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Our Place

Grant Applications – will re-open 2024

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.

Last year (2022), saw the inaugural Canberra Foundation Collaborative (CFC) grant round, which hinged on a simple and centralised process of applying, understanding that community organisations already have limited resources and time for grant writing.

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 (closed)

We have a two-step process:

  1. Submit an Expression of Interest online via the Hands Across Canberra portal.
    Expressions of Interest open on 22 February and close on 14th March.
  2. Invitation to submit an application.
    Once Foundations have reviewed the Expressions of Interest, selected organisations will be invited to submit a full application.

These applications will be open on the 31st of March and close on the 26th of April.

From there, each Foundation will go through its own process of assessment and approval with announcements being made in June.Note: To make things even easier this year, the Collaborative is offering community organisations the opportunity to provide a verbal and/or written Expression of Interest.


  • 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.

Link to Applications

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

Grant Writing Seminar

On Tuesday the 28th of Feburary, we hosted a Grant Writing Seminar to help potential applicants with the art of grant writing. We were grateful and privileged to have the expertise of 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. We were also very lucky to have Krishna Shukla from Hands Across Canberra host the panel and just so that no one misses out on the gold mine of information, we’ve included the interview below.