Applications for the Mary MacKillop Today’s Community Grants Program 2023 are currently open and will close at 5pm on Friday 23 September 2022 (AEST).

Eligible organisations may apply for grants of up to AU$10,000 to deliver small, life-changing projects that promote life-long learning for Australians affected by vulnerability.

The Mary MacKillop Today Community Grants Program seeks to empower those in need to take control of their lives and to build a better future for themselves and their communities. By participating in these projects, individuals build skills and gain knowledge to improve their engagement with the community and take advantage of life opportunities.

The Program began as a response to on-the-ground work done by the Sisters of Saint Joseph (SOSJ) with vulnerable communities. In 2022, the Program awarded $165,000 in small grants to 19 recipients in urban, regional and remote communities. Of this amount, $40,000 was allocated towards applications received from the Sisters of Saint Joseph and Associates, while $125,000 was allocated to applications from other (non-SOSJ) organisations.

The Community Grants Program has positive impact through supporting remote communities (serviced by small organisations providing important services) to become more empowered to actively participate in broader society by assisting the most vulnerable groups (including women who are homeless, people living with disability, refugees and asylum seekers) become more engaged in socio-economic activity through access to education, training and employment opportunities.

To find out more and to read the Community Grants Guidelines for 2023, please visit: