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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 2018

AIGM conference 2017

Melbourne's RACV Club

Thursday-Friday, August 23-24, 2018: Save the date now

This conference is the first step to creating better outcomes for your grants programs. People who've already been through the change process (and emerged intact) will show you the questions you can ask of your data, while SmartyGrant's creators will tell you how to set things up so you get the answers you need, when you need them.

The conference on Thursday-Friday, August 23-24, 2018,  is designed for SmartyGrants users who are involved in delivering a local, state or federal government grants program, or a philanthropic/corporate/community grants program. (Prospective SmartyGrants users and non-users may also derive some value from the conference, which will reach well beyond the walls of technical usage and move into the world of good practice grantmaking.)

And our "tribal gathering" sessions are targeted specifically to local, state and federal government grantmakers (whether SmartyGrants users or not).

Get a 10% conference discount, join the AIGM now

Grantmaker Muster

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 series 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 next Muster, to be staged in Wellington, New Zealand on Wednesday 7 March, will focus on:

  • Future Gazing: What does the future hold for Grantmaking?
  • The Big Picture: What SmartyGrants data is telling us about grantmaking in New Zealand
  • SmartyGrants Tips and Tricks
  • Come prepared to share and steal....

Muster Details:

When: Wednesday, March 7, 2.30pm (to finish at 5.30pm).

Venue: Foxglove Queens Wharf (Foxtail), 33 QueensWarf /57 Customhouse Quay Wellington.

Who: New Zealand grantmakers (any organisation, any size budget, any level of experience)

Cost: This event is FREE for grantmakers (drinks and nibbles included)


Not in Wellington? We're looking at programming future Grantmaker Musters in other areas - Stay tuned!

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: 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.

Beatrix Neville

Beatrix Neville

Beatrix Neville is the newest member of our support and training team at SmartyGrants, a role taking take her across Australia and New Zealand to helping grantmakers make the most of our system. Beatrix has qualifications in international development and ecological management, prior to joining us she put her skills to good use as a project officer with social enterprise Pollinate Energy, which supplies solar powered products while creating jobs in the slums of India.


2018 Conference: Power Up Your Grantmaking!

Power Up Your Grantmaking!
Using SmartyGrants (and your own smarts) to create better outcomes

  • "I had three people attend your recent grantmaking conference in Melbourne and they all came back with glowing reports and said they got a lot out of it. It is nice to see the sessions you set up a hitting the mark."
    "The conference was exceptionally well run, the feel was genuine and dynamic.  The venue was exceptional."
  • "I have found this conference very inspiring. I want to thank you for an amazing learning experience, where I gained heaps of tools I will now apply in my grantmaking process."
    "Energy great and sends us all off with ideas and positive hope of achievement."
  • "Probably the best conference in any sector I've been to ever. Professional, practical, interactive, good venue and well catered."
    "Thoroughly enjoyed the conference. Thank you. Very informative and enjoyable. Lots of relevant information, inspiration and ideas. Good venue also."
  • "Fantastic, this conference has provided a 'light bulb' of so many ideas."
    "Great conference - really enjoyed it. Well thought out, diverse guest speakers."
  • "A very good conference, a lot of energy, passion and great ideas.  Very well organised, great food."
    "What was the most enjoyable was the speakers not being politically correct, polite or subtle. The humour and challenges were refreshing."
Tailored training for your grantseekers

Do your grantseekers need some help? Let us design a package of training for you. We come to you!

SmartyGrants Training

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