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Our Place

Grant Applications for Individuals are open year-round. Please go to the Individuals Page.

Grant Applications for Organisations – Expressions of Interest have closed for 2024 and will re-open early 2025.

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.

The Snow Foundation has once again 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.

In 2022 we launched the inaugural Canberra Foundation Collaborative (CFC) grant round, to create a simplified and central process for community-focused organisations to apply for funding from a number of foundations, to save on time and resources.

A majority of grants are expected in the $5,000-$25,000 range, with a few up to $50,000. 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 (written or video).
    Expressions of Interest open on 21 February and close on 18th March 2024 Apply Here
  2. Invitation to submit an application.
    Once Foundations have reviewed the Expressions of Interest, selected organisations will be invited to submit a full application.

Applications will be open from the 5th – 26th April 2024. 

From there, each Foundation will follow their own process of assessment and approval with announcements being made in June.

Information sessions

We will be holding two online information sessions where representatives from each Foundation will be available to provide an overview of the process and answer any queries.

The sessions will be held on –
Tuesday 27 February at 11am
Wednesday 6 March at 2pm
Registration is required.  Register Here


  • All initiatives must be for 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, precariously employed people, unemployed people, prisoners, domestic violence victims and perpetrators, homeless people, persons with a disability, persons identifying as LGBTIQ+ amongst others.

Grant Round Guidelines

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.

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Education and Employment

Education and Employment – life skills, employment pathways, scholarships

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End-of-life care, disability, addiction, youth mental health prevention

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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.

What 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

Capacity Building Seminars

In Feburary last year, we hosted a Grant Writing Seminar to help potential applicants with some tips on grant writing.  Krishna Shukla from Hands Across Canberra hosted a panel discussion with Nathalie Maconachie from the John James Foundation, Craig Fairweather from The Mill House Ventures, Sherry Sullivan from ActewAGL, and Petr Adamek from the Canberra Innovation Network . The session was recorded and available below for your viewing.

For other seminars on Marketing and Leadership, please click here.