Charities providing services for families in the Catholic Diocese of Sale are invited to apply to Catholic charity Trinity Families for 2020 project funding. Deadline for submissions is 31st August 2020.

Applications must be from registered charities with deductible gift recipient status.

Trinity Families Executive Officer Ms Mary Winter said this year’s disbursement would mark a milestone in the charity’s service to families as it will take the amount distributed to more than $1.7 million.

Over the past 15 years more than 80 different charities had benefitted from Trinity Families funding.

“To be eligible to apply there are three things an applicant must be able to show. It must be a registered charity with DGR status, it must be using the funds to support families, and the project must be within the defined area of the municipalities of Cardinia, Casey, Baw Baw, Latrobe, Wellington, Bass Coast, South Gippsland and East Gippsland.”

Recent recipients have included a service to mentor young people learning to drive, a foodbank, a charity that assists young families after the birth of a child, an ice drug rehabilitation program and a charity supporting a school breakfast program.

Ms Winter said Trinity Families often supports charities which for various reasons have not been able to attract funding from other sources.

When Bishop Jeremiah Coffey established the trust in 1997 as he saw major national charities raising millions of dollars in the region, at the time, but little of the money was finding its way back to fund grass roots programs here.

“He saw little value in duplicating the services of other charities already doing good work here, so he decided to create a charity to support other charities working in the region.

“We provide the funding so they can put more of their endeavours into providing the various needs for families, rather than fundraising.”

Ms Winter said that Trinity Families was a philanthropic trust, allocating earnings from its investments each year, and while it was a Catholic charity, it was there to serve all charities no matter whether they had a religious affiliation or not.

Charities wishing to apply for funding are encouraged to download the fillable application form on the website and send it back.

Further information is available on the Trinity Families' website   or by email