We joined forces with Hands Across Canberra and the John James Foundation to announce new grants for local charities designed to boost health outcomes for socially disadvantaged and marginalised communities across the territory.
Charities in Canberra and the nearby region are encouraged to apply for projects that improve health outcomes, engage socially disadvantaged or marginalised community members and address systemic disadvantages. As a way of reaching as many organisations as possible, the grants will generally be in the $1,000 – $25,000 range. A limited number of larger grants including multi-year options will be available for eligible projects.
“The Canberra region is at the heart of our family foundation, we support a variety of local organisations across a range of different causes with a particular interest in preventing youth homelessness and domestic and family violence. The community sector appreciated the reduced administration required with a coordinated and collective grant round offered in 2020, in response to Covid, so it makes sense to continue this way. Collaboration helps strengthen communities and we want to be part of that” said Georgina Byron, CEO The Snow Foundation.
“After a decade of funding efforts, we have come to learn that the most successful outcomes of community improvement are those that involve multiple parties working together for common goals” Diane Kargas Bray AM Chair of Hands Across Canberra said. “We cannot address immediate disasters nor address long-term systems change without working together – finding creative ways to combine resources and build true partnerships with peer foundations, government, business, donors, and community organisations.”
Joe Roff, CEO of John James said, ‘We are not seeking to protect our own patch or our own favourite causes. Rather, in partnering with other philanthropic foundations we are sitting down together with a shared understanding that the greatest need in our community will be at the centre of our grant making decisions.”
Canberra Foundations – building a collaborative community
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Charity powerhouses The Snow Foundation, John James Foundation and Hands Across Canberra join forces – The Canberra Times 24 Feb 2022