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    Community Grants recipients 2020

    Melbourne Airport is pleased to announce the successful recipients of the 2020 Community Grants program, which awarded $100,000 to 10 local projects run by Neighbourhood Houses in Melbourne’s northwest.
    The projects include mentoring and English-language programs for refugees, employment pathway programs for those re-entering the workforce including those significantly impacted by COVID-19, and study group programs for young people and their families.

    Community Grant recipients share their story


    The 2020 Community Grants recipients include:

    Banksia Gardens Community Services - Kenley Court Study Group (Meadow Heights)
    The weekly after-school study group program for refugee and newly arrived migrant children from the Meadow Heights area.
    Bridge Darebin - Blended Learning (Preston)  
    The creation of interactive learning modules, to respond to COVID-19 distancing requirements while supporting CALD students, those with learning disabilities or additional educational barriers.
    Bridge Darebin - Bridge Darebin Maker’s Marketplace (Thornbury)
    The creation of an online marketplace, with a shopfront, maker profiles, online workshops and social media support – to create employment opportunities for small business enterprises significantly impacted by COVID-19.
    Duke Street Community House - Breaking Digital Barriers (Sunshine)
    Provision of a no-cost laptop/ ipad device borrowing service for community members who face cultural, linguistic, financial or social barriers to accessing technology.  The service will allow them to continue to participate with their socially-distanced educational and language programs.
    Farnham Street Neighbourhood Learning Centre - Resilient Refugee Youth (Flemington)
    This award-winning initative, partners recently-arrived refugee youth to trained mentors from their local community – to help these young people achieve their educational and professional goals.
    Homestead Community and Learning Centre - Roxy Resilient Women (Roxburgh Park) 
    The project supports CALD women who are marginalised, unskilled or inexperienced in Australian workplaces, to address their barriers to further employment via a series of ten workshops.
    Kensington Neighbourhood House - Strong Foundations (Kensington)
    An individualised homework and literacy support program for Prep to Grade 2 students to reduce the ‘literacy deficit’ as result of COVID-19 school closures within the CALD and refugee communities.
    Kensington Neighbourhood House - Women into Work (Kensington)
    The provision of 1:1 personalised mentoring support for refugee (predominently) African-Australian women, including: skills gap analysis, resume creation/ job application assistance, the development of micro enterprises and links to potential employers.
    Preston Reservoir Adult Community Education - Transition to Work (Reservoir)
    A case management employment program for those with complex barriers to attainining paid employment.  Working with both employers and individuals, personalised support will enable the participants to transition into meaningful and sustainable employment.
    West Sunshine Community Centre – We Got You (West Sunshine)
    A mentoring project to support at-risk CALD students by matching them with culturally-appropiate young adult mentors (aged 18-30yrs). These mentors will also assist at-risk CALD students to access more intensive support programs as needed.
    More information about the 2020 Community Grants Program 
    Neighbourhood Houses located within a 15km of Melbourne Airport were eligible to apply for a funding boost of $10,000 in April 2020, thanks to the Melbourne Airport Community Grants Program.  Established in 2019, the airport is committed to supporting educational and employment pathway initiatives, with $200,000 of funding being provided to date. 

    Key Dates: Applications have closed for 2020, Applications will re-open in April 2021.

    Information Resources  
    Media Release announcing the ten successful grants for 2020
    Community Grants Key Selection Criteria (updated)
    Community Grants Sample Application Questions (updated)
    Media release detailing the ten successful grants for 2019
    Media release announcing the launch of the 2020 Community Grant Program 

    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]
    Melbourne Airport’s Community Grant rounds are administered by Australian Communities Foundation.