F.Y.I.

Facebook to offer grants for meetups in newly launched fund

Social media giant Facebook has launched its $30,000 Facebook Australia Groups Fund offering grant to groups wanting to do an in real life meetup.

Facebook launches funding program to boost meaningful connections within Australian communities

Facebook has announced the launch of the Facebook Australia Groups Fund at the first-ever Community Leaders Connect event held in Sydney.

The $30,000 (AUD) fund allows Facebook Groups across Australia to apply for funding to support an offline event that brings members of the group together to foster meaningful connections.

Facebook’s Director of Policy ANZ, Mia Garlick, commented “Community leaders have told us that with additional support they could have more impact within their communities, and this fund is designed to empower leaders from around Australia to create strong online and offline connections within Facebook Groups.”

“Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. An important part of this is supporting the leaders who foster community — people who offer support, build bridges and make change.”

“Over 75% of Australians who are on Facebook are active in a group and 55% have made friends through Groups. Through this funding program, we want to celebrate and support the amazing contributions made by Facebook Groups in Australia to local communities. This could be anything from meeting the costs of group meet ups, or even developing new resources to support the groups’ activities face to face. We’re hopeful that this is just the beginning, and we’re excited to learn through this process about what more we can do to support local communities that are using Facebook Groups.”

The application and funding process will be managed by leading not-for-profit corporate grants manager, Good2Give. The Facebook Groups that apply for funding will be assessed on their contribution to creating a meaningful impact within their community, and their plans to use the funding to further extend the mission of their group.

The fund announced today is part of Facebook’s continued support to help the admins who lead these communities to grow and strengthen bonds among members. This fund is an initial step to support Facebook Groups in Australia and complements Facebook’s global work to support community leaders.

From a Facebook media release

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