2020 Events

Empowering Futures:

MWF’s 6th Annual Grant Awards Celebration

Our 6th Annual Grants Award Celebration took place on Thursday, 16 July. This event was our year’s highlight, the event when all our efforts to empower not-for-profits working to assist vulnerable women and families culminated in our members voting for the winners of our $80,000 Signature Grant and $35,000 Nurturing Grant. We also distributed $3,000 Merit Awards in untied funding to each of the runners up, amounting to $127,000 in total grant funding!

Margaret Tucker Hostel for Girls won the Signature Grant and Housing for the Aged Action Group won the Nurturing Grant. You can view each organisation’s presentation by clicking on their respective image below:

Worelle Blow, Manager, Margaret Tucker Hostel for Girls
Fiona York, Executive Officer,
Housing for the Aged Action Group

Family Access Network and Self Help Addiction Resource Centre were our Nurturing Grant runner ups. Birth for Humankind and Domestic Violence Victoria were our Signature Grant runner ups. Every one of our finalists deserved to win. But as only two could, so we encourage you to become familiar with these very worthy organisations!

Special thanks to our event sponsors – Bendigo Elwood Community Bank and Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation!

MWF’s Virtual Grants Information Evening Thursday, 18 June

On Thursday, 18 June we conducted our Grants Information Evening. This event is a highlight of the MWF year and an important feature of our grants process. And, for the first time, we conducted it virtually!

Grants Committee members presented 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, we heard from our 2019 Signature Grant winner (Lighthouse Foundation) and Nurturing Grant winner (Scarf).

To see the recorded event, click on the below slide. To just see the slides, click HERE.

Our 2020 Finalists

To see a summary of each organisation and their proposed project, click HERE.


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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6:00 pm 2019 Annual Grant Awards Event –Empowering Futures @ Melbourne Town Hall - Supper Room
2019 Annual Grant Awards Event –Empowering Futures @ Melbourne Town Hall - Supper Room
Jul 18 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Our 5th Annual Grant Awards event provides members with the opportunity to hear from our 6 Grant Finalists and then vote which organisations they wish to be awarded the Signature...
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