2016 Grant Applications
Applications for 2016 grants are now open The Hobsons Bay Community Fund invites local organisations and associations benefiting the Hobsons Bay community to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to finance local projects which address social disadvantage, promote general health and wellbeing and/or strengthen community networks. 2016 applications will close on 30 June 2016. For further details go to the Grants section of this website.
Grants in 2015
The Hobsons Bay Community Fund presented its 2015 grants, totalling $27,890, to 9 organisations. The purpose of the grants are outlined below.
- Mind Australia - "Turnip 'N' Throw": The grant is towards start-up costs of developing a horticultural program. The program is specially designed to offer people recovering from mental health illnesses a therapeutic environment of working together in a community garden setting. The program will be run at Amaroo in Osborne St Williamstown and participants will be encouraged and supported to work in a structured program in the garden once a week.
- Seabrook Kindergarten Association - Cultural Community Cooking Program: The grant is to support an 8-week cooking experience with the kindergarten's 4 year old children and families. The children attending the kindergarten come from a variety of cultural backgrounds and parents often find it hard to participate in activities due to language barriers. It is anticipated that children will gain a greater understanding of food, where it comes from and how to cook and enjoy foods that represents the cultures of the various families attending the kindergarten.
- Joseph's Corner - Life Skills Program: Joseph's Corner is a non-profit organisation who provide free counselling to families and friends of people suffering addiction. The grant will support the delivery of 3 - 5 week, 3 hour group sessions throughout the year at the Williamstown Community and Education Centre. The program will be facilitated by the organisation's psychologist and will focus on living resiliently. HBCF funded a similar successful program in the Laverton area in 2012.
- The Link Centre - Residential Camp for Youth: The grant will support a program to take a group of the Centre's attendees to visit an Aboriginal community in Central Australia, including a visit to a remote aboriginal school. The youth will participate in a six-week preparation program at the Link Centre in the lead up to the camp.
Attendees at the Link Centre come from extremely disadvantaged backgrounds and generally have poor numeracy and literacy skills, poor health and poor hygiene. Many come from homes where drug and alcohol abuse is common. The youth attending the Link Centre are not currently attending mainstream school.
The aim of the Link Centre is for the young people to re-enter mainstream school; enrol at TAFE or to commence an apprenticeship or other meaningful fulltime employment.
- Altona Meadows Kindergarten and Maternal Health - Sensory Garden: The grant will support the development of a sensory garden and seating for the children and families to use while attending the kindergarten and the maternal health centre. Five mini gardens are proposed, each representing the human senses.
- Laverton P-12 College - Engaging fathers with their children: The grant will support the college's closer engagement with families by creating an opportunity (once a week over 18 weeks) for fathers and a trained teacher to work with their child on a project in the woodworking areas. Following the training fathers and their children will share a meal together and attend an information session on subjects such as parenting, bullying, cyber-safety, effective communication, anger management and mental health-positive approaches
- Gateway Community Services - Information sessions for Floyd Lodge & Williamstown High Rise: Through Gateways Food Relief program it has been identified that residents at Floyd Lodge and the High Rise apartments in Williamstown have very little access to information their local community, health and wellbeing. The grant will fund information sessions related to the group's needs including community events, seniors expos, access, depression, Alzheimer's, dementia, and nutrition education.
- Early Childhood Management Services - Newport Gardens 'Generation Games': The grant supports the development of a weekly afternoon tea group to bridge the gap in the community between the elderly and young children. The group would be facilitated by a staff member at the new community hub in Newport and is next to the Newport Gardens Primary School. It would seek to promote civic engagement and creates an opportunity to share stories, skills and knowledge.
- Queen of Peace Primary School Altona Meadows - Sensory/Native Garden: The grant will support the development of a garden located between the school hall and the church and would benefit the students and the community groups who utilise the existing hall. These groups include the Maltese community, play groups, karate and fitness classes.
The garden will allow students from Prep to Grade 6 the chance to integrate their environment into their education by giving them a hands on approach from concept to completion.
Community Grant Recipient Showcase
Hobsons Bay Community Fund (in conjunction with Alex and Jono Films) is proud to present a Showcase of some of our more recent grant recipients. This short movie provides some heartfelt insight into how small grants can make a big difference to the every day lives of the people within our Hobsons Bay community.