Social Justice Small Grants awarded 2023

The Social Justice Small Grants program provides seed funding for projects that are developed and implemented locally to bring about lasting change for disadvantaged and marginalized members in communities across Australia. We congratulate the following organisations who were awarded a Social Justice Small Grant:

Wombat’s Wish: Weekend camp for children

This project funds a weekend camp for children and young people experiencing grief after the domestic violence death of a parent or carer.  Specialised psychologists and social workers will facilitate the camp to fully support complex needs and support will continue to be available after the camp.

Women’s Resource Service: Women’s Support Circle

The Women’s Resource Service is a specialist domestic and family violence program operating in Northern NSW. Floods, fires and the pandemic has doubled the number of referrals to the service. This project will provide face-to-face trauma informed support for women survivors of family and domestic violence.

Manufactured Home Owners Association Vic. Inc.

This new initiative will promote, maintain and safeguard the rights of elderly people living in manufactured home villages owners throughout Victoria. The project will provide a means of prevention, early intervention, response, recovery and healing for older residents experiencing abuse in manufactured home villages throughout Victoria.

YCW Victoria: Confronting violence in solidarity

Youth Food Project is an interactive program for young people across the Brimbank area. The program will offer a safe space for young women to discuss issues of discrimination, relationships and violence, employment, cost of living and education.

RACS: Refugee women at risk

This project provides refugee women and girls, or those identifying as women, who are experiencing or fearing domestic, gender-based or family violence with access to free, confidential legal advice on visa related issues.

Gallipoli Turkish Cultural Foundation: Love without violence

This program is designed to promote healthy relationships and prevent domestic and family violence with young CALD couples in Western Sydney. The program will be delivered by trained facilitators who are familiar with the cultural and linguistic backgrounds of the participants and delivered in a safe and non-judgmental environment.

Prison Fellowship NSW: Community transition support for released female prisoners

This project will assist women leaving prison to successfully transition back into the community and prevent re-offending. As many female prisoners are also victims of violence, access to services and community connections to protect them from violent situations will also be provided.

Strong Mothers: Healing of trauma for Aboriginal Mothers

This new project provides support to pregnant Aboriginal women, Aboriginal mothers and their infants in the first years of life to heal past, intergenerational and present trauma. The project will be located in outlying areas of Sydney and rural areas. The program works with Aboriginal Health Workers, offers case work and nutritional support for young mothers and their infants.

Bidi Koorliny: Bidi Warkoolin Restorative Peer Process

The Bidi Warkoolin (meaning “moving forward”) project aims to develop a community driven and owned restorative peer process. The culturally relevant restorative justice element aims to increase social equity and reduce poverty by challenging unjust systems, the most affected being women and children.

Eritrean Families Hume and North (Vic): The Jabana Project

The Jabana project builds upon a deep-rooted tradition in the Eritrean culture, which is the coffee ceremony. The coffee ceremony is a platform that offers the opportunity to build supportive networks and share information, in an informal traditional setting where they drink coffee from a clay pot called ‘Jabana’

Her Space: Well-being and mental health recovery program for women survivors of modern slavery

This program involves holistic case management, psychoeducation, brief interventions and individual counselling tailored to the unique health needs of women survivors of modern slavery in Australia.