Community Grants

Community centres and neighbourhood houses located within 20km of Melbourne Airport will be eligible to apply for a funding boost of $10,000 through the Melbourne Airport Community Grants program.

Established in 2019, the community grants enable educational and employment pathway initiatives in Melbourne’s north and west as part of Melbourne Airport’s commitment to support meaningful community projects. Ten grants of $10,000 will be awarded to ten neighbourhood houses.

There are 69 eligible neighbourhood houses listed below, with the Grants program uniquely supporting proven projects being delivered in Melbourne’s north and west.

The types of projects Melbourne Airport will fund

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

  • respond to the needs of local communities and that reflect the cultural makeup of communities
  • benefit culturally and linguistically diverse or newly arrived migrant communities, or young families
  • have a proven track record and outcomes
  • can articulate how they are increasing employment and educational outcomes, social cohesion and engagement
  • have strong partnerships with complementary organisations where possible
  • can demonstrate an investment in forward planning
  • are not already fully funded by existing government funding streams.

Key dates

1st July 2024 Grants open, 9am AEST

5th August 2024 Grants close, 5pm AEST

August 2024 Successful grants awarded

September 2024 Grant funding provided

How to apply for a grant

Grant applications must be submitted via the Australian Communities Foundation’s grants portal using access code: MACF2024

APPLY HERE

If you already have an account through the Australian Communities Foundation, please use your existing username and password.

Melbourne Airport is open to funding

  • salaries
  • project costs
  • a discrete element of a larger project
  • up to two applications per organisation per grant round
  • projects funded through a previous Community Grant round (additional funding is not guaranteed and all reporting requirements must be up to date).

Melbourne Airport is not open to funding

  • projects at the pilot stage or approaches that are untested
  • projects that duplicate an existing offering
  • general operating support
  • capital expenditure: some capital expenses are permitted but they should not form the majority of the application budget
  • organisations who are not registered neighbourhood houses and neighbourhood houses that are not on the eligible houses list
  • professional development or political or faith-based activities.

Eligible Neighbourhood Houses

Alphington Community CentreAngliss Neighbourhood HouseAttwood House Community CentreBanksia Gardens Community Services
Braybrook and Maidstone Neighbourhood HouseBraybrook Community CentreBroadmeadows Women's Community HouseBrunswick Neighbourhood House
Cairnlea Hunt St. Community HubCarlton Neighbourhood Learning CentreCollingwood Neighbourhood HouseComm Unity Plus Services - Deer Park
Cooinda Community CentreCraigieburn Education and Community CentreCreeds Farm Living and Learning CentreDallas Neighbourhood Centre
Delahey Community CentreDuke Street Community HouseEast Coburg Neighbourhood HouseFarnham Street Neighbourhood Learning Centre
Fawkner Community HouseFitzroy Learning NetworkFraser Rise Children's and Community CentreGlenroy Neighbourhood Learning Centre
Goonawarra Neighbourhood HouseGreenbrook Community HouseGurwidj Aboriginal Women's Neighbourhood HouseHillside Community Centre and Neighbourhood House
Homestead Community and Learning CentreHolden Street Neighbourhood HouseHunt Club Community and Arts CentreJika Jika Community Centre
Kenley Court Neighbourhood HouseKensington Neighbourhood HouseKororoit Creek Neighbourhood HouseLalor Living and Learning Centre
Maidstone Community CentreMaribyrnong Community CentreMeadow Heights Education CentreMill Park Community House
Newlands Neighbourhood HouseNorth Carlton Railway station Neighbourhood HouseNorth Melbourne Language and LearningOlympic Neighbourhood House
Outlets Co-operativePreston Reservoir Adult Community EducationPrinces Hill Community CentreReservoir Neighbourhood House
Reynard Street Neighbourhood HouseSouth KingsvilleSPAN Community HouseSpotswood Community House
St Albans Community Youth Club Inc.Stevenson HouseSunbury Neighbourhood HouseSussex Neighbourhood House
Sydenham Neighbourhood HouseTaylors Hill Neighbourhood HouseThe Bridge - PrestonThe Bridge - Thornbury
The Centre Connecting Community in North & West MelbourneThomastown Neighbourhood HouseTullamarine Community HouseWalker Close Community Centre
West Footscray Neighbourhood HouseWest Sunshine Community CentreWestvale CommunityWingate Avenue Community Centre
Yarraville Community Centre


Alphington Community Centre
Braybrook and Maidstone Neighbourhood HouseBraybrook Community Centre
Cairnlea Hunt St. Community HubCarlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre
Cooinda Community CentreCraigieburn Education and Community Centre
Delahey Community CentreDuke Street Community House
Fawkner Community HouseFitzroy Learning Network
Goonawarra Neighbourhood HouseGreenbrook Community House
Homestead Community and Learning CentreHolden Street Neighbourhood House
Kenley Court Neighbourhood HouseKensington Neighbourhood House
Maidstone Community CentreMaribyrnong Community Centre
Newlands Neighbourhood HouseNorth Carlton Railway station Neighbourhood House
Outlets Co-operativePreston Reservoir Adult Community Education
Reynard Street Neighbourhood HouseSouth Kingsville
St Albans Community Youth Club Inc.Stevenson House
Sydenham Neighbourhood HouseTaylors Hill Neighbourhood House
The Centre Connecting Community in North & West MelbourneThomastown Neighbourhood House
West Footscray Neighbourhood HouseWest Sunshine Community Centre
Yarraville Community Centre

2023 Melbourne Airport Community Grants recipients

We're pleased to announce the recipients of our 2023 Melbourne Airport Community Fund providing financial support to people living in the city’s north and west.

We have awarded $10,000 to 10 Neighbourhood Houses and Community Centres with funds directly assisting children, teenagers, and adults in their studies, training, and career endeavours.

The grants have been awarded to the following recipients:

  • Banksia Gardens Community Services
    Project name: Kenley Court Neighbourhood House (KCNH) Study Group Program
  • St Albans Community Youth Club
    Project name: Leveling up – The Tin Shed Youth Crew
  • Preston Neighbourhood House Inc (Bridge Darebin)
    Project name: Bridge Darebin Preston – Bridging the cultural gap
  • Taylors Hill Youth & Community Centre
    Project name: Westside Coffee Training Program
  • Brunswick Neighbourhood House (BNH) Co-operative Limited
    Project name: Ready Set Bake – Fawkner Neighbourhood House
  • Farnham Street Neighbourhood Learning Centre
    Project name: Dynamic Disabilities Project
  • Kensington Neighbourhood House Inc
    Project name: Strong Foundations
  • Preston Neighbourhood House Inc (Bridge Darebin)
    Project name: Bridge Darebin Thornbury – Pathways for Women
  • Lalor Neighbourhood House
    Project name: Creating Opportunities through Creative Industry
  • Dallas Neighbourhood House
    Project name: Out and About