022, the Foundation Collaborative is running a major grant round with one centralised process which simplifies the process of applying for organisations that already have limited resources for grant writing.

A majority of grants are expected in the $5,000-$25,000 range, with a few up to $50,000. Smaller grants are also welcome. A limited number of multi-year grants are possible.

Grant Process

We have a two-step process:

  1. Submit an Expression of Interest online via the Hands Across Canberra portal.
    Expressions of Interest close 17 March.


  2. Invitation to submit an application.
    Once Foundations have reviewed the Expressions of Interest, organisations will be invited to submit a full application with further details regarding the activities they are seeking funding for.
    Applications will be open from 31 March – 21 April.
    Each Foundation will go through its own process of assessment and approval with announcements being made in June.



  • All initiatives must be for the Canberra and/or the surrounding region.
  • Grants are intended for community organisations and social enterprises working with socially disadvantaged and vulnerable groups including, at-risk children, youth, young people, women, men and elderly persons; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, refugees, migrants, precariously employed people, unemployed people, prisoners, domestic violence victims and perpetrators, homeless people, persons with a disability, persons identifying as LGBTIQ+ amongst others.


More about The Snow Foundation’s priorities and focus areas

Priority will be given to initiatives that – 

  • are strong in collaboration and consultation
  • involve the affected communities
  • offer new solutions
  • are led by passionate and skilled leaders, and
  • have clear objectives, outcomes and evaluation plans.

Focus Areas

Economic Justice and Safety – homelessness and affordable housing, family and domestic violence/abuse
A priority area for Our Place is pathways that help prevent youth homelessness and assist survivors of family and domestic abuse. 

Education and Employment – life skills, employment pathways, scholarships

Health – end-of-life care, disability, addiction, youth mental health prevention

We Assist With

  • Innovation
  • Programs
  • Research
  • Advocacy
  • Equipment
  • Seed funding
  • Capacity building
  • Untied core funding

We Don’t Provide Funding For

  • Sponsorship or endowments
  • Tickets/tables to fundraising events
  • Cancer and food programs (beyond existing partners)
  • Environment
  • Arts