Community Grants

Yarraville Multicultural Club

Maribyrnong City Council’s annual Community Grant program supports local community groups and organisations to:

  • respond to community issues
  • encourage participation in community and cultural life
  • facilitate innovation, access and inclusion. 

This year Council received 84 applications reflecting a diverse range of interests and creative responses to community needs.  45 projects are recommended for funding with activities set to take place in 2019.  

Maribyrnong City Council Community Grant recipients (for projects in 2019)

  • C-Collective - Engaging young people in the development of social enterprise, getting hands on experience in professional and business skills.

  • Colour Between the Lines - Artist residencies for African Diaspora, Pasifika and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Professional development and public exhibition opportunities highlighting the strength of these communities. 

  • Food Rescue in Yarraville - Plant-based food waste, currently destined for landfill, will be collected from cafes and food outlets in Yarraville and repurposed for community meals and/or composting.

  • South Sudan Voice Dialogue theatre - Dialogue theatre to equip South Sudanese youths with practical conflict resolution skills. Collaborative initiative of Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria (Department of Justice), Free Theatre and South Sudan community.

  • Survivor Support and Public Workshop - Survivor support group for community members who have experienced family violence or sexual assault. A public workshop series will provide primary prevention education for the broader community with the aim of reducing gendered violence.

  • Western Region All Abilities Cricket - To achieve long-term sustainability of a successful program providing affordable, regular and safe sports participation for intellectually disabled people.

  • Braybrook Women's Football Team - Establishment of a new women's football club in season 2019 to represent the Braybrook community. Targeted recruitment focused on women from African migrant and non-NESP backgrounds.

  • Time for Action, Keep Fit, Body and Soul - Keep fit sessions for people over 65 from the local community including aerobic, resistance and balance exercises, and information on preventative health measures. A social group for Chinese speaking community members.

  • Community Choir & Inclusion Flash Mob - Community choir for 40 people with special needs and differing abilities.  A series of 5 'flash mob' events- surprise pop-up choir performances- in locations around Maribyrnong, promoting connection, creativity and inclusion.

  • Angliss Street Library and Reading Hub - A multilingual street library (Vipont St, Footscray) where community members can borrow, return, donate and share books in a range of languages and difficulty levels.

  • Sing and Grow: building stronger families and communities through music - Music therapy program for families, supporting vulnerable young children with additional needs. Using music and song to address social isolation and engage parents and children to create fun, shared experiences.

  • Gathering our Hopes and Desires and Moving On - Social support and engagement program to strengthen capability, health and wellbeing of vulnerable and at risk community members and families living with trauma or substance abuse.

  • Many Rooms West Hospital Care Packs - Tailored care packs for the homeless and disadvantaged. Expanding to Footscray Hospital with 'Hospital Helper' packs this year, providing practical support for the vulnerable and isolated.

  • Footscray Trugo Club - Reopening as an active sporting club for the 2018-2019 season. Essential sport equipment will enable community participation.

  • U Turn & Start: Turning 10,000 lives around - Community engagement event for students, families, vulnerable and isolated groups. Acknowledges and celebrates the positive impact this program has had for young people in the northwest by celebrating cars and community.

  • Connecting Single Mums - A curated series of events and workshops for single parents and their children, will provide opportunities for social connection, inclusion and support.

  • Soul Kitchen - Weekly service at community centre in Braybrook. Targets people and families at risk or experiencing homelessness and will include hot meals, pastoral care, promotion of positive relationships, tackling loneliness and assisting in homework and resume writing.

  • Girls Domestic and Rep Ready Basketball - Training program to deliver exclusively to our girls players, encouraging increased female participation and engagement in sport.

  • Kidsafe Community Outreach - Delivery of 15 home safety presentations to isolated local parents and carers. Offers safety messaging, practical advice and resources to increase knowledge of common home injury hazards and prevention strategies.

  • L2R Experience 2019 - Community event and celebration of a year of hard work, commitment and achievement by the young people that access Limbs2Riddims (L2R) dance programs across Melbourne’s west.

  • Maribyrnong Visions Diversity Micromovies - 16-week filmmaking project working within culturally-diverse youth participants to make and exhibit smartphone based ‘micromovies’. 

  • A History of Seddon - A book on the history of Seddon, the third of a set: 1) A history of Kingsville (published in 2015) and 2) A history of West Yarraville (published and to be launched in November).

  • From Now Om 4 hour immersion at FCAC - concert with slow motion film projections and diverse musical collaborations. Soundscape backdrop for Indian classical music with slow motion nature films projected onto the big screen.

  • Sound School at Phoenix Youth Hub - Weekly 44 workshop series teaching young culturally and linguistically diverse people, LGBTIQA+ people, and people with disabilities in Melbourne’s west about electronic music. Local electronic artist are engaged as workshop facilitators.

  • Trocadero Art Space: Special Public Program - Trocadero Art Space is partnering with artists from diverse backgrounds to deliver a series of special events throughout 2019, focusing on MIDSUMMA FESTIVAL, NAIDOC WEEK and REFUGEE WEEK, in the form of discussions, artist talks and performances that will invite community participation.

  • Recycle Today for a Better Tomorrow – Multilingual radio programming with a focus on education and raising awareness of recycling and sustainability initiatives in new and emerging communities. 

Small Grants and Senior Support

Maribyrnong Truck Action Group (MTAG) Inc

Druids Cricket Club Juniors

St Mary's Antiochian Orthodox Church

Filipino Elderly Get Together Association Inc.

Vietnamese Arthritis Association Victoria Inc.

Yarraville Multicultural Club Inc

Footscray Senior Citizens Club Inc

United Slavic Pensioners Group of Footscray

Indochinese Elderly Refugees Association VIC

West Footscray Senior Citizens Club Inc

Circolo Pensionati Italiani Di Footscray

Polish Senior Citizens Club Yarraville Inc

Association of Senior Filipino Australians of Vic Inc

Greek Elderly Citizens Club Maribyrnong

Philippine Cultural Society For Families and Friends Inc. (PCSFFI)

Macedonian Pensioners Association of Footscray

Association of Filipino Australian Families of Melbourne Social Club Incorporated (AFAFMI)

Russian Senior Citizen Club Yarraville

Ethnic Representative Council of Victoria 


Applications to the next funding round will open in July 2019.


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