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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.

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 is now open for applications.

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.

Applications close at 5.00pm AEDT Friday 11 February 2022

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


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 2022 focus area?
In recent years, vast areas of the continent have been 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 in a post-pandemic world, the struggles for many rural and regional communities have been immense.

As we enter the second year of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030), Highways and Byways is committed to supporting organisations working to restore healthy and biodiverse communities.

In particular, we are 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.

What type of projects will you support in 2022?

In 2022 Highways and Byways will support community-based grass roots initiatives which:

  • Focus on healing the land in holistic ways.
  • Increase opportunities for people to develop leadership and personal development skills.
  • Build positive community relationships through practical projects focusing on land health.
  • Support the intergenerational exchange of knowledge and skills to sustainably manage land now and into the future.
  • 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.
  • Projects using community partnerships to improve land health and increase local knowledge such as:
    • Grasslands restoration.
    • Carbon capture initiatives.
    • Revegetation initiatives – such as local community land damaged by fire, flood or drought.
    • Sustainability expos
    • Education and training sessions.
See what we funded in 2021:  Download here
When do grants open and close?
Applications for the 2022 Small Grant Program open on Monday 8 November 2021 and close at 5.00pm AEST on Friday 11 February 2022.
How do I apply?

Applicants can apply for a grant in one of two ways:

  1. Online:
    Applicants can complete an application form via our website
  2. Application form:
    A downloadable application form can be completed and submitted as following.

All applications must be received by 5.00pm AEST Friday 11 February 2022.

When do you announce successful applicants?
Successful applicants will be notified by May 2022.

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.

I have a question. Who do I contact?

Please contact Highways and Byways in one of the following ways:

• Telephone: 03 9873 5520

• Email: grants@highwaysandbywaysltd.org.au

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