Each year, we offer a range of grants, allowing us to work in partnership with community groups and organisations that positively impact our community every day.
By funding local initiatives, we respond to the needs of our residents through supporting projects that foster social connections, improve the health and wellbeing of our community, and contribute to a sustainable future for Boroondara.
Ahead of community grant applications opening in the coming months, we want to highlight and celebrate the grants awarded to community groups and organisations in 2020. During the year, five grant programs were delivered. We are proud to have awarded a total of $712,221 in support of more than 200 applications.
A diverse range of projects are being rolled out across Boroondara as a result, and we thought we’d share a few.
Round 1 – Small (Biannual) Grants*
Australian Vietnamese Association Boroondara Senior Citizens Group was awarded funding to purchase musical instruments to support and encourage participation in their event ‘Happy, Healthy Seniors in Music’.
*The second round of successful Small (Biannual) Grants will be announced this month.
2020-21 Annual Community Strengthening Grants
Balwyn Cricket Club was awarded funding towards a Mental Health Liaison Officer for players and their families, many of who were impacted by COVID-19. Funding also supported players facing financial difficulty to continue to play.
COVID-19 Community Response Grants
Alfred Road Kindergarten was awarded funding to install automatic hand sanitiser and soap stations. This was to improve hygiene and protect staff and children during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to extend at-home learning for children who could not attend classes.
2020-23 Triennial Operational Grants
The You Matter Project at Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre was awarded funding to enable it to receive and store more donations to help victims of domestic violence re-establish a home.
The 27th Australian Infantry Battalion Association was awarded funding to support the delivery of a play at Kew Court House, commemorating the Second World War and the migration story in collaboration with local schools, the Hellenic RSL, other local RSLs, libraries and the Battle of Crete Commemorative Council.