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Collaborative Community Projects

Baptist Care SA and the Baptist Churches of SA partnering together in mission.

Baptist Care SA is committed to empowering people to move from Adversity to Opportunity via Transition Pathways. We work with people to empower them to move from adversity to opportunity via uniquely tailored transition pathways.  We recognise that our partners; local South Australian Baptist Church congregations, represent unique opportunities to encourage flourishing local communities that are resilient and engaged.


We believe that when we come together around our shared faith in Christ and work together in a collaborative partnership, South Australian Baptist Churches and Baptist Care SA can effectively mitigate disadvantage and strengthen our local communities. By collaborating, the people and communities we serve can be inspired and supported to build upon their strengths and abilities in order to overcome barriers, develop resilience, make positive community connections and lead fulfilling lives.


Last year we launched the inaugural round of Baptist Care SA Collaborative Community Project Funding and 2019 presents the opportunity for this partnership with Baptist Churches SA to move from strength to strength as we work together to support the most vulnerable people in our communities.


This project funding exists to facilitate partnerships between Baptist Care SA and local Baptist churches; assisting them by providing resources and greater access to Baptist Care SA staff expertise to work with vulnerable people in their local community in a creative, community informed, collaborative, participant-led and ongoing manner.  


Funding is for local, community-led:

  • Approaches to relieving and mitigating disadvantage*
  • Activities that facilitate connection of disadvantaged and vulnerable people to supportive communities and increase the strength of local neighbourhoods and communities against disadvantage.
*The ACNC (Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits commission) states that a PBI is a charitable institution with a main purpose of providing benevolent relief to people in need. As a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI), Baptist Care (SA) funding allocations must be in line with the main purpose of a PBI as defined by the ATO being; relieving poverty, sickness, suffering or disability.

Churches may apply for matched funding* of $500 to $20,000 per year for up to three years. It is anticipated that most successful projects will be funded for an average of $5K-$15k in any one year.

Requests for larger amounts of funding will be considered but are less likely to be funded (See Point 8.) and all such project ideas must be discussed with the Collaborative Project Officer before applying for larger amounts of funding.

*Matched funding means the applying church will commit to contributing the equivalent value of the funding received from Baptist Care SA toward the project over the funding period. Preference will be given to dollar-for-dollar matching contributions in order to create greater congregational buy-in and project sustainability. Discretion will be used in considering in-kind volunteer work or other co-funding arrangements as ‘matched funding’.



Funding is available to any member Church of the Baptist Family of Churches in South Australia.



Application Process

Our Collaborative Community Project Officer is available to discuss your project ideas and to support you in the Application Process.


Expression of Interest and Funding Guidelines:

Expression of Interest forms can be submitted to Ellen Beasy via email. Churches whose Expressions of Interests meet the Funding Guidelines will be invited to continue in the Application process by completing a funding application form.


Please click here to download and Expression of Interest Form

 Please click here to download the Project Funding Guidelines.


The Collaborative Community Project Officer will be available to support churches in working on their application drafts between Monday 18 March – Tuesday 30 April 30 if requested.


Completed application forms must be submitted via email to Ellen Beasy, Collaborative Community Project Officer ebeasy@baptistcaresa.org.au by Midnight Thursday 9 May 2019.


To find out more, please contact Collaborative Community Project Officer Ellen Beasy via ebeasy@baptistcaresa.org.au or M: 0428 864 486 

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