Grants for targeting disadvantage

We are proud to be partnering with Sidney Myer Fund to provide the Supporting Stronger Communities grants program.

In 2019, 26 neighbourhood houses/centres across metropolitan Australia recieved up to $10,000 each for projects which tackle poverty and disadvantage in local communities.

This grants program will return in 2020. More information, including application dates, will be announced shortly.

If you have any enquiries regarding these grants, contact the ANHCA Grants Officer Emily Harnett at or (03) 9602 1228.

Supporting Stronger Communities – Round 2 recipients

Congratulations to the following neighbourhood houses/centres:

MAKING-Things-Possible Women’s project – William Langford Community House WA – $10,000

Working with local and in particular, migrant women to develop their textile and making skills to create products able to be sold at community markets. This project will explore opportunities for collaboration with other women and makers through exposure to different textile processes and small business practices via a program of interactive active learning workshops. Through the Making-Things-Possible Women’s project a local community working space will be developed where women can come together to make, create and use tools and equipment in a shared skill building environment, whilst building networks, collaborating on projects and having access to skilled makers.

Fast Foodies – Gagebrook Community Centre TAS – $10,000

The Fast Foodies project provides life enhancing opportunities for disadvantaged people through farm to table experiences that incorporate all aspects of food literacy and numeracy.

The Mount Gravatt Community Farm – Mount Gravatt Community Centre QLD – $10,000

Providing food relief to people when they are going through financial hardship in the Brisbane South statistical area. To respond to the increasing demand for food relief and the importance of providing fresh nutritional food to service recipients, Mount Gravatt Community Centre are partnering with the Mini farm Project to establish an urban mini farm in the Mount Gravatt area. The mini-farm will be a volunteer-run project that will provide garden produce to go towards the centre’s food relief service. In addition to feeding those most vulnerable, the farm would create horticulture and food preparation training opportunities to help people find employment.

Strong Connection Program –  Ku ring gai Neighbourhood Centre NSW – $10,000

This program will provide a safe inclusive supportive space for women from all walks of life and cultures to learn and connect through sharing stories, experiences and knowledge. To facilitate opportunities that nurture creativity, wellbeing and skills through engaging activities at the Women’s Shed Hornsby Ku ring gai.

Supporting Chinese carers through a child’s critical early years – Kogarah Community Services NSW – $7,700

St George has 7 per cent of the population aged 0 to 5 years and 35 per cent residents come from a Chinese background.  Language barriers of the carers (parents and grandparents) of children imply disadvantages to children’s access to education, health and support necessary for their development. Facilitated by a Chinese qualified educator, this group aims to foster carers’ understanding of, access to and referrals for government and community information and resources necessary for supporting children’s development.

Room to Connect – Glen Park Community Centre VIC – $5,389

This project is to create and resource a dual purpose room to offer a dignified suitable space for a free community meal during the day to some of the most disengaged, vulnerable and isolated community members.  The feedback has been that the current food and material aid and free after hours community meal has meant that some community members are missing out.  This project will ensure that a day time community meal is provided so those who need the connection and referral to support services via Glen Park can also access that during the day.

Albion Food Justice – Growing, Cooking, Sharing – Kororoit Creek Neighbourhood House VIC – $10,000

This project is supporting the local community to address a key area of disadvantage through increasing food security. Providing opportunities for community to regularly access fresh and nutritious food, cook and share meals together, grow their own vegetables in the community garden and work together on developing responses to their concerns around access to food. They will use the existing relationship with Foodbank Victoria and the West Welcome Wagon to support project delivery, prioritising the involvement of the most economically and structurally disadvantaged members of our community.

Resilient Refugee Youth – Farnham Street Neighbourhood Learning Centre VIC – $10,000

The Resilient Refugee Youth Project will target youth across the Moonee Valley and Melbourne municipalities. The program will support young people between the ages of 15 and 25 from cultural groups including Somalis, Sudanese, Ethiopian, Burmese, Eritrean, Afghan and Iranian.  This initiative will engage newly arrived young people early in their settlement by providing Mentors who will be responsive to their individual needs and provide guidance and support to achieve their personal, educational goals and aspirations. The Mentors will also help them realise their full potential, enabling them to meaningfully participate in their community, preventing social and economic isolation and disengagement.

