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TFFF supports initiatives that improve the wellbeing of communities and aim to redress isolation, especially those targeting specific imbalances within communities, as well as build community resilience and capacity in the face of challenging circumstances.


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grants approved
$154,333
average grant size
92%
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multi-year commitments

Jennifer Wurrkidj painting her country near Mumeka in West Arnhem Land for a new silk screen design. Photo credit Ingrid Johanson
The women of Bábbarra Women's Centre showcase a selection of outfits made entirely from the Centre in Maningrida. Photo credit Valentina Brave

Case Study

Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation – Bábbarra Women’s Centre

Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation (BAC) was established in 1974 to provide services and support to 32 homelands surrounding Maningrida in West Arnhem Land, covering a geographical area of 7,500 square kilometres and 13 distinct language groups.  Bawinanga’s mission is “to improve the lifestyle of people on homelands by caring for country, preserving language and culture, through the delivery of services to improve housing, health, education and roads”.  As well as delivering housing and municipal services to the homelands, Bawinanga also manages the Djelk Rangers, an extensive civil works program, mechanical workshops, a supermarket, Maningrida Arts and Culture and a range of other programs.

Originally established as a women’s refuge in Maningrida in 1983 by Ndjébbana woman Helen Williams and Helen Bond Sharp, Bábbarra Women’s Centre supports the cultures and meaningful livelihoods of women in Maningrida and homelands through three key principles: self-determination, meaningful engagement and the advancement of the interests of women. Approximately 25 Indigenous women from Maningrida and homelands work at the Centre, working across three enterprises – Bábbarra Designs, the Centre’s textile design studio whose fabrics are sold across Australia, the community laundry and the op shop. Bábbarra also provides practical support to women’s centres based on homelands within the West Arnhem region. 

TFFF Trustees approved a three-year commitment totalling $509,000 towards building the capacity of the Bábbarra Women’s Centre. This support will be directed towards the continued employment of the existing Bábbarra Women’s Centre Manager as well as the employment of a new Indigenous Assistant Manager. These roles will provide greater employment opportunities to women of Maningrida and homelands, support the empowerment of local women and Indigenous leadership of the Centre, and increase economic engagement with new markets.

Hear from founder Helen Williams and the women of Bábbarra Women’s Centre about the Centre’s establishment and its significance for the Indigenous women of Maningrida and homelands.

“I feel so happy to work here, it makes my life really happy. I am doing lino printing and screen printing, and it makes me so proud to tell stories like that. My daughter has started working here with me too, that makes me proud.” – Genevieve Smith, Bábbarra Women’s Centre

“I feel good waking up in the morning, knowing I am going to Bábbarra for the day. Sometime after work I go home and talk about my printing with all my family, and then I dream about it too. I am always thinking about my new designs. I feel so happy working everyday with my family and friends.” Lucy Yarawanga, Bábbarra Women’s Centre

“Us Bábbarra Women’s Centre mob, we are not afraid to speak up. We know we are stronger together.” Lennie Goya-Airra, Bábbarra Women’s Centre


Community Initiatives Supported in 2016 - 2017

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YWCA of Darwin

Extension to and Evaluation of the Women of Worth Program

Towards the extension of the Women of Worth Program in the Darwin Correctional Centre and an evaluation of the outcomes of the program. The Women of Worth program aims to reduce recidivism by providing incarcerated women with practical support to facilitate their successful transition back into families and communities.

 

Youth Service Providers

Youth Cre8 Kuranda

Supporting the employment of a youth worker to enable continued provision of a safe, supportive and engaging drop-in centre for young people in Kuranda.

 

Puuya Foundation

A sustainable foundation for a sustainable community

Towards the strategic development of the Puuya Foundation which is centred around building the capacity and vibrancy of the Lockhart River Aboriginal community.

 

Many Rivers Microfinance

Many Rivers Microfinance program

Continuing the expansion of the Many Rivers Microfinance program in Far North Queensland.

 

Many Rivers Microfinance

Many Rivers Microfinance program

Continuing the expansion of the Many Rivers Microfinance program in Far North Queensland.

 

Many Rivers Microfinance

Many Rivers Microfinance program

Continuing the expansion of the Many Rivers Microfinance program in Far North Queensland.

 

Many Rivers Microfinance

Many Rivers Microfinance program

Continuing the expansion of the Many Rivers Microfinance program in Far North Queensland.

 

Many Rivers Microfinance

Many Rivers Microfinance program

Continuing the expansion of the Many Rivers Microfinance program in Far North Queensland.

 

Many Rivers Microfinance

Many Rivers Microfinance program

Continuing the expansion of the Many Rivers Microfinance program in Far North Queensland.

