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Creating a grants framework – the Esther Foundation

Creating a grants framework – the Esther Foundation

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As part of our community support program Churchill Effect, we’ve been working with the Esther Foundation to create a grants application framework to help support its work helping young women in crisis.

Helping young women break free from crippling life struggles has been the driving force behind the Esther Foundation (Esther) for more than 25 years.

From a humble one-room start-up in 1995, the Esther Foundation is now an award-winning holistic, residential, recovery and empowerment program for young women from crisis backgrounds.

Churchill got involved with the Esther Foundation in mid 2021 as part of its Churchill Effect program, and investigated ways in which our professional skills could best support the Foundation in its objectives to continue to grow and operate sustainably.

The power of a grant

  • Help Esther improve its processes around finding, developing and submitting grant application.
  • Leverage the volunteer staff and employees to contribute to the process effectively.
  • To evaluate grant opportunities to align and target specific Foundation objectives.
  • Aim to diversify and increase funding to the Foundation for improved stability and sustainability.

Not-for-profits require ongoing financial support, which often involves applying and securing grant funding. Through a series of workshops with the Esther team, we identified that a grants application framework would help them when applying for grants and to maximise their chance in receiving that funding.

The framework that was developed was designed to:

Having developed the framework, the Foundation is now using the framework to find funding and support its current business objectives.

These include increasing the number of women with young children accessing Esther services, increasing Esther’s crisis support in the community and working with the DCP to reunite kids with mums and rebuilding relationships.

For the Churchill team, being able to support the objectives and success of an organisation like the- Esther Foundation was hugely rewarding.

“Watching the anticipation, pride and joy in a young mum’s eyes as she talks about getting her young daughter back from DCP after all the hard work and commitment that she put into her recovery that was supported by the Esther Foundation program still brings a tear to my eye,” says Churchill consultant Dunja Lewis.

The intent is to make further use of this framework with other Churchill Effect community partners.

Churchill team that worked on the Grants framework. Left to Right: Dunja Lewis (Manager), Matt Fahey (Director), Lindsey Phillips (Senior Manager), Danielle Bestall (Consultant), Aaron Hines (Acting CEO of Esther), Jessica Baldock (Consultant).

This framework will not only support the Esther Foundation, but once it has been tested with a few applications, this framework will be shared publicly to ensure the lasting and propagating benefit that we expected from a Churchill Effect initiative.

If you would like to support the Esther foundation in their incredible work, please head to their website:

If you have a community or not for profit initiative that you would like Churchill to consider as part of the Churchill Effect, please contact Frank Daly (Manager)

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