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Grant for women’s shelter


A women’s crisis centre in Adelaide’s northern suburbs is one of 11 recipients of funding through a new grant scheme provided by Catholic Church Insurance through CCI Giving.

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The successful applicants were announced last month with the Vinnies Women’s Crisis Centre receiving funding for much-needed storage and shelving in the kitchen, making it a more functional space for staff and volunteers to deliver three meal services per day to residents.

The Small Grants Program is one of three funding streams offered through CCI Giving.

CCI Giving launched in August 2017 with a $10 million contribution by CCI.

“We want to help those who need us the most,” says Roberto Scenna, CEO at CCI and Director of CCI Giving.

To be eligible for a CCI Giving small grant, applicants must be registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), but are also likely to be smaller local groups with an annual revenue under $1 million.

The CCI Giving Small Grants Program accepts applications on an ongoing basis, restricted to one per organisation and are capped at $5000 for a 12-month period. Small grants are reviewed and assessed quarterly by a committee. Grant applications opened last month.

The successful applicants are working to support some of the most vulnerable members of our society. Families affected by mental health issues or domestic violence in remote communities, youth facing educational disadvantage, and asylum seekers were among those deserving of special attention this year.

The Vinnies Women’s Crisis Centre in Adelaide is a 20-room facility that opened in November 2017, providing emergency crisis accommodation in family rooms to women, children, and their pets. The facility is already operating at capacity, focusing on keeping women and their families safe when they are most vulnerable, provides various in-house services to support them as they transition to permanent living arrangements.

For more information or to apply for grants, visit



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