Annual Community Strengthening Grants

In 2018-19, a total of 90 community projects received funding through our grants program. Some of these grant recipients share their story.

Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre – Bees Wax Paper project

The centre’s Studio Art Group received grant funding to produce bees wax wraps as an alternative to single-use plastic. The multiple-use wraps are made from fabric dipped in bees wax, which can be wrapped around food to keep it fresh. 

Project leader, Jess Kritzer, said that the grant has allowed participants to see their artwork in a new and exciting form.

“The wraps are then shared among the community who will benefit from a product that can contribute to global sustainability,” Jess said.

Our Tooronga Village – Community Garden project

Grant funding allowed 600 residents of a local apartment complex to tap into underground rainwater tanks and use recycled water to care for their organic community garden. 

Resident, Robyn Golder, said that retired gardeners living in the complex appreciate being able to follow their dreams of tending to a garden even though they now dwell in apartments. 

“Friendships and connections have also grown from the passion and vision the residents share for the community garden,” Robyn said.

Salvation Army Camberwell – Migrant Pronunciation Classes

The grant has been used to assist the Salvation Army Camberwell in expanding their migrant pronunciation classes. These classes provide assistance for people with English as a second language, who are facing social and employment barriers, to help them improve their communication skills. 

Project leader, Norman Gale, said that in many cases the classes helped participants in job interviews to better understand what was being said to them, and in turn for them to be better understood through their pronunciation. 

“We hope that as a result of the classes participants feel welcomed and feel part of our community,” Norman said.

Apply now

Grants of up to $10,000 are available for new, one-off projects and initiatives that strengthen the Boroondara community. Not-for-profit community organisations, groups and clubs can apply for grants under 6 streams:

  • Active Community
  • Creative Community
  • Healthy Community
  • Life-long Community
  • Sustainable Community
  • Vibrant Retail Precincts.

Applications for this round of grant funding open from 9am, Monday 2 March and close at 11.59pm Monday 13 April 2020.

For more information or to apply, see Annual Community Strengthening Grants.