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NFPs tackling domestic violence and homelessness receive share in $300,000

Community Sector Banking has announced the eight recipients of its largest ever Social Investment Grants pool

Eight innovative not-for-profits tackling domestic violence and homelessness have been announced as the recipients of Community Sector Banking’s 2018 Social Investment Grants, worth a total of $300,000.

The grants will provide not-for-profit organisations with the tools to address domestic violence in various ways across the country, in addition to addressing homelessness shelter and job opportunities.

Bruce Argyle, Chair of the Independent Social Investment Grants Committee, said: “We were especially impressed this year by the level of innovation we saw in approaches to address domestic abuse and homelessness.

“The recipients push the bar, with interventions that consider people’s needs into the future, providing supports that empower them to improve their situations for good.”

This comes at the same time as a legislation to change the wording of domestic violence laws has cleared the Senate.

The existing “repugnant” wording implied that a husband had the right to demand sex from his wife. It will now be abolished to remove the implications that such obligations exist, in addition to courts no longer being forced to tell children distressing details.

Government minister, Zed Seselja, said that it would reinforce equality and remove all negative implications: “The measures in the bill will deliver immediate benefits for families and the courts dealing with the complex issues of family violence.”

With domestic violence and homelessness being a growing issue in Australian communities, the law change and the announcement of the grants, which allows organisations to support victims of domestic violence and homeless people to a greater extent, comes at an important time.

Andrew Cairns, CEO of Community Sector Banking, said: “I’m delighted to announce the recipients of Community Sector Banking’s 2018 Social Investment Grants to empower people experiencing homelessness or domestic abuse.

“Community Sector Banking is providing more grant funding to not-for-profits than ever before, thanks to the impressive growth of our Social Investment Grants program – which was created to deliver sustainable support to the sector.”

The grant program is funded by a Social Investment Deposit Account. The organisation donates 50 per cent of net profits from this to the grants each year and account holders can choose to donate half or all of their interest earned.

“It’s a great example of how people can strengthen their local communities just through doing their everyday banking. Since 2014, our grants have invested $850,000 in not-for-profit programs working to do just that,” Cairns said.

The 2018 Social Investment Grant Recipients are:


3Bridges Community – NSW

Project: Care and Share will support older women at risk of homelessness with training so they can provide in-home care in exchange for reduced rent and wages

Crepes for Change – VIC

Project: The Society Melbourne Training program pilot will evaluate a scalable hospitality training program in partnership with Launch Housing, addressing gaps in other programs

Hobart City Mission – TAS

Project: DIY Dads will provide eight self-contained units for single fathers for up to two years, as well as supports to assist them living independently


Hunter Homelessness Connect – NSW

Project: Connecting the Hunter will provide an opportunity for local businesses to address homelessness and help those experiencing homelessness find places


UnitingCare West – WA

Project: Care for a Cup will establish a sustainable social enterprise mobile coffee cart to support training homeless unemployed people to obtain employment


CatholicCare Wilcannia-Forbes – NSW

Project: ‘Nadoo Gathering’ Women’s Group will provide a safe environment for women experiencing domestic abuse to share stories and provide input in improving services


Anglicare WA – WA

Project: Young Hearts Reconnect camp will strengthen relationships between domestic abuse victims and their children, building communication and conflict resolution skills


Broken to Brilliant Ltd – QLD

Project: A narrative therapy project that will publish a book to help people experiencing domestic abuse rebuild their lives with stories of strength and success

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