Our happiest event of the year! 

Grants totalling $174,500 awarded to 19 fabulous local organisations.

Michael Salter, Border Trust’s Chair  “Announcing our successful recipients is, without a doubt, the highlight of our year.  We are 100% local – our donors & recipients all live and work in our region and choose to give back to their community through Border Trust.  The Big Give is the culmination of the hard work and contributions from many: a wonderful example of what can collectively be achieved”.

Areas of local need that benefited from this year’s allocation include mental health and wellbeing, disadvantage, youth leadership, prevention of violence against women initiatives and sustainability.

As an added surprise element to this year’s event, dessert was prepared and served by members of the multicultural community through the Kitchen in the Hood: a community grant in action.

Our sincere thanks to the wonderful team at Atura Albury for hosting our event & to Justin Dallinger from Foto Supplies for capturing the night.

Check out our grant pages to see where the grants went and the 2019 Big Give Program June

Wow!  What a night.

The Big Give is without doubt our biggest celebration of the year & May 2018 was no exception.  The community spirit was alive and well as donors, recipients, sponsors and friends all gathered to celebrate the distribution of 26 grants totalling $199,685.

We are so grateful to our event hosts, Atura Albury for providing a magnificent venue & service.  Check out our grant pages for a closer look at the grants awarded and for loads more photos.  Border Trust 2018 Big Give Program

The 2017 Big Give was the biggest ever, with 30 grants in excess of $290,000 announced. We thank the generosity of our hosts, the

Atura Albury, who did a wonderful job welcoming our 130 guests. As donors, grant recipients, friends or granting partners, our guests all know the joy and benefits that come from local giving which they celebrated on the night.  Border Trust Big Give Program

We hope you enjoy some of the happy snaps and recognise some of the community organisations who were awarded a grant.

Head to our grant pages for a closer look at the contributions our donors and granting partners have made and the community organisations who have benefited.

More Big GIVE photos by Justin Dallinger here

Glenys Atkins – EO Border Trust, Michael Nuck – AW Health, Grace Churches – Border Trust Board Director

With thanks to our event host


Border Trust 2017 Community Grant Recipients

2015 Annual Award Ceremony – the Big GIVE

Border Trust with its Grant Partners awarded Grants totalling $102,529 at the 2015 Big GIVE event.

Border Trust’s annual Showcase and Grant Presentation Ceremony,  “the Big GIVE” was held Tuesday 8 December at Atura Albury.  “The big GIVE” is all about how local giving makes a lasting impact.

We RECOGNISED our donors and supporters, ENGAGED with past recipients who shared stories of the projects that were funded last year, AWARDED the 2015 Grant Recipients and CELEBRATED the years achievements.

David Marshall, CEO, Hume Bank

Special thanks to Border Trust Foundation Builders – ATURA Albury who generously sponsored this event.



2015 Border Trust Community Grant Recipients
Inaugural Albury Northside Chamber of Commerce Young Business Leaders Grant
Inaugural Refuge of Hope – Scanlon Foundation Grant Recipient

2015 BT Grant Recipient Group

2015 GrantPartnerslogo CPPW

Small Grants.  Big Impacts. Border Trust’s Annual Showcase & Grant Presentation 2014

LOCAL GIVING took centre stage at the big GIVE, our annual Showcase & Grant presentation ceremony held on 20 November. Over fifty guests joined the Border Trust Board to celebrate our wonderful Donors, share the achievements of our previous years grant recipients and award Grants from the 2014 Border Trust Community Grant Program and the Albury Wodonga YWCA “Young Women Leading Change” Grant Program.

IMG_4669Before the 2014 grant recipients were announced, we heard from three projects that were funded last year:
Albury Wodonga Regional Foodshare,  Youth Albury Wodonga and  YES Youth and Family Services.  They spoke of what their projects had achieved and we heard wonderful, heart warming stories and how these projects had benefited their communities.

We congratulate the six organisations who were announced as the successful recipients for 2014.

Border Trust 2014 Grant Recipients here.
YWCA Albury Wodonga “Young Women Leading Change” Grant Recipients here.

