We fundraise to support grassroots projects that

tackle homelessness.

These smaller organisations provide vital frontline services, but struggle with a lack of resources.

The little guys are an important part of our social safety net, and in collaboration with individuals, business and corporate partners our mission is to lend a helping hand.

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A few projects that we have supported

COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Operational Costs

In August we provided 5 grants from our COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. These grants were to support SmartMeals recipients operational costs. This reflected that the program requires our charity partners to use 100% of grants to purchase meals, sandwiches and other food products from our the cafes/restaurant partners. These grants will help with the coordination of the program, staffing and deliveries etc. Total Funds Provided $12,000

COVID19 Emergency Assist

We recently provided five grants from our COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to ensure vulnerable hospitality workers are receiving meals through these difficult times. The hospitality sector has been devastated by COVID-19. 100,000’s of workers have been laid off, or had hours drastically cut. We want to make sure everyone has access to a nutritious meal. Total Funds Provided: $10,000

SmartMeals – Feeding People. Saving Jobs

Since late March we have delivered more than 80,000 meals through our SmartMeals program, partnering local cafes & restaurants, impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, to provide meals for their local, overstretched homeless community groups. It is providing vital support for both the homeless and hospitality sectors in these difficult times, across Victoria, New South Wales, WA and Queensland. Total Funds Provided: $680,000

...Just knowing the StreetSmart team was out there working away helped our staff to remain positive in the face of challenging circumstances.

Chris Turner, CEO Sunny Kids

Woohoo! We are so excited about being selected as recipients of StreetSmart money.

Yasmin, 139 Club, Brisbane

Finding funding for a service as small as ours is never easy. StreetSmart have been there for us and the projects they are willing to support make a real difference to our work and the outcomes we can achieve for our young homeless clients

Alistair Sutherland, Manager, Iramoo Youth Refuge

...your dedicated work in raising funds for small organisations is extremely inspiring. Your work has such positive and broad reaching consequences for some of our communities most disadvantaged people.

Kat Armstrong, Director, WIPAN

Without the support of StreetSmart, this vital service for clients and their children who are homeless as a result of experiencing family violence or sexual assault, just isn’t possible. So a massive thank you from our Team.

Tania Smith, Program Manager Pathways Alliance Team

Interested in applying for funds? Here is what you need to know…

StreetSmart supports smaller, grassroots, community based organisations with limited fundraising options or capacity. We are able to fund both non-DGR and DGR organisations. Our focus is the support of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We ask larger organisations (over $1 million + t/o) to contact us to discuss appropriateness of an application.

StreetSmart primarily supports organisations through Community Grants based on our DineSmart and CafeSmart fundraising events. We also provide SleepSafe Sleep Kits in partnership with Sheridan.  Our Community Grants are localised grants that are distributed in the community where funds are raised. To find out if we have grants available in your area, please view participants on the maps on the DineSmart and CafeSmart pages.

The next round of Community Grants will be based on CafeSmart 2020.  Grant application invitations are now closed and funds will be distributed in Dec/Jan. Our next distribution will be based on DineSmart 2020 fundraising and take place in April/May 2021.

If you have any queries about our grant process please call Adam Robinson on 04 88 33 64 19 to discuss.

Grant Recipients by State / Year

In 2014 StreetSmart funded the Counsel to Homeless Persons, Peer Education Support Program to create a number of videos to help with their education and advocacy work.

In 2012 StreetSmart co-funded Brisbane Youth Service to empower young people who had experienced homelessness to tell their story.  This powerful video is by Natasha, an extraordinarily brave young woman.

StreetSmart has supported FareShare since 2004 when it was just starting out.  Since then StreetSmart has been a constant funder as the organisation has been growing to now supply close to 1 million meals a year.

Eureka Mum’s in Ballarat supports families in need with baby essentials like cots and clothes. Seedfunded in 2014 and supported with total of $11,000 in grants since.

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Carevan provides hot, nutritious meals for people who are homeless or at risk in Albury Wodonga. Supported with 8 micro grants since 2011 totalling $7,750.

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Sydney Homeless Connect hold an event allowing easy access to services in one location, supporting people who are homeless to get the help they need. Totalling $9,250 in community grants since 2012.

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StreetSmart has supported The 139 Club in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley since 2008 with 13 grants totaling $38,470.  Projects supported have included SWAGS for rough sleepers, a women’s wellness group, a parenting group and a Memorial Wall to commemorate the lives of people who have died on the street.

Back in 2005 StreetSmart funded The Big Issue to start a soccer program.  With seed funding of $1,482 the program got up and running.  Since then the program has been funded by State and Federal governments and rolled out to 16 centres, impacting thousands of lives.  StreetSmart continues to support the Big Issue vendors across Australia

Eureka Mums is a grassroots volunteer lead organisation based in Ballarat rescuing and supplying baby equipment and clothes to families in need. To date StreetSmart has assisted them with grants totalling $11,000, with a start up grant of $2000 in 2014.