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What could your community group do with $20,000?

The Stronger Communities Programme asks Members of Parliament to engage with their communities to recommend capital investment projects that strengthen their communities.

Up to $150,000 of funding will be available in Gellibrand for small capital projects which improve community participation and contribute to the vibrancy and viability of local communities.

I’ve got an idea! What do I need to do?

Grants of between $5000 and $20,000 are available for capital projects, but to be eligible, the projects require matched contributions, in cash or in kind on at least a dollar for dollar basis.

I understand that many community groups won’t have the cash on hand to be able to contribute – so I’m structuring the application process to allow people time to get active and creative in fundraising for their project. You might want to set up a crowdfunding campaign where people can pledge to donate to your project, but are only required to pay if you reach your project’s fundraising goal. Check out Kickstarter, Indiegogo or GoFundMe to see if this could work for you. If it does, please include the link below when you post your idea.

Community Vote

Now over to you the community! You can post and vote for your preferred project below (every OurSay user has 7 votes). We’ll allocate up to $75,000 of the funding to the projects that receive the most votes.

Community Advisory Committee

I know that not everyone is online, so we’re reserving $75,000 to be allocated on the advice of the Community Advisory Committee who will review all project proposals.

What could your community group do with $20,000?

The Stronger Communities Programme asks Members of Parliament to engage with their communities to recommend capital investment projects that strengthen their communities.

Up to $150,000 of funding will be available in Gellibrand for small capital projects which improve community participation and contribute to the vibrancy and viability of local communities.

I’ve got an idea! What do I need to do?

Grants of between $5000 and $20,000 are available for capital projects, but to be eligible, the projects require matched contributions, in cash or in kind on at least a dollar for dollar basis.

I understand that many community groups won’t have the cash on hand to be able to contribute – so I’m structuring the application process to allow people time to get active and creative in fundraising for their project. You might want to set up a crowdfunding campaign where people can pledge to donate to your project, but are only required to pay if you reach your project’s fundraising goal. Check out Kickstarter, Indiegogo or GoFundMe to see if this could work for you. If it does, please include the link below when you post your idea.

Community Vote

Now over to you the community! You can post and vote for your preferred project below (every OurSay user has 7 votes). We’ll allocate up to $75,000 of the funding to the projects that receive the most votes.

Community Advisory Committee

I know that not everyone is online, so we’re reserving $75,000 to be allocated on the advice of the Community Advisory Committee who will review all project proposals.

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Altona Football Club (which includes the Altona Junior Football club) was established in 1918 and will celebrate our centenary year in 2018.
We are a community based club taking pride in our role of developing kids from as young as 8 years through to our seniors. We provide all our junior & senior members and their families, a place that is safe & fun. We provide a sense of belonging, teamwork & discipline as our player’s progress through the age groups improving their skills along the way.
We take pride in how each of our teams conducts themselves on the field, culminating in many premierships including 18 senior premierships. Our commitment to player development has also bred individual player success with many players selected for Interleague, Western Jets, TAC Cup, and ultimately progressing to VFL & AFL selection.
With assistance from the Altona council, AFL, our loyal sponsors and volunteers we will start major works this year on upgrading our 50 year old clubrooms. The upgrades will include female change rooms and family friendly facilities. Unfortunately this upgrade does not include a scoreboard. Our old scoreboard which saw many games over its 50 year history was condemned at the end of the 2013 season and unceremoniously torn down. Since then we have worked with a makeshift scoreboard which often cannot be seen from around the ground and exposes our scoreboard attendants, who are of course volunteers, to all manner of weather. Over the past 2 years we have established a score board fund and raised funds via a Wishing Well, selling sausages at Bunnings, some sponsorship donations and pledges. We had unsuccessfully applied for a grant via the Holden Home Grown Advantage which provides funds for sporting clubs. This HHGA grant is available to all sporting clubs Australia wide and unfortunately, there is just not enough money to go around. The Altona Football Club’s oval is an excellent surface to play on and as a result we have hosted junior and senior finals and Interleague games. However as our temporary score board is not to standard, we have had to hire mobile scoreboards during these finals. Continuing football operations without complete infrastructure severely jeopardizes our chances of hosting more of these marquee games which in turn hinders our revenue raising. The Altona Football Club is considered one of the leading sporting clubs in the west and its many members, volunteers and families would greatly benefit from having a facility that is reflective of our on & off field success. A facility the Altona Community can be proud of – well at least for the next 50 years! Our goal is to procure a state of the art electronic scoreboard which are valued in excess of $40,000 and will therefore seek a $20,000 grant. The Altona Football Club has committed to match the Stronger Community Grant dollar for dollar if we are fortunate enough to be successful.

