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Giving Guide 2020: Granting opportunities for the year’s end

Welcome to the 2020 edition of the ACF Giving Guide, designed to help you make your end-of-year granting and gifting decisions with ease.

As we draw the curtains on a trying year, we invite you to support the organisations that are close to your heart. 

The challenges faced by many in 2020 have resulted in a higher demand for services alongside a reduction in financial support for many of our community organisations. Supporting the organisations you are passionate about with untied funds will assist them to continue doing their vital work into the long term.

In addition to supporting the organisations you know and love you may want to find something new to support or make ethical choices with your gift giving.

Choose from the handpicked granting opportunities in our 2020 Giving Guide below. To jump to a particular focus area, click on the following links:

HOW TO SUPPORT THESE PROJECTS

To make a donation to any of these projects, please feel free to reach out to our team and we’ll connect you with the organisation directly.

Let’s give all Australians a joyful festive season and a bright start to 2021

Co-fund with the giving community

ACF IMPACT FUND

Reimagining Australia partners

We have a rare opportunity to reimagine what our country could look like in 2021 and beyond. Our four Impact Fund partners for 2020 are making the most of this opportunity as we move into a new year. It’s not too late to join in supporting campaigns for ambitious, national reform by co-funding with the Impact Fund and more than 30 other ACF sub-funds to fill the gap before the end of the year. Learn more

NATIONAL CRISIS RESPONSE FUND

Collectively responding to the pandemic

Funding from the NCRF reaches people all across Australia, getting resources to those hard-to-reach places where existing support isn’t going. It enables an effective and collective response to the pandemic and its ongoing effects on our economy and health. With your support, the NCRF continues to get resources out to the communities who need them most. Learn more

 

 

 

Arts & Culture

BANGARRA DANCE THEATRE | $20,000

REKINDLING YOUTH OUTREACH PROGRAM – MOREE

The Rekindling Youth Outreach program transforms the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth across Australia. Through intergenerational activities and collaborative learning, young people and their communities re-ignite a passion for traditional knowledge and practices, while establishing contemporary learning pathways that ensure Indigenous culture is shared and continued. Learn more

FUTURE FOUNDATIONS | $14,000

CREATIVE WORKSHOPS 2021

Future Foundations empowers at-risk primary school children through a community project that combines a creative arts program and personal mentoring.

This is done by establishing mentoring relationships between young people from disadvantaged and CALD areas, and creative and business mentors in the communities where the young people live. Learn more

CICADA INTERNATIONAL LTD | $50,000

AUSTRALIAN WOMEN IN MUSIC AWARDS

AWMA promotes gender and cultural equity on stage, back stage, in the board room and across all other areas of Industry, showcasing the work of First Nations and culturally diverse artists and practitioners in a high profile public context, providing jobs, opportunity, experience and exposure for female performers and emerging female industry leaders. Funding is sought to support the 2021 program. Learn more

ABBOTSFORD CONVENT FOUNDATION | $50,000

KEEP IT GREEN: ADAPTATION

More than ever we’re craving safe connection with each other, and with the outdoors.

Help the Abbotsford Convent to invest in sustainable, outdoor-appropriate infrastructure, enabling visitors to safely connect artists with audiences, and community with each other, in and around nature.

Every donation to this appeal will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $50,000 by Creative Partnerships Australia. Learn more

SUPPORT ACT

2020 Christmas Appeal

Support Act is Australia’s only charity delivering crisis relief services to artists, crew and music workers as a result of ill health, injury, a mental health problem, or some other crisis that impacts on their ability to work in music. Each December, Support Act provides its service users with food vouchers to ensure that they can put food on the table at Christmas and feel part of this special time of year.
Learn more

 

 

 

Education & Training

THE WARRIOR WOMAN FOUNDATION | $35,210

THE YOUNG WARRIOR WOMAN PROGRAM

The Young Warrior Woman Program (YWWP) is a mentoring and psycho-educational program providing connection, education, and support for young women 15-25 years of age transitioning from out-of-home care into independent living, and who are at high risk of homelessness due to the lack of a stable adult in their life. Funding is required for the 2021 program. Learn more

