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Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week 2016

Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week is a three-year initiative to celebrate the ways in which partnerships between grassroots community groups and philanthropy build strong and vibrant places to live and work.

Each year, it will culminate in a week-long celebration of what has been achieved around Australia thanks to strong partnerships between community groups and those that support and work with them, whether they are philanthropic trusts and foundations, businesses or individuals.

Now in its second year, Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week will be held between 5 to 11 December 2016. The theme of this year's celebration is the power of partnerships.

Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week (CPPW) is an initiative supported through the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership and managed by Philanthropy Australia in partnership with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.

Celebrating the Week

It’s up to each community to decide how best to recognise and celebrate these achievements, but some ideas may include:

  • Creating a publication to record what you've achieved in partnership with philanthropy, and launching it during CPPW
  • Hosting a tour for partners, local media and other key stakeholders of some of the projects you’ve completed together with the support of philanthropic partners
  • Undertaking research into the impact of your group’s work in your local community, and launching it during CPPW
  • Holding a forum about how you developed and sustain your philanthropic partnerships, to share lessons with others and demonstrate the value of philanthropy to potential new partners
  • Hosting an afternoon high tea or gala dinner featuring special guests and speakers highlighting what you've achieved together
  • Hosting a picnic in the park featuring storytelling, speakers and activities to bring together your volunteers, supporters and those who benefit from your work
  • Running a student artwork competition using the theme achieving more together
  • Creating a short film showcasing what you've achieved together for your community, and holding a public screening

Grants to support celebrations

The 2016 CPPW grant recipients have been announced.

Philanthropy is not just something that is done by high-net-worth individuals and corporations. The reality is that it takes place in communities across Australia every day, as people contribute their time and talent, as well as their own funds, to make a better community.

Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week is a chance for grassroots community groups and their philanthropic partners to showcase and promote the great work they are already doing in the cities and regions right across Australia. It is also an opportunity to share knowledge and best practice, and to strengthen or develop new relationships and partnerships.

To help community groups and their philanthropic supporters celebrate their partnerships, there will be a small number of grants available each year of up to $10,000. 

This year, the projects should bring to life this year’s theme of – the power of partnerships.

Successful applicants will receive funds in October 2016 and projects will need to be completed within four months, with at least some part of the funded project taking place during Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week in December 2016.

The program is managed by Philanthropy Australia and the grants, which are independently administered by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, are open to not-for-profit groups operating in urban or rural and regional Australia. CPPW is supported through the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership, which brings together community and business leaders to advise the Australian Government on practical strategies to foster a culture of giving in Australia.


The 2016 CPPW program is now closed. Visit the CPPW website to learn more about the projects that received funding to celebrate the power of partnerships.

Even if your group doesn't receive a grant, we hope that you will still organise a celebration of what you have achieved in partnership with philanthropy during Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week.

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