2020/21 Community Grant recipients announced

Published on 18 September 2020

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Maribyrnong City Council’s 2020/21 Community Grant Program is providing funding of $170,000 to local organisations supporting a diverse range of community based initiatives. 

A total of 37 applications have been funded.

The Community Grant Program supports organisations or projects that create social inclusion, help build an intercultural and intergenerational city and engage people from diverse communities of all ages, social and cultural backgrounds to participate in and contribute to community life.

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).

This year’s Community Grant Program was adapted to be more responsive to community groups and organisations that have been impacted by COVID-19, encouraging responses that enabled community organisations to adapt and build resilience.

11 local organisations were awarded funding in the Large Grant category, which is supporting large scale collaborative projects; 11 Medium Grants were awarded to support projects that encourage participation and connect people of all ages and diverse cultures across neighbourhoods in new and innovative ways; and 15 projects were funded in the Small Grants category to support established and emerging groups to respond to community needs or develop a one-off activity.

Some of the funded projects include:

  • Lilac and the Cat – the ecofriendly florist will host a series of hands-on small group workshops focused on mindfulness through the art of flower arranging to aid in mental health and wellbeing.
  • Wembley Avenue Mural Project – an interactive Greek inspired mural celebrating the local Greek presence will be installed to direct onlookers to online archives of local history (interactive interviews/photos of locals).
  • Choir of Opportunity – the Choir will empower Maribyrnong’s diverse community using online music sessions, thus expanding accessibility and participation which builds belongingness, inclusivity, community, fellowship and literacy skills.

The 2020/21 Community Grant Program received a total of 84 applications. Funded projects will commence delivery this year in 2020 and continue through into 2021. For a full list of grant recipients, visit maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/communitygrants

Message 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. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of our Community Grants and we are proud to be able to adapt the program to be more responsive during this difficult time and support local organisations to build local capacity, support local leadership and volunteerism, and promote a diverse and welcoming City.