Grants are awarded in conjunction with the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation. This year’s focus for the Brimbank Community Fund Grants will be on mental wellness. Grant applications will open later this year.
No grants were awarded in 2019.
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.
Previous Grant Recipients
If you still need financial support for a local initiative please try our annual Community Grants Program.
Our Current Focus
The Brimbank Community Fund focuses on supporting initiatives that seek to improve education, employment and well-being outcomes and unlock the potential of Brimbank’s young people (up to 25 years old).
According to the Index of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage, 2016, Brimbank is the third most disadvantaged LGA in the State.
Youth Unemployment in the West
Melbourne’s west was identified in a 2018 report by the Brotherhood of St Laurence as one of Australia’s youth unemployment hotspots, with 18.7% of young people not in employment. This figure has risen from 17.3% in 2016.
In 2016, 51% of Brimbank residents aged 15 years and over had no qualification, compared to 39% for Greater Melbourne.
Disengagement from education and unemployment can have significant affect young people’s physical and mental wellbeing and social connection.
The Brimbank Community Fund is a sub-fund of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and is proudly supported by Brimbank City Council.