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TOM HANSFORD Grants Coordinator,

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

That an independent audit of the management of a grant valued at $3.8 million received a close to perfect score was mostly due to the calibre of the work of Tom Hansford. Starting out in 2019 as a volunteer grants officer working just one day a week before taking on a permanent role in 2020, Tom has had an indelible impact on the ASRC. 

The ASRC Grants Program generated more than $10 million in income in 2020/21 from more than 110 grant opportunities. Tom’s success rate with grant applications is currently 73%, well above the benchmarked average for the sector. He has helped secure multi-year commitments from government, foundations and individuals. His success rate with small grant opportunities is even more impressive, upwards of 80%. 

Tom builds strong and professional relationships with funders and understands their interests, priorities and metrics for successful applications. Even during lockdowns Tom excelled, creating…
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