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    Community Grants

    The 2021 Melbourne Airport Community Grants round will proceed, but with some practical amendments to enable eligible Neighbourhood Houses to safely and responsively support their communities.

    All content on this page has been fully updated to reflect COVID-19 amendments – 12 April 2021.

    Neighbourhood Houses located within a 15km of Melbourne Airport will be eligible to apply for a funding boost of $10,000, thanks to Melbourne Airport’s Community Grants Program.
    Established in 2019, the airport is committed to supporting educational and employment pathway initiatives (including associated capital expenditure) in Melbourne’s northwest, with $100,000 of funding being awarded via ten, $10,000 grants in 2021. 

    There are 49 eligible Neighbourhood Houses listed below, with the Grants Program uniquely supporting proven projects being delivered in Melbourne’s northwest.

    Key Dates: 

    26 April 2021– Applications open

    21 May 2021 – Applications close

    June 2021 – Grants awarded

    Information Resources  

    Community Grant Guidelines (updated)
    Community Grants Key Selection Criteria (updated)
    Community Grants Sample Application Questions (updated)
    Media release announcing the launch of the 2021 Community Grant Program 

    What sort of projects are Melbourne Airport Funding?

    Educational and/or employment pathways projects and/or capital expenditure initiatives or activities that:

    • Are responsive to the contemporary needs and reflect the cultural makeup of their local communities.
    • Benefit culturally and linguistically diverse or newly arrived migrant communities.
    • Have a proven track record and outcomes (or are a collection of proven elements in light of COVID-19 directives).
    • Can articulate how they are increasing social cohesion, engagement, economic participation, educational outcomes and employment pathway support (in a safe manner in light of COVID-19 directives).
    • Directly provide resources such as; home internet connectivity for their learners, devices/ device hire, software licensing and other capital expenses materials/ items as needed. *Retrospective capital expense applications will not be accepted – expenses may only be incurred after a neighbourhood house has been advised that their application is successful.
    • Have strong partnerships with complementary organisations where possible. 
    • Can demonstrate an investment in forward planning. 
    • Are not already fully funded in the proposed form by existing government funding streams. 


    Additional COVID-19 requirements/considerations 

    1. Applicants will be asked how they plan to deliver their program in a safe manner - to reflect COVID-19 social distancing and other measures
    2. Support of proven educational, employment pathway and capital expenditure projects remains as a priority, but the key selection criteria of “Are responsive to the contemporary needs of their local community” will increase in ranking priority – to reflect evolving health situations
    3. The criteria surrounding how a submitted project is increasing social cohesion, engagement, economic participation and employment pathways, will be viewed through the lens of previous performance and future expectations of when and how a project can safely be delivered.
    4. To alleviate concerns and potential workload issues for all involved, for successful grant applications Melbourne Airport will accommodate any reasonable changes required to enable Neighbourhood Houses to safely deliver their projects and support their communities.
    5. Applications strictly close 5pm, 21 May 2021 – as we wish to fast track the grant evaluation process – for grants to be awarded in June 2021.

    Eligible Neighbourhood Houses

    Angliss Neighbourhood House Delahey Community Centre Kensington Neighbourhood House St Albans Community Youth Club Inc.
    Attwood House Community Centre Duke Street Community House Kororoit Creek Neighbourhood House Sunbury Neighbourhood House
    Banksia Gardens Community Services East Coburg Neighbourhood House Lalor Living and Learning Centre Sussex Neighbourhood House
    Braybrook and Maidstone Neighbourhood House Farnham Street Neighbourhood Learning Centre Maidstone Community Centre Sydenham Neighbourhood House
    Braybrook Community Centre Fawkner Community House Maribyrnong Community Centre Taylors Hill Neighbourhood House
    Broadmeadows Women's Community House Fraser Rise Neighbourhood House Meadow Heights Education Centre The Bridge - Thornbury
    Brunswick Neighbourhood House Glenroy Neighbourhood Learning Centre Newlands Neighbourhood House The Bridge - Preston
    Cairnlea Hunt St. Community Hub Good Shepherd - St Albans North Carlton Railway station Neighbourhood House Thomastown Neighbourhood House
    Comm Unity Plus Services - Deer Park Goonawarra Neighbourhood House North Melbourne Language and Learning Tullamarine Community House
    Craigieburn Education and Community Centre Hunt Club Community and Arts Centre Preston Reservoir Adult Community Education West Footscray Neighbourhood House
    Creeds Farm Living and Learning Centre Hillside Community Centre Reynard Street Neighbourhood House West Sunshine Community Centre
    Dallas Neighbourhood Centre Homestead Community and Learning Centre Stevenson House Westvale Community
      Kenley Court Neighbourhood House   Wingate Avenue Community Centre


    Melbourne Airport acknowledges that our community lives and works on the lands of the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and encourage applications from organisations working towards reconciliation and cultural connection.

    Further information: [email protected]

    Community Grants

    If you would like to apply, please click 'Apply Now'.

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    Melbourne Airport’s Community Grant Rounds are administered by the Australian Communities Foundation.