Local Baptist Church congregations represent a unique opportunity to encourage flourishing local communities that are resilient and engaged. Centred in Christ and working in partnership, South Australian Baptist Churches and Baptist Care SA can effectively mitigate disadvantage and strengthen local community.

Project funding aims to assist local Baptist Churches by providing resources and greater access to expertise to work with vulnerable people in their local community in a participatory, asset-based, collaborative and ongoing manner. Funding is for local, community-led:

  • Approaches to mitigating disadvantage
  • Activities that promote connectivity for vulnerable people and increase the strength of local neighbourhoods against disadvantage.

Projects may be one-off or have a lifetime of up to 4 years. A maximum of 5 projects will be funded.

Church leaders considering applying for this funding are strongly encouraged to attend or have a representative attend a Baptist Care SA Thriving Communities Workshop.  This free, one day workshop will help Churches in their application process by sharing key learnings from asset based community health and development and community-led approaches.


Thriving Communities Workshops:

Tuesday 6 February, 9.30am - 2.30pm, Baptist Care SA, Unit 3, 5-7 Stephen Street, Melrose Park. Click here to register
Tuesday 13 February, 9.30am - 2.30pm, Enfield Baptist Church, 7/1 Francis Avenue, Broadview. Click here to register

Registrations close for ‘Thriving Communities’ Workshops Friday 2 February.

The Ideas Café to be held on Monday 19 February, 1 – 4pm, Unley Park Baptist Church will also be an opportunity to workshop your project ideas.  Places are limited.


Churches may apply for matched funding(1) of anywhere from $500 and $20,000.

Funding is available to any member Church of the Baptist Family of Churches in South Australia.
Preference will be given to smaller congregations, Churches in areas of significant disadvantage and smaller requests for funding. The resource demand required from Baptist Care SA to support the projects, as well as the proposed project timeframe will also be considered.


How to Apply

We recommend you work with our staff to develop your application. You can do this by contacting the Collaborative Community Projects Officer Ellen Beasy on M: 0428 864 486.

Download the Collaborative Community Projects Guidelines and Application form here

Applications must be received no later than midnight on Friday 16 March 2018. They should be emailed to Ellen Beasy, E: ebeasy@baptistcaresa.org.au


(1) Matched funding means the Church will contribute the equivalent value of the funding received over the funding period. While preference will be given to dollar-for-dollar matching, in-kind volunteer work or community funding, will also be considered.

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