Sustain the Convent

THANK YOU  |  We Are So Grateful for Your Support

An enormous thank you to every member of our community who kindly donated to the ACF’s Sustain the Convent fundraising appeal. Through such a very challenging time as we continue to navigate the impacts of the pandemic and changing restrictions for our precinct and community, we have been inspired and incredibly grateful for the generosity shown by so many individuals and valued partners. Thanks to the support of so many of you, alongside our amazing funding partner, the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, we are thrilled to have surpassed our stretch target of $120,000. This is a very valuable contribution, providing direct and essential support to the ACF through this public health crisis and beyond. Your donations will go towards covering the ongoing essential extra costs we are incurring right now as a direct result of the pandemic—including heightened site-wide cleaning regimes and increased security—as well as assisting us to support our tenant community. We remain humbled and heartened by the generous, caring spirit of the Convent’s donor community—and we are enormously grateful to be embarking on this next chapter of repair and regeneration—with your support. A heartfelt thanks from the ACF team and Board.


*Update: Thanks to our incredible community of donors and partners, we are doubling our fundraising goal!

We remain inspired and incredibly grateful for the support shown by so many individuals and valued partners.

We are thrilled to announce that one of those amazing partners, the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, has just committed an extraordinary $50,000 towards our ‘Sustain the Convent’ appeal—inspiring us to double our fundraising goal to $120,000.

Donate today to help us reach our ambitious $120,000 goal by 30 June, doubling the community impact of this important appeal.


Abbotsford Convent Foundation (ACF) is a proudly community-focused organisation. We are home to 126 small businesses, including independent artists, not-for-profits, wellbeing practitioners and sole traders; two galleries, four hospitality providers, a radio station, a school, and an abundance of green open space, enjoyed by close to 1 million visitors every year.

Like many in our community, we have been hit significantly hard by the COVID-19 restrictions—with our gates shut to the public since 26 March, all 20+ venues immediately closed, and every event, workshop, performance and booking cancelled. In addition, a large number of our tenants are experiencing significant financial strain, as the pandemic has directly impacted their livelihoods and continues to do so.

This is a sustainability appeal.

As the impacts of COVID-19 evolve, our key focus remains on protecting our National Heritage Listed precinct, sustaining our on-site tenant community, ensuring the health and wellbeing of our team and community, and planning for ongoing repair and regeneration. As we actively work to keep the future bright for the whole of our community, we would greatly benefit from your help with the day-to-day expenses that do not stop, and some that increase, during a pandemic.

We need your support now more than ever.

Right now, we need the support of our community as we navigate this time of disruption. The stark fact is that hibernation and ‘dark nights’ costs money, and the operational responsibilities of managing the expansive Convent precinct and its growing community, do not stop in a crisis. Things like heightened site-wide cleaning regimes and increased security needed during the pandemic are just some of the additional ‘nuts and bolts’ expenses that the ACF will incur, to provide our community with a safe and protected place to connect, retreat and recharge – 365 days of the year.

Help sustain the Convent through this once-in-a-century crisis.

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Your support will go directly to meeting our increased operational costs for managing COVID-19 impacts to support the diverse communities we serve. Your generosity will help sustain the Convent through this crisis and enable us to act on the possibilities change represents – to ensure our community services are best placed for the upcoming period of repair and regeneration.

We are aiming to raise at least $60,000 by 30 June 2020 to help sustain the Convent through this once-in-a-century crisis.

This contribution will help the Convent to provide increased site amenity and support to our 126 tenants who are on-site, and to the community who will return to the precinct as restrictions change. Critically, this support will help us activate and enliven the precinct as COVID-19 restrictions are eased over the coming months.

Abbotsford Convent is an independent, secular, not-for-profit organisation—and we don’t receive any recurrent funding from any level of government. So right now, more than ever, the support of our community is invaluable.

If you are in a position to contribute, we would deeply appreciate any donation—big or small—to our ‘Sustain the Convent’ appeal.

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Our heartfelt thanks for showing your support for the urban oasis that you love.


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