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Collaboration within Australian communities on show

April 29th, 2016

Philanthropy Australia and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal welcome today’s announcement by the Minister for Social Services, the Hon Christian Porter MP, of $160,000 in grants to help celebrate and communicate the power of partnerships during this year’s Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week, which will be held from 5-11 December 2016.

Sarah Davies, CEO, Philanthropy Australia, says that not-for-profit organisations make an immense contribution to the Australian way of life, working to build inclusive and resilient communities right around the country.

“When grassroots organisations collaborate with philanthropy, we see the power of partnerships in action, and understand how working together leads to changes that have a significant local impact and make a real difference.

Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week was created to celebrate partnerships between community organisations and philanthropy and showcase how they help build strong, vibrant and sustainable places to live and work.

“We’re delighted that the Australian Government supports this fantastic program, and we’re excited about the opportunity to build on the success of the inaugural Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week held in December 2015,” Ms Davies said.

The Australian Government has provided $650,000 over three years to run Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week. It is supported through the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership and managed by Philanthropy Australia in partnership with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.

Grant recipients will receive up to $10,000 to showcase their work and highlight their achievements, explains Natalie Egleton, CEO, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, which administers the program.

“There are many different ways that community groups work with philanthropic partners, and we saw some great examples last year. It’s wonderful to once again have these grants available to help groups showcase the way they work and share the story of what they’ve achieved together.

“Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week is all about highlighting these collaborations between philanthropy and community groups, and providing insights into how they share knowledge and harness resources in pursuit of common goals to make a meaningful difference in their local community,” said Ms Egleton.

“We encourage all community leaders, philanthropic partners, businesses and individuals to consider how they can celebrate and showcase the power of partnerships, which is the theme of this year’s Week,” Ms Egleton said.

Last year 23 community organisations - from urban, rural, regional and remote areas in each state and territory - received grants. They were used to tell the stories of partnership, including films, books and events, bringing together the partners they work with and the community to build awareness and give thanks.

Applications are currently invited for this year’s grants. Program guidelines, application forms, resources, toolkits, and suggestions for how these partnerships could be recognised are available from the CPPW website: www.communitypartnerships.com.au. Applications close 6 June 2016 and must include an activity during Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week, 5-11 December, 2016.            

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