Brimbank Community Fund grants give a generous boost to young locals

The Brimbank Community Fund recently awarded grants of $11,500 to three local charity organisations working with vulnerable Brimbank youth.

Council is a proud supporter of the Brimbank Community Fund, which was established in 2009.

The fund operates as a sub-fund of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, formed in 1923, and is led by an independent committee of volunteer local leaders aiming to support some of our most vulnerable residents.

The work of the fund is led by passionate, volunteer local leaders whose enthusiasm and knowledge ensure the fund is relevant to the Brimbank community.

It’s a great example of passionate community members, local businesses, and philanthropic institutions creating long-term solutions that deliver direct benefits to the community.

Over the last four years the fund has distributed around $45,000 to 11 local charities assisting young people with their education, employment and wellbeing.

Money donated to the Brimbank Community Fund stays in a secure trust fund and only the interest earned is distributed as grants to support local charities. This means every donation can help make a difference for years to come.

The Brimbank Community Fund Advisory Committee Chair, Barry Harvey AM said every year we receive a variety of inspiring applications, and this year didn’t disappoint with the selected projects involving drama, sport and technology.

“The calibre of the applications we receive never cease to amaze me, as do the volunteers that run these programs for the benefit of the community.

“It will be exciting to see how the projects progress over the course of the year and we look forward to hearing more about them.

“I’d also like to offer the committee’s immense congratulations to the award recipients,” Mr Harvey said.

Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice said that although our city continues to grow and prosper, we are still challenged by pockets of high disadvantage. The boost of support offered by the Brimbank Community Fund is enormously helpful.

“To have a means to grow and distribute funds to local charities, and help our community where it is much needed to assist young people with their education, employment and wellbeing, is applauded by Council,” Cr Giudice said.

For more information on the Brimbank Community Fund visit Brimbank Community Fund.

The Brimbank Community Fund is a charitable fund account of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and is proudly supported by Brimbank City Council.

2018 Grant Recipients

Western Edge Youth Arts ($4,000 grant) - St Albans Edge Theatre 

This is an active practical drama project that involves young people and develops their talents to shape engaging content that speaks to their experiences as young people today.

They will work with sophisticated drama processes to explore stories and characters, and have the opportunity to make complex decisions about artistic content through group discussions.

This funding will enable project participants to take the performance out of the rehearsal room and into an equipped and professional theatre.

The Youth Junction Inc. ($4,000 grant) B.O.P (Better Outcomes Program) - Soccer Program

The project provides an opportunity for young people aged between 16-25 years to improve their education, social skills, employment and well-being through sporting opportunities.

The B.O.P project will be delivered Friday evenings, with the aim of preventing anti-social and criminal activity within the municipality of Brimbank at the weekends, whilst also promoting engagement in early intervention youth services linked to the Visy Cares Hub in Sunshine.

YouthNow Inc ($3,500 grant) - The Hatch

Our young people need experience with new technologies in order to be competitive in the job market, to seek careers and to build creative businesses.

The project funding will provide a 3D printer and software to be used by Brimbank young people in YouthNow's HATCH innovation centre at the Visy Cares Hub in Sunshine. It will be used in STEM sessions and innovation sessions.


Next review date: 
5 October 2018