The Small Grants Program assists organisations in responding to current and emerging needs in local communities. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to help with events or projects, and up to $10,000 is available for small capital works initiatives that have a clear community benefit.

The current crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have major repercussions across the country, with charities supporting those most vulnerable in our communities facing increased challenges.

CCI Giving will take into account significant challenges, ability to conduct programs and fundraising, and any additional needs as a result of the pandemic.

To be eligible for the Small Grants Program, applicants must:

  • Be registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)
  • Hold Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR Item 1) status
  • Be carrying out activities consistent with Catholic teaching in Australia

Although the size of an organisation does not directly affect eligibility, the Small Grants program does aim to support smaller, locally managed not-for-profits with annual revenue of less than $1m.

Funding can be applied to an initiative to support one (or more) of the following 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 the community rather than supplementing the funding of large projects will be supported.

Applications for Round 7 of the Small Grants Program close 21 April 2021.

For more information or to apply for a grant please visit the CCI Giving webpage here.