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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.

New growth from a tree burnt in the bushfires
New growth from a tree burnt in the bushfires

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.

Featured Grant Recipients

success stories

2022 SMALL GRANTS ANNOUNCEMENT

Thank you to the many and varied community organisations from across Australia who applied for a Highways and Byways small grant this year. We are excited to announce the recipients of our 2022 Small Grants Program. Forty-two organisations from across Australia share...

WATTLE FOR ARID AUSTRALIA

CAMBRAI, SOUTH AUSTRALIA The threat of rain and the chill of late Autumn did not deter a group of South Australian land managers from coming together in May in the Mid Murray region for a field trip to explore native acacia farming. “This region is marginal farming...

HEALING OUR COUNTRY – CONNECTING OURSELVES

DUBBO, NSW Being loved, listened to and connected to each other, is the universal story that Robert Salt and his team from Connective Indigenous Corporation want to tell. “It’s what we all want isn’t it, no matter what our religion, background or anything else that...

SPREADING THE WORD ON WISDOM

WARWICK, QUEENSLAND David Parsons hopes that one day it will be commonplace to hear people share First Nations knowledge and stories of land and country. For now he’s doing his bit to spread the word around Warwick, south-west of Brisbane. Supported by Highways and...

SEEDS FOR THE FUTURE

MURRIGAL, QLD Brett Krause has a goal: to build new forests in Tropical North Queensland that provide habitat for endangered and threatened species such as the Southern Cassowary and Mahogany Glider. Brett cofounded a not-for-profit organisation, Brettacorp Inc., that...

RESEARCH LINKS HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OUTCOMES TO ECOLOGICAL PARTICIPATION

A project engaging disadvantaged and unemployed workers in ecological restoration work is achieving a range of health and well-being benefits according to new research by the University of Tasmania.  The Restoring Nature and Communities project, supported by Highways...

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