The Brimbank Community Fund last night awarded grants totalling $10,000 to two local charity organisations working with vulnerable Brimbank youth.
Chair of Brimbank Administrators John Watson said the Brimbank Community Fund was a charitable fund account of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, guided by a committee of local leaders, including representation by Council.
“Established in 2009, the Brimbank Community Fund is the only source of grants dedicated solely to the people of Brimbank,” Mr Watson said.
“Brimbank is a special place, characterised by a high degree of social, economic and cultural diversity – but like all places it has pockets of social disadvantage and vulnerable residents that the Brimbank Community Fund reaches out to support.”
“These grants celebrate projects that develop partnerships and find innovative solutions to some of our most pressing issues.”
The Be a Brother – CoHealth Arts Generator received a $5,000 grant for its innovative social marketing campaign supporting young African Australian men in Melbourne's west to drink less alcohol.
The L2R Panda Squad received a $5,000 grant for its free weekly hip hop dance program for culturally and linguistically diverse, newly arrived and at-risk children aged 6-12 years from Melbourne's western suburbs.
The Brimbank Community Fund is guided by a committee of dedicated community members and chaired by Brimbank Administrator John Tanner (AM).
Mr Tanner said the Committee had also welcomed five new members from the Brimbank community: Kay Christopher, Barry Harvey (AM), Priya Serrao, Bruce White and Julia White.
“I am delighted to announce that these volunteers have chosen to invest their time and expertise to help guide the fund and I look forward to their contributions,” Mr Tanner said.
“On behalf of the committee I congratulate the award recipients, not only for their success in receiving these grants, but for their ongoing efforts to support young people in Brimbank.”
Mr Tanner also urged individuals and businesses to support the fund to create an investment in Brimbank’s future.
“Money donated to the fund stays in the fund forever and the annual interest accrued is used to support local charities working with some of Brimbank’s most vulnerable residents,” Mr Tanner said.
Grant Recipients Information
Be a Brother - CoHealth Arts Generator ($5,000 grant)
This innovative social marketing campaign supports young African Australian men in Melbourne's west to drink less alcohol.
This project addresses the fact that these people do not see themselves represented in mainstream media, health messaging or health promotion.
Be a Brother is designed together with and informed by the community it targets. It supports young African Australian men by building a culture of support between "brothers" to encourage each other to drink less.
L2R Panda Squad ($5,000 grant)
Panda Squad is a free weekly hip hop dance program for culturally and linguistically diverse, newly arrived and at-risk children aged 6-12years from Melbourne's western suburbs.
The program provides a unique space for self-expression, confidence building and skills development in community arts. Panda Squad goes beyond providing free dance workshops; it promotes social inclusion, mental and physical health and self-respect by employing creative approaches to break down barriers including age, race, religion and culture while promoting resilience in the community.