Pitch for funding to explore your idea or to take your organisation to the next level
Are you a Christian woman leading a gospel-shaped initiative? Or do you have an idea for a new one? We want to hear about it!
Pitch for funding for your social enterprise, ministry, community organisation, business or more. A total of $60,000 will be awarded on the day, as well as invitations to join our year-long incubator and mentoring program.
Applications will open Friday 14 June and close Saturday 6 July.
The Annual Funding Event will take place on Wednesday 4 September.
Our incubator is a community for Christian women leading for-profits, charities or community initiatives seeking to do gospel-shaped work.
Involvement in the community begins with a year-long program that provides inspiration and provocations for the leaders, forming them to lead their organisations and grow their ventures. The program provides opportunities for reflection and goal-setting, models for organisational design and growth, and spurs for devotion. The community values the pursuit of God-given purpose, collaboration, sharing, critical questioning, and wholehearted leadership.
The year is organised into four thematic modules, the centerpiece of each is a retreat. Each retreat offers opportunities for devotion, provocation and inspiration, and the pre- and post-retreat assignments develop the theme further and extend the application to the venture.
Each participant has a mentor called forth to support them through the first year in the community. This is an individual matched for their experience and knowledge relevant to the participant’s industry, growth stage, personal or professional needs. The role of the mentor is to listen to the participant, reflecting back to help them understand themselves and their venture with greater depth and clarity. The mentors will also share their own experiences and frameworks. In some cases, the mentors will form part of the participants’ ongoing network.
During the first year, participants will also be supported by a chaplain who will provide spurs to devotion and theological understanding to assist in the formation of the participants as they pursue the growth of their ventures.
Entry is by invitation and principally occurs via the ADM Annual Funding Event.
Bernadette is a C3 Tasmania pastor and Founder and CEO of Brave Foundation for expecting and parenting teens. Born in 1976 in Melbourne, Bernadette completed 7-10 at Loyola College and fell pregnant at 16 years old. After giving birth to a son, Damien in 1993, she continued VCE studies and graduated in 1995. She completed a Bachelor of Nursing and then a Graduate Diploma of Peri-Operative Nursing. She has also studied business and served in local government. She married Steven Black and gave birth to two more children, Baeleigh and Flynn. Her story, ‘Brave Little Bear’, based on her experiences as a teenage mother, was published in 2006. She founded Brave Foundation 2009. Read our story on Bernie.
Brave Foundation is an Australian charity that builds up the village of support and acceptance around expecting and parenting teens. It equips expecting and parenting teens with resources, referral and education opportunities to facilitate happy, healthy and skilled families. It works with up to 9,000 expecting and parenting teens through a directory of services, which refers to 500 organisations nationally, and in 2018-19 is working with 350 expecting and parenting teens through an intensive pathway plan strategy. In the intensive pathway, the expecting or parenting teen meets monthly with a mentor from pregnancy through the child’s first year. Milestones through this program include establishing three goals or aspirations, connection to education opportunities, perinatal/maternal/child health care and life skills like packing a nappy bag and socialisation. Pursuing a place-based strategy, Brave Foundation uses community collaboration and capacity building to act as a navigator, connecting and strengthening partnerships in communities with the expecting or parenting teen. Bernadette was approached by the Federal Government in 2017 to write Australia’s first strategy for expecting and parenting teens. Brave Foundation has now been awarded $4.4M to implement this social and economic strategy nationally.
Bernadette has been honoured with awards such as Barnardos Australian Mother of the Year in 2009, Telstra Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year in 2016 and Australian of the Year for Tasmania in 2019. Bernadette has been funded by ADM to pursue professional development through an intensive leadership program at the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge MA. She says, ‘I would like to see my voice and experience from Brave further support human centered policy design in the public square, enabling those experiencing heightened vulnerability in Australia (and beyond) to live purposeful, healthy and skilled lives’.
Rachel is the Founder and CEO of Dinner on the Table, a social enterprise dinner delivery service that also gifts meals to families with caring responsibilities. Rachel is a recovering academic. She obtained her PhD on women with intellectual disabilities and their families. She has published extensively in disability and family research journals on the experiences of families living with disability. In 2014 a passion for good food, good cooking, and meaningful support for people with disabilities got a little out of hand, and Dinner on the Table was born. It was the culmination of following her passion to not only help others, but to make a tangible difference to those made vulnerable by disability in their daily lives. Research suggests that women, whether they are living with disability or not, spend significant time preparing meals for their families. For many women, the pressures of day-to-day life, including those pressures made more acute by disability, mean that time for meal preparation is lost to other activities. Dinner on the Table provides support for this daily, but important task. She is married and the mum of three sensational junior recipe testers.
Dinner on the Table aims to challenge the way our society supports individuals with disability and those to whom they are close, usually their families. It is a social enterprise which has become the perfect solution for busy Sydney families providing ready-to-go, home cooked meals made with high quality produce, packed with nutrition, and delivered straight to the door. Each week, the kitchen team cooks delicious, nutritious dinners. Sourcing vegetables from a local farm in Wilberforce, and meat from artisan butcheries, the kitchen makes their own stocks and curry pastes.
