We want your ideas: Community Grants open soon

Published on 08 July 2019

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The Community Grants program opens for submissions this month, with funding available to support and strengthen a diverse range of community projects and activities that respond to the needs of the local community.

The 2019/2020 Community Grants program opens for submissions on 17 July 2019, with $170,000 of grant funding available.

The program is designed to empower the community by supporting projects that foster community connection and participation, arts and cultural development, community pride, and programs that bring the City of Maribyrnong together to improve wellbeing and reduce isolation.

Community grant funding is available in the following categories:

  • Small Grants and Seniors Support up to $500
  • Medium Grants up to $5,000 – projects with a focus on Arts and Culture, Community Development, or Environmental Sustainability
  • Large Grants up to $15,000 – larger scale collaborative projects that respond to an issue or opportunity, or have an emphasis on sustainable program design

After identifying a critical need to provide further support to their 1,200 volunteers, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) received a large grant last year for a collaborative project that developed resources for, and supported the wellbeing of their volunteers.

Peter Callender, ASRC’s Volunteer Engagement Manager, said volunteers are at the forefront of all of ASRC’s programs and services ranging in roles from reception, gardeners, nurses, cooks, paralegals, social workers, and administration to name just a few.

“Not only are volunteers crucial to the operation of the ASRC, they are also valuable in the community – sharing stories, raising awareness and having conversations about the situations that people seeking asylum face on a day-to-day basis.”

Thanks to the community grant, ASRC have been able to set up a range of initiatives to assist volunteers who work with people who have experienced acute hardship and trauma.

“Through the grant we were able to establish an Employee Assistance Program for volunteers, providing access to psychologist services, as well as other wellbeing initiatives such as developing additional trainings; running reflective practice sessions; and providing volunteers with self-care plan templates and other resources about well-being,” Peter continued.

Council encourages applications for projects that aim to create a more socially inclusive community and that engage diverse communities of all ages and backgrounds.

Submissions to the 2019-2020 funding round open on Wednesday 17 July and close on Friday 30 August at 4pm.

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Message from the Mayor, Cr Martin Zakharov

Council’s community grants have ensured that our community remains vibrant and dynamic by supporting activities and projects that respond to and address community needs and issues. Through the program, we have funded many remarkable organisations that have gone on to deliver innovative and successful outcomes for our community. I encourage those with great ideas and a passion for community to apply for a grant.

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Asylum Seeker Resource Centre volunteers, taken by Kim Landy.