Project Support Application

2017 Grant Round opens

The Board of Hands Across Canberra is pleased to announce the opening of the 2017 grant round. Local charities and community organisations are encouraged to apply for grants to assist the great work they do in our community. All charities and community organisations registered with Hands Across Canberra are eligible to apply.

Hands Across Canberra has been working in Canberra for a number of years and its role is to encourage Canberrans to think about being generous locally.  To help our large community sector get access to much needed funds the Board of Hands Across Canberra raises money which is then allocated to those community organisations doing great work with our most vulnerable people.

Examples of projects we've supported 

Since 2010, we have donated over $280,000 to 39 community projects. 

Some of the great, local organisations we have supported since 2010 include:

  • Karinya House: A grant of $10,000 supported the introduction of a designated Caseworker to focus on supporting women who have experienced domestic violence.

  • Mustard Seed United Food Garden: A grant of $5000 assisted in the establishment of The Mustard Seen Uniting Food Pantry at Gungahlin Uniting Church and Community Centre.

  • Safe Shelter: $5000 was provided to help Safe Shelter pay for upgrades to permit overnight use of churches for shelter during Canberra‚??s winters.

  • Menslink: A grant of $9,200 helped expand capacity in the mentoring program by 66 per cent, providing more positive male role models for young men.

  • Hartley lifecare: $5000 provided an opportunity to carry out essential planning, scoping, research and modelling work.

Congratulations to the following organisations whose projects benefited from the 2016 round of Project Support.

Read about the organisations and projects we have funded so far in our Impact Report: 2016

In 2017, community organisations are encouraged to apply for a grant of up to $10,000.  In exceptional circumstances larger grants may be considered. In consulting with the community sector the Board has developed a list of priorities for assistance.  The areas of priority attention are listed below but any worthy application will be considered. The community organisations and charities which Hands Across Canberra works with know your sectors best and we welcome any application for assistance.

2017 Priorities

  • Assisting organisations working with people affected by insecure work and those at the margins of the welfare system.

  • Working with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents.

  • Domestic violence assistance with a focus on perpetrator programs and assistance for children.

  • Mental health particularly in children and young people.

  • Early intervention in working with the socially isolated and especially in Tuggeranong.

  • Capacity building innovations designed to assist in improving the organisation‚??s overall capability; including research, planning and evaluation; governance and leadership; sustainability; collaboration; and ability to share ideas and resources.

Applications close of Monday 22 May and to assist organisations in preparing your application Hands Across Canberra is holding a briefing session in conjunction with ACTCOSS on Tuesday 9 May at 2.00 at the ACTCOSS office in Weston.  A further message will be sent closer to the date of the briefing session.


Download the Project Support Overview & Terms and Conditions 2017 (PDF)

Download the Project Support Application Form 2017 (Word)

Check if you're registered

To be eligible for Project Support your organisation must be registered in Hands Across Canberra network of local charities.Go to 'Find an Organisation' to check if your community service organisation is registered with Hands Across Canberra.

If you are - we are glad you are with us! Please review the information on your profile page and let us know of any updates to content or contact details.If not registered yet and you would like to be a part of our network, including being considered for project support, please Register Your Organisation.It's free and there are many benefits to connecting with us.

If any assistance or advice is required please email or call Peter Gordon on 0417 064 767.