Supporting people with cancer grant initiative

Cancer Australia’s Supporting people with cancer Grant initiative will continue to improve the coordination, accessibility and development of quality cancer support networks to better support people affected by cancer. An organisation partnering with community, with a focus on local community needs, ensures relevance and responsiveness of the grant initiative.

2016 Successful grant recipients

Successful funding recipients for the 2016 round have now been announced.

Four applicants have been funded in Round 8 of the Supporting people with cancer Grant initiative, with a total of $480,472 worth of new grants provided.

The successful applicants have been provided with grants up to $120,000 each to support projects aimed at reducing the burden of cancer in our community through the provision of evidence-based information and support available to people affected by cancer.

A full list of projects funded under Round 8 of the Supporting people with cancer Grant initiative may be accessed below:

Since 2005, the Australian Government, through Cancer Australia, has provided $7.4 million towards 98 community grants nation-wide with the aim of reducing the impact of cancer, improving access to quality information and providing support for people affected by cancer.

Aims and Outcomes

The grant program aims to reduce the burden of cancer through the provision of grants to community organisations, and encourage effective partnerships between organisations in order to:

  • improve the coordination, accessibility and development of quality cancer support networks
  • better support people affected by cancer
  • focus on local community needs
  • develop innovative approaches to support options
  • build community capability and demonstrate an impact at the health system, community and consumer level
  • initiate visible partnerships and linkages to services which will foster appropriate  referral to information and support

Priority Target Groups

Cancer Australia’s priority target groups for the 2016 grant initiative are:

Category One: Improving outcomes for people whose outcomes are poorer

Improve outcomes for people whose outcomes are poor and demonstrate impact at a health systems level and/or community systems level for:

  • People whose outcomes are poorer
  • Regional and rural communities

Category Two: Improving support, information and involvement at a local level

Improve support, consumer involvement and evidence based information at a local level for:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • People who are socioeconomically disadvantaged

2015 Grant Recipients

In 2015, eight grants have been awarded across diverse areas of need, including support for: people with rare cancers; linguistically and culturally diverse communities; and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities affected by cancer. 

The Supporting People with Cancer Grant 2015 round has provided funding to the following projects:

  • A nurse-led lung cancer support service for the Lung Foundation of Australia, to provide clinically-based, patient-centred support for people affected by lung cancer and mesothelioma, including those in rural and regional communities. 
  • The establishment of Aboriginal Cancer Support Networks to support local communities affected by cancer, by the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council
  • A University of Melbourne led program for the improvement of cancer symptom awareness among the Vietnamese community. 
  • A cancer information and support webinar series for the Chinese community, an initiative of Cancer Council NSW
  • A patient support program to be developed by Rare Cancers Australia for people affected by less common cancer types. 
  • Evidence-based, culturally appropriate and linguistically accessible resources for Greek and Chinese women affected by secondary cancers, led by Breast Cancer Network Australia.
  • A Cancer Council Australia web-based resource for culturally and linguistically diverse communities affected by cancer. 
  • A Cancer Council Queensland initiative to bring evidence-based cancer control courses for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and organisations in rural and regional Queensland. 

View the Successful funding recipients: Grant Round 7, 2015

Previous Grant Recipients

A full list of the projects funded under each round of the Supporting people with cancer grant initiative can be accessed below:

Further information

The following links provide information about: