small grants program
Highways and Byways – A Community of Service 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 2021 grants
HEALING THE LAND – HEALING OURSELVES – TOGETHER –
2021 Grants Program closed
Our 2021 Small Grants program is closed.
Successful applicants will be notified in May 2021.
Below is the rationale for the theme of the 2021 Small Grants Program-
2020 has seen our nation – and indeed our planet – challenged in more ways than we could ever have imagined. As we try to manage the many challenges of living with a global pandemic, we also continue to experience the severe impacts of ongoing drought and climate variability – leaving many rural communities struggling. In Australia, fires have burned over 18 million hectares since September 2019, lives have been lost, many species devastated, and the ongoing ecological and biodiversity impacts are immense. It is fitting that the United Nations (UN) has declared 2021 – 2030 as the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
In 2021, Highways and Byways – A Community of Service has sought applications from projects that promote HEALING – particularly healing of our land, our earth, our ecosystems and our people.
The 2021 program will help communities through initiatives that focus on healing the land in holistic ways and increasing opportunities to build community through practical projects, skills acquisition and knowledge transfer.
ELEGIBILITY & HOW TO APPLY
To apply for a small grant, you must first ensure your project reflects the grant criteria and aligns with our theme for the year. Once ready to apply, you can do so via our online application or by downloading the application form
Who can apply?
Highways and Byways – A Community of Service funds community groups and organisations which can demonstrate that they are at minimum an Incorporated Association or similarly constituted entity. We do not fund individuals.
Preference will be given to applications for projects in rural and regional Australia, from fire and drought affected communities and areas with vulnerable eco-systems.
How much can I apply for?
Generally, grants allocated are up to $3,000.
What is the 2021 focus area?
Throughout 2019-2020 vast areas of the continent were devastated by bushfire, resulting in the loss of life, destruction of species and ongoing ecological and biodiversity impacts. With the continuation of drought, and the challenges associated of living with a global health pandemic, the struggles for many rural and regional communities have been immense. Accordingly, in 2021 Highways and Byways is seeking to fund projects that support the theme of HEALING. This refers to the healing of our land, our earth, our ecosystems, and our people.
Our theme is also underpinned and guided by Catholic Social Justice principles. These are: the stewardship of creation and care for the earth, dignity of each person, the common good, the right of all people to participate in decisions that affect their lives, subsidiarity and participation, solidarity, preferential care for those who are poor and vulnerable, economic justice, and the promotion of peace.
What type of projects will you support in 2021?
In 2021 Highways and Byways – A Community of Service will support community-based grass roots initiatives which:
• Focus on healing the land in holistic ways.
• Increase opportunities for people to build community through practical projects that improve land health and increase local knowledge.
• Equip communities with knowledge and skills to sustainably manage land for current and future generations.
• Address the relief of social, economic, and environmental distress, or geographical disadvantage, through locally led action.
Projects may include, but are not limited to:
• Indigenous cultural fire management practices – such as creating cultural burn opportunities with local Indigenous Rangers / Leaders.
• Grasslands restoration.
• Carbon capture initiatives – for example, bolstering soil fertility.
• Revegetation initiatives – such as local community environmental assets damaged by fires.
• Education and training initiatives – including sustainability expos and other information sharing events and activities.
When do grants open and close?
Program timeline has been extended. Applications close at 6.00pm on Tuesday 23rd February 2021.
How do I apply?
1. Online: Applicants can complete a submission form via our website.
2. Application form:
A downloadable application form can be completed and submitted as follows:
- Email: Applications can be emailed to: email@example.com
- Mail: Applications can be posted to: PO Box 2075, Rangeview, VIC 3132
All applications must be received by 6.00pm Tuesday 9 February 2021.
When do you announce successful applicants?
A grant agreement will need to be signed by an authorised representative of your organisation.
How long do I have to complete my project?
Projects are to be completed within 12 months unless otherwise negotiated.
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