2021 Trinity Families Grant Recipients Announced

Trinity Families is pleased to announce the successful applicants for the 2021 round of Grant allocations. 

Congratulations to:  CatholicCare Victoria, Fareshare Australia Inc, Frontier Services, George Gray Centre Inc, Irabina Autism Services Inc, Kids Under Cover, Olivia’s Place, The Men’s Table and Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency Coop Ltd.

Trinity families, a philanthropic trust, allocates funds to assist other charities to run programs for families in need in our region.

Executive Officer, Mary Winter, noted that 17 applications were received this year.  Unfortunately, as is usual, the amount of funding sought by charities was much more than was available for distribution. This year it has been particularly difficult due to the impact of Covid-19.

If you would like to assist the wonderful work of Trinity Families, all donations of $2 or more are fully tax deductible.


2021 Trinity Grant applications now open

Charities providing services for families in the Catholic Diocese of Sale are invited to apply to Catholic charity Trinity Families for 2021 project funding. Deadline for submissions is 30th September 2021.

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.

For over 20 years more than 90 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 which align with Catholic values 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 charity who assists children going into foster care, a disability advocacy organisation to assist them with advocating for disabled people impacted by the bushfires in 2020, and to a Foundation undertaking an early learning and literacy program in the Latrobe Valley.

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, and he felt that 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.

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The latest from Trinity Families

2021 Trinity Families Appeal underway

BISHOP Greg Bennet has urged the members of the diocese to generously support the annual appeal for Trinity Families, in our parishes this year. 

With this Sunday, being Trinity Sunday, it is timely to consider the appeal which has run throughout this month.

 “As good stewards of the gifts that God has given us, we must always find a necessary place for those who need our help.

“To achieve this, Trinity Families Fund needs to continue to grow its funds so that this mission of service can be more effective,” he said.

Trinity Families is the Sale Diocese’s charitable fund and over the past 15 years has provided over $1.5 million to assist other charities to run programs for families in need in our region.

“I have been reliably informed that the demand placed upon Trinity Families’ funding in the 2020 COVID year was high.

“It is important to keep to the forefront of our minds that this is our own charity arm specifically set up to serve and support the needs of families in the Greater Gippsland area.

“While there are many calls upon our donations at this time, what is both worthwhile and unique about Trinity Families is that it is locally based and supports the particular needs of our area.” Bishop Bennet concluded.

Programs funded previously include bushfire relief, family counselling services, parenting programs, school breakfast programs, suicide prevention, respite care, drug and alcohol programs and emergency accommodation.

Bishop Greg urges everyone to give generously to the May 2021 Appeal.  

Those wanting a receipt for Taxation purposes are asked to use the envelopes available in churches.

Those who wish to donate by credit card can also call Trinity Families on 5614 5141.

Details of donating by bank transfer are available on the Trinity Families donate section.  


$108,560 given to Charities in 2019

TEN charities operating across Gippsland and Melbourne’s Outer South East have shared $108,560 in funding allocated by Catholic Diocese of Sale charitable fund Trinity Families for 2019.

The allocation brings the total amount distributed by Trinity Families to $1.6 million over the past 15 years. Cheques were presented to representatives of the various charities at a function at Warragul on Tuesday October 29 by Bishop of Sale, Pat O’Regan.

Trinity Families assisted an additional two charities this year, up from eight charities in 2018, thereby increasing the charity’s broader impact in the areas including food support, drug recovery support, early years’ assistance and counselling.

This brings the total number of charities assisted by Trinity Families to 67. See the Those we have helped page for full details.


Show your support through Ritchies IGI

You can assist Trinity Families fundraising efforts by getting a Ritchies IGI Community Benefit Card and using it every time you shop at one of the chain's supermarkets.

Ritchies operates throughout Gippsland and the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, but not all IGIs are owned by Ritchies. A percentage of all sales made on a card is distributed to the linked charities, schools and community groups.

If you contact us we can send you a Community Benefit Card which will ensure the benefits flow onto Trinity Families. Otherwise you can get a form at any Ritchies IGI and fill it out with Trinity Families marked as the organisation you support.


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Cost effective fundraising

Did you know that many of the best known charities spend millions each year in promotion and that often less than 50 cents in the dollar makes it through to the cause. The rest of your donated dollar is chewed up in overheads, staff salaries, and commissions.

Trinity Families has been run by the Catholic Diocese of Gippsland with diocesan staff providing whatever has to be done as part of their day to day work for the diocese.

We have operated with volunteer committees and every dollar donated to the charitable fund has been paid into its trust account.

Trinity Families has only one part-time employee and pays no commissions to fundraisers, unlike those organisations which frequently come to your shopping centres selling trinkets and raffle tickets in the guise of charity.

We recommend you only ever donate to organisations with Deductible Gift Recipient status issued by the Australian Tax Office but even then you need to consider if any of your money will ever come back to support our region.

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