Creating change: Community grant recipients announced

Published on 19 November 2021

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Maribyrnong City Council is pleased to announce the 24 successful recipients of the 2021/22 Community Grant program comprised of local volunteer, community groups and organisations who will now bring life to their projects, which respond to local needs and issues and that build an inclusive community.

With a total pool of over $174,000, these grants aim to 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.

“The Community Grants program is a great way for Council to support local groups create the change they want to see in our City,” Cr Anthony Tran, Mayor of the City of Maribyrnong said.

Some of the funded projects include:

  • Yulendji Dirrandil (Seed of Knowledge) Maribyrnong Youth Culture Project – Local First Nations Elders will rekindle cultural awareness, pride and identity in disengaged young people.
  • Soul Kitchen Braybrook – A weekly food service at Braybrook Community Hub for members of the local community at risk of, or experiencing homelessness.
  • Being Biracial Podcast – A new podcast about navigating the world as a mixed-race person.
  • McAuley Coffee Connections – Bringing women who have experienced family violence and homelessness together, providing an opportunity for social connection and to develop barista skills.

“Many of the projects focus on bringing the community back together in a safe way,” said Cr Tran. “It is really great to see how resilient our community is and it’s amazing to see it reconnecting again after the pandemic.”

“The projects funded this year cover a wide breadth of our people and groups in our community, that are supporting our locals in a way that makes me incredibly proud to call Maribyrnong home,” Cr Tran continued.

This year’s program aligns with Maribyrnong’s Council Plan 2021-2025 objectives and 2021 Community Grant Priorities, including a focus on encouraging First Nations led projects and initiatives to apply for support.

The applications received this year represented a broad range of projects including applications from First Nations led projects and from organisations who had never received funding or engaged with Council’s Community Grants Program before. Themes include celebrating Indigenous culture, intercultural exchange and reconnecting after pandemic lockdowns.

View the full list of recipients.

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