Community groups and philanthropic partners to celebrate the power of partnerships in building communities

24 grants across the country help kick start celebrations

7 October, 2015: FRRR and Philanthropy Australia have welcomed the announcement by the Hon Christian Porter MP, Minister for Social Services, that 24 community groups and their philanthropic partners will celebrate the power of partnerships in helping to build strong, vibrant sustainable places to live and work, after receiving a grant through the Community and Philanthropy Partnership Week (CPPW) program.

Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week is an initiative 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. It is being managed by Philanthropy Australia in partnership with FRRR.

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

To help community groups and their philanthropic supporters celebrate their partnerships, $160,000 has been made available in grants of up to $10,000. The grant program’s parameters were deliberately very broad, giving community groups the flexibility to recognise and acknowledge the success of the partnerships in the way that best reflects the organisation and their community.

The 24 grant recipients are spread across each state and territory in urban, rural, regional and remote areas. The celebrations will take different forms, although many involve a film / documentary, a history book or ‘story so far’ and case studies highlighting the outcomes and impact of projects supported. These films and books will be launched at events to be held between 7-13th December, which has been designated as Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week.

“The projects awarded grants this year will celebrate the theme achieving more together. The activities planned will showcase and promote the great work that community groups and their philanthropic partners do together,” said Alexandra Gartmann, CEO of FRRR.

“Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week is a great opportunity to share knowledge and best practice, and to strengthen or develop new relationships and partnerships between grassroots community groups and philanthropy,” said Sarah Davies, CEO of Philanthropy Australia.

Community groups are encouraged to plan an event during CPPW, even if they didn’t receive a grant. There are resources on the CPPW website, which can help to plan and execute an event. They are also encouraged to share what they are doing via the CPPWeek Facebook page and on the events register on the website.

Details of the projects awarded grants are below.


Project Title




Australian Outward Bound Development Fund Pty Limited

Onwards & Upwards Community Celebration

Celebration event to acknowledge and thank partners; highlight program success stories and provide an opportunity to launch an inaugural 2016 community event.



New South Wales

BEST Employment Limited - Inverell Branch

Food with Thought

Celebrating collaborative community garden program with an open day and luncheon



Community Foundation for Albury Wodonga Region Ltd

Eight Ways to Give

Developing materials that highlight and celebrate the achievements and impact of local philanthropic partnerships, encouraging more people to give



Enterprise & Training Company Limited

Getting the Full Story - Measuring impacts of a diverse grass-roots community fund

Researching and profiling the impact of the community grant fund

Coffs Harbour


Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife

Plant a Tree for Me! Day

Celebrating partnerships through participation in activities and recognising collaboration



Landcare NSW Incorporated

Landcare Celebrates Vitality and Versatility through VFFF

Recognising the impact of philanthropic support resulting in sustainability



Pets in the Park Incorporated

PITP Pilot Outreach Program - Helping the homeless care for their pets

Acknowledging partnerships and launching an outreach service at picnic in park



Riding for the Disabled Association Raymond Terrace & Lower Hunter Centre

Community & Horsepower Developing Abilities

Production of short film to highlight successful partnerships and outcomes

Raymond Terrace



Buderim Foundation Limited

Celebrating the vibrant community spirit of Buderim

Community celebration of partnerships through an Expo and informative publication



Mackay Regional Council for Social Development Ltd

Giving In Our Region

The publication of the booklet celebrating community and philanthropic partnerships



South Australia

Spastic Centres of South Australia Incorporated

The Power of Partnerships - A Celebration Event

Showcasing the tangible outcomes for people with a disability, by holding a celebratory event and producing a film



The Adelaide Youth Orchestra Incorporated

Adelaide Youth Orchestra Showcases Philanthropic Impact

Production of a short film and booklet to highlight the importance of philanthropic partnerships.




Launceston City Mission Inc.

Fostering Better Futures

Open house and celebration event to acknowledge partners and demonstrate the impact of LCM’s programs within the community




Ardoch Youth Foundation Limited

Sunshine Stories

Launch of a short film at a celebration event that will demonstrate the impact of projects and acknowledge partnerships



Association of Neighbourhood Houses & Learning Centres of Vic Inc.

From Little Things Big Things Grow

Profiling the range of successful and diverse projects achieved through partnerships between Neighbourhood Houses and their philanthropic partners through a digital and hard copy publication





Foodbank Victoria Limited

Feeding our Future - A Celebration of Collaboration

A celebration event that acknowledges partnerships and demonstrates impact of supported projects



Merri Creek Management Committee Inc.

Stepping into Print - Philanthropic Support for Engaging the Community and Moving into the Literature

Exploring, celebrating and sharing the outcomes of successful partnerships through a series of innovative round table events

Brunswick East


Ocean Grove Toy Library Inc.

Sharing a World of Play

Community Open Day to and celebrate partnerships

Ocean Grove


St Kilda Mums
(Eureka Mum’s)

Supporting the belief that every baby deserves to be safe

Celebrating success of a newly formed local charity



The Nappy Collective Inc.

Achieving More Collectively

Shared sense of achievement through increased awareness of partnerships and collaboration

South Melbourne


Lorne Community Arts & Culture Foundation

Stronger together - arts inspires a generation

Demonstrating the value of philanthropy through creation of a video profiling successful partnerships.



Western Australia

Chapman Valley Men’s Shed Inc.

Lets get real started: The Mens shed with a Shed - Opening Celebration

Celebrating and acknowledging partnerships that supported the establishment the Chapman Valley Men’s shed.



Environs Kimberley Inc.

Broome Seagrass Project

Profiling the long term, community environmental sustainability project through presentations on seagrass biology at a celebration of philanthropic and in-kind community partnerships.



Northern Territory

Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation


Celebrating successful philanthropic and community partnerships with a live streamed and facilitated panel discussion on Partnerships for Excellence in Indigenous Health.

Alice Springs



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