Supporting care and connection in our community

Bayside’s dedicated community groups have been recognised in the 2021-22 round of Community Grants.

Council has provided 35 community organisations with grants of up to $7,500 each – many supported by volunteers and all navigating the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Applications for the $211,000 grant pool highlighted a focus on environmental sustainability, intergenerational projects, food security, wellbeing, waste reduction and volunteer engagement.

Sandringham Lifesaving Club will use its grant to kick start its inaugural Silver Salties low-impact fitness program for over 60s.

Club President Vicky McKay says it’s all about social and active participation regardless of fitness level, mobility, or swimming ability.

“It is very inclusive and another great way to open the club up to the community,” Vicky said.

The Bayside Toy Library team will use the money to develop a Zero Waste Pack that enables Bayside families to organise children’s parties in a sustainable and affordable way, minimising waste and reducing over-consumerism.

The toy library has repurposed the party pack items to create ‘lockdown packs’ for young families which are proving popular.

Food for Change, which produces enough food for about 150,000 mouths every year, was also a recipient of a community grant and plans to buy more growing-tunnels to extend the growing season.

Members of the organisations attended a successful online event last week, where council CEO Mick Cummins and Mayor Laurence Evans thanked all the staff and volunteers for their passion and dedication in what has been a difficult year.

The groups were also able to discuss their projects and ideas with each other and enjoyed a talk from two of last year’s grant recipients – Chatty Café Scheme and Hampton Community Centre – about how they successfully used their grants.

Full list of the 2021-22 Annual Community Grants recipients and their projects:

Highett Neighbourhood Community House – Nourish the Neighbourhood

RAW (Resilient Aspiring Women) Australia – Conversations + Compassion = Community

Castlefield Community Centre – Building Blocks to Connect

Family Life Limited – Active Bystander Training for Volunteers

Social Health Australia – Building Connections from Conversations

Beaumaris Art Group Inc – MasterPIECES

Bayley House – Technology to support Access Skills Training program

East Beaumaris Kindergarten (EBK) – Developing Resilience Through Outdoor Play

Hampton Community Centre – Nourish across the ages

Moorabbin Kangaroos Football Club – Senior women’s AFL team

Culture Connect Chinese Australia Brighton Beach Inc. – So Good You’re Here Network

Rotary Club of Brighton Bayside – BeeLIVE

Livingston Kindergarten – Body safety awareness and education program

The Men’s Table Ltd. – Healthy Men, Healthy Masculinities, Healthy Communities

Sandringham Life Saving Inc – Silver Salties, Over 60’s Active Participation Program

Bayside Hockey Club – Healthy canteen for members and visitors

Friends of Gallipoli Inc. – Remembering the Fallen Of Bayside

Cheltenham Cat Rescue – Community education program

Food For Change Foundation Ltd – Food Security Farm: Extending grow season

Sandybeach Centre – Sandybeach Art Mural – strengthening connection phase 2

Peter Vadiveloo (auspiced by Highett Neighbourhood Community House) – Bayside Community Drum Circle

Tigers Netball Club Inc. – Fitness, Health and Wellbeing Clinics

St Kilda PCYC – Wicked Schools Program

Mavericks Netball Club incorporated – Wellbeing and mindfulness program

South Oakleigh Wildlife Shelter – Bringing Bayside’s wonderful wildlife to you

Australian Skateboarding Federation – Girls Skate Competition and Skate Lessons

Bayside Japanese Intergenerational Playgroup – Aisatsu Kizzu (Hello Kids)

Bayside Toy Library – Zero Waste Party Packs

Gordon Street Preschool – Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Families

Black Rock Pre School – Musical Movement Program

Nagle Pre School Association – Wellbeing Community Garden Initiative

Grange Rd Kindergarten – Sustainability Garden

The Rotary Club of Brighton North Community Service – Older Persons Mental Health First Aid program (OPMHFA)

St. John Ambulance Australia (Victoria) Inc. – Technology for Bayside Division

Brighton Bayside Men’s Shed – First Aid Training

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