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Applications for 2023 project funding now open

Charities providing services for families in the Catholic Diocese of Sale are invited to apply to Catholic charity Trinity Families for 2023 project funding.

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 $1.8 million.

For over 20 years more than 100 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.

Applications must be from registered charities with deductible gift recipient status.  

Charities wishing to apply for funding are encouraged to download the fillable application form and send it back.  Deadline for submissions is 30th September 2023.

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Launch Statement for Trinity Families 2023 Appeal from Bishop Greg Bennet

May 2023
I am delighted to launch the Diocese of Sale Trinity Families 2023 May Appeal.   Trinity Families is the charitable arm of the Catholic Diocese of Sale and provides funding through grants to other charities working to provide services and programs for families within the boundaries of the Diocese.   Since its inception (originally named Bishop’s Family Foundation), Trinity Families has provided over $2,000,000 in grants.   For the past two years this Annual Appeal has been on hold due to the impact of COVID but Trinity Families, through sound management, has still been able to provide grants in 2020 and 2021.

Your donation to the Trinity Families 2023 Appeal will assist with the ongoing support given by Trinity Families throughout the Diocese of Sale.  I encourage you to give generously and pray for those who are providing the programs and services.

All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

Greg Bennet

+Bishop of Sale

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.


$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.



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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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