READING OUT OF POVERTY | $15,000

CHRISTMAS GIFTS OF A BOOK FOR KIDS WHO DON’T OWN A SINGLE BOOK

Since 2011, Reading out of Poverty (ROOP) is the only non-profit organisation in Victoria with a sole focus on providing early literacy skills and school preparedness for children aged 0-5 years from a disadvantaged background. This Christmas, ROOP aims to donate 6000 new books to children in Victoria from a low-income background focusing on Latrobe Valley, Geelong and Dandenong regions. Learn more

HEAVEN AT THE HILL | $17,200

LUNCH BOX – TAKEAWAY SANDWICHES

Heaven at the Hill provides employment pathways, training and volunteering opportunities for those in necessitous circumstances. The “Lunch Box” takeaway development will employ a further 2 part-time staff, and provide further training opportunities for volunteers. Learn more

 

 

Employment Pathways

THE S.H.I.F.T PROJECT | $15,467

EMPLOYMENT FOR AT-RISK WOMEN

The Linen SHIFT is a social enterprise laundry service providing training, employment and support to women at risk of homelessness. Employment is coupled with training, mentoring and skill development to gain long-term employment. Women are provided case management support to address individual needs and help ensure a sustainable future. Funding is sought to purchase an industrial washing machine for the program. Learn more

YOORALLA | $14,820

CREATING MEANINGFUL AND SUSTAINABLE JOB PATHWAYS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY IN VICTORIA

Since 1918, Yooralla has supported people with disability of all ages and needs in their homes and the community with quality services. As part of a new strategy, Yooralla’s goal is to populate 6% of its staff base with people who have lived experience of disability. Funding is sought to employ a Disability Employment Officer to progress this goal and implement the plan. Learn more

SPACE2B SOCIAL DESIGN | $15,575

LANEWAY CAFE: CONNECTIONS–WORK–BELONGING

Space2B is seeking funds to rebuild its vibrant art & cultural training hub so they can continue to provide that crucial first opportunity to new migrants, refugees and people seeking asylum. Space2B provides a safe place to build confidence, work experience, exchange skills, practice English, share stories and make life connections. Learn more

 

 

 

Environment

TOTALLY RENEWABLE YACKANDANDAH INC | $70,000

RENEWABLE BUSHFIRE RESILIENCE ENERGY NODE

Totally Renewable Yackandandah and Indigo Power are proposing to work with bushfire affected and at-risk communities across North East Victoria to ensure residents and emergency response teams have access to a local public facility with electricity, during future disasters. Working across 4 local government areas with remote/isolated communities in bushfire prone regions, they will work with the Victorian Government to install solar on local halls. Learn more

THE NATURE CONSERVANCY

Christmas Appeal

The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental organisation working to create a world where people and nature can thrive. Their vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives. This Christmas they are calling for support towards their ongoing work so they can continue to purchase and conserve precious land and water. Learn more

DOCTORS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AUSTRALIA | $31,441

CLIMATE ACTION FOR HEALTH’S SAKE: A ROAD TO RECOVERY FOCUSSED ON HEALTH FOR ALL

This project seeks to protect the health of all Australians, through policy change and increased public awareness about the health impacts of climate change. It will mobilise DEA’s doctor members in key electorates to engage with their communities and their MPs, and by conducting national-level advocacy. Learn more

CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK AUSTRALIA | $20,000

FOCUSED AND IMPACTFUL COMMUNITY ADVOCACY TO MITIGATE CLIMATE IMPACTS

Climate change is having severe impacts in Australia. Fires, storms, flooding and other catastrophic climatic events have elevated community awareness of the urgent need for policies and programs to minimise climate change. This project will focus on these impacts as a way of making climate change real, to provide people with a sense of community, and mechanisms to channel their calls for change into effective political action on climate change. Learn more

