Get a grant of up to $2000 to help make your neighbourhood more connected and inclusive thanks to our Connected Neighbourhood Small Grants program.

Whether you’re passionate about community education, girls’ footy or growing mushrooms, we want to hear your changemaking ideas. Individuals and community groups can apply until 12 May.

Need inspiration? Here are 10 recent grant recipients doing great things across the city.

  1. Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre will purchase 10 new sewing machines for its Sewing Together – Staying Connected program, which helps diverse women learn to sew for income.
  2. Kensington Stockyard Food Garden will run four seasonal mushroom-growing workshops to empower the community with cheap, easy and sustainable ways to produce their own food.
  3. River Nile Learning Centre will purchase public transport passes to enable refugee and asylum seeker women facing financial difficulties to attend English language classes in North Melbourne.
  4. Carlton Primary School will purchase a fridge-freezer to store fresh and frozen produce for use in its Community Cooking program and healthy lunch program.
  5. Kensington Flemington Junior Sports Club will purchase essential playing equipment for its first under-12 girls’ footy team.
  6. Amy Churchouse will run Baby Wearing Boogie sessions at Kensington Town Hall, bringing new parents together to dance, connect and enrich their babies’ lives with new sensory experiences.
  7. The DRUM Youth Committee will design and furnish a vacant space at the bottom of the Kensington housing estate building to be used by young people.
  8. Parkville Association will run neighbourhood lunches to promote community connectedness and participation among residents who face barriers due to age or disability.
  9. Unison Housing installed free barbecue facilities on the Kensington housing estate to promote inclusion, connection and cultural exchange between diverse people.
  10. East Melbourne Neighbour Network hosted a Christmas picnic with music and entertainment to bring local people together and build community spirit, on the grounds of Bishopscourt.

For more information, and to apply, visit Connected Neighbourhoods Small Grants.

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