Community grants help restart Vic Park groups

Published on 25 June 2020

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The Town of Victoria Park Council has awarded the first of its funding to support community groups during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eleven local groups and not-for-profit organisations received a total of $70,000 through the Restart Community Grants.

The Restart Community Fund was created to support community projects and services facing exceptional challenges over the coming months, and is part of the Restart Vic Park COVID-19 Response Strategy.

Mayor Karen Vernon said, “The grants program is one of the most direct and effective ways for the council to make a genuine difference in the community.”

A variety of groups were successful, illustrating the diversity of the region. Fusion Australia received almost $10,000 (the maximum funding) for a mentoring and life skills program for students at Kent Street High School. Their program aims to empower students impacted by COVID-19 with skills and awareness for managing themselves, their mental health and relationships.

Riverview Community Services will be putting their $9,000 grant towards a hub for people seeking asylum and temporary protection visa holders impacted by COVID-19. It will provide essential bill assistance including rent, emergency accommodation, and medical and energy bills.

Community stalwarts such as the Victoria Park Community Centre, Connect Vic Park, Carlisle/Victoria Park Toy Library, and Harold Hawthorne Community Centre also received grants.

“These are important organisations working with our young people, seniors, diverse cultural groups, vulnerable people and members of our community to support, inspire and build community connections during these challenging times,” Mayor Vernon said.

The Town received 25 applications requesting more than $175,000 of support. Additional funding is launching later this month with $50,000 available to support the Town’s vibrant creative industry through the Restart Arts Grants.

The Town’s regular grants and donations program, operating subsidies, and sponsorships are planned for the 2020-21 financial year. Groups which applied for Restart Community Grants are eligible for additional funding through these programs, provided they have fulfilled all reporting and acquittal requirements.

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