 

 

 

Health & Wellbeing, Medical Research

PUBLIC INTEREST ADVOCACY CENTRE | $100,000

DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION TEST CASE

PIAC’s Asylum Seeker Health Rights Project seeks to ensure that immigration detainees are provided with a standard of medical and mental health care commensurate with the Australian community standard. They are currently acting on behalf of Yasir* in a disability discrimination claim against the Department of Home Affairs and Serco Pty Ltd, to be filed in the Federal Court by 20 November 2020 and are seeking funds for indemnity in the case. Learn more

MIRACLE BABIES FOUNDATION | $15,000

MILK EXPRESS PACKS FOR PREMATURE BABIES

Miracle Babies Foundation will produce Milk Express Packs and distribute them to Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) to support mothers of premature or sick newborns to express, store and transport breastmilk for their baby. Learn more

EPILEPSY ACTION AUSTRALIA | $55,000

FIGHTING EPILEPSY FROM THE FRONTLINE

People with epilepsy are 24 times more likely to die suddenly. Often this happens in their sleep. It’s called Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) and more than 170 Australians die every year this way. Sadly, many of these deaths are preventable. The SUDEP and Seizure Safety Checklist provides the framework to get GPs asking the right questions. Learn more

 

 

 

Indigenous Communities

LIWORAJI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION | $150,000

WALKING INTO DOORS

The Walking Into Doors project is an opportunity to encourage the Ipswich Indigenous community and individuals to speak out against violence and abuse, as well as to empower people to work together towards its prevention. In line with traditional Aboriginal practices, the Queensland Police Service (QPS) will partner with the Liworaji Aboriginal Corporation in the delivery of this new approach to domestic and family violence. Learn more

WHY WARRIORS ORGANISATION | $37,401

HARVESTING ON HOMELANDS PROJECT

Harvesting on Homelands project is a local Indigenous-led initiative that enables Yolngu people from Elcho Island, North East Arnhem Land to reconnect with their traditional practice of harvesting natural foods from land and sea to enhance physical and mental health and wellbeing. Learn more

MAARI MA HEALTH ABORIGINAL CORPORATION | $4,000

BALRANALD CENTRAL SCHOOL BREAKFAST CLUB

Breakfast Clubs help to remove one of the barriers to learning, as when a child is hungry he or she is less likely to engage with their school work. Where food security is an issue at home, a school breakfast club encourages children to come to school. Balranald Shire has approx. 500 families: 1200 people of whom 200 are Indigenous. Funding is sought to for the Balranald Central School breakfast club. Learn more

 

 

 

Individual & Family Services

NATIONAL HOMELESS COLLECTIVE

2020 Christmas Toy Drive

The National Homeless Collective (NHC) is a grassroots Australian charity that creates solutions to complex issues arising from homelessness, domestic violence, and social disadvantage. What started out as a few gifts and vouchers to those experiencing homelessness is now a national cooperative effort to collect, purchase and send gifts to families all over the country. This year the goal is to help 500 families across Australia. Learn more

NATIONAL ADVOCACY GROUP BACKBONE COORDINATION | $40,804

InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence

The pandemic and ensuing restrictions to contain the virus have exacerbated the barriers faced by women on temporary visas experiencing family violence. This project seeks to resource a backbone coordination role to support the collective efforts of a National Advocacy Group. The group has had considerable media coverage in the past few weeks, detailing this work and the need for structural change to better support victim-survivors who are temporary visa holders. Learn more

BETTER PLACE AUSTRALIA | $75,000

BETTER PLACE FOR KIDS

Children’s Contact Services (CCS) in Victoria exist as independent services that enable children of separated parents to have safe contact with the parent they do not live with, in situations where parents cannot manage their own contact arrangements due to complex issues such as family conflict, relationship breakdown, substance abuse and mental health problems. This pilot introduces a new model that blends CCS with therapeutic intervention and support. Learn more