Soup In Schools – Hastings Community House VIC – $10,000

The program is volunteer run and sources reclaimed food weekly to cook and distribute as a hot lunch program to three local Primary Schools. The program commenced in 2016 with two schools and expanded to three schools in April 2019.  The plan with this grant is to continue to expand and grow the program in 2020 by adding two additional local Primary School’s who have sought assistance with a hot lunch for their students.

Adaptive Pottery and Crafts at the Arts Hub Thornbury – The Bridge Thornbury VIC – $10,000

A series of inclusive art classes including pottery, painting & collage for individuals with high-needs and disabilities. There is a high demand for accessible and supported arts and ceramics classes that encourage individual expression, capacity building and social connection. The courses will be facilitated by qualified teachers and support workers to ensure participants receive the attention they need. Through this grant, the three 8-week programs will be subsidised decreasing the financial barrier for participants. Carers will be given an opportunity for some time for themselves during these classes with free computer access, relaxation & afternoon tea at The Bridge Thornbury.

Reaching to Empower – Power Neighbourhood House VIC – $10,000

Power Neighbourhood House (PNH) will engage ‘hardly reached’ community members in Ashwood/Chadstone with complex needs (e.g. housing, family violence, social isolation, food and material aid), who for many reasons avoid or lack access to health and social connections. More people from this disadvantaged community have been ‘popping into’ the house for a chat and then to seek help. This project will provide PNH with the capacity to connect with these residents, build trust, improve social connections and, where required, provide soft referrals to connect with the local services that could create lasting and positive change to their future.

Building Sustainable Pathways and Self Sufficiency for Women – Preston Reservoir Adult Community Education (PRACE) – $10,000

In partnership with Good Samaritan Inn – Family Violence Services (GSI), PRACE will develop and deliver tailored training for women who wish to be employed in GSI’s social enterprise: a cleaning service.  The project aims to engage women who have experienced family violence and come from areas that experience socio-economic disadvantage.  The project will provide specific training and preparation for employment to these women, and in so doing empower them to re-enter the workforce and generate a sustainable income through employment, which will increase their self-esteem and future life prospects in the aftermath of trauma.

Supporting Stronger Communities – Round 1 recipients

Congratulations to the following neighbourhood houses/centres:

Friday Food Club – Cheltenham Community Centre VIC – $10,000

Friday Food Club is a program specifically targeting disadvantaged groups, that is, over 55s who are in social housing and at risk or experiencing social isolation; underemployed with mental health challenges; and people who are homeless. The program will engage people in these cohorts to come and cook a hot meal together and also cook a meal for people that are homeless. It will provide skills in cooking, health and nutrition, socialisation, community participation, connectedness, and thinking about others.

Somali Young Women’s Art Project – Canterbury City Community Centre NSW – $10,000

The aim of Somali Young Women’s Art Project is to improve the health, wellbeing and resilience of young women aged 13-19 from Somalia and other North African communities living in the Canterbury Bankstown area. Many of these young women arrived here as refugees or were born in Australia to parents who arrived as refugees and are struggling through their adolescent years – reconciling their traditional family cultural expectations with growing up in Sydney, leading to increased conflict at home. To engage this group and address the above issues, Canterbury City Community Centre will run a 20 week creative arts program.

Men’s Building Better Lives Program – Logan East Community Neighbourhood Association QLD – $10,000

The Men’s Building Better Lives program will address the importance of men connecting with each other and teach them strategies to improve and change the way they might act and communicate with others, including parenting skills.

Creative Enterprising Women – Wellsprings for Women VIC – $10,000

Creative Enterprising Women involves migrant and refugee women with low levels of English and educational backgrounds who seek financial security, in workshops where they build confidence and get access to income generating pathways. During the workshops the women get to document their existing skills and talents through a skills audit, explore available possibilities for generating income, develop a goal plan and learn about the pathways to micro-businesses, self employment, social enterprises, and other programs.

