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2020 Grant Recipients

Council congratulates all grant recipients and looks forward to seeing many exciting project outcomes over the coming year.

Community Group Support Grant Program

Hazel Glen College

Hazel Glen College Year 12 Community Light Show

The project provides a light show celebrating the achievements of the school’s inaugural Year 12 students. The project aims to bring the community back together while celebrating the school’s first Year 12 students.

Young Girls Mindfulness Support Group

Young Girls Group

This project will support local females (under 30 years) who experience severe mental ill-health and social isolation. The project aims to deliver online activities, peer-led therapeutic group activities and a trip to Melbourne Museum once restrictions have lifted.

Doreen Baby Boomers

Baby Boomers back together again

The applicant will resume their pre-COVID activities and offer craft and exercise classes. The project aims to increase social connection for the group's members who have been isolated during restrictions.

Mernda Community House

Art studio

The applicant will deliver a term (10 weeks) of online art classes for children and adults. The project aims to increase community connections, increase knowledge, skills and confidence in exploring art mediums and improved mental health and wellbeing.

Foundation of Mindfulness Australia (FOMA)

Mindfulness – Post COVID

The applicant will offer online and face to face teachings from Buddhist knowledge, Yoga, and Meditation. The project aims to introduce mindfulness techniques and practices to the community by utilizing the skills of experienced practitioners and experts in the field.

Epping North Scout Group

Free post-COVID camp for members of Epping North Scout Group

The applicant will purchase equipment and run a post-COVID-19 camp for Epping North Scout members. This project will help re-establish face to face friendships, reduce financial strains on families and increase camp participation rates.

Hope Street Youth Like Foyer Program

Living skills for life

This project will help young people (aged 16 - 25 years) develop creativity and life skills through teaching hand and machine sewing. Sessions are normally held face to face, however this project will allow participants to learn within their homes.

Mill Park Community Services Group

Zoom or here!!

This project aims to re-establish community links and bring people back to the Community House (either face to face or via Zoom). The applicant will offer a ‘Welcome Back Party’, liaise with participants in order to develop sustainable remote contact for those who chose not to return face to face.  

Whittlesea Showgrounds & Recreation Reserves Committee of Management

Monday Market post COVID preparation

The applicant will purchase PPE and signage and advertise the return of Whittlesea’s Monday Market. The project aims to support reconnection of volunteers and create a sense of community.

Yonan Hozaya’s Centre for future studies

Ongoing activities during COVID-19

The applicant will create an easy to use website (and related technologies – e.g. voice recognition) that uses and promotes the usage of the Syriac language. This will increase accessibility of services and support members who are increasingly relying on online communication.

Diamond Valley Multiple Birth Association (DVMBA)

Groceries for families

The applicant will supply groceries (2 meals) for 30 - 40 families who have experienced the birth of multiples or are considered vulnerable.  The project aims to reduce financial strain and stress, provide a sense of connection and remind people about the Association.

Epping Tennis Club

Membership reduction and support

The applicant will subsidise membership fees for existing (2020) members. The project aims to ease members financial strain and encourage people to keep playing tennis.

Australian Shia Gathering Place

Creative prospects

The applicant will run a series of eight, culturally safe, creative workshops for children, aged 8 – 16year old, from the Iraqi community. The project aims to provide social interaction, creative skill development and provision of activities which are often out of reach for these families.

Zimbabwe United Methodist

Young and connected champions

The aim of this project is to keep youth (aged 10 - 25 years) connected by providing online activities such as yoga, cooking classes and music. In order to ensure that platforms are safely managed, adult volunteers will support and moderate platforms.

Whittlesea Malayalee Association

Malayali Cultural Fest 2020

The applicant will provide a 10-week program of cultural arts workshops which will culminate in an online cultural festival. The project aims to improve understanding of cultural diversity, increase community connections and promote values of brotherhood and respect.

Reconnection Grant Program

Whittlesea Agricultural Society Inc.

The ‘virtual’ Whittlesea Show – spreading the word

The applicant plans to develop a series of videos which showcase elements that 'create and underpin' the annual Whittlesea Show. The project   involves filming activities (e.g. what makes a champion cow, baking a prize-winning sponge) and competition judging (e.g. poultry, autumn garden product). Videos would be posted online and would also be made into a DVD for distribution throughout the community. The project aims to create a sense of community and belonging, teach new skills, provide educate people about the district, food production and environment and local history. 

New Horizons Whittlesea Assembly of God Church Inc.

