2017/2018 Community grant recipients announced

Published on 20 December 2017

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Maribyrnong City Council’s 2017/2018 Community Grant Program is providing funding to 45 local organisations, with grants totaling $170,000. 

The program is designed to empower the community by supporting projects that promote 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.

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. The recipients of these grants include:

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre – Volunteer Wellbeing Initiative
A collaborative project to develop support and resources for the wellbeing of the ASRC's 1200 volunteers, who are essential to the diverse services provided to people seeking asylum. The project supports volunteer wellbeing, inclusion and community participation, towards a more welcoming community, and will be shared with similar local organisations.

West Footscray Neighbourhood House – Community skill sharing and strengthening
The Neighbourhood House will work in partnership with diverse community organisations to capitalise on the existing strengths and assets within the community through providing an ongoing series of workshops on key civic participation, community leadership and governance topics, as well as providing opportunities for sharing skills and resources, and strengthening human and social capital.

100 Story Building – Level 87 Book Club
A series of 40 after-school and holiday workshops for literary-minded young people, created and delivered by their fellow young bookworms. 100 Story Building will support the skills development of Book Club alumni to create a space for, and connection to, the literary world for others in their community.

Ardoch Youth Foundation – Pathways Beyond School Program
The program aims to increase aspirations and prepare students in disadvantaged communities for their life beyond school. Individual components, Speed Careers, Mock Interviews, Meet the Professor, Industry Visits and Learning Through Lunch are delivered in succession to build meaningful connections to future education and employment opportunities.

On top of the six Large Grant recipients, eight organisations were awarded grants in the Community Development category, including HousingAIM and Yarraville Community Centre; ten in the Senior Support Funding category; three in the Environmental Grants category; eight in the Small Grants category; and ten projects were funded in the Arts and Culture category, including work by Women’s Circus, Western Edge Youth Arts, Snuff Puppets and Trocadero Art Space.

The 2017/2018 Community Grant Program received a total of 87 applications. Funded projects will roll out during 2018.

See a full list of grant recipients here.


A word from the Mayor, Cr Cuc Lam

Established in 1996, Council’s Community Grants program has been a great way of supporting local organisations and individuals who enrich our community.

These grants play an integral role in strengthening our community and developing innovative grassroots solutions to community and cultural needs and issues.


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