2018/19 Community Grant recipients announced

Published on 19 December 2018

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Maribyrnong City Council’s 2018/19 Community Grant Program is providing funding to 45 local organisations, with grants totaling $170,000. 

Grants funding supports initiatives that promote community connection and participation, arts and cultural development and projects that bring people together to improve wellbeing and reduce isolation.

Funding was available in a number of categories, including Community Development (up to $5,000), Arts and Culture (up to $5,000), Environmental Sustainability (up to $5,000), Seniors Support (up to $500), large grants (up to $15,000), and small grants (up to $500).

Six local organisations were awarded funding from the Large Grant category, which supports large scale collaborative projects that build and strengthen community capacity.

This year 14 organisations were awarded grants in the Community Development category; 6 in the Arts and Culture category; one in the Environmental Sustainability category; 15 in the Senior Support category; and four in the Small Grants category.

Some of the funded projects include:

  • Colour Between the Lines – artist residencies for African diaspora, Pasifika and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Survivor Support Program – a 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.
  • Food Rescue in Yarraville - Plant-based food waste, currently destined for landfill, collected from cafes and food outlets in Yarraville and repurposed for community meals and/or for composting.
  • Sing and Grow – a community based music therapy program for families, supporting vulnerable young children with additional need, through the use of music and song to address social isolation and exclusion.
  • Soul Kitchen – weekly service at Braybrook Community Hub providing hot meals, pastoral care and assistance in homework and resume writing for people and families at risk of or experiencing homelessness.
  • Maribyrnong Micromovies – a 16-week filmmaking project working within culturally-diverse youth to make and exhibit smartphone based ‘micromovies’.
  • L2R Experience 2019 – community event and celebration of a year of hard work, commitment and achievement by the young people that access L2R dance programs across Melbourne’s west.

The 2018/19 Community Grant Program received a total of 84 applications. Funded projects will roll out during 2019. For a full list of grant recipients, visit maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/communitygrants

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