Enhanced Partnership Funding to help community recovery


Council has allocated just under $300,000 in funding to help community organisations run pandemic recovery activities, through its Extended Partnership Funding program.

In August 2020, Council resolved to allocate the funding to bolster existing partnership agreements between community organisations and Council.

These organisations were identified as able to respond well to what communities needed in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding was allocated to partner organisations based on criteria of:

  • Improving mental and physical health to enable community-led recovery from the pandemic and
  • Supporting social connection and engagement in a COVID-safe way.

Below are the successfully-funded projects.

OrganisationProject TitleProject SummaryFunding Amount
Anchor IncC19 Recovery CoordinationThis project will provide case coordination and support for 24 individuals with multiple and complex needs at risk of or experiencing homelessness, helping to maintain their health and sustaining placement in a house. $20,000
Belgrave Traders AssociationSustain BelgraveThis project aims to support recovery and improvement of Belgrave through 10 creative public interventions/activities, developed in partnership with the community and local artists.$20,000
Dandenong Ranges Music Council IncDRMC Music for COVID RecoveryTwo separate programs will offer two separate programs to address the impact of the pandemic on people most affected by the pandemic and people with complex mental health issues. Workshops will be held over 2-8 weeks.


Koha Community CafeCultivating Connection and CommunityThis project will improve the functionality and capacity of the Warburton Community Space to host activities to support the Upper Yarra and its community members.


Yarra Valley SingersSupporting Social Recovery Through Pop-up Community PerformancesYVS will coordinate 12 pop-up performances across the region. The project has benefits for both the large amount of participants and the community as audience members, bringing back confidence to connect, perform and listen.$9,238
Yarra Valley Arts Inc (YAVA)Re-engaging Youth through Art Mentorship This project proposes to provide professional development and community engagement experiences, by pairing artists and creatives with a mentor and participating in an exhibition.$20,000
Burrinja Cultural CentreBurrinja Connect WorkshopsThe project proposes a vibrant set of workshops and activities to re-engage the community post-COVID restrictions. Four workshops will target specific community groups that have been impacted differently.$9,150
Community Information and Support VictoriaExpand, Extend and EnhanceCISVic will expand, extend and enhance financial and social services to support people in hardship, particularly those impacted by the pandemic.$20,000
Dandenong Ranges Emergency Relief Service IncRe-engaging volunteers and communityThis funding will help DRERS attract new volunteers and provide activities to support health and connection in the community.$7,374
Mount Evelyn Township GroupTownship Group NetworkA project to investigate responses to COVID-19 across towns in Yarra Ranges, audit emergency plans and assess current connectivity in communities – with a report to be compiled. Council will support this project and link groups with resources that will support the aims.$11,000
Yarra Ranges Enterprise LtdReconnecting BusinessThe group proposes a series of workshops as part of their Isolation to Connection to Collaboration to Growth project. This will help local businesses in their recovery through skill development and networking.$13,000
Migrant Information CentreHealthy Living Activities for CALD COVID-19 RecoveryThis project will deliver activities for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds throughout 2021, helping them reconnect with their community, improve their health and improve social connections.$15,000
Oonah Health and Community Services Aboriginal CorporationReconnecting and Healing ProjectThis project will enagage community and create resources, by capturing stories about the impacts of COVID on people, culture and community and talking about how important community connections can be reclaimed.$20,000
Yarra Valley ECOSSVolunteer and Community Engagement OfficerThis project from ECOSS will foster volunteerism at events, workshops and programs, assist community and work with people from various backgrounds on projects for the benefit of the community.$20,000
TarraWarra Museum of ArtYalingwa: Wilam BiikThis project will see an exhibition, Yalingwa: Wilam Biik (“Home country” in Woiwurrung) at TarraWarra Museum of Art, highlighting First Nations artists and placing their work in a national context. This funding will contribute to community outreach, encouraging social connection, knowledge-sharing and storytelling, along with the exhibition launch.$10,000
Eastern Legal Community CentreImproving Legal Pathways for Young PeopleECLC will work with Cire Community School to improve legal pathways, enhance the health, wellbeing and education for Cire’s students. It will involve several components, including understanding the legal needs of the school community, how ECLC can better respond to the needs of young people and lay the groundwork for future projects to support young people.$10,000
Outer East Food ShareBusiness Case and Planning for the Establishment of a Food Distribution CentreThis project, supported by the Yarra Ranges Emergency Relief Network, is a systemic response to the local needs for food relief. The group will prepare a business case, options, costs and benefits of a Food Distribution Centre in the Yarra Ranges. The Business Case will then influence future actions for Outer East Foodshare.$15,000
LinC Church Services Network Yarra Valley IncorporatedCOVID Recovery Volunteer ProgramThis project will focus on volunteer recruitment and training, responding to new ways of working stemming from the pandemic. Volunteers will be recruited to deliver services in their community and rebuild volunteerism.$20,000
3MDR – Mountain District Radio Inc3MDR Garden Restoration and Community GardenThis project will support the revitalisation of gardens at 3MDR, the inclusion of a community garden and re-engagement with volunteers. The funding addresses a significant drop in sponsorship in local radio as a result of the pandemic and the project offers opportunities for community members and schools to be involved.$12,250
Healesville Interchurch Community Care Inc (HICCI)Access to sport programThis funding will help support clients of all ages to participate in sporting activities, through financial assistance with membership, equipment and clothing – all of which can be expensive and can be a barrier to young people participating in sport.$7,000

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