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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.

OUR theme and focus for 2020 grants

Nourishing our Land and our Communities

In 2020 Highways and Byways seeks applications from organisations in the areas where the MSS sisters have lived and worked over the last 76 years, especially rural and regional areas.

This year we are focussing the program on understanding our interconnectedness to and with all living things on our fragile planet. The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH).

Our vast continent is experiencing widespread persistent dry conditions, especially across the Murray Darling Basin Region.  This means ongoing challenges for communities struggling to make a living in areas where the land is changing and ‘business as usual’ is not an option.

ELEGIBILITY & HOW TO APPLY

You must first ensure your project fits the grant criteria, aligns with our theme for the year and that you are located within the regions we specify (download guidelines).   Once ready to apply you can do so via our online application or by downloading the application and returning by 5pm 13th March 2020.   

Who can apply?

We are able to fund community groups or organisations which can demonstrate that they are at minimum an Incorporated Association or similarly constituted entity.  Highways and Byways does not fund individuals.

You MUST be located within the regions we specify within the grant guidelines.

How much can I apply for?

Generally, grants allocated are up to $3,000.

What is the 2020 focus area?

Background: This year we are focussing the program on understanding our interconnectedness to and with all living things on our fragile planet. The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). Our vast continent is experiencing widespread persistent dry conditions, especially across the Murray Darling Basin Region.  This means ongoing challenges for communities struggling to make a living in areas where the land is changing and ‘business as usual’ is not an option.

Our theme is underpinned by Catholic Social Justice principles. This year, the principle we are highlighting and bringing to the fore is “the stewardship of creation and care for the earth” . The other principles we are guided by are: the dignity of each person, the common good, the right of all people to participate in decisions that affect their lives, 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 2020?

We are keen to support community-based grass roots initiatives which address any of the following:

  • Promote Sustainabiliy
  • Build Resilience – families, communities, regions,
  • Value our resources ­ – earth and all living species,          
  • Heal the land,
  • Tread more lightly on our earth,                                         
  • Support vulnerable communities.
When do grants open and close?

Applications open 2nd December 2019. 

Applications close 5.00pm on FRIDAY 13 MARCH 2020.  No late grant applications will be accepted.

How do I apply?

1. Online:  Click here. 

2. Email to : liz.mcaloon@highwaysandbywaysltd.org.au and  admin@highwaysandbywaysltd.org.au

3. Hard copy posted to: PO Box 2075, Rangeview, VIC 3132     

All applications must be received by 5pm 13 March 2020. 

When do you announce successful applicants?

Successful applicants will be notified early May 2020.

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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