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Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week 2017

Completion of Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week program

Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week was launched in 2015. The Australian Government provided funding through the program, with the last funds distributed in August 2017. The program has now ceased and its website will be decommissioned on 30 September, 2018.

The Leading Practices of Community and Philanthropy Partnerships report, which captured insights into effective partnerships from some of the groups that participated in CPPW can be found on once released.

The Australian Government remains committed to encouraging community and philanthropy partnerships, and is exploring  options through the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership. Visit the PMCPB website for more information.



Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week is a three-year initiative to celebrate the ways in which partnerships between grassroots community groups and philanthropy build strong and vibrant places to live and work.

Each year, it will culminate in a week-long celebration of what has been achieved around Australia thanks to strong partnerships between community groups and those that support and work with them, whether they are philanthropic trusts and foundations, businesses or individuals.

Now in its third year, Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week will be held between 20-26 November 2017. The theme of this year's celebration is building stronger communities together.

Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week (CPPW) is an initiative supported through the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership and managed by Philanthropy Australia in partnership with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.

Celebrating the Week

It’s up to each community to decide how best to recognise and celebrate these achievements, but some ideas may include:

  • Creating a publication to record what you've achieved in partnership with philanthropy, and launching it during CPPW
  • Hosting a tour for partners, local media and other key stakeholders of some of the projects you’ve completed together with the support of philanthropic partners
  • Undertaking research into the impact of your group’s work in your local community, and launching it during CPPW
  • Holding a forum about how you developed and sustain your philanthropic partnerships, to share lessons with others and demonstrate the value of philanthropy to potential new partners
  • Hosting an afternoon high tea or gala dinner featuring special guests and speakers highlighting what you've achieved together
  • Hosting a picnic in the park featuring storytelling, speakers and activities to bring together your volunteers, supporters and those who benefit from your work
  • Running a student artwork competition using the theme building stronger communities together
  • Creating a short film showcasing what you've achieved together for your community, and holding a public screening

Grants to support celebrations

In 2017, a total of $160,000 is available in grants of up to $10,000 for projects that celebrate, profile and share the outcomes of existing or past community and philanthropy partnerships – projects whose main aim is to fundraise or attract new partners are not eligible for support. The projects should bring to life this year’s theme of building stronger communities together.

Philanthropy is not just something that is done by high-net-worth individuals and corporations. The reality is that it takes place in communities across Australia every day, as people contribute their time and talent, as well as their own funds, to make a better community.

Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week is a chance for grassroots community groups and their philanthropic partners to showcase and promote the great work they are already doing in the cities and regions right across Australia. It is also an opportunity to share knowledge and best practice, and to strengthen or develop new relationships and partnerships.

Successful applicants will receive funds in August 2017 and projects will need to be completed within five months, with at least some part of the funded project taking place during Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week in November 2017.

The program is managed by Philanthropy Australia and the grants, which are independently administered by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, are open to not-for-profit groups operating in urban or rural and regional Australia. CPPW is supported through the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership, which brings together community and business leaders to advise the Australian Government on practical strategies to foster a culture of giving in Australia.


Recipients of the third round of grants for Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week have been announced.

The CPPW program is now closed.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Projects must be for a charitable purpose.
  • Projects should be able to demonstrate a multi-faceted partnership, wide community support and involvement of a range of community groups/representatives.
  • Projects must have a component that is undertaken between 20 and 26 November 2017 and be completed by end of January 2017 (projects will not be retrospectively funded).
  • The project must not duplicate an existing project or service.
  • Applicant organisations must have an ABN or Incorporation Certificate.

If funded, projects will need to be acquitted by 23 February 2018.

Before applying please review the guidelines and application form carefully. These can be downloaded from the CPPWeek website.

Applications will be accepted any time by email, through to 5pm Friday, 12 May 2017. (Please note that the FRRR office closes at 5pm AEST). Hard copy applications must be clearly postmarked on or before Friday, 12 May 2017.

Even if your group doesn't receive a grant, we hope that you will still organise a celebration of what you have achieved in partnership with philanthropy during Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week.

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