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AIGM Events & Training

The Australian Institute of Grants Management has been facilitating grantmaking networking, events and training for more than a decade.

The AIGM's offerings are grounded in practicality, affordability, approachability and applicability.

All training is delivered by experienced, engaging and knowledgeable practitioners, and has been road-tested in the field to guarantee its relevance at the coalface.

Grantmaking in Australia Conference

Our annual conference is held in Melbourne in March.

This is Australia's only cross-sector gathering of grantmakers, bringing together local government grantmakers with philanthropists, state and federal government grants administrators and corporate grantmakers. If you're involved in giving out a grant, this event is for you.

The conference is designed to deliver to everyday grantmakers some of the latest and best thinking in this field, from Australian and abroad.

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Next Practice Grantmaking Training

We deliver a range of scheduled and tailored training courses to grantmakers of all sizes and types.

See our list of workshops, dates and opportunities listed below. Please feel free to register your interest in future dates or ideas for any future training opportunities you may have here: Training Opportunities

Grant evaluation: Painful to plain sailing in 7 simple steps

We know that robust evaluations make for stronger grant programs, and that stronger grant programs generally lead to better outcomes and impacts.

But how do you get started?

This practical, one-day workshop will teach you how to build a responsive evaluation process for your grants program.

You will work with other like-minded grants managers and be guided by evaluation experts who will extend your understanding of the ins and outs of viable, workable programs.

Workshop participants will walk away with:

We anticipate that many participants will reflect and work on a "live" program during this workshop, though this is not a pre-requisite for participation.

Duration: 1 day (9am to 4pm)
Facilitators: Kate Caldecott and Dr John Prince
Date: October 20, 2015
Location: Cliftons Sydney, Level 13, 60 Margaret Street, Sydney
Cost: $495 (including GST as well as lunch and refreshments)


Tailored Training: Contact us to discuss | Inform me of any new dates

Contact us if you'd like to suggest another topic or talk more about our training.
email: service@grantsmanagement.com.au or phone: (03) 9320 6888 or register your interest online

SmartyGrants Training

SmartyGrants is the Australian Institute of Grants Management's cloud software solution, developed to meet the specific needs of Australian and New Zealand grantmakers, both big and small. More than 300 organisations are already using SmartyGrants to revolutionise their grantmaking.

We provide a range of training options for SmartyGrants users. To find out more, visit the training section of the SmartyGrants website.

Training for Grantseekers

The Australian Institute of Grants Management is a division of Our Community, which has been providing training and services for grantseekers for more than 15 years.

We provide scheduled grantseeking, fundraising and governance training across the country.

We can also provide tailored grantseeking, fundraising and governance training for your grantseekers - we come to you.

Contact us to find out more:
email: service@ourcommunity.com.au or phone: (03) 9320 6800

Our Grantmaking Training Team

Jodie Shanks

Jodie heads up the AIGM's service and training team, where she focuses on continual improvement of our interactions with clients and colleagues. Previously, Jodie worked in a variety of different roles from marketing and communications to membership to bank analyst to tour guide. Most recently, Jodie was immersed in the grantmaking world whilst working within the Research and Planning area at beyondblue. Jodie has a Diploma in Business Management, train-the-trainer qualifications and is currently completing a Bachelor of Business (Information Systems).

Gina Cirillo

Gina Cirillo

Gina is Our Community's principal SmartyGrants trainer, a role that takes her across Australia and New Zealand helping grantmakers make the most out of our online grants management system. Gina's varied work history includes stints as a Melbourne Zoo guide, a call centre operator, a GIS mapper, reconciliation manager, human resources coordinator and occupational health and safety trainer.

Patrick Moriarty

Patrick Moriarty

In his position as director of training and development at Our Community, Patrick has led the development of the organisation’s training arm and the establishment of the Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA). He has particular expertise in the travails of local government and the challenges of local government grantmaking.

Barry Smith

Barry Smith

Barry is a director of the Australian Institute of Grants Management, a consultant and a former senior public servant. He has more than 30 years of experience in government grantmaking, social policy research, policy and program development and management. Barry has undertaken many grant program reviews and evaluations for all levels of government and the community sector.
Fiona Dempster

Fiona Dempster

A director of the Australian Institute of Grants Management, Fiona is a grantmaking and social inclusion consultant and a former ministerial advisor with more than 10 years of experience in program management and delivery. Fiona has undertaken grant program reviews and evaluations for all levels of government and the community sector.

Kate Caldecott

Kate Caldecott

A self proclaimed “grants geek’, Kate is passionate about grants and the good they can do. A former executive director of the Australian Institute of Grants Management, Kate was also a founding member of the SmartyGrants leadership team. She has worked in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, giving her a unique combination of technical know-how, hands on managerial experience and practical understanding of grants program development. Her focus is on streamlining and reforming the grantmaking process.

John Prince

Dr John Prince

With more than 20 years working in the community, academia and business, John has extensive experience in the practical application of qualitative and quantitative research methods. He is the Director of Evaluation at Social Compass.   


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