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Our purpose is to build a stronger community

The Southern Highlands Community Foundation (SHCF) is on a mission to build a community that is kind and connected. A community that is giving and helps those in need. We do this by supporting initiatives that have lasting impact and generate hope which help our community continue to thrive.

We’re about smarter giving and greater impact

Since we started in 2001, we’ve distributed well over $1M in funds, supported over 70 community projects and got behind over 50 community capacity building projects. Not bad for a humble regional community foundation.


Discover our latest granting opportunities

As part of our philosophy to ‘give where you live’ we have a range of grant opportunities available for initiatives in the Southern Highlands.


21st birthday special grants

Community project need a kickstart?

Do you know an unsung hero?

Give where you live

We need your help to continue our good work and to help those in need in the Southern Highlands community.


Meet our first Highlands Hero

We’re proud to announce Kerstin Schweth of Native Wildlife Rescue as our first Highlands Hero winner.

Community Grants

The SHCF has contributed over $1M to support local community projects and vulnerable people in the Southern Highlands since we were founded. In celebration of our 21st Birthday we announce the creation of a series of new community grants.

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Highlands Heroes

It’s time to celebrate the unsung heroes of the Highlands. We’d like to announce the SHCF Highlands Heroes awards.

Highlands Heroes is a bi-monthly award to recognise and reward those quiet achievers in our community who work tirelessly for their chosen cause. We’re calling for not-for-profit community organisations to nominate worthy volunteers for the award.  Winners will be recognised and rewarded with a $5000 grant for their organisation.

Nominate your hero

Our Work

The mission of the SHCF is to make connections that strengthen our community, foster giving and provide hope.  Find out more about our work across the Southern Highlands.

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Vital Signs

Vital Signs is a global research methodology that explores the key themes of health, education, employment, housing and belonging to provide a community snapshot to better target funding and support.

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Our Board

As a registered charity and public foundation, the SHCF is governed by a board of directors who give their time to assist with the administration and direction of the foundation.

Meet the Board

If you’d like to know more about the foundation, our grants or how to make a donation or bequest please get in touch.