Life-changing projects have been funded by the Mary MacKillop Foundation since 1995
Of which are made possible by the Mary MacKillop Foundation in 2017
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Scholars have graduated from their tertiary education with the funding support of the Mary MacKillop Foundation
In any community, people can become socially isolated and fall through the cracks.
Through the Mary MacKillop Foundation, we give individuals and organisations an opportunity to change lives through grants and scholarships projects that build dignity as well as educate, enlighten and empower.
Like Mary MacKillop, we believe in doing something about the need that exists in society. We help changemakers, unsung heroes doing good in their neighbourhood, and Indigenous tertiary scholars. We support these people to make an impact, and change the lives of those in their community who would otherwise be in danger of slipping through the cracks.
The Mary MacKillop Foundation (MMF) Community Grants Program partners with organisations who support Australia’s most vulnerable and marginalised people to improve their lives through education in all its forms.
Eligible organisations may apply for grants of up to $10,000 to deliver innovative and practical projects that assist people who have been pushed to the margins of society through poverty and disadvantage.
By participating in these projects, individuals build skills and gain knowledge to improve their engagement with the community and take advantage of life opportunities. The MMF Community Grants Program seeks to empower those in need to take control of their lives and to build a better future for themselves and their communities.
Community projects supported by the MMF Community Grants Program include projects that:
- Strengthen skills, knowledge and capabilities for self-sufficiency.
- Improve engagement and participation in the community.
- Enhance spiritual and emotional wellbeing.
- Provide support for self-help action for those in need.
To be eligible for funding, applications must comply with various criteria. Please download the guidelines here.
Grant applications are now closed.
The Mary MacKillop Foundation's Indigenous Tertiary Scholarship Program was established in 1998.
Since then, 101 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Scholars have graduated with a tertiary qualification, many of whom are the first in their family to do so.
This year, 93 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students are supported through tertiary education scholarships. These scholarships cover course fees and/or contribute towards education expenses.
By reducing barriers to completing tertiary education The Mary MacKillop Foundation helps close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage by creating better employment opportunities, better health outcomes and future leaders; enabling greater participation in community and economic growth.
Our special thanks to major partners The Good Shepherd Sisters and the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration for their ongoing support.
The Foundation awards three types of scholarships:
1. Tertiary Access and Support Scholarship: includes course fees, plus $3,000 per year towards living expenses* associated with tertiary study for the remaining years of the student's course.
2. Tertiary Support Scholarship: includes $3,000 per year towards living expenses associated with tertiary study for the remaining years of the student's course.
3. Good Shepherd Reconciliation Scholarship: includes $3,000 per year towards living expenses associated with tertiary study for the remaining years of the student's course; female applicants only.
*Living expenses include rent, electricity, utilities, stationery, books and IT costs.
To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must:
1. Be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
2. Have successfully completed one year of study towards their qualification when the scholarship year begins. (Good Shepherd applicants can be in first year).
3. Be enrolled full time with a recognised Australian higher education provider, such as university, college or TAFE.
Applications will be assessed by the Scholarships Committee and awarded based on the following criteria:
- Demonstration of financial need
- Dedication and drive e.g. involvement in community, overcoming challenges, career aspirations
- Academic merit/potential/demonstrated ability to complete your studies
Preference will be given to applicants who are studying their first tertiary qualification and who do not hold any other scholarships.
Students who are awarded a Tertiary Access and Support Scholarship, which includes course fees, must not hold another scholarship during the time of their Mary MacKillop Foundation Scholarship.
Scholarship applications are now closed.