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2022 Grant


The 2022 Women and Change grant of up to $50,000 will open for Expressions of Interest from August 1.

“2021 saw our membership grow to record numbers and we received an unprecedented number of applications from charities,” said  Genevieve Fraser, Chair of Women and Change.

“Our members are always willing to invest in new solutions and we know this year there will be plenty of charities looking for funds to change lives for the better,” Genevieve said.

Women and Change is Queensland’s first giving circle, established in 2014, and each year members collectively donate over $50,000 to a project that helps Queenslanders in need. The members have given over $400,000 to charitable projects over that time.

All the information on this year’s grant is available on the Grants page with the first step being a short EOI for interested applicants.

“Our Grants team has a streamlined process starting with a short initial Expression of Interest,” Genevieve said.

“Members review the EOI’s and then shortlisted applicants are invited to submit a full application.”

“We meet again to review each Full application and three finalists are invited to present  at our Voting Night in November.”

Genevieve said members develop a good sense of emerging and urgent needs and the feedback is that applicants benefit from the process of transparent communication about their projects.


Help for Carers comes full circle

The Millennial generation are often labelled as the ‘me’ generation but the uncomfortable truth is that 420,000 Australians under 24 are caring for a disabled or severely ill parent, brother or sister.

This phenomenon is something Founder of Carers Foundation Australia, Ronnie Benbow, is determined will not go unnoticed.

This year, with the help of a $50,000 grant from Queensland giving circle Women and Change, Ronnie provided respite for almost 100 Queensland teen carers suffering stress or depression associated with caring.

“We have given these teens, who are often isolated from friends because of their caring responsibilities, the opportunity to be supported and connect with other people in similar situations,” Ronnie said.

“This is often for the first time they have met other teens and friends who can relate to exactly what they’re going through,” she said.  “Teenage carers arrive to our wellness programs totally stressed, full of anxiety, mostly depressed, angry and resentful – the suicidal thoughts amongst them is a great concern.”

They have no choice but to do what they do and they see things as children they should never have to see,” says Ronnie.  “Yet after three days in our care they are transformed.”

Ronnie explained that funding for this important respite is hard to come by and that a group of community minded Queensland women had come to the rescue.

“Women and Change, a group of over fifty women, pooled their funds and chose us as their grant recipient last year,” says Ronnie.

Women and Change is Queensland’s first ‘giving circle’ and has given away over $250,000 since it was established in 2014. Each year at least 50 members donate $1000* to provide an annual $50,000 grant to a Queensland charity helping people in need.

Our grant process uncovers hidden figures like Ronnie and the Carers Foundation who are putting their heart and soul into helping people whose needs we either don’t hear about or understand,” says Chair of Women and Change. Genevieve Fraser.

“As individuals we could not afford to support a programme like this but together we have been able to change the lives of these teens,” she said.

“Previous grants have helped change the lives of Queenslanders in need from refugee women in the city (Muooz restaurant) to families geographically isolated from health services in outback Queensland (Outback Futures).”

“When our members heard from Ronnie at our voting night they saw that the Carers Foundation permanently changed the lives of these teenage carers.

“Finding funding for these activities is a constant struggle for a grass roots community group like Carers Foundation.”

“Our 2019 grant application process closes at the end of August and we are keen to see which great causes this uncovers,” said Genevieve.

*Women and Change

Women and Change Young members donate $500 per annum while Ordinary members donate $1000 in either a lump sum or monthly payments with 100% of funds being tax deductible. 100% of donated funds are provided to the charity selected by the members.

**Carers Foundation mid-year report to Women and Change showed that

  • 100% attendees learnt a new strategy to use when returning home so they can cope
  • 98% of children stated they were less depressed than on arrival (reduction in suicidal tendencies)
  • 97% reported reduced anxiety with levels of up to 10/10 on arrival, reduced to 1-3/10 on departure
  • 99% reported they were much happier and less stressed

why join?

Our members tell us they join primarily to support Queensland charities, plus a large percentage enjoy the opportunity to network with other like-minded women.

In a recent survey one member said

“I like the warmth and the professionalism of the women who are running Women and Change. I think there’s a genuine passion within the organisation to help charities achieve their goals by pooling and directing resources. I also like that a number of my friends are involved because they’re great women to be around.”

Another member said:

“The reasons I use to encourage people to join are the interesting events and being able to maximise your small contribution to make a big difference to a small NFP.”

If you are interested in joining, read more about what we do here or if you’re ready to join now, click here for the Membership Application.


2019 grant recipient

2019 Women and Change grant winner Baby Give Back has reported a higher than expected need for families with babies Logan community following the opening of their Brisbane premises.

Baby Give Back CEO Carly Fradgley explained that it very quickly became clear that the community most in need of help was the Logan corridor.

“While we only opened in January 2020 we have already helped over 140 babies and their families,” Carly said.

“We invited agencies to provide feedback on how we can better support them,” says Carly. “We also invited case workers along to a ‘pop-up shop’ so they were able to see – and select – appropriate baby essentials for their clients.”

“Very quickly it became obvious that we would need to focus on the Logan corridor with three in five  children living in poverty within the region and urgently needing basic items,” Carly said.

“We secured an arrangement with a Logan agency to provide a monthly delivery of goods from our storage facility to start to address the needs of these babies and their families,” she explained.

“We now need to generate a flow of donations and money into our Brisbane based storage facility to meet the needs we are uncovering here.”

Baby Give Back’s vision is to change lives by ensuring “every baby has an equal start in life”. The team of mostly volunteers does this by collecting essential baby items and providing them to families who are referred via social services agencies.

Carly said the donation from Women and Charge had accelerated their expansion to Brisbane.

“The grant, combined with the efforts of our volunteers and our existing relationships have helped us hit the ground running in Brisbane,” she said.

“Importantly we could have an immediate impact because we are able to have a dedicated Brisbane Manager who can connect and manage volunteers and leverage networks in the community .”

“Our army of volunteers also help to clean, paint, wash and repair donations so everything that all families receive items in good condition and suitable for their precious babies,” she said.

Since the start of 2020, and not included a recent ‘pop-up shop initiative’ Baby Give Back has helped a total of 144 children since January this year:

  •  28 children in Brisbane
  •  103 children in Logan
  •  8 children in Ipswich
  •  5 children in Toowoomba

Carly says while a Brisbane network of volunteers collect pre-loved baby essentials from donations offered by emailing the need for safe cots is the hardest to fulfil.

“It was necessary to purchase 150 cots last year to ensure all safety requirements are met which means our need for monetary donations is also important in addition to collecting physical goods.

“We have also identified we’re going to require at least a 200 square metre warehouse to meet the need we are discovering in Brisbane.

“This will enable us to make repairs and sort donations within the facility, which isn’t currently possible in our garage-sized storage.”

Anyone wanting to donate items or funds should visit the Baby Give Back website