Community Grants recipients announced

Published on 26 November 2022

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More than 30 community projects will share in $255,000 in grants funding from Council’s annual Grants Program.

The funding, which is an increase of $85,000 on last year, will be used to address local needs while celebrating diversity and inclusion.

Key themes encapsulated in the successful projects include: removing barriers to participation for people living with disability, creating and strengthening social connections for community members (including at risk communities), and reconciliation.

Among the successful applicants:

  • The Disability Choir at Angliss Neighbourhood House is being supported to sing louder and shine brighter with funding to support public performances and participation.
  • Endeavor Youth Australia will use their grant to run a Futsal Tournament, providing opportunity for young people from culturally diverse backgrounds to network and connect with community.
  • Through their grant, Melbourne’s Living Museum of the West will be serving up a Dreamtime Cooking program exploring the use of indigenous ingredients in a host of culinary traditions, including Australian.

Museum spokesperson, Dr Kerrie Poliness said First Nations, Filipino, Chinese, Vietnamese and Horn of Africa recipes appear on the program menu.

“The Dreamtime Cooking Program was created to help promote connectedness between diverse communities encouraging them to feel welcome in the natural environment of Pipemakers Park where indigenous plants can be found all around the Living Museum,” she said.

The annual Community Grants Program, which opened in July, welcomed submissions for projects and initiatives that encourage residents to participate in community and civic life; build community and/or organisational capacity and strengthen networks; support and enable community connectedness and wellbeing; and increase intergenerational and/or intercultural participation, understanding and opportunities.

View a full list of recipients

Message from Mayor, Cr Sarah Carter

It is pleasing to see the funds allocated across a range of diverse projects which will help a large number of groups deliver on their individual visions to remove barriers and strengthen connections with their community. I am looking forward to hearing the Angliss Choir, tasting indigenous fare created in the Dreamtime Cooking program, and watching our youth compete on the Futsal court as these, and the myriad of other inspiring projects take shape over the coming months.

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Mayor, Cr Sarah Carter with Melba Marginson from Melbourne's Living Museum of the West, who received grant funding for their Dreamtime Cooking program