AIGM home  |  Our Community  |  About Us  | 
AIGM logo Australian Institute of Grants Management An enterprise

Forum    Login   Join

Grantmaker Musters: Building a better grantmaking community

Calling all grantmakers. It's time to meet your tribe.

Whether you're a grants officer, community liaison officer, manager, administrator, project officer or anyone with a role in a funding program, you're on the frontlines of giving in your organisation.

As a grant changemaker and influencer, it's crucial you know about best practice, and that's where we can help.

Sure, we'd love you to hear about the latest in SmartyGrants - including how we're using data, grants classification tools and maps to superpower your program. But more importantly we know from experience, you'll learn as much, and more, by talking to each other. Ask anyone who comes to our annual conference.

The next best thing to that gathering, is the Australian Institute of Grants Management (AIGM) Grantmaker Musters, designed to bring together grantmakers administering programs of all sizes and types for an informal networking and ideas-sharing event.

Why? Well as renowned philosopher and psychologist Rollo May attests: "Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing"

How often can you get away from the office to gather with other grantmakers, to chew the fat about what's new and what you love, as well as what really "gets on your goat"?

How we'll start the conversation:

Every session will include one of our expert SmartyGrants trainers in the room, as well as one of our thought leaders when it comes to best-practice grants.

The session will tell you:

  • What the data tells us about grantmaking, to give you the big picture
  • Classification NZ through taxonomy CLASSIE and what's in it for you

What you should "bring"

While you'll be pleased to hear we're catering for this event, this is still what we've described as a "pot luck" event. But instead of bringing a plate, we're asking that you bring with you a bowl of burdens, a salad of successes and take away some sweet treats for later.

For example:

  • Tell us about acquittals. We spend so much time chasing them, then what? What questions do you ask that make acquittals useful for outcomes, evaluation and review?
  • How do you manage funding agreements, contracts and variations? Are you doing this online, on paper in triplicate, or some other combination?

But that's just for starters, these events are as lively as a dinner party when we've got the right guests. And we're inviting you!

Did we say it's free for SmartyGrants users and AIGM members?

Cost: FREE

New Zealand- Wellington Muster Details:
When: Thursday, 4 April 2019, 10:30am - 12:45pm (with a light lunch from noon, plus refreshments)
Venue: Kumututo, PWC Centre 10 Waterloo Quay, Pipitea, Wellington 6011

Register today

Not in New Zealand? 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.

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.


2019 Conference: Better grantmaking

Melbourne: August 8-9
It's the grantmaking event you can't afford to miss, with thought leaders, funding experts and all the latest trends and knowledge.

  • "Best ever - very relevant to our work. Quite meaty, leaving us with much to think about and some immediate actions to improve our grantmaking."
    "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

New training dates released for Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide and Perth. Book Now