 

Many Rivers Microfinance

Many Rivers Microfinance program

Continuing the expansion of the Many Rivers Microfinance program in Far North Queensland.

 

Many Rivers Microfinance

Many Rivers Microfinance program

Continuing the expansion of the Many Rivers Microfinance program in Far North Queensland.

 

Many Rivers Microfinance

Many Rivers Microfinance program

Continuing the expansion of the Many Rivers Microfinance program in Far North Queensland.

 

Many Rivers Microfinance

Many Rivers Microfinance program

Continuing the expansion of the Many Rivers Microfinance program in Far North Queensland.

 

Many Rivers Microfinance

Many Rivers Microfinance program

Continuing the expansion of the Many Rivers Microfinance program in Far North Queensland.

 

Many Rivers Microfinance

Many Rivers Microfinance program

Continuing the expansion of the Many Rivers Microfinance program in Far North Queensland.

 

Many Rivers Microfinance

Many Rivers Microfinance program

Continuing the expansion of the Many Rivers Microfinance program in Far North Queensland.

 

Many Rivers Microfinance

Many Rivers Microfinance program

Continuing the expansion of the Many Rivers Microfinance program in Far North Queensland.

 

Many Rivers Microfinance

Many Rivers Microfinance program

Continuing the expansion of the Many Rivers Microfinance program in Far North Queensland.

 

Many Rivers Microfinance

Many Rivers Microfinance program

Continuing the expansion of the Many Rivers Microfinance program in Far North Queensland.

 

Many Rivers Microfinance

Many Rivers Microfinance program

Continuing the expansion of the Many Rivers Microfinance program in Far North Queensland.

 

Many Rivers Microfinance

Many Rivers Microfinance program

Continuing the expansion of the Many Rivers Microfinance program in Far North Queensland.

 

Many Rivers Microfinance

Many Rivers Microfinance program

Continuing the expansion of the Many Rivers Microfinance program in Far North Queensland.

 

Many Rivers Microfinance

Many Rivers Microfinance program

Continuing the expansion of the Many Rivers Microfinance program in Far North Queensland.

 

Many Rivers Microfinance

Many Rivers Microfinance program

Continuing the expansion of the Many Rivers Microfinance program in Far North Queensland.

 

Many Rivers Microfinance

Many Rivers Microfinance program

Continuing the expansion of the Many Rivers Microfinance program in Far North Queensland.

 

Many Rivers Microfinance

Many Rivers Microfinance program

Continuing the expansion of the Many Rivers Microfinance program in Far North Queensland.

 

Human Ventures

Creative Tracks

A creative skills development program in Cherbourg, Woorabinda and Hope Vale, Queensland aimed at building stronger communities by empowering young people.

 

Human Ventures

Creative Tracks

A creative skills development program in Cherbourg, Woorabinda and Hope Vale, Queensland aimed at building stronger communities by empowering young people.

 

Human Ventures

Creative Tracks

A creative skills development program in Cherbourg, Woorabinda and Hope Vale, Queensland aimed at building stronger communities by empowering young people.

 

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Tackling Tough Times Together

A grant program to assist Queensland communities affected by drought to access resources and support for community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, but most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future.

 

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Tackling Tough Times Together

A grant program to assist Queensland communities affected by drought to access resources and support for community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, but most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future.

 

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Tackling Tough Times Together

A grant program to assist Queensland communities affected by drought to access resources and support for community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, but most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future.

 

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Tackling Tough Times Together

A grant program to assist Queensland communities affected by drought to access resources and support for community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, but most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future.

 

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Tackling Tough Times Together

A grant program to assist Queensland communities affected by drought to access resources and support for community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, but most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future.

 

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Tackling Tough Times Together

A grant program to assist Queensland communities affected by drought to access resources and support for community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, but most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future.

 

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Tackling Tough Times Together

A grant program to assist Queensland communities affected by drought to access resources and support for community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, but most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future.

 

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Tackling Tough Times Together

A grant program to assist Queensland communities affected by drought to access resources and support for community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, but most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future.

 

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Tackling Tough Times Together

A grant program to assist Queensland communities affected by drought to access resources and support for community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, but most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future.

 

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Tackling Tough Times Together

A grant program to assist Queensland communities affected by drought to access resources and support for community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, but most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future.

 

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Tackling Tough Times Together

A grant program to assist Queensland communities affected by drought to access resources and support for community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, but most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future.

 

Youth Insearch

Empowering Queensland Youth

Increasing access to the Youth Insearch program for young people through expansion into a greater number of locations in regional and remote Queensland.

 

Youth Insearch

Empowering Queensland Youth

Increasing access to the Youth Insearch program for young people through expansion into a greater number of locations in regional and remote Queensland.

