Building stronger communities

From tunes to tech, our Annual Community Strengthening Grants program opens a world of opportunity for community organisations and groups to offer new experiences for the Boroondara community to enjoy.

Music lovers will get a chance to try their hand at the ukulele later this year as part of Community Music Victoria’s Ukulele Festival at Ashburton Community Centre, one of 61 projects awarded funding through Council’s 2020-21 Annual Community Strengthening Grants round.

Community Music Victoria’s mission is to facilitate the development of skills, opportunities and networks necessary for participatory and accessible music-making.

Program Delivery Coordinator, Margaret Crichton, said: “The grant funding will enable us to run a vibrant event where participants can try something new, enhance and expand their skills, and connect with the local music community through a series of workshops for beginners through to more experienced ukulele players, and more.”

Margaret said the event will provide opportunities for interaction, learning and active living through creative endeavours for the local community:

We are excited to demonstrate the power of music as a social connector, encouraging sharing across ages and cultures without prejudice or judgement. This sharing of knowledge, diversity and culture enriches local communities and creates social connections.

Tech-fans from diverse backgrounds will be given a platform to share their experiences and ideas this year, thanks to another successful 2020- 21 Annual Community Strengthening Grants application. Connected Community HackerSpace, a group of hardware hobbyists and software enthusiasts who meet regularly in Hawthorn, are set to deliver a series of diversity talks this year.

The technology talks and workshops will offer an opportunity for groups such as those interested in disability assistive technologies, international students or those who speak a language other than English, and people on the autism spectrum, to learn and share their experiences.

Treasurer Lachlan Maher, said:

“While Connected Community HackerSpace has always had a very inclusive policy, this goes beyond by actively seeking out and supporting minority groups, encouraging them to relate their ‘maker’ experiences.”

From tunes to tech, our Annual Community Strengthening Grants program opens a world of opportunity for community organisations and groups to offer new experiences for the Boroondara community to enjoy.

Council’s Annual Community Strengthening Grants program is an opportunity for us to partner with many community organisations and groups across Boroondara, providing important funding for activities that strengthen our community.

In the 2020-21 Annual Community Strengthening Grants round, we awarded more than $292,000. These grants span six different streams and were awarded to support projects in the following categories:

  • Active Community – Sports and Recreation
  • Life-long Community – Opportunities for Over 55s
  • Creative Community – Arts and Culture
  • Healthy Community – Health, Safety and Wellbeing
  • Sustainable Community – Environmental Sustainability
  • Vibrant Retail Precincts.

Annual Community Strengthening Grants for the 2021-22 funding round open at the end of this month. We are committed to providing all local organisations and groups the tools they need to give their grant applications the best chance at success.

Applicants are encouraged to consider eligibility and guidelines, register to attend a Grant Writing Session or sign-up to receive an alert when grant applications open on 26 April 2021.

More information

To find out more visit Community Strengthening Grants or call 9278 4444.