2020 Events

Registrations are open!

MWF’s Virtual Grants Information Evening Thursday, 18 June

This event is a highlight of the MWF year and an important feature of our grants process. Grants Committee members will present information about our three finalists for our $80,000 Signature Grant and three finalists for our $35,000 Nurturing Grant, plus their proposed programs.

Additionally, our 2019 Signature Grant winner (Lighthouse Foundation) and Nurturing Grant winner (Scarf) will report on our funding’s impact on their work so far.


Finalists for the $80,000 Signature Grant

Organisation: Birth for Humankind

Project: Safer Beginnings: Supporting positive birth and early parenting experiences for pregnant women experiencing homelessness or family violence

Organisation: Domestic Violence Victoria

Project: Experts by Experience: Developing a business case and implementation plan for an independent industry body for Victim-Survivor Advocates

Organisation: Margaret Tucker Hostel for Girls

Project: Young Smart and Deadly Peer Education Program

Finalists for the $35,000 Nurturing Grant

Organisation: Family Access Network

Project: Building Better Futures

Organisation: Housing for the Aged Action Group

Project: Preventing Older Women’s Homelessness – Peer Education Program

Organisation: Self Help Addiction Resource Centre

Project: Understanding and Support Women’s Recovery & Housing Program


Only fully financial members can vote to award MWF’s Signature Grant and Nurturing Grant to the above deserving organisations at our 6th Annual Grants Award Celebration on Thursday, 16 July. To join or renew, please click here.

In Virtual Conversation with

Jo Cavanagh OAM

On Friday, 22 May, the MWF conducted its first virtual event: ‘In Virtual Conversation’ with Jo Cavanagh OAM. Jo brought her in-depth experience in the community sector and as former CEO of Family Life to this presentation about MWF’s 2020 grant focus areas: Family Violence, Homelessness and Older Women’s Issues. She also discussed how COVID-19 has made women’s needs in these areas even more acute, plus her thinking for the future and how we can collaborate to solve these crucial issues.

See her slide presentation below and/or listen to the event here.

Our sincere thanks to MWF member Simone Clancy of Yellowfin for enabling us to deliver our ‘In Virtual Conversation with Jo Cavanagh’ and Virtual Grants Information Evening!

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