We fundraise to support grassroots projects that

tackle homelessness.

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

Community based organisations are an important part of our social safety net, and in collaboration with individuals, philanthropic and corporate partners our mission is to lend a helping hand and empower social change.

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Our Community Impact


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A few projects that we have supported

Over $80,000 distributed in CafeSmart community grants

Thanks to our amazing network of CafeSmart 2020 venues, and their generous customers, we have distributed more than $80,000 in community grants! We fast-tracked these funds to 87 community partners just before Christmas. That means a positive impact for vulnerable people, across the country, when they needed it most. Practical and vital aid was delivered through school supplies for disadvantaged children, driving lessons for vulnerable women, medical equipment for street teams and much more. Total Funds Provided: $80,400

SmartMeals – Feeding People. Saving Jobs

Since late March we have delivered more than 114,940 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: $934,544

SmartCare – Supporting Frontline Workers

Frontline workers have done an amazing job caring for some of our most vulnerable and marginalised people through the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s crucial that workers have good support for their mental and physical well-being. Through our SmartCare initiative we are funding important support programs including mental health first aid courses and counseling, self-care initiatives, care packs, vouchers, new staff equipment, and team building sessions. Total Funds Provided $47,000

...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 and through our SmartMeals and Projects programs. 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 applications will be by ‘invitation only’ in the regions where funds are raised. Grants will be distributed in Dec/Jan. 

If you have any queries about our grant process or would like to nimunate an organisation please email Adam Robinson through our contact form.

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.