Meet the Team

We're here to help you find the right grants, all in one place.

Collaborators

Core Team

Jessie Ballantyne

Jessie Ballantyne

Founder

Jessie has nearly 20 years experience in funding and grants. She has worked with government, not-for-profits and businesses in a range of grant related capacities to improve grant systems and win grants at a grassroots level right up to large grants. When others see blockers, Jessie sees opportunities - she is a problem solver and solution seeker.

The Grants Hub was launched by Jessie in June 2013. She spent countless hours listening to grant seekers about their needs, brainstorming ideas, considering solutions, trialling designs, researching grants, and entering hundreds of listings into the grants directory. Her persistence and passion enabled the launch of The Grants Hub as a successful business that efficiently and resourcefully responds to grant seeker needs. She also cemented a strong ethos aimed at empowering The Grants Hub team to innovate together and grow professionally.

Jessie is embedded at The Grants Hub in innovation, brand, business development and strategy. She continues to look at how to add value for The Grants Hub members and make finding the right grants accessible for everyone, in one place.

Kate Wilson

Kate Wilson

Product & Operations Lead

Kate has worked in the arts, health, community, engineering, and government sectors. Her experience spans operations management, business development, governance, and grantmaking.

She has supported organisations of all sizes in communities across the country to secure grants and build strong relationships. Her passion is to improve outcomes for grant seekers.

As our Product & Operations Lead, Kate guides our operations team to bring our members the latest grants, first-class customer support, and an innovative product.

Tracey Talko

Tracey Talko

Grants Researcher

Tracey has over 24 years’ experience in grant seeking and grant writing for organisations including in the academic, government, not-for-profit and private business sectors. As a passionate volunteer, Tracey has also won grants at a grassroots level for community groups such as schools and sporting clubs. 

Tracey understands the grants process and knows exactly what information is important to grant seekers. She uses her experience and insights to deliver an exceptional experience to our members by ensuring our grants are comprehensive and up-to-date, with important and relevant grants prioritised and categorised based on member interests and needs.

Liz Weston

Liz Weston

Admin Superstar

With career experience across the services and product industry, Liz is no stranger to wearing many hats and being a chaos coordinator. Turning her tender writing skills into grant writing for rural not-for-profit organisations, she became familiar with the ease of The Grants Hub for tracking down all the grants from one source.

Liz's commitment to supporting The Grants Hub's innovation and intrinsic values makes her an important member of our team. Her dedication to supporting the team to ensure everything operates efficiently and effectively is evident in her daily work. Liz is our self-confessed, coffee-obsessed, crazy horse girl.

Ben Mellor

Ben Mellor

Developer

Ben has over 20 years of experience coding, working for large and small companies.

He is passionate about getting to the bottom of what systems really need to work well, and learning new technologies.

Ben uses his expertise to keep The Grants Hub operating smoothly and reliably.

Emma Wong

Emma Wong

Member Support

Emma graduated from St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School in 2019 and held a range of leadership roles at school, including Year 12 School Captain, Peer Support Leader, Debating Team Captain and SRC Captain. Emma is currently studying a Bachelor of Science at Melbourne University.

At The Grants Hub, Emma supports members and our team with a range of functions including support desk enquiries, grants research, bookkeeping, and general administration. Emma's reliable communication, attention to detail and ability to solve complex problems make her an invaluable member of our team.

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