HANZA INC (HOMESHARE AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND ALLIANCE) | $12,000

DIVERTING WOMEN FROM COVID HOMELESSNESS

Home Share Melbourne’s homelessness project aims to match 10 people with spare bedrooms with 10 women who are at risk of homelessness due to COVID-related financial and social vulnerability, including women on temporary protection visa, those seeking asylum, and women with insecure work, particularly those in hospitality and under the age of 25. Learn more

 

 

International Aid & Development

LOVE MERCY | $15,000

SEEDING SAFE FUTURES

Uganda is currently experiencing significant economic slowdowns as a result of COVID-19 and is one of the low-to-middle income countries predicted to be hardest hit by the pandemic. Funding will scale Love Mercy’s evidence-based Cents for Seeds program to reach an additional 8,000 vulnerable women providing them with farming support through access to seeds, fertilisers and agricultural education. Learn more

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND GASTROENTEROLOGY INTERNATIONAL TRAINING ASSOCIATION LIMITED | $13,000

SHIPPING MEDICAL AID TO SAVE LIVES IN OCEANIA

The ANZGITA’s principal activity is intensive training programs, which can only occur with suitable equipment, materials and facilities at our in-country partners’ centres to allow sufficient procedural training. Funding is sought to secure the supply of endoscopic equipment and consumables to developing nations among the Pacific Islands and in South-East and South Asia. Learn more

HUMAN AND HOPE ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED | $17,272

FOOD PRODUCTION FOR FAMILIES IN CAMBODIA

The Home Food Garden Project builds self-sufficient communities by supporting Cambodian families living in poverty to achieve food security. Hands-on training and mentoring is providing to families along with seeds, fertilisers and resources to launch their own gardens. Learn more

 

 

 

Social Inclusion & Justice

NATIONAL JUSTICE PROJECT | $15,000

COVID-19 DIGITAL PIVOT – COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAMS – DIGITAL RESOURCES

National Justice Project is involved in two key areas that eliminate the systemic discrimination that prevents First Nations people from accessing justice – health justice and police justice. They require financial support to transform education and training content for these two programs into digital resources that can be utilised for community education across the country in a COVID environment. Learn more

THREE FOR ALL FOUNDATION | $40,738

THE EMPOWERMENT YOUTH GROUP

Young people seeking asylum or newly arrived as refugees should be at the forefront of support, advocacy and change, yet they often face multiple and intersectional challenges, social isolation, and significant difficulties in accessing inclusive and appropriate services. Run by young asylum seekers for young asylum seekers, The Empowerment Youth Group is unique. Funding is sought to connect the Melbourne group with other young asylum seekers across Victoria, starting in Mildura and the Sunraysia region. Learn more

DOCUMENTARY AUSTRALIA FOUNDATION | $15,000

THINGS WILL BE DIFFERENT

Secure housing is fundamental to a good life in which ties of belonging can be established and sustained, however housing is increasingly being removed from this purpose. In the face of a homelessness crisis, Victoria’s public housing stock is currently being sold to private developers. This documentary showcases how public housing provides a vital role in housing security for all and aims to inspire a social movement raising awareness of housing justice issues and resolutions. Learn more

AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE | $100,000

AFGHAN VICTIMS’ RIGHTS PROJECT: ACCOUNTABILITY FOR AUSTRALIAN WAR CRIMES IN AFGHANISTAN

In response to the forthcoming Australian investigations and prosecutions of allegations of serious war crimes in Afghanistan, the ACIJ is committed to continue advocating to ensure a victims’ rights approach is implemented in the accountability process, including through advocacy on policy reform and legal representation. Learn more

 

 

 

GIFT IDEAS WITH SOCIAL IMPACT

Gift boxes | Mettle Gifts

Good Things | Two Good

Gift sets | Mabu Mabu

If you would like to make a grant from your ACF sub-fund to any of these organisations, please drop us an email and we will make the grant on your behalf.