It uses the power of the marketplace to fund the social mission. Profit from the sale of dinners is used to provide no cost meals to families living with disability. Current models of service focus on support of the individual with disability. Yet none of us are islands. Research suggests that crisis- driven family breakdown in families living with disability is often precipitated by concern regarding the unmet needs of those in a household who do not have a disability. Providing dinner meets a daily need of all householders, giving much needed time and energy back to the person responsible for meal preparation. For generations, Christian communities have recognized the power of the delivered meal to support family wellbeing. This is often supplied short term, during times of trauma or ill health. Dinner on the Table formalizes this process of caring through quality, nutritious meals, by operating to generate an income stream to support some of our communities most vulnerable over the long term.
Creating a single service to be used identically by all of our customers (paying and gifted) is a matter of dignity. Offering gifted meals to those most vulnerable is a matter of mercy and justice.
Jen is an Australian Christian artist based in London. She came to faith in her early 20s through influences in her family, the youth group at St Clement’s Church Mosman, and conversations with John Dickson. After training and working in social work, she moved to the UK. She studied at the London School of Theology and Kings College London. She married David Logan and they have two children, a daughter Aoife (pronounced ‘eefa’) and a son, Tate. Together they live semi-commune-ally with a small church in North-West London. Read our Q&A with Jen.
Fer ('that which carries' in Latin) is a female-led initative to produce creative, theologically inspired projects that communicate explicitly or implicitly the Christian narrative and worldview through art and apply it deeply to the whole of life today. Fer is a collaborative project following the tradition of art used as a theological medium; as an instinctive mode for communicating the faith, that is – Christianity through art; and exploring Christian narrative, philosophy and its lived experience as a type of art, that is – Christianity as art. Fer is interested in art outside of the Gallery; in the aesthetics of people and our bodies; of our relationships and choices, and of the built spaces that accommodate us. Fer is trying to ground works in the lived experience of Christ-discipleship and to respond to the world today.
Fer is trying to convey the message of Christianity primarily for millennials, in more creative, indirect ways that reach deeper than the head-level. Informed by the doctrine of incarnation, Fer’s works are all theological concepts expressed through artistic forms not just using artistic forms as accompaniments to word-based communication. For example, garments that speak theologically not just theology about garments. The forms vary from project to project and so far include video art, performance art, fashion design, architecture, jewellery design and music - all accompanied by some written word.
Fer’s biggest project is Aesthetic Fast, which is designed to provide a way to broaden the range of people who are mobilised and 'conscientized' towards social justice work, particularly human trafficking.
Jen has been funded by ADM to continue her work with Fer. As she says, ‘the award will go towards funding my time as director and conceptual and visual lead for Fer, allowing me to make Fer my primary vocational task in 2019: to work on the projects uninterrupted and to build this creative community.’ The award will also be used to cover production costs (including paying freelance contributors) and towards some key equipment we need.
Anna is an actor and writer, based in Melbourne. As an actor, she has performed for Australian television, film and theatre. She has been the recipient of the Inside Film ‘Out of the Box’ Award (2011), the Heath Ledger Scholarship (2012), and Matilda Award for Best Emerging Actor (2012). As a writer, she has focused on fictional drama for stage and screen, plus narrative non-fiction. She received the Queensland Young Playwright’s Award in 2008 and 2009, was short-listed for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award in 2010, and The Saturday Paper’s national essay award ‘The Horne Prize’ in 2016.
She co-wrote the independent theatre piece ‘The People of the Sun’ with Joel McKerrow, which toured Melbourne and Sydney in 2016 and 2017, in partnership with SPARC and The Justice Conference. She also writes regularly on her blog ‘A Forbidden Room’ about creativity, femininity and Christian spirituality. Her first book, Metanoia, a memoir of her conversion, will be published by Acorn Press in 2019.
Since becoming a Christian in 2012, Anna felt called to move into part-time ministry alongside her artistry. In 2015 she founded the creative ministry network ‘The Fireplace’, and has since commenced study of post-graduate theology. Read more from Anna.
The Fireplace is a space (online, and in-person corporate meetings) for creative people of faith to unashamedly fall at the feet of Jesus, encouraging one another in missional artistic practice, and love of God. The heart of The Fireplace is community. It is a group of artists that connect with one another online, and then regularly in person, in cities all over Australia, to encourage one another in what is often a difficult faith walk. By sharing trials, breakthroughs, revelations and opportunities to share Jesus in the arts industries, members of the Fireplace are modelling to one another that it can be done - that neither artistic practice nor love of God needs to be compromised to live both wholeheartedly. The purpose of The Fireplace is to validate, intercede for, and ultimately sharpen the Christian artist.
Now in its fourth year, The Fireplace has recently reached approximately 1,200 online members, and the Melbourne gatherings are averaging 40 people each month, with smaller gatherings in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and sometimes Los Angeles (with Australian expats). Previously, the group was intimate enough to be held in people's homes, and people shared vulnerably in the online space - now the parameters have shifted, and The Fireplace now wants to meet the new needs and foster community on a national scale. The funding from ADM will be used to create a professional website, and expert resources to encourage artists and their churches. In addition, The Fireplace will host interstate activations, to encourage local worship and fellowship, and to empower and mobilise core leaders and gatherings in other cities around Australia. Finally, we would love to hold a theological intensive/retreat, to provide a space for developing relationships and creative practice, whilst receiving theological formation in embodied mission.