Chief Minister's Charitable Fund

Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund to support CBR’s most vulnerable


The ACT Government is investing $5 million as seed funding to kick-start a long term commitment to our local charities and community sector to support their incredible work and also explore innovative solutions to meeting community needs.

Canberra is Australia’s most inclusive city—a place where we strive to ensure everyone has the opportunity to achieve their full potential. We already have the highest rate of volunteering in the country and have a strong social conscience.

I’m therefore excited that all Canberrans will become philanthropists through this fund, and expect our community will also be pleased to see their tax dollars at work, supporting our friends and neighbours who need occasional or ongoing support.

Hands Across Canberra is a trusted not-for-profit organisation with strong networks in our community, and is well placed to administer grants from the fund. 

Hands Across Canberra Chair, Diane Kargas Bray AM said this community investment provides the start of a perpetual fund to ensure we have the ability to support those who need it most into the future.  

“This gift to the Canberra community is an amazing recognition of the difference we can make if we all work together,” Ms Bray said.

“The success of Hands Across Canberra has demonstrated the good will in our community, and we believe that the Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund will encourage an even higher level of philanthropy locally.”

New investments in public and community services through the 2018 Budget, including the Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund, show that we take this responsibility seriously.

This fund plants a seed that will support Canberra’s most vulnerable people as our city continues to grow.