Melbourne Airport is pleased to announce the successful recipients of the second round of Community Grants, awarding $100,000 across 10 local projects run by Neighbourhood Houses. 

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. 

Melbourne Airport CEO Lyell Strambi said he was pleased to provide support to the 10 Neighbourhood House community projects, especially during COVID-19. 

“We are proud to announce the successful recipients of our Community Grants program for another year, continuing our support for the local community,” said Mr Strambi. 

“Being able to help fund services that community members can readily access and which are supportive of the airport’s surrounding communities is why we developed the Community Grants program. 

“We have now awarded a total of $200,000 to Neighbourhood Houses over the past two years and are pleased to see the programs having real impacts within communities.”  

Melbourne Airport Community Grants recipients 2020 

Banksia Gardens Community Services

Project: Kenley Court Neighbourhood House Study Group

The weekly after-school study group program for refugee and newly arrived migrant children from the Meadow Heights area. The Study Group provides a safe environment where students can learn and pursue interests, with many family members also attending to improve their language skills with their children.  

Bridge Darebin (Preston)

Project: Blended Learning

The project will create interactive learning modules, for students with learning disabilities, CALD students and those returning to study after a long break, to respond to COVID-19 distancing requirements. It will also provide more flexibility in low-cost skills attainment once distancing requirements ease. 

Bridge Darebin (Thornbury)

Project: Bridge Darebin Maker’s Marketplace

The project will create an interactive and engaging online marketplace, with an online shopfront, maker profiles, blog, online workshops/ events and social media support. Through leveraging Bridge Darebin’s other successful social enterprises, it will create employment opportunities for the hobbyist and small business enterprises who have been hit hard by the cancelling of events under COVID-19. 

Duke Street Community House

Project: Breaking Digital Barriers

The initiative will provide a no-cost IT device borrowing service for identified members of the Sunshine community who face cultural, linguistic, financial, social and physical barriers to accessing technology. Loan laptops/ ipads will be provided with pre-paid internet connectivity, so that participants can continue with their socially-distanced educational and language programs.  

Farnham Street Neighbourhood Learning Centre

Project: Resilient Refugee Youth

This award-winning initiative, partners youth of a refugee background to trained and supportive mentors from their local community. Structured as a one-year program, the mentors provide practical and emotional support help these young people settle within Australia and to achieve their educational and professional goals. 

Homestead Community and Learning Centre

Project: Roxy Resilient Women

The project supports women from CALD backgrounds who are marginalised, unskilled or inexperienced in an Australian workplace. Ten workshops covering topics such as: communication, teamwork, workplace situations/ cultures, technology and enterprise work to address the barriers to their further employment. 

Kensington Neighbourhood House Inc

Project: Strong Foundations  

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 Inc

Project: Women into Work

The initiative provides individual mentoring to refugee (predominently) African-Australian women, including: skills gap analysis, resume creation, personal introductions to reputable training providers, assistance with online job search/ applications, interview preparation and links to potential employers.  

 Preston Reservoir Adult Community Education

Project: Transition to Work Program

The program will provide case management employment support for those with entry-point labour market skills (or additional barriers) to gain meaningful and sustainable employment. Working with employers and individuals, the case worker will coordinate every aspect of the participant’s skills, behavioural and personal development to aid their transition into paid employment. 

 West Sunshine Community Centre Brimbank City Council

Project: ‘We Got You’

The initiative aims to support at-risk CALD students by matching them with culturally-appropiate young adult mentors (aged 18-30yrs). These adult mentors will be trained to provide educational and wellbeing support, and to assist at-risk CALD students to access more intensive support programs as needed.