Sisters of Charity Foundation Australia

Community

Community Grants Program

Twice every year the Foundation provides individual grants of up to $15,000 to a range of innovative community projects that break down social isolation and alleviate the impact of poverty on individuals and families. During the 2018/19 financial year we:

  • Awarded community grants to 58 organisations across every state and territory in Australia.
  • Provided a total of $614,500 to our Community Grant Program recipients. The Foundation has now provided more than $8,000,000 to 850+ projects since 2000.
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Scholarships

Tertiary Scholarship Program

In 2012 the Foundation launched a Tertiary Scholarship Program to empower dedicated students from out-of-home-care backgrounds to transform their lives through education. During the 2018/19 financial year we:

  • Awarded 7 new scholarships at Western Sydney University, TAFE The Gordon, TAFE Petersham, and TAFE Eora Centre.
  • Saw 4 students graduate (Bachelor of Nursing from Australian Catholic University, Diploma of Nursing from TAFE Randwick, Certificate III in Vocational & Study Pathways from TAFE Eora Centre, and Bachelor of Social Sciences (Criminology) from Macquarie University).
  • Had a total of 14 scholarship students enrolled in university or TAFE courses.
  • Invested a total of $87,250 in the last financial year, bringing our total investment in the program to $552,131 since its launch.
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Asylum Seekers

Asylum Seekers Housing Program

Our partnership with the Asylum Seekers Centre provides safe accommodation and welfare services to dozens of displaced people every year. In 2014 the Foundation invested $2,360,000 in the purchase of a residential building, Providence House, and has been responsible for its ongoing maintenance since then. During the 2018/19 financial year:

  • 37 individuals (including 13 children) were accommodated in Providence House. Residents came from Asia (37.5%), Pacific (20.8%), Middle East (12.5%), Africa (12.5%), South America (8.3%) and Central Europe (8.3%).
  • 14 cases successfully transitioned out of Providence House into the private rental market.
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Modern Slavery

Modern Slavery Housing Program

In February 2020 we partnered with The Salvation Army to provide housing assistance for victims of slavery and human trafficking in Australia. This program is currently in its pilot stage.

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