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CafeSmart 2021 raises $169,000 for 96 Community Grants

Back in August, 285 Cafes and 45 Coffee Roasters partnered up for CafeSmart 2021, an incredible effort during lockdowns and difficult times for the industry and our communities. This week, due to everyone’s generosity, we have been able to make 96 community grants, valued at $169,000 to support people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

CafeSmart is an event that brings us together over a coffee or your favourite brew, to tackle homelessness and directly contribute a positive change in our local communities. Thats hard during a lockdown, but café owners, such as Marie Chan and her team at Goodies Takeaway (our 2021 Fundraising Champs), stepped up to raise awareness and funds for their local homelessness and community organisations. Together with their customers’ support, the venue helped raise $2500 for Bridge It, a small start up charity in St Kilda. CEO Carla Raynes, sent this message when she heard about the funding…

As a new charity, supporting young women experiencing homelessness, we are relying on grants and donations to be able to operate. The funds we will receive from CafeSmart will support the two new residential programs we are opening in St Kilda. Creating homes for women is at the heart of what we aim to do at Bridge It and we couldn’t do this without the generous support. Thank you to all the cafes and supporters who made this possible.

Carla Raynes, Bridge It, St Kilda, VIC.

Listen to Carla talk about Bridge It on ABC Radio Melbourne

Thank you to all the cafes and supporters who made this possible

These latest, localised, CafeSmart Community Grants are funding practical support for vulnerable people, whose current situations were either created or made worse by recent events. Community organisations, including Domestic Violence services, are all reporting increasing demand for their services, some by as much as 300%. The latest lockdowns, rising rental costs, the end of welfare supplements and unpredictable work have all impacted people’s lives and capacity to pay bills, put food on the table for their families and find affordable places to live. Jeremy Maxwell from South Peninsula Community Information told us…

“We are finding that there has been a significant increase in the number of clients accessing our services and we are also seeing an increase in families and younger people needing assistance, as the government COVID support decreases. For many of these clients, this is the first time that they have needed to access any type of support and as many other agencies are currently shut down due to COVID, it is very difficult for them to obtain any type of food or material aid in the area.”

That’s why these CafeSmart grants are so important, helping people in crisis, right now.

This Impact Map shows exactly where CafeSmart 2021 grants have gone and cafes who have made this possible…

Here’s what your support has meant to our charity partners…

Your donations act like a soft cushion for our clients at the most terrifying and challenging time of their lives.

The South West Refuge Inc team, Bunbury, WA

The past 12 months have been very tough for so many in our community. Rough Edges has been providing food relief for more people than ever before. This donation from StreetSmart and the cafes and supporters will be directed to our Food Relief program, and will mean we can supplement prepared meals with fresh produce, to ensure that our patrons have access to healthy food options as well as warm drinks and meals.

Jen Webster, Rough Edges, NSW

Thank you, this grant will enable us to provide babies and young children in need with essential toiletries such as nappies, wipes and formula. As a grassroots charity powered by volunteers, we are very grateful for community support to enable us to continue this wonderful service.

Jeanette Dyer, Roundabout, ACT

The StreetSmart donations go towards practical assistance for our clients and families experiencing homelessness. Currently we are housing four young people who have used some of the funds to purchase much needed necessities, as they arrived here with very few possessions.
“Thank you. I was able to go shopping for myself and I could get pyjamas, trainers and some other clothing and personal stuff. It feels great to have new things” – K aged 18 years.”

Diana Franchina, Chameleon Regional Community Housing, QLD

Below you can find all 96 grant recipients from CafeSmart 2021 – click on your State to see more…