Online community carols – Big picture concepts

This project involves transitioning the annual Whittlesea Township Community Carols into an online event. The project involves holding a live stream event (with some pre-recorded elements) through YouTube. Pre-recorded elements include skits, Santa appearance, short messages and presentations from local community groups and schools. The project aims to connect with the community, increase community awareness of community groups, programs and networks, local schools and churches.

Lalor Football Netball Club Inc.

Lalor Sporting Hub family fun day

The applicant plans to hold a family day at Lalor Reserve and Bowling Club. Activities include a petting zoo, live music and entertainment, performances from local artists, sporting demonstrations, jumping castles, food trucks, market stalls with local small business vendors and celebrity guest speakers. The project aims to facilitate community connection, increase participation in sport, improve health and wellbeing, increase capacity and support local businesses.

Sophie deLightful Presents (auspiced by Loconomics Inc.)

Curbside Carnies

The applicant will provide a series of six 30 - 45-minute-long 'contactless circus' shows, over two days, at various locations throughout the City of Whittlesea. The project involves a small cast of circus artists assembling a custom made, portable stage and delivering street performances and circus skills at suitable locations within the municipality. The project aims to re-activate public spaces, provide an accessible art experience to the wider community and increase community's sense of wellbeing and mental health.

Whittlesea Malayalee Association Inc.

Getting through together – Break the isolation and feel connected

The applicant plans to host a series of online activities including dance classes for young people; Zumba, Opacize and yoga classes; art classes; drawing, painting, art & craft and cooking competitions; magic shows and a reader’s blog. The project aims to help maintain better physical and mental health, increase feelings of connectedness and reduced isolation, develop public awareness of physical distancing and safety during the pandemic.

Al Siraat College

Al Siraat College – Connected community project

The applicant plans to run four weekly programs for mums from various cultures within the community. The programs include: Positive Peaceful Parenting Program - focusing on mental health & wellbeing of mums; Bedtime story time Program for Mums & Bubs; Pilates; and a series of workshops for parents/students on developing community content.
The project aims to ease the community back to a COVID normal, minimise the impacts of loneliness and isolation on mental and physical health and wellbeing.

Mernda Park Primary School

Movie magic

The applicant plans to run an evening movie night and activities. The project involves screening a family-friendly movie outdoors, art, craft and sporting activities, and performances from the school choir and band. The project aims to create and strengthen connections within the Mernda community, celebrate collaborations between the applicant, others who share the site (childcare, kindergarten, MCH) and a local aged care residential facility.

Epping Secondary College

Coffee hub

The applicant plans to setup a student-led coffee hub which would operate as a social enterprise. Students would undertake barista training in order to make and sell coffee: to staff and students (allocated days); at Open Nights/Information Days; and to members of a local community group or parents at 'coffee mornings'. The project aims to provide work related and enterprise skills to students and increase community connections and networks.

Mernda and Districts Residents Association Inc

Reconnect community BBQs

The applicant plans to offer a series of free community BBQ events at different parks around Mernda & Doreen once restrictions have eased and small outdoor events are allowed. The project involves providing a free community BBQ with simple family games or activities (restrictions pending). The project aims to help local residents to reconnect and remember the friendly welcoming community that is Mernda/Doreen, increased sense of belonging and connection, and better mental health.

Aurora Community Association Inc.

Community mental health workshops

The applicant will hold three mental health workshops for the Epping North community. One session will be open for the whole of community while the other two sessions will be culturally appropriate for two of the community's largest populations - Indian & Somali. The project aims to increase community supporting each other, increase understanding and identification of mental health issues, increase connection to support services, increase applicant’s reach within community.

Epping Tennis Club Inc.

LET’S challenge (Lalor, Epping, Thomastown)

The applicant will run a tennis competition, over two weekends, for the community and tennis club members from Lalor, Epping and Thomastown. Competition will be open to youth and adults who wish to play as singles, doubles, mixed doubles and vets and will be held at four different clubs depending on the number of participants that apply to play. The project aims to provide options for the community to participate in sport which will help with both mental and physical health.

Findon Pony Club Inc.

Community open day

The applicant plans to hold a community open day for club members and the local community. The open day would include pony rides/lessons and face painting. The project aims to increase social interaction, reconnect community members with each other and businesses, and increase mental health (happiness).

PACMania auspiced by The Boite (Vic) Inc.

Kultur Shok Jam

Kultur Shok is a series of concerts about cross cultural communication via music and story sharing. The performances will be accompanied with performer/artist talks where they will share their story with the audience, talk about their style of music and how they connected with an Australian audience. There will also be open mic sessions for local talent.
The project aims to bring diverse groups together, reduce social isolation and increase intercultural learning.

