How does it work?

CCI Giving will provide single grants of up to $5,000 for eligible organisations to support events or projects and, occasionally, up to $10,000 to support small capital works initiatives. Communities Taking Steps grants program distributes up to $150,000 to eligible charities annually.

Which organisations are eligible to apply?

To be eligible for the Communities Taking Steps grants program, applicants must:

Please note, while the size of an organisation doesn’t directly affect their eligibility to apply, we do aim to support smaller, locally managed not-for-profits with annual revenue of less than $1m.

How much can I apply for?

Our grants are capped at $5,000 (and up to $10,000 for small capital works initiatives) and are for a 12-month period only. While successful organisations can’t reapply in the same financial year, we do encourage unsuccessful applicants to reapply at any time.

How do I know if my organisation has the required status?

Organisations must be registered with the ACNC and hold DGR Item 1 status. To ensure that your organisation meets the required status:

  • Check your organisation’s charitable status by searching ACNC Register – look for the green tick of approval against your charity’s name.
  • Check your charity’s DGR Item 1 status by searching on ABN LookUp.
  • Alternatively, consult your organisation’s finance and governance advisor.

What are ‘activities
consistent with Catholic teaching’?

Priority is given to Catholic organisations implementing charitable, humanitarian or social justice initiatives within or for the Catholic community. If your charity is a Catholic agency, its activities are automatically considered ‘consistent with Catholic teaching’.

However, other agencies that serve the broader community and also exemplify Jesus’s commitment to love and justice for the poor and marginalised may also be awarded a grant, subject to funding availability.

The following is a guiding statement:
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, l needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.

(Matthew 25:35-40)

What can the grants be
used for?

Funding can be applied to any initiative designed to support one (or more) of these key areas:

  • Young people experiencing educational disadvantage.
  • Refugees and people seeking asylum.
  • Families affected by mental illness.
  • Those affected by domestic violence.

The committee is particularly interested in supporting:

  • Small community organisations.
  • Social enterprise initiatives that attempt to provide a sustainable source of engagement and income for those involved.
  • Initiatives where the grant forms part of a project budget of less than $100,000.

Only small, discrete projects that meet the needs of a community rather than supplementing the funding of large projects will be supported.

Funding limitations

Please note that CCI Giving doesn’t accept applications for:

  • Capital expenditure relating to large-scale building initiatives.
  • Attending events or conferences and travel.

When can I apply?

Applications for Round 8 of Communities Taking Steps have now closed. Please subscribe to CCI Giving to be kept up to date with future grant rounds. 

The timing of this program has recently been amended, with grants now reviewed and assessed annually. Applications are assessed by a committee, which exercises its discretion in accordance with an annual budget.

All applicants must discuss their proposed initiative with CCI Giving prior to submitting an application.

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Before you apply

Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Is your nominated charity registered with the ACNC? Check the ACNC Register first.
  2. Is your nominated charity an eligible DGR Item 1 charity? Check ABN LookUp first.
  3. Is your charity conducting activities that are ‘consistent with Catholic teaching’?
  4. Is the activity for which you are applying designed to assist or support one of the following target areas? These are:
    • Young people experiencing educational disadvantage.
    • Refugees and people seeking asylum.
    • Families affected by mental illness.
    • Those affected by domestic violence.
  5. Is your charity a small, community organisation with annual revenue of less than $1m? (Note: this is not mandatory, just a preferred criteria).

If you answered YES to the above questions, you’re ready to apply for one of our small grants!

How do I apply?

To apply for the Communities Taking Steps grants program, you’ll have to have a quick chat with us first. We don’t want organisations wasting their time if they’re unlikely to be successful – equally, we don’t want any great ideas to slip past! 

Please ring and leave a message at this number: (03) 9934 3197 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your contact details. Please note that while we endeavour to respond within 48 hours, due to the high volume of enquiries we receive, it may take up to 5 working days for your call to be returned.


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