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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 2020

Save the date for Grantmaking in Australia 2020 powerd by SmartyGrants, scheduled for August 6 and 7 at the RACV Club, Melbourne CBD.

Registrations are now open, with a full program and speaker details to be released very shortly.

Learn more

Grantmaker Musters: Building a better grantmaking community

Musters are back and we are coming to Hobart!

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.

Help us build a community that is strong, is valuable and continues to grow!

"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 through taxonomy CLASSIE and what's in it for you?
  •  Tell us about your Grantmaking, Brag and Steal. 

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.

Hot topics for discussion:

Assessment and governance

  • Who are your assessors? Subject matter experts, Councillors/Ministers or Public Panels?
  • Bias? What steps do you take to guard against it - while covering your governance requirements?
  • Compensation for assessors? Can you get the diversity you need without it?

Targeting applicants for your program

  • Do you only hear from the same pool of applicants? Does your eligibility/scope exclude the very people you need to fund?
  • Are you under/oversubscribed?
  • Do you get the answers you need on your applications/acquittals? Are you asking the right questions?

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?

Musters will begin 9:30am and finish at 1:00pm (with a light lunch served at noon)

Where do you find us?

Hobart Muster- Friday 27 March 2020
Venue: The Tranquility Room, Baha'i Centre of Learning for Tasmania 1 Tasman Highway, Hobart

Register today

Not in Hobart? 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.

Training for Grantseekers

The Institute of Community Directors Australia, a division of Our Community, which has been providing training and services for grantseekers for more than 15 years, now offers an online short course for grantseekers.

Win More Grants

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.

Lisa Jennings

Lisa Jennings

Lisa joined Our Community as a trainer for the Institute of Community Directors Australia in 2018. While she's travelling to deliver training sessions for the Institute of Community Directors Australia, Lisa spends her time exploring the country, and taking the time to connect with the local communities she passes through. Lisa holds Masters Degrees in Music Performance and Public Policy and Management, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Arts Management, and in her spare time she and volunteers for a number of organisations providing accessible arts education for young people, and cycling opportunities for women.

Max Penno

Max Penno

Max joined Our Community as an Account Management & Support Specialist with the SmartyGrants team in 2019. He values high quality education in all aspects of grant management. A background in operations management, business administration, and degree lecturing drives his passion for development of people and processes in order to achieve excellence in work and education. Max is a graduate in music composition, business administration, and holds a postgraduate qualification in commerce. In his spare time he enjoys writing music for screen and mentoring higher education students in various disciplines of business in the creative industries.

David Bradley

David Bradley

David joined the SmartyGrants team in March 2019 as a Training and Support Specialist after an extended period working in Learning and Development in Tokyo, Japan. Originally working in research laboratories as an instrument technician, he has also held positions in fashion, logistics, hospitality and tourism. David is driven by helping people become the best they can be and has a passion for sports and gaming.

2020 Conference: Better grantmaking

Melbourne: August 6-7
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

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