Impact of Signature Grants
“We are very excited by the impact of the three signature grants allocated by the Melbourne Women’s Fund during its first three years of operation,” said Patricia Burke and Gillian Hund, who co-founded the giving circle in 2014.
“In each case, the Signature Grant enabled the recipient organisations to continue important innovations that address significant gaps in services and to inform important policy and service developments,” said Patricia.
The three signature grants, totalling $210K, have supported ground-breaking services aimed at creating more positive futures for some of the most disadvantaged women in our community: women at risk of imprisonment and re-offending; Aboriginal women victims and survivors of family violence and sexual assault; and women at risk of homelessness.
“It has been wonderful to work with the inspiring women leaders at each of the organisations supported by the signature grants: Women and Mentoring, the Djirra (Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Inc Victoria), and Justice Connect,’ said Gillian.
“MWF’s Signature Grants have been instrumental in enabling these organisations to continue vital innovative work that would otherwise have lost momentum at a critical stage, and to ensure that the voices and experiences of disadvantaged women influence changes to our systems and policies,” said Gillian.
“Melbourne Women’s Fund demonstrates the power of women giving and working together to create positive futures for women in our community. We have all been inspired by what can be achieved through this kind of partnership,” said Pat.
Signature Grant 2018
HerSpace “Ensuring equal access to support services for Melbourne women and girls from diverse backgrounds to heal and recover from sexual exploitation”
Signature Grant 2017
Justice Connect “Stopping homelessness before it starts”
Signature Grant 2016
Djirra (Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Inc Victoria) “Creating positive futures for Aboriginal women free from family violence”
Signature Grant 2015
Women and Mentoring: “Empowering change for a better life”