New opportunity for community and Indigenous organisations to apply for grants to support people with cancer

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The Minister for Health and Aged Care Mark Butler announced today the opening of the Supporting people with cancer (SPWC) Grant initiative for 2023.

Grassroots community organisations and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations working to improve outcomes for people affected by cancer are being invited to apply for funding from the Supporting people with cancer (SPWC) Grant initiative from Cancer Australia, the Australian Government’s lead national cancer control agency.

Announcing the call for applications, Minister for Health and Aged Care, Mark Butler said, “We are pleased to open submissions to the SPWC grants for community initiatives aimed at reducing the burden of cancer and improving support for people affected by cancer. We know the difference these local projects can make to people affected by cancer in a community, and the lasting impact they can have.”

The SPWC Grant initiative is an annual grants program aimed at supporting community and Indigenous initiatives to improve wellbeing and outcomes for people with cancer including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, regional and rural communities and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

“These grants will help dedicated organisations around the country deliver lifechanging services and care,” stated Assistant Minister for Indigenous Health, Senator Malarndirri McCarthy.  

“The Albanese Labor Government is grateful to work with Cancer Australia and support their efforts to improve lives and address disparities including for remote communities and Indigenous Australians,” continued Senator McCarthy.

Applications are being invited for the 2023 grant round, with funds of up to $120,000 available per grant. The closing date for applications is 7 February 2023.

The Australian Government, through the SPWC Grant initiative, has contributed over $10.5 million towards 129 community grants nationwide since 2005.

Small grants can make a big difference, said Professor Dorothy Keefe, CEO Cancer Australia. “Initiatives designed by grassroots organisations for their specific community needs can identify and tackle issues for people affected by cancer, including in a culturally-led and respectful and appropriate way.”

Successful 2022 SPWC grants include projects to address support tailored for populations groups including Aboriginal community support, exercise and wellness, parenting through cancer, sarcoma support resources, transport assistance and psychosocial support for children affected by cancer.

Full details of the funding are available at the Australian Government’s grant website GrantConnect