Australia: Small Community Grants

Community Grants

Applications for Mary MacKillop Today’s Community Grants are now closed. For more information about our eligibility criteria and future application rounds please contact us here or by calling (02) 8912 2777.


Project Overview

Coolum HeARTSWe partner with organisations who support Australia’s most vulnerable and marginalised people improve their lives through education in all its forms. The Community Grants Program has invested grants in over 600 life-changing projects across the country since 1995. 

Eligible organisations may apply for grants of up to $10,000 to deliver innovative and practical projects that assist people affected by poverty and disadvantage. 

The Program began as a response to on-the-ground work that the Sisters of St Joseph were doing with the vulnerable communities. In 2018, the Program awarded $175,000 in small grants to 21 recipients in urban, regional and remote communities. We also awarded a larger $175,000 grant as a special project in conjunction with the University of Notre Dame. 


  • The management and administration of this program is implemented by our Partnerships and Performance Team. Projects are selected, monitored and evaluated on the extent to which they achieve the following:  
  • Strengthen skills, knowledge and capabilities for self-sufficiency. 
  • Improve engagement and participation in the community. 
  • Enhance emotional wellbeing. 
  • Provide support for self-help action for those in need. 

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  • Individuals build skills, gain knowledge and empower themselves to increase their life opportunities, improve their engagement with the community and achieve a better quality of life. This in turn has positive outcomes for people’s families and communities. 
  • Remote communities (serviced by small organisations providing important services) are more empowered to actively participate in broader society. 
  • The most vulnerable groups including women who are homeless, refugees and asylum seekers become more empowered to engage in more socio-economic activity. 


How to help

Donate: We appreciate any and all donations.

Pray: Pray for the vulnerable and marginalised communities in Australia that they may have the opportunity to reach their full potential. 

Act: Contact us to find out more about the Community Grants Program; contribute and invest in efforts to improve the quality of lives of people living in poverty.