Every year, in March and September, the Sisters of Charity Foundation provides grants of up to $15,000 to a wide range of incredible community projects and programs.
Our March 2020 grant round attracted submissions from 96 applicants. The Grants Allocation Committee then had the difficult task of selecting those projects that most closely aligned with the Sisters’ charism, and investigating each project to confirm it was able to function alongside lockdown and social distancing measures. Finally, 26 organisations across Australia were chosen.
“Over the past few weeks it has been great to talk with our grant recipients, and find out how they are adapting to the pressures of COVID 19 – I’m so impressed,” says Foundation CEO Louise Burton. “These organisations often small and under-resourced, are agile, progressive, and being innovative – in the true spirit of the Sisters of Charity themselves. It is humbling to be able to continue the Sisters social justice agenda through the Foundation.”
Here’s just a sample of community projects now made possible:
- Lunches, uniforms and educational supplies to help disadvantaged kids excel at school (All Saints Catholic College Liverpool, Mary Immaculate Parish Primary School, and Give Write Inc.)
- Intensive support to help migrants and refugees relocate and find jobs in regional Australia (Regional Opportunities Australia)
- Driver training and mentoring to help Indigenous Australians obtain their driver’s licence and secure employment (iHELP Aboriginal Corporation)
- BBQ dinners and other practical support to help the homeless of Redfern re-engage with society (Will2Live)
List of successful Community Grant recipients
- Agape Outreach Inc.
- All Saints Catholic College Liverpool
- Barnabas House Crisis Care Inc.
- Cancer Patients Assistance Society of New South Wales
- Caring for Our Port Stephens Youth Inc.
- Community Action Services Australia Inc.
- Endeavour Ministries Inc.
- Give Write Inc.
- Hair Aid Inc.
- Hunter Homeless Connect
- iHELP Aboriginal Corporation
- Jesuit Refugee Service Australia
- Jigsaw Group (Aus) Ltd
- Knit One Give One Ltd
- Lily House
- Mary Immaculate Parish Primary School
- Open Support
- Peninsula Lighthouse
- Regional Opportunities
- Support the Girls Australia Ltd
- The Kogarah Storehouse
- Vedanta Centre of Sydney
- Waves of Kindness Ltd
- We Care Connect Limited
About the Community Grants Program
Through the Community Grants Program we support initiatives that benefit disadvantaged, marginalised and socially isolated people in our community, regardless of gender, ethnicity, age or ability.
The Sisters of Charity Foundation offers two grant rounds every year. Our next round opens on 1 August – if you know a charity making a huge difference with limited resources please direct them to apply here.
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How We Help
Each year we’re able to make a difference to thousands of people across the country with funds generously donated by compassionate Australians. We support initiatives that focus on benefiting the disadvantaged, marginalised and socially isolated people in our community.