small grants program
Highways and Byways – Healing the Land, Healing Ourselves, Together continues the work of the Missionary Sisters of Service (MSS) reaching out in hope and love to people socially and geographically isolated, strengthening community relationships and networks, developing leadership and empowering people to meet the challenges that confront them.
Since 1944 the MSS have travelled vast distances to reach people in all kinds of places and situations, and support those on the margins: geographically, culturally, spiritually, socially and economically.
Each year we provide small grants to community-led organisations for projects that address disadvantage and exclusion within towns and communities, especially in rural and regional Australia.
OUR theme and focus for 2022 grants
HEALING THE LAND – HEALING OURSELVES – TOGETHER
In recent years, Australia (and indeed our planet) has been challenged in more ways than we could ever have imagined: drought, bushfires and floods have ravaged various parts of the country and the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted our very way of living. Lives have been lost and species have been devastated, and the ongoing ecological, biodiversity and societal impacts are immense.
As we attempt to navigate life in a post-pandemic world and rebuild after fire and floods, we also continue to experience the severe impacts of ongoing drought and climate change – all of which are leaving many rural communities struggling.
We are soon to enter the second year of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030). During this decade we commit to supporting organisations working to restore healthy and biodiverse communities.
Our 2022 Program
Our 2022 Small Grants Program has closed for applications. Successful applicants will be announced by May 2022.
In 2022, Highways and Byways is seeking applications from projects that promote HEALING – particularly healing of our land, our earth, our ecosystems and our people.
The 2022 program will help communities through initiatives that focus on healing the land in holistic ways and increasing opportunities to build community through practical projects, leadership and skills acquisition, and knowledge transfer.
We welcome applications to assist people and communities to address social, economic and environmental disadvantage and inequality, particularly in rural, regional and remote areas of Australia.
ELIGIBILITY & HOW TO APPLY
Our 2023 Small Grants Program will be launched in late 2022. Please check back for program Guidelines and details on how to apply.
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