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.

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

Grant 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.

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.

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

More information to come on 29 January 2018.


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

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