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Community Development Grant recipients

Learn about the groups and organisations that have recently received a Community Development Grant.

Community Development Grants 2019/20 round one recipients

African Australian Welfare Bureau Inc.

Fundi Homework Club (An AAWB Program NLDAT)

This project will develop stronger connections between children (aged 11 – 18 years) from African migrant and refugee backgrounds, schools and the wider City of Whittlesea community. The project will provide a safe learning space for a group of African students and their families with parent workshops focusing on skills necessary for living comfortably in Australian society.

African Sisterhood Incorporated

Promoting wellbeing and social cohesion through sharing popular African recipes in a cookbook

This project will bring women from different African backgrounds together to produce a cookbook that will be used as a way of sharing popular African dishes with the wider Australian community.

Creeds Farm Living & Learning Centre Inc.

Connecting Women

This project creates a safe space for women from all cultural backgrounds and life stages, from the Wollert and Epping North area, to come together and talk about various topics such as self-care, healthy eating and exercise, family relationships and positive parenting whilst creating sustainable home products.

Diamond Valley Multiple Birth Assocation

Breastfeeding Twins or More

The project will help expectant mothers of twins or more learn how to breastfeed more than one baby. The project will involve a trained lactation consultant delivering two four-hour sessions spaced over a 10-month period. 

Edgars Creek Secondary College

Community Cooking and Conversation - pilot program

This project will deliver a six-week, hands-on cooking and conversation pilot program at Edgar's Creek Secondary College for up to 20 participants – particularly from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.

Foundation of Mindfulness Australia Inc.

Mindfulness Program

This project will deliver monthly mindfulness sessions for children, young people and adults at various locations throughout the City of Whittlesea.

Future Foundations Limited

Future Foundations Creative Workshops

This project will make a difference to disadvantaged young people and their communities by delivering a 16-week creative art and personal mentoring program to at least 12 children aged 10 – 12 years.

Life Saving Victoria

Open Water Learning Experience - Aquatic Safety Education, Whittlesea youth

The project will be based at the Thomastown Recreation and Aquatic Centre and will involve delivering a program to teach and empower young people from low socioeconomic and/or newly arrived migrant backgrounds to use lifesaving skills.

Northern Suburbs Art Collective (auspiced by Auspicious Arts Projects Inc.)

City of Whittlesea Open Studios Arts Trail

This project will plan and deliver an 'Open-Studios' event for local artists to open their studios to the public for one weekend and showcase their art practice through hands-on activities and demonstrations.

Ondru Limited

The Human Thesis

The project will conduct workshops to design and develop an art project by which people impacted by displacement, especially refugees and asylum seekers, can express themselves with autonomy and pride.

Oz Green-global Rivers Environmental Education Network (Australia) Incorporated

Youth Leading Whittlesea

The project will involve working with approximately 30 young people, from local schools, and the Darebin Creek Management Committee to participate in a two-day environmental congress followed by an evening community forum where young people will present their environmental action plans to their school community, government leaders, local businesses and other interested community members.

The Founding Archive Victoria

People, places and things - sharing memories of us

The project will involve producing an exhibition at the Lalor Library during local history month accompanied by a publication. The exhibition and publication will present a local history of Lalor through everyday objects offered by children.

The Himalayan Club Inc.

Beginners Cricket at THC

The project will promote, coordinate and deliver a free 13-week introductory cricket program for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

Whittlesea Community House

2019 Whittlesea Uke Muster

The project will deliver a one-day event which consists of four workshops for ukulele players of different abilities, from absolute beginners to advanced, a public performance and an exhibition of ukuleles handmade by members of the Whittlesea Men’s Shed.

Whittlesea Landcare (auspiced by Whittlesea Community House Inc.)

Whittlesea Landcare Community Planting Sessions

This project will facilitate a community planting and BBQ day where Landcare members and local community will join together for a day of hands-on volunteering to rehabilitate an area of Whittlesea’s public rural landscape.

Yarra Plenty Regional Library

Whittlesea Walking Book Clubs

This project will deliver free, high-quality, non-traditional access to library collections via active community participation sessions hosted by an experienced health and wellbeing practitioner with a background in writing, publishing, and libraries. The project involves a series of 1.5-hour 'walking book club sessions' across the municipality, focusing on themes developed in response to the group's individual interests and priorities.


Community Development Grants 2018/19 Round Two Recipients

Birth for Humankind

Baby Ready: Building young mum's resilience and social connection

This project will deliver pregnancy support and education programs for expectant young mothers in the City of Whittlesea who are experiencing financial and social hardship, lacking personal support and not accessing mainstream antenatal support services. 

CL Network Victoria Inc.