 

Youth Insearch

Empowering Queensland Youth

Increasing access to the Youth Insearch program for young people through expansion into a greater number of locations in regional and remote Queensland.

 

Youth Insearch

Empowering Queensland Youth

Increasing access to the Youth Insearch program for young people through expansion into a greater number of locations in regional and remote Queensland.

 

Youth Insearch

Empowering Queensland Youth

Increasing access to the Youth Insearch program for young people through expansion into a greater number of locations in regional and remote Queensland.

 

Youth Insearch

Empowering Queensland Youth

Increasing access to the Youth Insearch program for young people through expansion into a greater number of locations in regional and remote Queensland.

 

Youth Insearch

Empowering Queensland Youth

Increasing access to the Youth Insearch program for young people through expansion into a greater number of locations in regional and remote Queensland.

 

Youth Insearch

Empowering Queensland Youth

Increasing access to the Youth Insearch program for young people through expansion into a greater number of locations in regional and remote Queensland.

 

Youth Insearch

Empowering Queensland Youth

Increasing access to the Youth Insearch program for young people through expansion into a greater number of locations in regional and remote Queensland.

 

Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation

Capacity Support for the Nintipulka Mitiyaku Media Strategy

Building the sustainability of the Media Team and enabling them to work more closely with Waltja’s communities through implementation of the Nintipulka Mitiyaku Media Strategy.

 

Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation

Capacity Support for the Nintipulka Mitiyaku Media Strategy

Building the sustainability of the Media Team and enabling them to work more closely with Waltja’s communities through implementation of the Nintipulka Mitiyaku Media Strategy.

 

Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation

Capacity Support for the Nintipulka Mitiyaku Media Strategy

Building the sustainability of the Media Team and enabling them to work more closely with Waltja’s communities through implementation of the Nintipulka Mitiyaku Media Strategy.

 

Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation

Capacity Support for the Nintipulka Mitiyaku Media Strategy

Building the sustainability of the Media Team and enabling them to work more closely with Waltja’s communities through implementation of the Nintipulka Mitiyaku Media Strategy.

 

Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation

Capacity Support for the Nintipulka Mitiyaku Media Strategy

Building the sustainability of the Media Team and enabling them to work more closely with Waltja’s communities through implementation of the Nintipulka Mitiyaku Media Strategy.

 

Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation

Capacity Support for the Nintipulka Mitiyaku Media Strategy

Building the sustainability of the Media Team and enabling them to work more closely with Waltja’s communities through implementation of the Nintipulka Mitiyaku Media Strategy.

 

Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation

Capacity Support for the Nintipulka Mitiyaku Media Strategy

Building the sustainability of the Media Team and enabling them to work more closely with Waltja’s communities through implementation of the Nintipulka Mitiyaku Media Strategy.

 

Of One Mind

WOW Commonwealth 2018 – The Regional Voice Project

Supporting women in regional Queensland and the Northern Territory via regional events to enable their participation in WOW Commonwealth, the arts and cultural program for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

 

Of One Mind

WOW Commonwealth 2018 – The Regional Voice Project

Supporting women in regional Queensland and the Northern Territory via regional events to enable their participation in WOW Commonwealth, the arts and cultural program for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

 

Of One Mind

WOW Commonwealth 2018 – The Regional Voice Project

Supporting women in regional Queensland and the Northern Territory via regional events to enable their participation in WOW Commonwealth, the arts and cultural program for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

 

Of One Mind

WOW Commonwealth 2018 – The Regional Voice Project

Supporting women in regional Queensland and the Northern Territory via regional events to enable their participation in WOW Commonwealth, the arts and cultural program for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

 

Of One Mind

WOW Commonwealth 2018 – The Regional Voice Project

Supporting women in regional Queensland and the Northern Territory via regional events to enable their participation in WOW Commonwealth, the arts and cultural program for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

 

Of One Mind

WOW Commonwealth 2018 – The Regional Voice Project

Supporting women in regional Queensland and the Northern Territory via regional events to enable their participation in WOW Commonwealth, the arts and cultural program for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

 

Outback Futures

Capacity Support for Creating Stronger Outback Futures

Supporting Outback Futures build their operational capacity, contributing to their strategic and sustainable development.

 

Outback Futures

Capacity Support for Creating Stronger Outback Futures

Supporting Outback Futures build their operational capacity, contributing to their strategic and sustainable development.

 

Outback Futures

Capacity Support for Creating Stronger Outback Futures

Supporting Outback Futures build their operational capacity, contributing to their strategic and sustainable development.

 

Outback Futures

Capacity Support for Creating Stronger Outback Futures

Supporting Outback Futures build their operational capacity, contributing to their strategic and sustainable development.

