Community grants to assist those most in need

Hume City Council will make available 140 grants, totalling $352,430, to local organisations and groups that run services which assist Hume residents.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Council was committed to backing associations that nurtured Hume’s vibrant community life.

“There are so many different types of community groups in Hume and each helps to support residents,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“In 2016, we’ll fund sports clubs, senior citizen groups, health centres, and multicultural associations, because they offer so many important services and social activities for Hume residents.”

Amongst the recipients is the Raise Foundation, which guides young women when they embark on a new life as a parent, via a project called BUMP.

“Hume wants to support teenagers who have a new responsibility in their lives, and ensure they possess the tools to look after themselves and their baby,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

Council will also provide a grant to a project that works to prevent domestic violence in Hume’s Indian community.

A total of $10,000 shall be allocated to the Oorja Foundation, which engages Indian-Australians on issues like child safety and elder abuse.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said the 2016 Community Grants Program would also assist many disadvantaged residents.

“A number of residents with a disability in Sunbury will next year be able to take part in a theatre program called Amplify, run by Sunbury Community Health,” she said.

“Council has provided $5,000 so that participants with a disability can hone their performance art and nurture a new career.

“Hume shall also make available $5,000 to Anglicare Broadmeadows so that its Women’s Community House can help families who have little money for toys.

“Anglicare will develop a booklet which gives parents some ideas on how they can use everyday household objects for children’s play.”

The 2016 Community Grants Program will also assist:

• 1st Sunbury Cubs and Scouts, to help the group train a new junior leader and procure a tent for meals;
• Highlands Hornets Basketball, so that the Craigieburn club can purchase training materials and trophies;
• Goonawarra Bilby’s Playgroup Association, to help the organisation pay rent and reduce the cost of playgroup for parents;
• Friends of Will Will Rook Pioneer Cemetery, so that the Broadmeadows group may research and conduct tours about the individuals buried at the cemetery and offer guided tours;
• Craigieburn Support and Exercise Group, to make possible a fitness program that can be utilised by residents from across Hume; and
• Cultural Association of Iraqi Turkmens, so that the group can use a mini-trailer to safely transport cultural artefacts to special events.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said community organisations in Hume help people to stay fit, learn new skills, and get to know others in their neighbourhood.

“I encourage every resident to investigate whether a local group offers an activity that suits their interests,” she said.

“Get involved, have a go, and enjoy something different!”

For further information about Hume City Council’s annual Community Grants Program, visit here.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 1 December 2015


Updated : 6:22 PM, 1 December 2015

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