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West Welcome Wagon is a non-profit volunteer-run organisation committed to providing material aid donations and assistance to our asylum seeker neighbours.

Our volunteers collect, pack and deliver donated material aid such as kitchen items, linen, furniture, white goods, children’s items and food hampers to asylum seekers in Melbourne’s West. We support more than 500 asylum seeker households from 20 countries, most of whom hold Bridging Visas with limited work rights and an income below that of the lowest Centrelink payment.
Our current model is not sustainable. More than 15 Volunteer coordinators currently open their homes to accept, clean and sort donated goods. They spend weekends preparing packages for delivery. Sadly, we regularly turn down generous donations simply because we cannot fit items in our coordinators’ homes. We also cannot accept the helping hands offered by our many willing volunteers due to limited space and concerns working in our cramped storage spaces. We need to reach more people who urgently need our help. With the Gellibrand grant, we will be able to fitout a new home for West Welcome Wagon allowing us to not only continue to accept the current number of donations we receive but to increase the number, allowing us to help more of our newly arrived neighbours. Let’s make them feel welcome! Please note that WWW is not aligned with any political or religious organisations. We do not receive ongoing government funding. Our costs are covered by donations and applicable grants. “I really touched by what the Australian people like you and family doing for us. This is exemplary of the generosity of a great community like West Welcome Wagon. Thank you so much!” - Local Asylum Seeker "WWW fosters an important sense of community spirit in that it provides ways of linking local families to those who are newly arrived." Mia McGregor – Founder

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The Footscray Hockey Club is an 82 year old community organisation that moved to the McIvor Reserve in Yarraville (adjacent the Westgate Freeway), 23 years ago. At that time we had a total of 11 teams (no female teams, 1 veteran’s team, 5 junior teams). We now have a staggering 47 teams, including 9 ladies teams, six veterans teams (mens and women’s), and 25 junior teams!
We outgrew our pavilion at McIvor Reserve five years after moving there. It caters very poorly for females, people with disabilities, and just the average user / visitor who needs no more than good, appropriately sized and clean amenities.
The Maribyrnong Council are coming to our rescue, and will be re-furbishing our building next summer, but they have decreed that the Hockey Club must find the $40,000 - $50,000 required to fit-out the large kitchen / canteen spaces. This level of cost is understandable given the massive throughput that our facility caters to. In addition to providing for the sizeable community that is our own Club, our brilliantly located complex also hosts annual state, national and international hockey and lacrosse events. We are a ‘window to the west’, and we need to get these building basics up and running at the right levels.
The new fit-out will allow us to move beyond the normal array of pre-packaged foods into a much healthier selection including soups, salad rolls, sushi rolls, etc. Our storage, preparation, serving and clean-up dilemmas would be resolved. More importantly, these changes would place our volunteers (we operate for an average of 60 hours per week, often with 3-4 volunteers in the kitchen / canteen at a time) into a safe and comfortable working environment. We have dreamt of having a modern-day pavilion for many years, but the price-tag on the building fit-out is daunting. Any help that we can receive from the Federal Government via our community members supporting this application (we have requested $20,000) would be very gratefully appreciated.

Sadly, there are many older Australians who have worked hard all their life and now find themselves unemployed. They are unable to get any Centrelink benefits and have used up all their savings. Many have lost their homes because they couldn’t pay their mortgages.
These are the people W.O.W! helps. We provide food parcels, household items, social services, meals, social functions, job-seeking seminars, workshops, advocacy and more. Our members currently range in age from 50 to 89 and come from many cultures.
When we needed a new venue to run our food programme, the Scouts generously offered the use of the 1st Footscray Scout Hall in Hyde Street, Footscray. We use the hall on Fridays and are now being given access to a room to set up an office. Currently, the office is in our Founder’s home. This makes it difficult for our many volunteers to do the enormous paperwork required to run W.O.W! It also limits our ability to teach computer skills, a vital need in today’s workplace.
We love this heritage-listed hall. The Scouts also share this hall with several other local groups. It has played a significant part in the history of this area and continues to be a place where adults, youth and children can meet to learn, or attend functions or in the case of W.O.W! receive assistance. While W.O.W! volunteers do the basic maintenance on the hall, it now needs skilled professionals to do some major works and we would like to help the Scouts by raising money to have this work done. (We have been given permission by the District Commissioner to apply for a grant to do this vital work) The floor needs to be fully repaired because the termites have been hungry. No easy task because the hall is quite large. This work is important because children and adults use the hall for dance classes. A new hot water system is needed in the kitchen. W.O.W! would also appreciate some help in setting up our office. The ceiling needs painting, and we need desks, storage and three more computers so we can teach computer skills to our members. We’ll also need a phone and internet service installed. This will help our members in their job searches. W.O.W! is run by volunteers and we are not aligned with any political party nor do we receive government funding. We rely on donations from the general public and grants from community groups. We would be very grateful for a grant of $20,000 as this would allow us, working in conjunction with the Scouts, to preserve this beautiful hall for years to come. The many Community groups who use this hall will be extremely grateful for your support. For more information about this important heritage building, please see: http://vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au/places/37274/download-report Thank you for caring.