 

Outback Futures

Capacity Support for Creating Stronger Outback Futures

Supporting Outback Futures build their operational capacity, contributing to their strategic and sustainable development.

 

Outback Futures

Capacity Support for Creating Stronger Outback Futures

Supporting Outback Futures build their operational capacity, contributing to their strategic and sustainable development.

 

Outback Futures

Capacity Support for Creating Stronger Outback Futures

Supporting Outback Futures build their operational capacity, contributing to their strategic and sustainable development.

 

Desart

Art Worker Program

Supporting isolated and marginalised art centres in the Northern Territory by providing professional development and mentoring opportunities, growing the number of skilled Indigenous Art Workers.

 

Desart

Art Worker Program

Supporting isolated and marginalised art centres in the Northern Territory by providing professional development and mentoring opportunities, growing the number of skilled Indigenous Art Workers.

 

Desart

Art Worker Program

Supporting isolated and marginalised art centres in the Northern Territory by providing professional development and mentoring opportunities, growing the number of skilled Indigenous Art Workers.

 

Desart

Art Worker Program

Supporting isolated and marginalised art centres in the Northern Territory by providing professional development and mentoring opportunities, growing the number of skilled Indigenous Art Workers.

 

Desart

Art Worker Program

Supporting isolated and marginalised art centres in the Northern Territory by providing professional development and mentoring opportunities, growing the number of skilled Indigenous Art Workers.

 

Desart

Art Worker Program

Supporting isolated and marginalised art centres in the Northern Territory by providing professional development and mentoring opportunities, growing the number of skilled Indigenous Art Workers.

 

Desart

Art Worker Program

Supporting isolated and marginalised art centres in the Northern Territory by providing professional development and mentoring opportunities, growing the number of skilled Indigenous Art Workers.

 

Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation

Capacity Support for the Bábbarra Women’s Centre

Towards the employment of key management staff to support the long-term growth and sustainability of Bábbarra Women’s Centre. In this financial year Bábbarra Women’s Centre worked with women from the Bolkdjam, Bulukaduru and Ji-Marda homelands.

 

 

Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation  Capacity Support for the Bábbarra Women’s Centre
$166,000 ($509,000 over 3 years)

Towards the employment of key management staff to support the long-term growth and sustainability of Bábbarra Women’s Centre.

Desart  Art Worker Program
$80,000 ($762,000 over 5 years)

Supporting isolated and marginalised art centres in the Northern Territory by providing professional development and mentoring opportunities, growing the number of skilled Indigenous Art Workers.

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal  Tackling Tough Times Together
$515,000 ($845,000 over 2 years)

A grant program to assist Queensland communities affected by drought to access resources and support for community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, but most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future.

Human Ventures  Creative Tracks
$150,000 ($450,000 over 3 years)

A creative skills development program in Cherbourg, Woorabinda and Hope Vale, Queensland aimed at building stronger communities by empowering young people.

Many Rivers Microfinance  Many Rivers Microfinance program
$268,000 ($750,000 over 3 years)

Continuing the expansion of the Many Rivers Microfinance program in Far North Queensland.

Outback Futures  Capacity Support for core operations
$100,000

Supporting Outback Futures build their operational capacity, contributing to their strategic and sustainable development.

Of One Mind  WOW Commonwealth 2018 – The Regional Voice Project
$30,000 ($155,000 over 3 years)

Supporting women in regional Queensland and the Northern Territory via regional events to enable their participation in WOW Commonwealth, the arts and cultural program for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Puuya Foundation  A sustainable foundation for a sustainable community
$250,000 ($1,320,000 over 6 years)

Towards the strategic development of the Puuya Foundation which is centred around building the capacity and vibrancy of the Lockhart River Aboriginal community.

Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation  Capacity Support for the Nintipulka Mitiyaku Media Strategy
$36,000 ($738,000 over 5 years)

Building the sustainability of the Media Team and enabling them to work more closely with Waltja’s communities through implementation of the Nintipulka Mitiyaku Media Strategy.

Youth Insearch  Empowering Queensland Youth
$120,000 ($360,000 over 3 years)

Increasing access to the Youth Insearch program for young people through expansion into a greater number of locations in regional and remote Queensland.

Youth Service Providers  Youth Cre8 Kuranda
$72,000 ($167,000 over 2 years)

Supporting the employment of a youth worker to enable continued provision of a safe, supportive and engaging drop-in centre for young people in Kuranda.

YWCA of Darwin  Extension to and Evaluation of the Women of Worth Program
$65,000 ($965,000 over 2 ½ years)

Towards the extension of the Women of Worth Program in the Darwin Correctional Centre and an evaluation of the outcomes of the program. The Women of Worth program aims to reduce recidivism by providing incarcerated women with practical support to facilitate their successful transition back into families and communities.