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Canberra Collaborative Grants $1.5M to 71 Local Projects

2 August 2022

Collaboration is a powerful tool for effecting change and it’s one of our guiding values. So, when the opportunity to join forces with Hands Across Canberra and the John James Foundation presented itself, there was no hesitation in moving forward.

The goal was for each organisation to pitch in for a $1 million pool of funds intended for the ACT Greater Region and when the applications opened, we were blown away by the response, receiving 171 applications requesting more than $5.45 million.

The volume and content of the applications helped us to understand Canberra’s needs on a more intricate level, adding to the findings from our vital signs report.

Through many roundtables and in consultation with respective Boards and some experts, the Foundations reviewed and recommended those in their respective focus areas.

The Snow Foundation has a particular focus on domestic and family violence and at-risk youth. We’ve all seen the data and reports that show the dramatic increase in both these areas during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It was encouraging to see a number of projects through the Collaborative Grant Round that address these areas with an innovative approach.

The Directions’ Teen Clinic in Lanyon, a Youth Space in Belconnen Mall and The Complexity Centre are a few of the new initiatives we have funded that tackle these wicked problems.

We finalised the grant round with the collaboration funding of 71 projects with $1.5 million (see below), strengthening existing relationships and forging new ones.

Ultimately, the Canberra Foundations Collaborative Grant Round was a success and we’re looking forward to the next!


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Organisations Funded 

Ability.News, ACT Down Syndrome Association, AKFFA, Barnardos Australia, Beryl Women, Better Renting, Black Mountain School, Bosom Buddies ACT, Canberra Community Law, Canberra Hospital Foundation, Canberra PCYC, Canberra Refugee Support, Capital Region Community Services, Carers ACT, Common Ground Canberra, Companion House, Directions Health, Doris Women’s Refuge, Forcibly Displaced People Network, Heart Support Australia, HelpingACT, HOME in Queanbeyan, Karabar High School, Karinya House for Mothers and Babies, Kulture Break, Lions Youth Haven,  Marymead, Mental Illness Education ACT, Meridian ACT, Miracle Babies Foundation, Money Bites, Music for Canberra, My Coaching My Future, OzHarvest, Palliative Care NSW, Parentline ACT, Perinatal Wellbeing Centre, Print Handicapped Radio of the ACT, Quest for Life, Respite QBYN, Riding for the Disabled of ACT Incorporated, Right to Work, Roundabout Canberra, Salvation Army, Sisters In Spirit Aboriginal Corporation, Soldier On, Stepping Stone Social Enterprise Limited, The Early Morning Centre, The Farm at Galong, The Girls Leadership Network, The Salvation Army, The Shepherd Centre for Deaf Children, The STOP Campaign, This Is My Brave Australia, Toora Women, Uniting Care Kippax, Woden Community Service, Women With Disabilities ACT, Women’s Health Matters, Yeddung Mura (Good Pathways) Aboriginal Corporation, Youth Coalition of the ACT, YWCA Canberra, Zonta Club of Canberra

Find out more in our media release here