Supporting community groups

Published on 09 February 2024

Big Little Buddies community program participants

Are you part of a community group or organisation with a project or program that could make a difference in Maroondah? Consider applying for Council's 2024/25 Community Grants funding program

Funding is available for not-for-profit, incorporated groups to assist with projects or programs that make a positive contribution to the Maroondah community.

The funds can be used to buy equipment or to deliver a program, project or event in Maroondah.

Groups can apply for funding under Community Development Grants, Small Equipment Grants and Emergency Food Relief Grants.

Mayor of Maroondah, Councillor Kylie Spears, said the funding can support a range of community projects, initiatives and services, so community groups and organisations should consider applying.

“Council is pleased to offer assistance to community groups and support them in developing or delivering a range of programs, projects and events that contribute to community wellbeing in Maroondah.

“If you are part of a community group or organisation in Maroondah and have a project or program that could benefit our community, I encourage you to find out more about Council’s Community Grants funding program and if eligible, submit your application.”

Big Little Buddies received a grant as part of Council’s 2023/24 Community Grants funding program. The grant helped the charity purchase new equipment and instruments for its music-based intergenerational programs, which promote shared enjoyment, learning, and positive health and wellbeing outcomes for participants young and old.

Monique Waterhouse, of Big Little Buddies, said the intergenerational programs have “benefits for everyone involved.”

“We know the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on aged care residents in terms of isolation and loneliness, and we are working to combat this. We also aim to foster positive attitudes towards ageing and older people in the younger generations. Caregivers often express how the programs positively influence their children’s social skills and confidence, as well as their empathy and kindness,” Monique said.

“As a small charity organisation, we rely heavily on the generosity of donations and grants to be able to implement our programs for sustained periods, allowing them to have the greatest impact on the lives of all who attend, especially the aged care residents - or ‘big buddies’, as we like to call them.”

Council’s Community Grants have also supported various programs at Hope City Mission, including their emergency relief community food garden, their food relief delivery program and their financial literacy program. 

Emergency Relief Manager, Josh, said Council’s support has been “invaluable”, particularly following an increase in need over the last 12 months.

“The Maroondah City Council Community Grants funding program has been a big part of Hope City Mission being able to improve our services and increase our services as the community’s needs have increased. Having gone from servicing approximately 70 families a week to 140 or 150 families per week, we have needed the support that Council has given us.

“We are really fortunate to help so many people each week and we have a great team of volunteers. We can also help with produce that we grow ourselves through our community garden. All of these projects and programs, including our food delivery, wouldn’t happen if it weren’t for sponsorship and partnership,” Josh said.

“We are so grateful for Council’s support. It’s been a big part of helping us support and bring hope to people in the City of Maroondah.”

More information

Applications for the 2024/25 Community Grants funding program open on Monday 4 March and close on Sunday 14 April.

Council is hosting online information sessions to help our community learn more about the 2024/25 Community Grants Program and the Arts and Cultural Grants Program.

You can also join the waitlist for a grant writing workshop with an expert consultant and grant writer.

Find out more about the Community Grants funding program, including eligibility and key dates.

Contact

For more information about the Community Grants funding program, contact Council’s Community Development Officer on 1300 88 22 33 or email grants@maroondah.vic.gov.au.

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