Multicultural Festival-Featuring Traditional Food, Music & Dance 

This project will deliver a one-day multicultural festival at the Epping Memorial Hall, including food stalls, music and dancing performances, children's activities and community health service checks.

Drummond Street Services Inc.

Sabah Mushriq-'Bright Morning' Parenting Group

This project will develop a women's group for refugee and asylum seeker women to address rates of family violence within the City of Whittlesea.

Ghana Association of Victoria

Ghana Our Day Festival

This project will deliver the ‘Ghana Our Day’ festival at Redleap Reserve in Mill Park to bring all Ghanaians and the wider community together to foster a sense of belonging and increase social inclusion.

Lalor Running Club Incorporated

Wollert Parkrun

This project will research, implement, and promote a new City of Whittlesea Parkrun in the growing area of Wollert.

Life without Barriers

Asylum Seeker Women's Health and Wellbeing Group

This project will host a weekly education program for asylum seeker women focusing on English language, mental health, and positive, equitable and respectful family relationships. 

MANAS (Mental Awareness Network And Support Inc.)

Mental Health Information Booklet for Indian and subcontinent community

This project will create a free information booklet containing culturally sensitive information on mental health and wellness for members of the Indian community, and other subcontinent communities living in the City of Whittlesea. 

True Culture - auspiced by Auspicious Arts Inc.

True Culture West Papua Youth Project

This project will bring together West Papuan and Indigenous young people in Epping North to share culture and stories in a fun, interactive environment led and developed by community leaders.

Try Australia's Children's Services

Celebrating 10 Years of Community at Mernda Villages Kindergarten

This project will deliver an event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Mernda Villages Kindergarten and encourage families that have belonged to the kindergarten to revisit and reconnect with the service. 

Community Development Grants 2018/19 Round One Recipients

Al Siraat College

Al Siraat College Community Garden

This project aims to develop a community garden for the Al Siraat school community. Students will learn about sustainability and gardening and the broader community will come together to grow food.

Breakaway Camps Inc.

Fortifying Families

This project will deliver a celebratory event aimed at bringing together and connecting the families of children participating in the Breakaway program for disadvantaged and 'at risk' 10-16 year olds.

Creeds Farm Living and Learning Centre Inc.

Youth Gamers' Workshops

This project will deliver free facilitated 'Digital Gamers' session for young people aged 10 to 14 years. The project will bring young people from different cultural backgrounds together to socialise and create new friendships in a safe space. 

Faith & Hope Anxiety and Depression Support Group (auspiced by Creeds Farm Living and Learning Centre Inc.)

'Get Us Outta Here'

This project aims to up-skill and engage members of the Faith & Hope Anxiety and Depression Community Support Group by participating in a range of community activities that strengthen their skills to manage mental wellness.

Filipino Community Council of Victoria Inc.

Filipino Cooking Class

This project will take participants on a cultural cooking journey by conducting a series of free Filipino cooking classes where participants will learn about the Filipino culture and history and develop their home cooking skills.

Khalsa Education Society Inc.

Sikh Festival Diwali - Bandi Chhorh Diwas

This free event will celebrate the Sikh festival of 'Bandi Chhorh Diwas' (also known as Diwali) in Epping North. The event will bring people together and provide an opportunity for the broader community to learn more about Sikh culture. 

Kool Moon Events Inc.

Bollywood Movie Month

This project will deliver a series of free Bollywood movie screenings in Epping North to encourage an increased understanding and appreciation of Indian culture and to assist in building local community connections.

Watch our video to find out more about this project.

Links Community Inc.

Wild Links Lalor

This project will deliver a series of practical community activities and workshops to increase urban biodiversity in Lalor and encourage participants to connect with nature and their local community.

Melbourne City Mission

Sing and Grow: building stronger families and communities through music

This project aims to support vulnerable young children and their families through an 8 week community based music therapy program that uses music and song to engage parents and children together.

Plenty Valley Netball Association

Training of Coaches - up skill existing netball coaches

This project will run a series of training courses for netball coaches. Sustainable outcomes will include improved skills and increased confidence for coaches and the players on their teams.

SEWA International (Aust) Inc.

SEWA 2018-19 Indian Senior Citizens Forum - Epping

This project will deliver a 12 month series of forums for seniors in Epping to provide the growing Indian community with opportunities for social connections and engagement. 

St John Ambulance Victoria

St John 'First Aid in Schools' Program Whittlesea Council region

This project aims to deliver a free 'First Aid in Schools' program to 500 primary school students in the City of Whittlesea. Children will learn first aid basics and how to safely respond in an emergency.

