Who we help

We invite applications which address social disadvantage, promote general health and well being and/or strengthen communities in Hobsons Bay.


To find out more or apply for a Grant or past recipients, sorry we cannot fund individuals

Inclusion Project Partnership

In partnership with the University of Melbourne, we helped young people overcome barriers to participation in sports and recreation.  In doing so, we established an award winning community-based placement model for the University students in Social Work, the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences’ (MDHS) Engagement Unit.

Since 2015, University as part of their placements, students have worked from a local business office space provided in-kind by a HBCF board member.  They worked with parents, sporting clubs, disability workers and other stakeholders to establish community approaches to the broader inclusion of young people in sport and recreation.

Students produced and promoted an inclusion guide that assists local community organisations to facilitate greater access to sport for all people. The inclusion guide offers the community a tangible resource to assist with the implementation of techniques to encourage inclusion throughout their various organisations and initiatives. Another outcome was HBCF gave awards to sporting clubs who promoted inclusive environments.

Recipient Stories

We proudly funded this group in 2019 to enable volunteers to go to the conference and also improve access for people of all abilities. What a fabulous and jam packed event. Their message is real equality means living in a society where everyone has the capacity for...

Music to our ears, a grant recipients story

Laverton P-12 Teacher Erica Rasmussen wrote to thank us for their grant. They said that since they started teaching music to students , school attendances have improved. Well done to all involved and may our grants continue to keep making noise to get us noticed. 

Grant recipient event – Mental health walk

Schoolchildren will benefit from this Sunday’s ‘Walk a Mile in my Shoes’ mental health awareness event at Williamstown. Mental health practitioner Justine Brogna said funds would be used to create wellbeing spaces at three schools: Altona Meadows Primary School, St...

Grant recipient update

Some asylum seekers and refugees are so traumatised by authority in their homeland that they are too scared to even go to the bank, says Mark Brophy, who manages the Williamstown Community Education Centre. The centre is now able to run a financial literacy course...

Funding applications received

This year we received 31 applications requesting a total of $130,000. We funded $42,524 worth of grants, well done to those organisations making a difference in the community. We wish we could fund them all, but it’s just not possible. That's why we run events to...