State Grants No of Grants
ACT $ 3,500.00 2
NSW $ 44,000.00 27
NT $ 2,000.00 1
QLD $ 27,250.00 17
SA $ 7,750.00 5
TAS $ 3,000.00 2
VIC $ 60,500.00 30
WA $ 21,000.00 12
Total $ 169,000.00
Grant Recipient Project Grant Amount Area
Karinya House Supporting Women impacted by Homelessness $1,750.00 Canberra
Roundabout Emergency relief baby packs $1,750.00 Canberra
Grant Recipient Project Grant Amount Area
Sydney Metro
Addison Road Community Organisation Addi Road Food Relief Hub $2,000.00 Inner West
Bayside Women’s Shelter Inc Moving On Project $1,500.00
Bonnie Support Services Ltd Kids Creative Time $2,000.00 Bankstown
Caretakers Cottage Limited Welcome Packs $1,750.00 Inner East
Community Care Kitchen Emergency Food During Lockdown $2,000.00 Bankstown
Community Northern Beaches Inc. Homeless Outreach Service $1,500.00 Manly
Dandelion Support Network Inc Safe Sleeping For Babies Post Covid $1,750.00 South – Cronulla
Darcy St Project Free Meals $1,500.00 North West
DV West Emergency relief $1,750.00 Outer West
Hills Community Aid Financial Inclusion/Emergency Relief $1,500.00 Outer North West
Mudgin-gal Aboriginal corporation Public Service Announcement $2,000.00 Inner West
South West Multicultural and Community Centre Inc Engage Connect Collaborate $1,750.00 Outer South West
St John’s Community Services Limited Food Relief & Community Building $1,750.00 Inner East
Taldumande Youth Services Food relief for COVID-19 impacted Vulnerable and Homeless Young People $1,500.00 Inner North
Weave Youth And Community Services Move to safety $1,750.00 Inner South
Women’s Justice Network Mentoring support $1,750.00 CBD & Central
Regional NSW
Byron Community Centre Fletcher Street Cottage – supporting operations $1,500.00 North Coast
Coffs Harbour Neighbourhood Centre Support for the Coffs Community $1,500.00 Nambucca Heads
Nova for Women and Children Driving towards Freedom $1,500.00 Newcastle
Port Macquarie Neighbourhood Centre Incorporated PMNC Laundry set up $1,500.00 Port Macquarie
SEWACS Youth Homelessness assistance $1,500.00 Batemans Bay / Moruya
Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast Inc. It’s Up to Us $1,500.00 Sapphire Coast
The Family Centre Australia Ltd Home Starter Packs $1,250.00 TweedHeads
Veritas House Emergency support to young people $1,500.00 Orange
VINE COMMUNITY CARE Vine Community FoodCare $1,250.00 Yass Valley
We Care Connect Reversing the impact of poverty with material aid $1,500.00 Central Coast – Gosford
Wollongong Emergency Family Housing Crisis accommodation $1,750.00 Wollongong
Grant Recipient Project Grant Amount Area
Darwin Aboriginal & Islander Womens Shelter Inc Crisis Clients Assistance $2,000.00 Darwin
Grant Recipient Project Grant Amount Area
Brisbane Metro
3rd Space Community Support for people at risk of or experiencing homelessness $1,750.00 Inner City
Goodna Street Life Inc Helens Haven $1,250.00 Outer South West
Mt Gravatt Community Centre Inc Meals and Connections (MAC Project) $1,500.00 Outer South East
Nundah Community Enterprises Cooperative More Meals that Give Twice $1,250.00 North East
Open Doors Youth Service Inc Young and Proud $1,750.00 Inner City
Picabeen Community Association Inc Support, Connect, Belong $1,250.00 North West
Sandbag Inc Neighborhood Centre Program $1,250.00 North
West End Community House R.I.S.E. $1,750.00 West End
Zig Zag Young Women’s Resource Centre Transitioning to Independent Living Project $1,750.00 Inner South
Regional QLD
Caboolture Community Work Cooperative Saving Jobs $1,500.00 Caboolture
Chameleon Regional Community Housing Accommodation and Welfare Association Inc Helping Hand $2,250.00 Redcliffe
EDON Place DFV Centre Inc Essential Goods for Women experiencing DFV $1,500.00 Bundaberg
Gold Coast Youth Service The Feed $1,500.00 Gold Coast
Shelter Housing Action Cairns (SHAC) Emergency Relief $1,500.00 Cairns
Sunny Street – Bread & Roses Sisterhood Australia Pty Ltd Sunny Street outreach healthcare $2,500.00 Sunshine Coast
The Neighbourhood Hub Adopt a Family $1,500.00 Mackay
Yoorana Women’s Domestic Violence & Resource Service Inc Support for women in refuge $1,500.00 Maryborough
Grant Recipient Project Grant Amount Area
Adelaide Metro
Heart & Soul Foodbank Purchases $2,000.00
Treasure Boxes Crisis Relief Fund $2,000.00
Regional SA
Murray Bridge Community Centre Inc Emergency Meal Kits $1,250.00 Tailem Bend
The Hut Community Centre The Food Pantry $1,250.00 Stirling
Uniting Country SA – Yorke & Mid North Homelessness and DV Services Yorke and Mid North Homelessness Essential Packs $1,250.00 Moonta
Grant Recipient Project Grant Amount Area
Grans Van Food Relief – Van Upgrade $1,500.00 Regionsl TAS North
Tassie Mums Everyday Essentials $1,500.00 Hobart
Grant Recipient Project Grant Amount Area
Melbourne Metro
Avalon Centre Inc Homeless clothing distribution $2,250.00 Inner South
Big Group Hug Ltd Formula for Babies $2,250.00 North
Bridge It Limited The Cocoon – Accommodation for Young Women $2,500.00 Inner South
Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre Inc COVID- 19 Support Program $2,250.00 Inner North
Emerge women and children’s support network Animal assisted therapy for COVID affected children $2,500.00 South – Bayside
Fitted for Work Support ongoing service delivery $2,250.00 Inner East
Flat Out Inc Support for criminalised women who experience homelessness $2,500.00 Inner West
Halal Food Bank Melbourne Food Hamper 2021 $2,250.00 Outer North West
Hope Street Youth and Family Services Hope through Art $2,250.00 Inner North
IN 2 LIFE Melbourne Youth Bus $2,250.00 CBD
inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence inSpire: Social connections and resilience $2,500.00 Inner East
National Homeless Collective Melbourne Period Project $2,250.00 Inner North
Safe Futures Foundation Doonas, doona covers for our families $2,000.00 Outer East – Ringwood
Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC) Rebuilding Community Connection $2,500.00 South – Chadstone
South Port Community Housing Group Picnics in the Parks $2,250.00 Inner South
St Jospeh’s Outreach Services Healthy Food Options for SJOS Food Store $2,250.00 Inner South
The One Box The One Box: Supplying fresh and nutritious food to Hope Centre $2,250.00 Inner North
Victoria Aboriginal Community Services Association Ltd VACSAL-BWAYS HOMEWORK CLUB $2,250.00 Inner North
West Welcome Wagon Inc Sleep Sound $2,500.00 Inner West
Youth Projects We’ve got you covered $2,250.00 CBD
Regional VIC
Brophy Family & Youth Services Friday Feed Community Meals project $1,500.00 Warnambool
Carevan Foundation Albury N.S.W Meal Service delivery $1,500.00 Albury-Wodonga
Eureka Mums First 1000 days $1,750.00 Ballarat and Daylesford
Geelong Food Relief Centre Inc The weekly purchase of nutritious food for the Geelong Food Banks $1,750.00 Geelong and West
Geelong Mums Support for families in need $1,500.00 Colac
Kyneton Caring Community Inc Foodbank $1,250.00 Kyneton
Northern District Community Health 1 Night $1,250.00 North – Kerang
The Salvation Army Doorways Program $1,250.00 Gippsland – Wonthaggi
Southern Peninsula Community Information & Support Centre SPCSIC Emergency food and material relief $1,250.00 Mornington Peninsula
Yarram & District Health Service Material Aid $1,250.00 Gippsland – Yarram
Grant Recipient Project Grant Amount Area
Perth Metro
First Nations Homelessness Project FNHP $1,500.00 Airport / Belmont
Indigo Junction Incorporated Food security $2,000.00 Outer East – Midland
Patricia Giles Centre for Non Violence Emergency Relief $1,750.00 North
St Patrick’s Community Support Centre Community Store $1,500.00 Fremantle
Standing Shoulder to Shoulder Standing shoulder to shoulder $1,500.00 Inner North
Street Friends WA Homeless Foundation Ltd Clothes for Souls- Giving warm clothes and hygiene items to homeless $2,000.00 CBD / Inner City
The Essentials Collective Inc Basics for Blokes $1,500.00 Inner South – Victoria Park
The Underground Collaborative Employment Program $1,500.00 Inner South – Victoria Park
Youth Futures Ltd TINOCA – Crisis Accommodation $1,750.00 North
Regional WA
Desert Blue Connect Mum’s Mental Health Expo $1,000.00 Geraldton
Margaret River Community Centre Inc Emergency Relief support $2,000.00 Margaret River
South West Refuge Inc ground zero $3,000.00 Busselton

