Hume Empowering Communities

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Round 2 (Stream 1) Now Closed!

The Hume Empowering Communities initiative is funded through the Victorian Government’s Building Safer Communities Program.  The initiative has been established for organisations and incorporated groups from the Hume community who support young people with crime prevention and community safety activities.  

Funding is available to support the community to design and deliver initiatives that take an evidence-informed, innovative approach to address local issues impacting on crime and perceptions of safety. 

Round 2 Funding 2023-2024

The Hume Empowering Communities Round 2 funding of up to $243,231 is now available to support the community to design and deliver initiatives that take an evidence-informed, innovative approach to address local issues impacting on crime and perceptions of safety.

The Hume Empowering Communities Action Group have worked together to develop the common goal for the funding - that children and young people (8-24) are provided with opportunities to strengthen their engagement in education and/or employment, live in a safe and connected community, and have nurturing relationships with family or caregivers.

The initiative provides opportunities to develop life skills in a family, education, employment and/or community context; connection to culturally responsive services and communities; support for education, employment and individual learning needs; promote healthy and positive connections with the broader community, family, role models and caregivers; and opportunities for skill-building and leadership.  

Round 2 Funding Streams

Stream 1: Youth Participation and Empowerment Stream 

Now Closed!

  •  Funding opens/closes: Monday 10 October 2022 to Friday 4 November 2022
  • Funding amount: Up to $100,000
  • Funding type: Funding provided to organisations to design, develop and deliver projects for young people with young people aged between 8–24 years. 
    • address crime prevention and community safety
    • adopt a youth participation and partnership approach to project design
    • respond to the common goal and key objectives of the initiative
    • demonstrate evidence of immediate impact in the Hume community. 
  • Project Timeline: Projects/activities need to start on 16 January 2023 and be completed by 30 June 2024.

Stream 2: Youth-led Project Stream

To be announced early 2023

  • EOI submission: February 2023
  •  Funding opens/closes: March/April 2023
  • Funding amount: To be announced
  • Funding type: Funding provided to young people, auspiced by an organisation. Young people aged between 14-24 will plan, drive and deliver a project for young people within Hume. The auspiced organisation will support the young people to plan, implement and evaluate the project.
  • Project Timeline: Projects/activities need to start June 2023 and be completed by 30 June 2024.


Applicants must:

  • Be a not-for-profit community group or organisation based in Hume.
  • Deliver the proposed activity or project from a location within Hume and/or show that it will substantially benefit young people, families and/or the community in Hume.
  • Have no outstanding debts with Hume City Council.
  • Have satisfactorily acquitted any previous funding received by Hume City Council (if applicable).
  • Have strong governance and the ability to accept funding.
  • Have appropriate insurances that include Public Liability Insurance.
  • Be a Child Safe organisation.
  • Show capacity to work with 8–24-year-olds from the identified target cohorts.
  • If your organisation is not incorporated, it must have an auspice agency. You will need their

financial and taxation details. If you want to know more about Auspicing please visit

Funding Criteria

All projects must:

  • Demonstrate evidence of how the project/activity will address the common goal and key objectives of the Hume Empowering Communities Initiative.
  • Be evidence-informed (i.e. address an identified need/s).
  • Be innovative and test new approaches.
  • Be completed within agreed timeframes and funding.
  • Be delivered within Hume i.e. for young people who reside in Hume (but can also be for young people who work, study, play in and visit Hume).
  • Be impactful (with broad reach) and should cater to the identified cohort.
  • Use a partnership approach and have evidence of integration.
  • Be sustainable and develop a good understanding of how further funding can be leveraged to ensure sustainable outcomes.
  • Use problem-solving methodology.
  • Demonstrate that young people have been involved in the design and development of the project.

