Far reach for third round of Small Grants

Far reach for third round of Small Grants

CCI Giving has recently announced third round recipients for its Small Grants Program.

Fourteen community organisations will collectively receive just over $80,000 in funding to support their vital social programs creating positive change for disadvantaged communities.

CCI Giving Director, Roberto Scenna, says he is delighted by the interest in CCI Giving Small Grants from organisations across all states.

“It’s very exciting to see the momentum growing and the wide variety of organisations applying. Some of the recipients are supporting children and young people in getting on with an education. Some are helping students who are asylum seekers in need financial assistance to make their way through school. One organisation has a keen sense of the educational value of singing, so is running a children’s choir for vocalists under the age ten.”

“This round, CCI Giving is also supporting an organisation to reach between 50 and 70 indigenous children identified as at risk. These kids will be involved in an early-intervention program with Southern Cross Kids' Camps in Fitzroy Crossing and across the Kimberly, in WA. These camps will help to build resilience and self-esteem among young people there. It gives me real faith in our grants program to know that we’re reaching organisations in all parts of the country.”

Applications for the next round of the CCI Giving Small Grants Program will open 11 June 2019. Find out if you are eligible here, or subscribe to CCI Giving to stay up-to-date.


The full list of recipients in this CCI Giving’s Small Grants Round 3:

St Vincent de Paul Society

CCI Giving is supporting the Vinnies Asylum Seeker Assistance Scheme (VASA), which provides vital financial support to asylum-seekers in Adelaide who have little or no income due to cancellation or reduction of welfare support. This community is financially vulnerable.

St Francis Social Services

For a second year, the development of the House of Welcome (HOW) Catering Social Enterprise will have support to help empower people seeking asylum through experiences and knowledge that enables participation in the workforce. HOW Catering has reached almost 6000 customers since inception, and CCI Giving funds will enable HOW to secure commercial-grade equipment to service the demand for larger-scale catered events, including weddings.

Catholic Education Foundation

CCI Giving is already a supporter of the Refugee Bursary Program which ensures that children who have recently arrived in Australia are given access to a high-quality education. CEF is currently supporting 527 refugee students, with demand growing each year. CCI Giving’s help means this organisation can provide 18 bursaries for students attending Mary MacKillop Catholic College, Holy Spirit Catholic College, St Gertrude’s Catholic Primary School and Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School in Western Sydney.

Circle of Friends Australia Inc

CCI Giving is supporting the Rapid Response for Refugees (Triple R) program, which is a last resort service for people who need immediate financial support for basic services. Triple R works closely with other groups assisting refugees and asylum seekers, and receives most of its referrals from agencies including STTARS, ARA and Australian Red Cross.

Bluebird Foundation

CCI Giving is supporting the NORTH Children's Choir, a newly-established choir for young singers aged 6-10 years who live in the northern suburbs of Geelong, in Victoria. Funds will help the choir to buy performance uniforms for choir members.

St Lucy's School

CCI Giving is providing matched funding, in conjunction with another donor, for a pool hoist to ensure that children participating in the Access Learn to Swim at St Lucy’s School have their ongoing needs for exercise met. The Catholic school in the Dominican tradition teaches students with disabilities.

Centre for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Detainees (CARAD Inc)

CCI Giving is supporting the Health Care for Asylum Seekers program given to clients with very low or no income, to help relieve the burden of prescription medication costs that many program participants cannot afford.

Youth Plus Foundation Pty Ltd

CCI Giving is supporting The Living Support Project, which ensures that young people who are attending university but awaiting approval of their claims as refugees (as asylum seekers) can survive and continue studying.

CCI Giving is already a proud supporter of the Youth Plus Foundation. This Small Grant will give emergency living support (transport cards, rent, bills and other living costs) for 15 asylum-seekers who are currently at university and who have no access to Centrelink.

Breakaway Youth

CCI Giving is supporting the Fortifying Families Annual Dinner for children and their family members who are part of the Breakaway Program. The youth support program is based in Melbourne, serving the Banyule, Darebin, and Whittlesea regions. It provides outdoor recreation for disadvantaged young people, primarily 10-16-year-olds, for the purpose of improving lifestyles and giving them a sense of achievement and self-esteem.

Edmund Rice Services Limited

CCI Giving is supporting the Family Camp residential camp program in South Australia that brings families from diverse backgrounds together, including newly arrived refugees and migrants. The camp promotes inter-community harmony, social cohesion, and increased cross-cultural understanding.

Southern Cross Kids' Camps

CCI Giving is supporting the Building Resilience in At-Risk Indigenous Kids, an early-intervention program delivered by Southern Cross Kids' Camps in Fitzroy Crossing and across the Kimberly, WA. The program will assist 50-70 Indigenous kids, in 2019.

The University of Notre Dame Australia

Broome's Laudato Si' Community Engagement Project

CCI Giving is supporting an innovative action-research project creating a ‘World Café’ research seminar. It will engage people who are currently involved or interested helping with the education and community development/Laudato Si' component of the Transitions Kimberley project.

Footscape Inc.

CCI Giving is supporting the expansion of the Podiatry Material Aid Centre, the largest centre of Podiatry material aid in Australia. The centre delivers footwear and socks to homeless people and other disadvantaged communities, including those seeking asylum and refugees.

Friends with Dignity

CCI Giving is supporting provision of The Sanctuary Program Co-ordinator Packs. These vital packs supply basic personal hygiene and other essential products to clients who have experienced family and domestic violence, and who are transitioning from refuges to private housing.