Each year we support our community groups and environment by helping make important projects possible through our Community Grants program. While we help to fund these projects, it’s our community groups who bring them to life – often with a team of passionate volunteers.
Helping children aged 0-16 who are entering out-of-home placements in the Frankston area.
Their grant will allow for the purchase of 60 crisis suitcases to be filled with age-appropriate hygiene essentials, clothes, toys, and books - helping to make the transition just a little bit easier.
The Pantry 5000 service provides emergency food relief and ongoing support for those experiencing financial difficulties.
The grant will help the organisation meet the growing demand for food by purchasing groceries.
The grant will be used to host monthly pop-up food markets that offer nutritious produce, food literacy education and information to support low-income and vulnerable community members.
The grant will be used to create a culturally safe and inclusive place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to connect.
This includes an Aboriginal inspired bush tucker garden to encourage cultural exploration and learning through education, cooking and storytelling.
The grant will be used to employ and run a financial literacy program.
This will help them support vulnerable community members in managing their finances, whilst freeing up financial counsellors to assist the wider Casey North community.
The grant will provide 60 households with ‘Winter Warmer care packs’ to help those struggling to pay rising energy bills to stay warm and well during the winter months.
Winter warmer care packages include an electric throw blanket, woollen socks, a pull-over gown, soup and a hot water bottle.
The club will use its grant to fund weekly pool training sessions for volunteers.
This will help them maintain fitness and rescue skills during winter, improving member retention and community safety.
Visit Elwood Lifesaving Club
Food for Change helps alleviate food insecurity, ensuring no individual or family goes hungry.
The community grant will help to expand their water system, increasing their capacity to grow and provide food to those in need across South East Victoria.
The grant will be used to purchase a box trailer and battery chargers for vehicles.
The fully equipped trailer will help improve their response time and efficiency when supporting the community in emergencies including storm and flood response.
The club brings community members together through lawn bowls.
Their grant will be used to install an automated garden watering system, reducing manual labour and conserving water by utilising their rainwater tanks.
Visit Hastings Bowling Club
Inclusion Melbourne will create and promote a plain language "dual read" resource for people with cognitive disabilities.
The resource will guide community sports organisations on how to include people with cognitive disabilities in mainstream sports, whilst promoting accessibility and inclusivity.
The community grant will help to create and install an edible and medicinal garden at Viv's Place, an apartment building for at-risk women and children in Dandenong.
Long-term residents will now have a communal space to grow food, learn about natural remedies, and build community connections.
Their Sustainable Garden Project will create a therapeutic and sustainable garden at their home for young people in vulnerable circumstances in Frankston.
The project will involve creating a garden, complete with a watering tank and irrigation. This will allow young people to learn new skills, engage in nature-based activities and nurture a sense of accomplishment.
The grant will be used to install two 5,000 litre rainwater tanks at their Pearcedale animal shelter.
This will help make the environment healthier by managing water runoff and reducing the risk of pollution to nearby waterways and biodiversity.
The Sandy Beach Community Co-Op is known for its cooking classes for people with disabilities.
The grant will be used to purchase specialised kitchen equipment that caters to individual needs to provide a safe and supportive environment to improve participants' cooking skills.
The club will use its grant to provide a defibrillator for the football community, ensuring the safety of visitors, members, and the public.
This project will help keep the local community safe whilst being active and connected through sports.