Grants showcase community groups working in partnership with philanthropy for the benefit of current and future generations

20 – 26 November 2017
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5 April, 2017: Philanthropy Australia and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) welcomed today’s announcement from the Minister for Social Services, the Hon Christian Porter MP, of a further $160,000 in grants to help showcase grassroots philanthropy during Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week (CPPW), which is to be held from 20 – 26 November 2017.

Minister Porter said the Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week is a great opportunity for community organisations and their philanthropic or business partners to highlight their collaborative work.

Sarah Davies, CEO, Philanthropy Australia stated that this is the third year these grants have been made available to communities across Australia.

“The grants enable communities to come together with their philanthropic partners and celebrate what they have achieved towards building stronger communities for current and future generations.”

“There are many not-for-profit organisations who work tirelessly and selflessly to help build inclusive and resilient communities right around the country and it is wonderful that the Australian Government and the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership continue to support this important initiative.”

“Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week is a chance for community groups and philanthropic partners to showcase and promote the great work they do together,” said Ms Davies.

Grant recipients will receive up to $10,000 to showcase their work and highlight their achievements, stated Natalie Egleton, CEO, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, which administers the program.

“Partnerships that harness the best in grassroots organisations and those who wish to support stronger communities see tremendous outcomes and long term impact in making a real difference in helping to build strong, vibrant and sustainable places to live and work.”

“This grant funding enables grassroots not-for-profit groups to celebrate what they have achieved together with philanthropy. It also provides the opportunity to share knowledge and to strengthen or develop new relationships and partnerships, to continue their endeavours,” said Ms Egleton.

“We encourage all community leaders, philanthropic partners, businesses and individuals to consider how they can celebrate and showcase the theme for this year’s Week which is building stronger communities together.”

The Australian Government has provided $650,000 over three years to run Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week. It is supported through the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership and managed by Philanthropy Australia in partnership with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.

Last year 19 community organisations from urban, rural, regional and remote areas in each state and territory (except the ACT) shared $152, 000 in grants. They were used to tell the stories of partnership, including films, books and events, bringing together the partners they work with and the community to build awareness and give thanks.

Applications are currently invited for this year’s grants. Program guidelines, application forms, resources, toolkits, and suggestions for how these partnerships could be recognised are available from the CPPW website: www.communitypartnerships.com.au. Applications close 12 May 2017 and must include an activity during Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week, 20 – 26 November, 2017. 

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