What will not be funded

  • Organisations that are not based within Hume.
  • Projects or activities that are core services of State or Federal Government including Victoria Police or schools for example.
  • Projects or activities which do not involve young people in Hume
  • Initiatives that do not focus or directly benefit the Hume community.
  • More than one application by an applicant under any category in a financial year.
  • Activities that have already commenced for which retrospective funding is sought.
  • Applications submitted after the closing date.
  • Purchase of equipment, uniforms or capital expenditure.
  • Costs associated with the purchase or maintenance of vehicles of any kind.
  • Overseas or interstate travel.
  • Costs that duplicate the funding responsibility of other state or local government agencies (such as family violence, mental health, or drug and alcohol support for example) or that could be funded through other government grant programs.
  • Development of software applications (apps).


Things to do before applying

Before completing your application, you must read:


Please have all your supporting documents ready, including: 

  • Bank Statement
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Current Certificate of Public Liability Insurance
  • Profit and Loss Statement
  • Quotes for items you intend to purchase


Other helpful hints:

  • Regularly save your application by clicking the 'Save Progress' button every 10-15 minutes which appears at the top of your screen.
  • Please review your proposal before submitting. You will not be able to change it after it has been submitted.
  • File Upload allows applicants to upload one or more file attachments in their application.
  • The recommended size of a file must be no larger than 5mb.
  • You will not be able to submit your proposal until all mandatory sections have been completed.

Please note incomplete applications and/or applications not submitted by the closing date will not be considered.

Contact and more information

If you have any questions about the grants, you can contact the Hume Empowering Communities Project Officer, via email at or phone 9205 2200.


Round 1 Hume Empowering Communities Funded Projects 

Round 1 Funding (Closed)

Hume Empowering Communities Action Group is pleased to announce the successful projects for Round 1 of the Hume Empowering Communities initiative.

Total funding of $306,769 will be administered across five Hume-based projects to be developed and led by Goonawarra Neighbourhood House, Igbo Association of Victoria Australia, Northern Community Legal Centre, headspace Craigieburn and Hume-Whittlesea Local Learning & Employment Network. These projects commenced on 1 March 2022 and will be delivered throughout 2022 with two projects continuing in 2023.

Hume City Council, Department of Justice and Community Safety and the Hume Empowering Communities Action Group, which includes representatives from local community organisations, worked together to develop the Round 1 common goal for the funding - that children entering adolescence develop and maintain life skills, engage in school, and have safe, stable and nurturing relationships with parents and/or caregivers.  

The initiative provides opportunities for young people to develop life skills in a family and school and/or community context, connection to culturally responsive family and legal services and support for school transitions and individual learning needs.  

Quick Response Stream

The Quick Response Stream offers funds of up to $20,000 for small activities and/or pilot projects that need to be completed by 30 December 2022. These small projects must demonstrate evidence of immediate impact on the Hume community. These projects must be completed in Round 1 - March 2022 to December 2022.  

Project title: Engaging Social Circles

Name of Organisation: Igbo Association of Victoria Australia

Project Contact: Elvis Nwachukwu (President)

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Organisation Phone Number: 0433 280 097

Engaging Social Circles 2022 program utilises a combination/blend of contemporary and traditional Igbo games as well as educational sessions for young people aged 8-14 to develop and maintain important life skills in line with Igbo cultural values. The program activities aim to empower young people through connecting participants to culturally responsive services, supporting school transitions, and strengthening connections between young people, their parents and fellow community members. Engaging Social Circles aims to increase awareness of safety, re-engage families impacted by pandemic isolation and hardship as well as improve mental health outcomes.  

Project Title: Teens in the Kitchen

Name of Organisation: Goonawarra Neighbourhood House

Project Contact: Susan Burke (Acting Manager)

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Organisation Phone Number: (03) 9740 6627

Teens in the Kitchen will be facilitated for young people aged 12-14 living in Sunbury and Goonawarra to promote healthy social connection, participation in the community and self-care skills for a positive future. This program will teach young adolescents how to cook simple and healthy meals to improve physical and mental health outcomes. Teens in the Kitchen will be facilitated in partnership with a youth worker to guide and support participants, as well as connecting them to local services as required. It is through teaching young people cooking skills, that the program aims to improve their confidence in their abilities to complete tasks and develop psychosocial competency in comprehension, social skills, budgeting, healthy meals, and general nutrition.  

