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Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week launches

May 29th, 2015

Philanthropy Australia and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) today welcomed a new three-year program, funded through the Department of Social Services, to celebrate the power of partnerships between community and philanthropy in helping to build strong, vibrant sustainable places to live and work.

Community and Philanthropy Partnerships week (CPPW) was launched by the Minister for Social Services, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, following yesterday's meeting of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership. The Partnership aims to promote a culture of philanthropic giving and volunteering in Australia.

The CPPW program will culminate in a week-long celebration (7 to 13 December) of what has been achieved across Australia – in cities, towns and rural communities – thanks to strong partnerships between community groups and those that support them, whether they are businesses, philanthropic trusts or foundations or individuals.

Chris Wootton, Acting CEO, Philanthropy Australia, said that it’s great that the Australian Government and the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership are supporting this important initiative.

“So much is possible when grass-roots community groups partner with philanthropic support. Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week will give everyone a reason to celebrate and acknowledge what has been achieved,” Mr Wootton said.

“It is a chance for community groups and philanthropic partners to showcase and promote the great work they do together. It is also an opportunity to share knowledge and best practice, to strengthen or develop new relationships and partnerships.”

Grants available to help grassroots organisations celebrate

The program will provide resources and a small number of grants (up to 16) to help groups profile, acknowledge and celebrate their partnerships. The grants, which are available nationally, are being administered by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR).

Alexandra Gartmann, CEO FRRR and member of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership said this initiative is a great opportunity to promote best practice in the sector.

“There is a perception that philanthropy is something that is only done by high-net-worth individuals and corporations. The reality however is that it takes place in communities across Australia every day, as people contribute their time and talent, as well as their own funds, to make a better community. This program is an opportunity to highlight, celebrate and promote all that great work and there are so many ways in which community groups and their partners can get involved,” Ms Gartmann said.

“We encourage all community group leaders, philanthropic partners, businesses and individuals to consider how they can celebrate the difference partnerships make to our collective efforts, during this week,” Ms Gartmann said.

In addition to grants, the program will involve a dedicated website, with resources, toolkits and a register of activities across the country during Community Philanthropy Partnerships Week.

For more information, and to read the grant program guidelines, visit: www.communitypartnerships.com.au

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