Brimbank Community Fund Grants

Grants are awarded in conjunction with the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation

2020 Grant Applications

The Brimbank Community Fund (BCF) exists to support Brimbank’s most vulnerable residents through grassroots solutions. It is guided by an independent committee of voluntary local leaders supported by Brimbank City Council and the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.

The 2020 BCF Grants will focus on:

  1. Improving the education, employment and wellbeing of Brimbank’s young people (up to 25 years old).
  2. Improving services and support that specifically address mental health issues within the Brimbank community (all ages).
  3. Providing practical support to those experiencing domestic violence within the Brimbank community, with a view to self-empowerment.

Available Grants

In 2020, the BCF will offer two options for grant applicants to consider:

  1. Single year project funding of up to $10,000
  2. Multi-year project funding of up to $10,000 per year for three years.

Opening and Closing Dates

Grant Applications will open at 9am on 10 August 2020 and will close at 5pm on 25 September 2020.

Applying for a Grant

You can apply for a Grant via by clicking on the below link and completing the application form.

https://brimbank.smartygrants.com.au/BrimbankCommunityFund2020-21

For queries about the guidelines, deadlines, or questions in the form, please contact Rebecca Dixon on 9249 4000,  referencing Brimbank Community Fund during business hours or email BCF@brimbank.vic.gov.au and quote your submission number.

Grantseeker Guidelines

Please ensure that you have read and understood the Grant Seeker Guidelines 2020 before you start your Grant Application.

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.

Educational Attainment

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.