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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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Grantmaker Musters

Are you a Grantmaker?

Do you believe you can improve your grantmaking?

Could you learn, network and share your ideas and thoughts with other grantmakers?

If your answer is "Yes", you need to get yourself along to a grantmaker muster!

The AIGM's Grantmaker Muster is designed to bring together grantmakers managing programs of all sizes and types for an informal after-work networking and idea-sharing event. This is a great opportunity to learn about what's hot and happening in the grants world, share in a 'brag and steal' session, and meet your colleagues ... all while enjoying a drink and nibbles.

Our first muster, to be held at SmartyGrants HQ in West Melbourne, will focus on the 10 things grantmakers must NEVER, EVER do.

When: Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 5.00pm (to finish at 6.30pm)

Venue: Our Community HQ - 51 Stanley Street, West Melbourne

Cost: Free for AIGM Members. $30 for Non-AIGM Members.


Not in Victoria? Please be patient - we hope to bring our Grantmaker Musters to other parts of Australia over the next 12 months.

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

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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