A massive THANK YOU to our amazing coffee community, we couldn’t do this without you! Incredible coffee roasters, including Five Senses, Allpress, Single O, Locale Espresso, Padre, Yahava, Industry Beans and many more, helped us connect to hundreds of cafes across all states and territories. Our Sponsors, Vitasoy, La Marzocco, Broadsheet and BeanScene, brought funding and networks to build our capacity to help more people this year.  Thanks also to our partners who donated to match public donations including Yardi, La Marzocco, Australian Communities Foundation “Alf & Meg Steel Fund” sub fund  and Australian Philanthropic Services.

Here’s our Top 15 Cafes with their local matched charity partner:

Top 15 Fundraising Cafes Matched Grant Recipient
Goodies Takeaway Bridge It
Told You So Chameleon Regional Community Housing
Jake & the Beans Talk Avalon Centre
Yahava Kwik Koffee Busselton – Causeway South West Refuge
Yahava Kwik Koffee Busselton – Fredrick St South West Refuge
Miss Ruby Cafe Emerge
GZ Cafe Geelong Food Relief
Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes Roundabout
Rudimentary West Welcome Wagon
MAKER Coffee South Yarra St Joseph’s Outreach services
Leaf Bean Machine Cafe St Patrick’s Community Services
Yahava Kwik Koffee Bellevue Indigo Junction
MAKER Coffee Richmond Fitted for Work
Single O – Surry Hills St John’s – Rough Edges

It’s always exciting bringing you the good news and the results of everyone efforts and hard work, and we can’t wait to do it all over again.

‘Till CafeSmart 2022!