Meet Pasanna – she’s recently joined the Strategic Grants team as a Grants Strategist!

We’re committed to building the capacity of for-purpose organisations to establish sustainable, cost-effective grant-seeking and associated strategies to deliver projects that fulfil their missions. That’s why when we met Pasanna, we knew she’d be a perfect addition to the team.

Read on to learn more about our newest Grants Strategist!

Tell us a little about yourself – what kept you busy before joining Strategic Grants? 

I’ve spent over 15 years working in NGOs with a focus on creating systems-wide change through advocacy, government relations and research. I studied law at university but chose a less well-travelled path, pursuing my passion for social justice. Over the years, I’ve developed deep expertise in gender equality and social inclusion, ending violence against women and children and refugee rights.  

Before joining Strategic Grants, I worked in international development and prior to that in the family violence sector in Victoria.  

Now that you’ve been part of the team for a little while, is there something specific you’d like to concentrate on? 

Since joining Strategic Grants I have loved getting to know the projects that our clients are seeking funding for and seeing them come to life through the process of writing a grant proposal.  

Having worked in NGOs for so long, I know how hard it is to find the time to develop a strong project proposal and pitch for an amazing idea that you might have. I hope that in my role, I can work with clients to bring to life their ideas and create the project proposals that will put them in a strong position to receive the funding that they need.  

Where can we find you when you aren’t focusing on all things grants? 

Last year, in the middle of lockdown, like so many Melbournians we moved out of the inner city to a lovely little bush block. So these days you’ll find me exploring all of the hiking tracks near me, making friends with our cheeky magpies and parrots and thinking about what to plant next in our vegetable garden.  

You can read Pasanna’s full bio here.