Social grants program open

A total of $350,000 is being awarded to successful applicants under the Community Sector Banking grants program. Organisations can apply for grants of either $25,000 or $50,000. 

“Our annual Social Investment Grants Program, funded by Community Sector Banking and contributions from Social Investment Deposit Account holders, shows the power that everyday banking can have on the community,” said Andrew Cairns, CEO of Community Sector Banking.

“We decided on the building capacity theme because it provides organisations from all sectors the opportunity to apply and helps foster collaboration that focuses on the alleviation of issues.”

Since 2014, the Social Investment Grants Program has supported dozens of not-for-profit organisations in their quest to help excluded, marginalised and disadvantaged people. Not only does the program strengthen communities, it also strengthens the not-for-profit organisations that many people rely on to get by.

Last year’s grants focused on domestic abuse and homelessness, and funded projects from eight not-for-profits across Australia.

Applications close 31 May.

To apply for the Social Investment Grants Program or find out more:

Visit the Community Sector Banking website


Writer speaks in Shepparton

In recognition of Schizophrenia Awareness Week, Wellways is holding a community education forum in Shepparton with author Sandy Jeffs.  Sandy talks about how anyone with mental health issues can overcome barriers and challenges to achieve their goals. This year’s theme for Schizophrenia Awareness Week is, “Do what you can do”.

Sandy is a Melbourne poet who has published seven volumes of poetry and a memoir. Her memoir Flying with Paper Wings: Reflections on Living with Madness was shortlisted for the 2010 Age Book of the Year, named SANE Book of the Year 2010 and was commended in the 2010 Human Rights Awards. 

The free forum is at 1pm, Tuesday 21 May at the Rural Health Academic Centre, 49 Graham Street, Shepparton.

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What’s on

#NextCare Health Conference
30-31 May, Brisbane

Volunteering NSW 2019 State Conference
4 June, Sydney

Public Health Prevention Conference
12-14 June, Melbourne

Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference
18-20 June, Darwin

Volunteering Victoria 2019 State Conference
20-21 June Melbourne

Progress 2019
20-21 June, Melbourne

2019 Australian National Indigenous Research Conference
1-3 July, Brisbane

National Suicide Prevention Conference
22-25 July, Melbourne

National Housing Conference
27-30 August, Darwin

Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium
28-30 October, Adelaide