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

$8,217,777

Distributed for Projects

797

Organisations Supported

SleepKits

37,443

SleepSafe Kits Distributed

226,545

SmartMeals Provided

Impact you can see with the drop of a pin

A few projects that we have supported

SmartMeals hits new milestone!

Over 200,000 SmartMeals have been delivered across Australia to date! We created our SmartMeals program in March 2020 as an emergency food relief response to COVID, with the dual goal of providing meals and support for the devastated hospitality industry. At the time we didn’t foresee just HOW crucial this initiative would be in the evolving pandemic. During August, our 17 social enterprise partners made 12,8000 meals delivered across the country.

Lockdown grants for July & August

$438,500 distributed in lockdown grants over July and August! We moved fast to get immediate funding to our charity partners affected by lockdowns and additional demand due to the pandemic. To ensure they have the available resources and funds they need to provide care and aid to vulnerable people experiencing homelessness. This significant impact is thanks to our donors and corporate partners who give generously through our range of initiative.

Supporting older women experiencing homelessness

“Your donation is showing these women they are connected to a wider community and an organisation wanting to ensure they are safe and not left behind.” Andrew Milne, YWAC National Housing. A big thanks to our loyal monthly and casual donors during July, who helped us deliver $25,000 in grants to five charities providing specialised support for older women experiencing homelessness.

...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 receiving support? 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 $2 million + annual turnover) to contact us to discuss appropriateness of an application.

StreetSmart supports organisations through three initiative; Community Grants, SmartMeals and SleepSafe. Funds for grants are raised through our annual CafeSmart (August) and DineSmart (Nov-Dec) events and through our monthly Projects initiative.  Grants provided through the CafeSmart and DinSmart initiatives are localised,  distributed in the communities where funds are raised. Grants provided through the Projects initiative are funded by our monthly fundraising.

If you would like to express an interest in your organisation receiving StreetSmart support, have any queries about our grant process or would like to nominate 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.