Council grants announced

Charlotte Cameron (she/her), Hannah Veljanovska (she/her) and Emily Bartush (she/they) from Genzine. (Jacob Pattison) 357783_01

Jennifer Pittorino

More than 20 groups in Maribyrnong will benefit from $255,000 worth of grants from Maribyrnong council’s community grants program.

The council have awarded grants to 24 groups for special projects and one-off events after an independent panel reviewed 61 applicants.

A number of themes were evident across all applications received this year including building connections in the community, supporting mental health and wellbeing, opportunity for play for young people and families.

The recipients are the Australian Multicultural Community Services, Laneway Learning, VietSpeak, One Ball, Rawcus Theatre Company, Polyglot Theatre, Western Region Ethnic Communities Council, East African Women’s Foundation, I’m Still Learning, Jane Hearn, The Braybrook and Maidstone Neighbourhood House, Australian Vietnamese Women’s Association, Angliss Neighbourhood House, Indochinese Elderly Refugees Association VIC, Association of Senior Filipino-Australians of Victoria Inc, Maribyrnong Truck Action Group (MTAG), , Bruh Tesfa Ethiopian Youth and Parents Association Inc, Tigrian Community Association in Victoria, Macedonian Pensioners Association of Footscray, Heads Together for ABI and the Association of Filipino Australian Families of Melbourne Social Club.

Genzine, which received two grants for separate programs, is a global grassroots media community for young voices strives to educate readers on a variety of social issues/

The two grants are for the projects titled Gen-Generator and rainbow yoga, chat and chai.

Maribyrnong mayor Cuc Lam noted the grants program is a fantastic opportunity to reinvigorate the city at a grass roots level.

“From hands-on basic home maintenance courses, to Friends of Maribyrnong Social Café and VietSpeak’s Languages in Community Day, there are a number of projects and events that not only highlight the vibrant and diverse culture of our city; but celebrate our community and encourage participation,” she said.

“I am looking forward to seeing the successful applicants bring their ideas to life.”