Findon Pony Club Inc.

Easter egg hunt

The applicant plans to open their club grounds and hold an Easter Egg hunt and pony rides for the local community. The project aims to provide happiness and increased social interaction for those who attend.

Economic Development Grant Program

Magnolia on Orchard

Magnolia on Orchard’s EATAPP program

The applicant will create an EATAPP website that promotes the business through mobile applications, online marketing and search engine optimisation. The website will also integrate an ordering system which will increase COVID safety for customers.

Café 59 on Church

Café 59 outdoor summer

The applicant will install iPad and online ordering systems which will allow customers to order from their table and aims to reduce the number of customers lining up at the counter to order and pay. This will allow the business to operate more efficiently and will increase COVID safety for staff and customers.

Otto Wilde Grillers Australia

Website feature refresh

The applicant will expand their existing e-commerce site which acts as their main point of sale system. The project aims to improve the customer experience and allow greater flexibility for fulfilling, tracking and delivering orders more efficiently.

Whittlesea Community Connections Fund

WCCF 2020 (Round three)

Artist Project Amount awarded
Laura Miller Happy Hips Dance Project $    2,000.00 
Lucy Cleary Botanical Fantasy - Life in Glass $    2,000.00 
Stephen Hawker Lighting Workshops for Secondary School Students $    2,000.00 
Melissa Thomas Website Design and Construction for the collective $    2,000.00 
Gary McKie Whittlesea Sound Project $    2,000.00 
Angela Perry Future Foundations Creative Workshop and Art Exhibition 2020 $    2,000.00 
Karen Casey Safely Connected $    2,000.00 
Paul Mulligan Side Stage - Roundtable $    2,000.00 
Josephine Mead Covid Drawings Publication $    2,000.00 

WCCF 2020 (Round two)

Artist Project Amount awarded
Mernda Community House Weaving Community Harmony $    1,962.00 
Mr Jarrod Grech Street Art $    2,000.00 
Mr Jake McCormick Apartment 36 $    2,000.00 
Ms Meg De Young Whittlesea Community Garden Mural $    2,000.00 
Miss Alisha Sazdova Through Poetic Eyes $    2,000.00 
Mrs Aseel Tayah Eid Hakawati $    2,000.00 
Mr Guralambir Singh United We Stand $    1,850.00 
Ms Kerry Clarke Sharing the Music $    2,000.00 
Mr Jonathan Morrison Finlandia: The Music of Jean Sibelius $    2,000.00 
Ms Hannah Zreikat Songs and Stories $    2,000.00 


WCCF 2020 (Round one)

Artist Project Amount awarded
Ms Gay Chatfield Whimsical Weaving $    2,000.00 
Mary-Lynn Griffith Uke Muster 2020 goes online! $    1,900.00 
Ms Elizabeth Skiitch The Harvest $    1,960.00 
Mrs Niruththa Tharmakulendran Dance O Therapy and Dance O Rama $    2,000.00 
Ms Carolyn Dunell We'll Meet Again $    1,999.00 
Miss Teagan Crouch Creative Aid for Women and Children Experiencing Family Violence $    2,000.00 
Miss Mahla Karimian One Hundred and One Nights in Isolation $    2,000.00 
Mr John Doggett-Williams Edge of Development $    2,000.00 
Mr Mark Kromodimoeljo The Hygieia Project $    1,981.00 
Mr Ben Landau Dark Talk Time $    1,500.00 

Equipment Grants 2020

Group name Amount Awarded 
Sherpa Association of Victoria $      960.00
Whittlesea Tennis Club $      997.00 
Whittlesea Playgroup $      959.00 
Lalor Football Club $    1,000.00 
Links Community Group $    1,000.00 
Lions Club of Whittlesea $    1,000.00 
Foundation of Mindfulness Australia Inc $    1,000.00 
Australian Somali Welfare Brotherhood Association Inc $    1,000.00 
Findon Calisthenics Club $      481.00 
First Doreen Scout Group $      983.00 
Comunita di Filadelfia $    1,000.00 
Mill Park Tennis Club $    1,000.00 
Whittlesea City Basketball Association $    1,000.00 
Whittlesea Community Garden $      970.00 
Heavenly Feast Revival Church $    1,000.00 
Plenty Valley Arts $    1,000.00 
Big Group Hug $    1,000.00 
Laurimar Cricket Club $      996.00