Media release: Not-for-profits tackling homelessness and domestic abuse share in largest ever Community Sector Banking Social Investment Grants pool at $300,000

13 Aug 18

Eight innovative not-for-profit projects to empower people experiencing domestic abuse and homelessness have today been announced as the recipients of Community Sector Banking’s 2018 Social Investment Grants – worth a total of $300,000.

“I’m delighted to announce the recipients of Community Sector Banking’s 2018 Social Investment Grants to empower people experiencing homelessness or domestic abuse,” said Andrew Cairns, CEO of Community Sector Banking, Australia’s specialist not-for-profit banking service.

“Community Sector Banking is providing more grant funding to not-for-profits than ever before, thanks to the impressive growth of our Social Investment Grants Program – which was created to deliver sustainable support to the sector,” said Cairns.

“Our grants program is directly funded by our Social Investment Deposit Account. We donate 50% of net profits from this product to the grants each year, and account holder can also choose to donate 50% or 100% of their interest earned.

“It’s a great example of how people can strengthen their local communities just through doing their everyday banking. Since 2014, our grants have invested $850,000 in not-for-profit programs working to do just that,” said Cairns.

Bruce Argyle, Chair of the independent Social Investment Grants Committee, said: “We were especially impressed this year by the level of innovation we saw in approaches to address domestic abuse and homelessness.”

“The recipients push the bar, with interventions that consider people’s needs into the future, providing supports that empower them to improve their situations for good,” said Argyle.

2018 Social Investment Grant Recipients

  • 3Bridges Community – NSW ($50,000)

Project: Care and Share will support older women at risk of homelessness with training so they can provide in-home care in exchange for reduced rent as well as wages.

  • Crepes for Change – VIC ($50,000)

Project: The Society Melbourne Training program pilot will evaluate a scalable hospitality training program in partnership with Launch Housing, addressing gaps in other programs.

  • Hobart City Mission – TAS ($50,000)

Project: DIY Dads will provide eight self-contained units for single fathers for up to two years, as well as supports to assist them in living independently, such as budgeting.

  • Hunter Homeless Connect – NSW ($46,600)

Project: Connecting the Hunter will provide an opportunity for local businesses to address homelessness and help those experiencing homelessness find places that accept them.

  •  UnitingCare West – WA ($36,600)

Project: Care for a Cup will establish a sustainable social enterprise mobile coffee cart to support training homeless unemployed people to obtain employment.

  • CatholicCare Wilcannia-Forbes – NSW ($25,000)

Project: ‘Nadoo Gathering’ Women’s Group will provide a safe environment for women experiencing domestic abuse to share stories and provide input in improving services.

  • Anglicare WA – WA ($24,500)

Project: Young Hearts Reconnect camp will strengthen relationships between domestic abuse victims and their children, building communication and conflict resolution skills.

  • Broken to Brilliant Ltd – QLD ($16,700)

Project: A narrative therapy project that will publish a book to help people experiencing domestic abuse rebuild their lives with stories of strength and success.


About the Social Investment Grant Program

Community Sector Banking’s annual Social Investment Grants Program shows the power for good that everyday banking can have in the community. The grants program is funded by Community Sector Banking contributing 50% net profit earned on all Social Investment Deposit Accounts. Account holders can also choose to contribute 50% or 100% of the interest earned on their account. It’s administered in conjunction with the Community Enterprise Foundation.

Community Sector Banking selects the grants’ theme each year through assessing need and determining the areas in which they will generate the most impact.

Find out more about the Social Investment Grants Program by clicking here.


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