Kingsville Kindergarten is a Not for Profit Community Kindergarten located in West Footscray, offering 3 and 4 year old kindergarten programs. It is dedicated to the development of children through a play-based curriculum.
We try to keep our fees as low as possible. Government funding does not include monies for equipment, resources, experiences, etc.
We have to rely on the cooperation and support of our parents and local community to raise money to buy new equipment and run special events for the children.
Outdoor play is critical for young children. It gives them the opportunity to experiment, risk take, manipulate, reconfigure, expand, influence, change, discover, practice, push their limits, yell, sing, and create. Some of our favourite childhood memories are outdoor activities. Kingsville Kindergarten staff are constantly trying to improve the children’s outdoor area to make it exciting, challenging, and most importantly, a safe environment. We are in desperate need of a sunshade over our existing swings, which will reduce the kids’ exposure to UV rays. Currently, we have no shade over the swings, which are fully exposed to the afternoon sun. We also have two hammocks which we require posts for. The addition of these two small items will help staff create a safer, more diverse outdoor space within which our children can explore and discover their natural world. The cost of these two items is $4950 in total, and so we would be asking for a grant of $2475. Please help our children thrive by supporting our application. Your vote is greatly appreciated!

Snuff Puppets are building new puppets! Founded in a Footscray warehouse 23 years ago Snuff Puppets have since taken their giant puppet spectacles to more than 25 countries.

Snuff Puppets arrive like a circus, parading through town using outdoor performances to ambush audiences and entice them into the world of theatre. Our art explores, provokes and inspires progressive cultural change. We are unashamedly hand-made and experimental in a world obsessed with perfection and mass-consumption. Snuff Puppets is proudly anarchic, fiercely fun and all-inclusive.
Snuff Puppets believe creativity is an essential human need. A core priority for Snuff Puppets is to share our skills, philosophy, creativity and experience with our community, locally and globally. We regularly perform in the inner west, usually as free public performances, using our Snuff brand of guerilla style street theatre. Our giant puppets transform the familiar, dramatically shifting audience’s reality. For decades we have been contributing to the unique character of our local community and transforming public sites into public art. Our Human Body Parts, Butcher and Cows, Skullies and Boom Family, among other acts, have been regular features in downtown Footscray and at local community events. Giant puppets are at the core of our work and each new Snuff Puppets work involves the creation of a whole new world of puppets with their own rules, relationships and spirit. It takes a giant investment to create, build and breathe life in to every Snuff Puppet. We’ve decided to build new puppets for our new main stage show, although all of our giant puppets are used for multiple purposes including outdoor roaming performances, community workshops and master classes. Made in Footscray, we run all of these programs here in the west and all over the world. In this new work, Snuff Puppets are working with writer, John Hughes and artist, Marco Luccio to bring to life the darkly beautiful and haunting fables from their critically acclaimed book, The Garden of Sorrows. The book features fourteen fables in which iconic Australian animals take on human qualities. These fables cast us back to the flux at the beginning of the world; a kingdom of animal warriors, poets, healers and thieves. Don’t be surprised to see a giant Thylacine, Kangaroo, Emu or Goanna roaming a street near you. “Our ambition is to take Australian fauna and landscape away from kitsch and embrace the real danger and carnage of its nature,” Andy Freer, Snuff Puppets Artistic Director.

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Marilyn King Tanja Tuominen Irina Lovegrove Brendan Sheehan West Welcome Wagon Inc Snuff Puppets Ken Barnes Eric Zammit