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Why your support is needed.

Smaller grassroots organisations are best placed to identify what support their communities need, and have solutions and mechanisms in place that work for them and their community. But frontline homelessness and community services are experiencing a perfect storm where demand is peaking while funding opportunities diminish.

The small budgets of these vital services are being increasingly used up on rising operational costs like energy bills, rent, petrol, food, and staffing, limiting the support they can deliver to those in desperate need.

53% of community organisations whose main source of funding is non governmental report worsening financial positioning.

Only 3% of community organisations report that their funding allows them to always meet demand.

8,500 searches for help per day has been reported by support platform AskIzzy, the highest on record.

Help keep the lights on

Throughout our two decades of work in this area we have aimed to listen to community needs, equipping frontline organisations with flexible funding to innovatively respond to homelessness, poverty, disasters, and vulnerabilities. As a supportive ally, we offer flexible funding through a simplified grant process, sensitive to the time and capacity constraints of our partners.
As a result we have seen whole communities become more resilient and the health, wellbeing, financial security and housing outcomes for vulnerable people improved.


StreetSmart has been supporting Tassie Mums for 8 years now, they were the very first grant we received. We appreciate this type of funding, it is quick and easy to apply for and not bogged down in reporting. It’s helped us better support vulnerable children experiencing homelessness. Thank you StreetSmart for making these opportunities possible.”

Clair Harris, Tassie Mums

“Your innovative programs and initiatives have not only raised awareness but have directly contributed to improving the lives of those in need. We have witnessed firsthand the positive outcomes that StreetSmart’s support has brought to our community”

Tash, Karinya Young Women’s Service

20 Years of the StreetSmart Model

We are proud of our long history of community led change, of seeking out smaller often independent homelessness services, and of creating localised meaningful ways through grassroots networks. Our latest FY review shows that:

  • 43% of of distributions went to organisations with less then 10 staff, 10% went to volunteer only organisations.
  • 35% of support went to regional communities (outside capital cities) and 64% of distributions supported organisations with an annual turnover of less than $2 million.

Other options for support

Donate White Goods

For every $250 raised, essential white goods can be provided to a displaced person. Setting up someone for tenancy success is a vital part of any homeless support service.

Donate a Sleep Kit

For every $15 raised, a sleep kit is provided to a displaced person. Containing a towel, fitted sheet, flat sheet and pillowcase, they are delivered through 555 local community charity partners.

Donate a Meal

For every $5 raised, a wholesome meal is provided to a displaced person. To date, 301,266 meals have been provided across 150+ Community partners.

Make change in your workplace

Corporate & Workplace Giving

“Our business has been supporting StreetSmart through workplace giving since 2015. Each month our team helps fund a new project and we get immediate feedback on how the money has been spent. We are really proud to be a part of such an important initiative, and our staff are too.” Justine Butler, ASIC in the Community Manager

You can choose to nominate StreetSmart Australia as your charity of choice for workplace giving. Every month your donations will help support a range of important projects providing care and aid to vulnerable people experiencing homelessness.

Contact us via email for more information.

Donation Option

Donate Direct Bank Transfer

Donations made to StreetSmart Australia over $2 are tax deductible. StreetSmart Australia (ABN: 51 106 387 446) is endorsed by the Australian Tax Office as a deductible gift recipient under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. StreetSmart Australia is registered with the Australian Charities and Not for profit Commission (ACNC).

Please send us an email of your donation, including donation amount, date, and donor name. We will send a tax deductible receipt to you.


Account name: StreetSmart Australia
Bank: NAB
BSB: 083-004
Acc Number: 17243-2803

Support StreetSmart and make a charitable donation today.