2019/20 Community Grant recipients announced

Published on 20 December 2019

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Maribyrnong City Council’s 2019/20 Community Grant Program is providing funding to 50 local organisations, with grants totaling $170,116. 

Community Grants funding supports initiatives that promote community connection and participation, improve wellbeing, celebrate diversity and promote creativity and inclusion.

Funding was available in a three categories, including Large Grants (up to $15,000); Medium Grants (up to $5,000); and Small Grants, including seniors support (up to $500).

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

This year 20 medium grants have been awarded to support projects with a focus on community development, arts and culture and environmental sustainability initiatives. 23 small grants will enable continued community participation, social connection and active citizenship.

Some of the funded projects include:

  • Maribyrnong Youth Get Animated – increasing awareness of mental health issues among young people through delivery of animation workshops and short films that are designed and created by participants 
  • Deep Stream Solar Powered Sound and Cinema – an accredited not for profit enterprise providing renewable energy solutions and innovative employment pathways
  • Peer Mentoring for Inclusive Volunteering – training to promote disability inclusion within the Maribyrnong community.
  • The Maribyrnong Museum of Moving Memories – stories related to the theme of movement from current and historical residents of Maribyrnong will form the basis of a pedal-powered mobile community museum.
  • Kaitiaki: Striking Lava – a dance work by artist Isabella Waru that addresses the violation of Indigenous lands and peoples, guardianship, warriorhood and sovereignty, to be presented at Footscray Community Arts Centre.
  • Electronic Empowerment and Online Awareness for New and Emerging Communities – opportunities for connection and lifelong learning for newly arrived adult refugees through enhancing their digital literacy knowledge and skills.

The 2019/20 Community Grant Program received a total of 94 applications. Funded projects will roll out during 2020. View the full list of grant recipients.

A word from the Mayor, Cr Sarah Carter

Our Community Grant Program plays an integral role in building a vibrant and resilient community, and enables innovative grassroots solutions to address diverse needs and issues of concern. We are thrilled to be able to support local organisations and groups who are working hard to enrich our community with some fantastic projects and initiatives.

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