Moon Rabbit Mobile Bulk Foods – The Bridge Preston VIC – $10,000

To address food insecurity in Preston, The Bridge will set up a Mobile Bulk Food Co-Op. The Preston 2016 SEIFA index is 994 – high disadvantage. The three key components of food insecurity are inadequate supply, inaccessibility and inappropriate use. This project addresses all three. Vulnerable community members will buy food at a reduced price, without plastic packaging, in appropriate volumes, with cooking demonstrations and recipes. Moon Rabbit Mobile Bulk Foods, the first mobile bulk food Co-Op in Melbourne creates increased social capital and wellbeing. It will provide savings, social connectivity and healthy food for the most disadvantaged in the Darebin community.

Table of Plenty – Greenacre Area Community Centre NSW – $10,000

Table of Plenty will provide fortnightly lunches, material support and living skills to disadvantaged and vulnerable community members including recently arrived migrants and refugees, people affected by mental health and social housing tenants. The program will provide a cooked nutritious communal lunch, food parcels and skills in preparing low cost nutritious meals, and will link participants with services to reduce poverty, as food is one of the first items to be sacrificed when people experience poverty.

FREE – Financial Resilience Empowerment & Education – The Spiers Centre WA – $10,000

The FREE (Financial Resilience Empowerment and Education) program aims to enhance the engagement of Aboriginal people in activities that promote strength, resilience and wellbeing.  The community partners engaged in this project have the capacity, experience and commitment to train and support identified community leaders and elders to support their communities in furthering their financial literacy and capability.

Kenley Court Neighbourhood House Client Support – Banksia Gardens Community Services VIC – $10,000           

Banksia Garden Community Services manages the Kenley Court Neighbourhood House located in Meadow Heights, one of the most disadvantaged suburbs in Hume City Council on Melbourne’s northern fringe. Kenley Court delivers programs for the local community including its successful after-school Study Group primarily targeted at refugee and newly arrived migrant children and young people. A dedicated client support service will help refugees, migrants and other disadvantaged residents take the necessary steps to improve their financial and personal circumstances.

SKCC Holiday Clubs – The South Kingsville Community Centre VIC – $5,000

This project will provide a series of holiday programs for children and young adults from disadvantaged cohorts. Thee programs include a combination of life skills, education, arts and social inclusion. An example program involves art using recyclable materials. The participants explore the work of artists like Jane Perkins and Jason Mecier then recreate their own versions of artwork. Other program types include cooking classes and coding computer classes to aid life skills and education. The centre aims to run at least two programs every school holidays.

All Girls are Knockouts – Laverton Community Integrated Services VIC – $10,000

Laverton Community Integrated Services in partnership with the Laverton Youth Foundation and Laverton Boxing Gym will run a female youth program targeting the young CALD women who reside within the Hobsons Bay and Wyndham municipalities. The project will teach Women’s Safety and focus on empowerment, self-defence, fitness, assertiveness, social media/sexting and online safety.

Community Outreach Officer – Park Orchards Community House & Learning Centre Inc VIC – $10,000  

This project will employ a Community Outreach Officer (COO) dedicated to engaging with new clients who would access the centre’s free and low cost community programs. Specifically, the COO would target those who are disadvantaged by social isolation, age, ESL, and those who face financial barriers to participation. The COO would also establish relationships with external services, such as Job Service Agencies (JSAs), to promote and support participants enrolling in our pre-accredited training programs. They would liaise with the JSAs to develop courses that meet the needs of the unemployed, and give them the skills required for meaningful employment.

Seeds for Change – Ottoway Takes Action on Climate Change – Junction Community Centre Inc SA – $10,000

Ottoway has the capacity to show how neighbourhoods can affordably green and cool our streets and gardens, foster friendships and create habitat for local flora and fauna. The Seeds for Change initiative invites neighbours to a series of free spring and summer propagation workshops where they share skills and nurture native, drought tolerant species to be planted throughout winter in residents’ front gardens and verges. This place-making activity shows how local action can transform lives and communities. It is hands on and lends itself to intergenerational and intercultural involvement that honours Indigenous culture.

Strengthening Women Program – Yangebup Family Centre Inc WA – $8,465        

This program will deliver eight workshops to support women who are disadvantaged to develop self-esteem, self-care, resilience and employment skills. Following the conclusion of the workshops we will hold individual meetings with participants to identify strengths and opportunities to volunteer or gain work experience in the community.