St Matthias Anglican Church Mernda & Doreen (Plentylife) (auspiced by Mill Park Heights Primary School)

'Positive Parenting' Toolbox (Middle Years 6-12) programs & Family Days

This project will deliver a 6 session parenting program and a series of family fun days that will strengthen relationships, encourage healthy development and facilitate connectedness of families in the local community.

Whittlesea and District Netball Association

Active Adolescents

This project will deliver a free school holiday program for local young people to learn about the importance of physical exercise and how to incorporate it into their daily lives.

Whittlesea Community Inc.

Big Blokes Brunch

The program will bring together a range of services and community groups to provide a free weekly event for local men based around healthy meals and community connections at the Whittlesea Community Activity Centre.

Whittlesea Cruise Night (auspiced by Mernda and Doreen Districts Residents Association)

Bands for the Whittlesea Cruise Night

This project will establish a live music program to the monthly Whittlesea Hot Rod Cruise Night events. The free events will allow more people from a variety of ages and backgrounds to connect over shared interests and hobbies.

Watch our video to find out more about this project

YMCA Whittlesea Community Services

YMCA Dads Group

The project aims to encourage closer bonds between children and their fathers through varied  activities such as camping, road trips and visits from guest speakers.

Community Development Grants 2017/18 Round Two Recipients

Australian Vietnamese Women's Association Inc

Vietnamese Tet Festival for disadvantaged women and seniors

This free event will bring together members of the Vietnamese community and the broader community in the City of Whittlesea to promote social harmony and celebrate cultural and religious diversity.

Big Group Hug Ltd

Collection boxes to support vulnerable children

This project aims to support vulnerable families by developing and distributing collection boxes to promote and collect donations of essential baby and childcare items. The donated goods will be collected, packaged  and redistributed through partner networks to vulnerable families throughout the Whittlesea municipality.

Creeds Farm

Creeds Farm Palletable Project

This project involves free guided workshops to encourage community members to reduce landfill through simple DIY up-cycling projects utilising discarded wooden pallets.

Brothers and Sisters Foundation Incorporated

MANAS-Mental Awareness, Network and Support (MANAS in Hindi means mind)

This project will provide culturally appropriate support to Indian communities in the City of Whittlesea to create an environment where individuals in the Indian community feel safe and supported to talk about mental health.

Lalor Traders Association Inc

Lalor Community Connection Day

This free event will create community connections and opportunities for engagement by celebrating diversity. The event will include cultural artistic performances such as dance, music, entertainment and fun activities for community members of all ages and backgrounds.

Project Respect

Outreach to licensed brothels and capacity building training of services in the City of Whittlesea

This project aims to provide outreach to licensed brothels in the City of Whittlesea and deliver capacity building training to staff at social, welfare and community services within the municipality so they are knowledgeable about, and responsive to, women in the sex industry and women trafficked.

The Lakes South Morang P-9 School

Whole school sustainable garden/outdoor learning space program

This project will involve students and community participants from The Lakes P-9 School, Merriang Special Development School, South Morang Scout Group and South Morang Kindergarten in the creation and planting of a community garden and a sensory garden, and the delivery of a series of community art workshops.

Transport Working Group (auspiced by Aurora Community Association)

Get Epping Moving

This project involves delivering a series of community events and forums to bring community members together and draw attention to the situation of transport in Epping North and Wollert.

Whittlesea Community Connections

The Koru Project: Connecting Iranian Asylum Seekers

This project will undertake a series of community events to promote intercultural exchange between Iranian asylum seekers in the City of Whittlesea and the broader local community.

The focus will be on activities which unite people and which emphasize shared connections and mutual respect.

Whittlesea Community Connections

Baristas of Whittlesea

This project will support women from mirgrant, refugee and asylum seekers backgrounds to undertake training, work experience and paid employment in coffee making and food handling.

Whittlesea Community Garden (auspiced by Whittlesea Community House)

Recycled Gardening

This project will deliver a series of recycled themed workshops and activities to engage the broader community and offer the community the opportunity to learn a sustainable approach to gardening and garden based activities that can be applied in their own homes and daily lives.

Whittlesea Interfaith Network

Connecting the community

This project will bring together a broad section of the community for a free one day festival celebrating the City of Whittlesea's diverse communities.

The project will include dance performances, food, storytelling and a smoking ceremony.

Yarra Plenty Regional Library

Comic Con at Mill Park Library

The Mill Park Library will run the inaugural Whittlesea Comic Con to celebrate pop culture and new technologies. The free event will be a mix of workshops, activities and competitions including cosplay, video games, special effects makeup, 3D printing, robotics demonstrations, cartooning classes, drone demonstrations and board games.

Watch our video to find out more about this project.