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Glenburnie Program


A property known as 'Glenburnie', Wooroloo, in Western Australia, was transferred to the Australian Council of Churches Association Ltd in 1976 as a gift from Laurie and Nancy Wilkinson. The property was sold in May 1987 and the proceeds were allocated "to provide resources for the churches and the community on issues relating to a just, participatory and sustainable society."

A constitution was prepared and adopted by the ACC General Meeting in June 1988. It was amended by the ACC Executive in April 1994 to take account of the impending transition to the NCCA.


The object of the Programme is to encourage the Australian churches and community to consider and act on issues relating to the search for a just, participatory and sustainable society.

This is to be implemented by such means as:

a) Helping Australian Christians participate in the struggle for global justice and peace and to link local concerns with global perspectives.

b) Exploring how the resources and experience of the worldwide ecumenical movement may contribute to the discipleship and renewal of Christians in local congregations using existing networks within the churches.

c) Sharing in an ecumenical spirituality which respects the diversity of liturgical traditions and which brings together worship and political engagement, prayer and action, and Bible study and participation in the struggles of people in their local situation.

d) Providing training for future generations of ecumenical leaders, both clergy and lay.

e) Providing resources to support such activities.

Projects may fit the guidelines but, because of the limited funds available, may either not receive the desired level of funding or may not receive any funding.

A Committee appointed by the NCCA Executive administers the Program.

Examples of recent grants are:

  • Funding for the Youth Parliament of the World's Religions;
  • Assistance to Act for Peace for the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel; 
  • Assistance to the Palestine & Israel Ecumenical Network to bring a Palestinian Christian to Australia in 2018 for the purpose of educating Australian churches and the wider public on human rights issues in Palestine and Israel;
  • Support to CommonGrace for an Executive Director and for two young change-makers who are leading their Climate Change and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teams;
  • Funding for Love Makes a Way to establish an ecumenical approach to supporting the plight of asylum seekers in offshore detention centres;
  • Support to Pace e Bene Australia for their 2017 Nonviolent Interfaith Leadership Program;
  • Funding for the mentoring component of Surrender Australia's Indigenous Leadership Project.

How to apply

Download and complete The Glenburnie Program application form.

Applications close 30 April.

Applicants should base their case and their application for funds on the Glenburnie Program Guidlines listed above.

Enquiries and applications should be directed to:

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General Secretary
National Council of Churches in Australia
Locked Bag Q199

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