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2023 Community Grant Partners Announced

Bennelong Foundation Australia has partnered with 11 grassroots not-for-profits to create education and employment opportunities, and deepen connection to community, for people experiencing socio-economic disadvantage.

Melbourne-based Africause, SuccessWorks in Sydney and SharingStories Foundation in Brisbane are among the recipients that have received up to $30,000 in our 2023 Community Grant Round, which was announced this week.

The Foundation has also deepened our existing partnerships with four not-for-profits – Altitude Scholarships, ABCN Scholarships Foundation, First Australians Capital and Talent Beyond Boundaries – by continuing to fund their programs that are successfully advancing education, training and employment pathways for refugees, Indigenous entrepreneurs and young Australians experiencing disadvantage.

“For more than 20 years, the Bennelong Foundation has partnered with grassroots not-for-profits to enhance community wellbeing and provide opportunities for positive and lasting change in our community,” said Laura Cochrane, CEO, Bennelong Foundation.

“The organisations that have received funding in our 2023 Community Grants round are deeply connected to the people and communities they serve. "

“The purpose of our funding is to help seed ideas for long-lasting positive change in the early stages, while these community organisations are testing and developing how to have the greatest impact.”

Our next Community Grant Round will open for expressions of interest in June 2024.

Bennelong Foundation Community Grant Partners 2023





Africause, Victoria The grant will fund the Culturally Connected to Education Mentoring Project, which helps young African people experiencing bullying or racism in school to reengage.





Catalysr Foundation, Victoria

The funding will help migrants and refugees learn enterprise skills so that they can either find a meaningful job or start their own business.




City in the Community, Victoria

The grant will build the employability and job prospects of young people from refugee backgrounds in South Eastern Melbourne by offering workshops, mentoring, a volunteering qualification and practical work experience.




Community Support and Outreach Services Central Coast, New South Wales

The grant will fund the Cultural Connections program, which provides opportunities for young people to connect with Aboriginal culture and community and to develop a stronger connection to Country through cultural camps.





For Change Co., Victoria

The funding will formalise key partnerships with hospitality employers to create supportive workplaces for young people experiencing homelessness.




Grandcarers SA, South Australia

The grant will provide financially disadvantaged school aged children a bursary for extracurricular activities in sport, arts and other educational programs.



Jewish House, New South Wales

The grant will fund a Jobs program, which supports people facing enduring and complex barriers to enter or re-enter the workforce.




Refugee Migrant Children Centre, Victoria

The grant will fund the continuation of a mentoring program for newly arrived students with refugee and migrant backgrounds.






SharingStories Foundation, Queensland

The funding will support co-developing cultural films and teacher’s educational resources with four Aboriginal communities across Victoria.




SuccessWorks Partners, New South Wales

The grant will help develop employment pathways for female repeat offenders in NSW via intensive support, workshops and mentoring for ten women.



TeamSports4All, Victoria

This grant will support 60 young people from low socioeconomic families to play community team sport for one year and to support the TeamSports4All community model in new regions develop self-sufficiency.

The partnerships that have been extended are:




Talent Beyond Boundaries

The grant will secure employment for at least 150 refugees and help build an evidence base for a hybrid skilled/humanitarian visa program for refugees and their families.




First Australians Capital Catalytic

This grant contributes funds into First Australians Capital’s Catalytic Capital Fund, which provides Indigenous businesses with growth capital, mentoring and business advice.



Altitude Scholarships (previously Noosa Chances)

This grant will continue funding education scholarships for five students whose background or circumstances impact their capacity to achieve their full potential.




Australian Business and Community Network Scholarship Foundation (ABCN)

This grant will continue funding education scholarships and mentoring for five students experiencing disadvantage.

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