Innovation Stream

The Innovation Stream offers funds of up to $50,000 for larger activities and/or projects that demonstrate innovation and test new, more effective approaches to improve community safety and crime prevention in Hume. These activities and/or projects must be completed in Round 1 - March 2022 to December 2022. 

Project title: Where Safety Begins

Name of Organisation: Northern Community Legal Centre

Project Contact: Tania McKenna (Partnerships and Community Development Manager)

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Organisation Phone Number: (03) 9310 4376

Where Safety Begins aims to mitigate trauma arising from family violence through providing a safe and interactive environment for young people aged 10-14 to understand their experience, build confidence in seeking early intervention and establish strong support networks. Utilising Hume based partnerships with community organisations and schools, this program delivers six modules which combine learning with fun and interactive activities to facilitate learning. Where Safety Begins will educate participants on identifying their needs, build upon personal strengths, engage with trusted supports and self-advocate when it comes to decisions that impact their lives. The program will build their capacity to manage emotions, implement self-care strategies and gain a sense of control in situations where they have typically felt powerless. Where Safety Begins adopts a sustainable approach through delivering capacity building workshops to teachers and youth program leaders to support integration of the tools and activities into current curriculums and programs run by partner agencies.

Impact Stream

The Impact Stream offers funds for larger projects that need to be developed and delivered over the specified period that can demonstrate significant impact on community safety and crime prevention in Hume. These will be funded up to $200,000 delivered across two funding rounds. 

Project Title: You’re the Man – A Healthy Young Men Project

Name of Organisation: Orygen (headspace Craigieburn)

Project Contact: Dayna Minovski (Clinical Services Manager)

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Organisation Phone Number: (03) 8338 0919

In partnership with headspace Craigieburn and The Man Cave, You’re the Man – A Healthy Young Men Project will deliver workshops to engage young men aged 8-14 and their mentors in Hume in local environments already accessed including schools, religious spaces, barbershops, sports clubs and trade programs. These workshops promote healthy psycho-social responses to their challenges, accessing appropriate support and overcome expectations of traditional masculinity which prevent healthy development/maturation. It is through the development of these skills, young people will gain the ability to have meaningful engagement in the community and less likely to be perpetrators of violent crime, including family violence. Capacity building workshops run by local community leaders will also be delivered for mentors to train in identifying needs, providing support, and facilitate progress in their mentees. You’re the Man – A Healthy Young Men Project adopts a strength based approach to build emotional resilience, foster social support networks, and encourage positive development in young men of Hume.

Project Title: Imagineering Plus

Project Contact: Nicky Leitch (Executive Officer - Hume)

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Organisation Phone Number: (03) 9309 5500

Imagineering Plus as adopts an early intervention approach to school disengagement, while also developing education pathways to work for young people in Hume. The core modules of the program aim to empower children and young people in grade 5 and 6 in 2022 and grade 5, 6 and Year 7 in 2023,  to “think big” and expand future career aspirations. The program provides an avenue for participants to reflect on their own interests and identify their strengths and attributes. Imagineering Plus partners with primary and secondary schools, and other community stakeholders  who support the activities and workshops all conducted in a safe and nurturing space at school. Imagineering Plus aims to build the confidence and esteem of young people in continuing education, instil hope and recognise opportunities for a successful future. Welfare staff will be present to connect vulnerable families to required culturally appropriate support services to improve participant outcomes.  

Hume Empowering Communities Newsletter 

View the Hume Empowering Communities Newsletter to see project updates.

Newsletters will be published every two to three months.

If you have any questions, please contact the Hume Empowering Communities Project Officer at or phone 9205 2200