Media: Border Mail 21 November 2014

the Big GIVE –  2013 Showcase & Grant Award Celebration

Community philanthropy took centre stage on 21 November 2013, at the Big Give, Border Trust’s annual Showcase & Grant Presentation Ceremony.

Before the successful grants were announced, the achievements of four recipients from 2012 were highlighted with presentations from:

  • The Murray Conservatorium – Drumbeat Program
  • Uniting Care Wodonga – Social Inclusion Cooking Group Program
  • YES Youth & Family Services – Strong Young Women, Strong Rural Communities Program
  • Gateway Community Health – Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Swimming Program.

These four projects, as diverse as they are, all have a connection in that they made big things happen with a small grant by providing opportunities for locals to become connected and involved. Being in a position to provide grants is very rewarding, and hearing the stories of how these projects turned out and what it has meant to the lives of participants is what Border Trust is all about. These stories speak volumes about the benefits of local giving.”    Glenys Atkins, EO Border Trust.

2103 Grant Recipients pictured with Border Trust Chair: Gerard Van Emmerik, Border Trust Grant Committee Member: Joanne Diver & YWCA Albury Wodonga Representative: Helen McGowan.

2103 Grant Recipients pictured with Border Trust Chair: Gerard Van Emmerik, Border Trust Grant Committee Member: Joanne Diver & YWCA Albury Wodonga Representative: Helen McGowan.

Recipients Peter Matthews - Albury Wodonga Regional Foodshare, Dianna Elliot - Youth Albury Wodonga with Border Trust Foundation Builders - Lester & Son

Recipients Peter Matthews – Albury Wodonga Regional Foodshare, Dianna Elliot – Youth Albury Wodonga with Border Trust Foundation Builders – Lester & Son











2012 the Big GIVE Showcase 

Grant Recipients 2012

Grant Recipients 2012. Showcase held at The Cube Wodonga

Held on Thursday 29th November 2012, at The Cube, Wodonga, the big GIVE was all about what a huge difference a small grant can make to a community project and how we can all work together to grow the pool of money for this purpose.

2012 Grants were awarded and several recipients from the 2011 projects were able to tell their story.

Mr Andrew Lawson, CEO of the Geelong Community Foundation, was guest speaker who spoke of the growing Community Foundation movement and how the prospect of giving locally appeals to businesses and individuals alike.

The Border Trust 2012 Grant Program generously sponsored by:

  • The Back To Reality Foundation
  • YWCA Albury Wodonga
  • Adriot Insurance Group


showcase picHeld on 26 November, The Border Trust held its annual SHOWCASE celebrating the achievements of our past grant recipients, and showcasing projects awarded grants in 2011.

The recipients of the 2011 Border Trust Community Grants, Back to Reality Foundation Grants and the Albury Wodonga YWCA “Young Women Leading Change” Grants were announced.

Projects showcased had been awarded grants in 2010. They included:

  • “Young Mums Bubbalicious Program” from the Greater Hume Shire Council
  • “Girls on the Go Project” from YES Youth & Community Services
  • “Eat Well Do Well Project” from Albury Wodonga Community College, &
  • “All Abilities Gala Showcase” from Music Ability Inc.

Media Article BT Showcase2011


On Wednesday 1 December 2010 Border Trust members and supporters gathered to celebrate the achievements of the past five years with with the inaugural Border Trust Show Case, featuring projects that have been funded through Border Trust activities.

Recipient 2011 MusicAbilities Wild Choir

MusicAbilities Wild Choir performed for the Five Year Anniversary Celebration

2010 marked the fifth anniversary of Border Trust and the significant achievement of the distribution of over $200,000 to border communities through a range of grants programs and partnerships

Border Trust has received valued philanthropic support from individuals, businesses and Local Government in support of its’ Community Grants programs.

Those attending were treated to an overview of five projects previously funded through Border Trust Community Small Grants programs. Grant recipients from Belvoir Special School, Corryong Neighbourhood House, Yackandandah Cemetery Trust, Vision Australia and MusicAbility Incorporated shared stories of the benefits that the funding has brought to their communitie