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Highways and Byways – Healing the Land, Healing Ourselves, Together continues the work of the Missionary Sisters of Service (MSS) reaching out in hope and love to people socially and geographically isolated, strengthening community relationships and networks, developing leadership and empowering people to meet the challenges that confront them.

Since 1944 the MSS have travelled vast distances to reach people in all kinds of places and situations, and support those on the margins: geographically, culturally, spiritually, socially and economically.

Each year we provide small grants to community-led organisations for projects that address disadvantage and exclusion within towns and communities, especially in rural and regional Australia.

OUR theme and focus for 2022 grants


In recent years, Australia (and indeed our planet) has been challenged in more ways than we could ever have imagined: drought, bushfires and floods have ravaged various parts of the country and the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted our very way of living. Lives have been lost and species have been devastated, and the ongoing ecological, biodiversity and societal impacts are immense.

As we attempt to navigate life in a post-pandemic world and rebuild after fire and floods, we also continue to experience the severe impacts of ongoing drought and climate change – all of which are leaving many rural communities struggling.

We are soon to enter the second year of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030). During this decade we commit to supporting organisations working to restore healthy and biodiverse communities.

Our 2022 Program

Our 2022 Small Grants Program has closed for applications. Successful applicants will be announced by May 2022.

In 2022, Highways and Byways – A Community of Service is seeking applications from projects that promote HEALING – particularly healing of our land, our earth, our ecosystems and our people.

The 2022 program will help communities through initiatives that focus on healing the land in holistic ways and increasing opportunities to build community through practical projects, leadership and skills acquisition, and knowledge transfer.

We welcome applications to assist people and communities to address social, economic and environmental disadvantage and inequality, particularly in rural, regional and remote areas of Australia.

Successful applicants will be announced by May 2022.

New growth from a tree burnt in the bushfires
New growth from a tree burnt in the bushfires


Our 2023 Small Grants Program will be launched in late 2022. Please check back for program Guidelines and details on how to apply.

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Our April Newsletter!

We hope you enjoy reading our Highways & Byways newsletter! We farewell the incredible Liz McAloon as she finishes up eight years of growing Highways & Byways into what it is today! Liz hands over the baton of Executive Officer to Jane Collopy. Our newsletter...


STANTHORPE, QLD Jane Muller got used to hearing people talk about gardens being abandoned and trees, growing for generations in a family’s backyard, dying because of the drought. The same thing happened to the garden at her workplace, the Granite Belt Support Service...


CARDINIA, VIC Lindsay McNaught hopes to see ringtail possums and eastern rosellas nest in the new accommodation that is being set up on his farm and on 22 nearby properties. It won’t be as good as the hollows in old eucalypts, but it's a start. Hundreds of old hollow...

December 2021 Newsletter and 2021 Annual Report

Greetings, We have reached the end of another challenging, yet wonderfully productive year for Highways and Byways. Thank you for the support we receive from across Australia - many small communities are helped because of your generous donations. The spirit of the...


WYNYARD, TASMANIA Live Well Tasmania volunteers grew more than they anticipated when they began their seedling project with hundreds and hundreds of tiny seeds, soil, and a hothouse. As well as producing hundreds of tomato, vegetable and herb seedlings for local...


HOBART, TASMANIA An innovative training program for young jobs seekers has two young Tasmanians now ready to tackle new challenges in the construction industry. The Build Up Tassie Community Project is a targeted employment and training program for young people at...

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