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Collaborative Community Projects

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

Key Dates for 2020:

3 February 2020 – Round 3 opens

14 February 2020 – A workshop to empower local Baptist Churches to understand the focus of the funding and to learn how to put together a strong application will be held at Baptist Care SA in Wayville. Contact Ellen Beasy for more information 0428 864 486ebeasy@baptistcaresa.org.au


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.


This funding presents the opportunity for our partnership with Baptist Churches SA to move from strength to strength as we work together to support the most vulnerable people in our communities.


So Far we have funded the following exciting Collaborative projects:


Round 1:

Get Out – an adventure based friendship program run by Blackwood Hills Baptist Church in partnership with Baptist Care SA’s Crossroads and Inner Southern Youth Homelessness services. This program links interested clients who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness, with volunteers from Blackwood Hills Baptist Church to empower them to strengthen their life skills and to connect them with a welcoming community and ongoing genuine friendships.

Know Your Neighbour – a community led program facilitated by Richmond Baptist Church. This program is continually evolving in response to the ideas of local neighbourhood ‘champions’;  with local events being run to connect local neighbours around West Torrens together to increase the strength of local neighbourhoods and to connect vulnerable people in their community with their neighbours.

Kids COACH – a school based mentoring program run by Clovercrest Baptist Church who link volunteers from their church with local school students to mentor them in a way that celebrates their strengths and helps them to grow in confidence, connection and to develop in areas important to them.


Round 2:

Community Meals Program  –  a meal preparation training and mentoring program run by Soul Food Christian Community that will support vulnerable people in Adelaide’s North East who are experiencing unemployment, to develop their strengths and skills, become more socially connected and increase their employability by learning various meal preparation skills.

Enrich Life Café Ministry – a café based hospitality training program run by Rostrevor Baptist Church that will mentor and train volunteers. The program will support vulnerable people to become aware of their current skills and to develop skills in hospitality, become more socially connected in their local area and to increase their employability by growing in confidence as they develop new skills.

English as a second language classes – a weekly ESL class run by Enfield Baptist Church for vulnerable people in Adelaide’s Northern suburbs who are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This program will seek to equip and empower participants to grow their English skills, connect with local community members and to become more confident and employable.


The 2019 Funding Round is now closed.


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. 


Funding Guidelines for 2020 will be released February 2 2020.  For reference prior to Round 3 opening, please see the 2019 Guidelines:

 Please click here to download the Project Funding Guidelines.


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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