Each year South Melbourne Community Chest distributes proceeds from its OpShop, financial donations and bequests as grants to community organisations

The 2021 Community Chest Grants were presented by the City of Port Phillip Mayor, Cr Louise Crawford, on Thursday 11 November 2021, at the Mary Keogh Centre, Albert Park.

Organisations that received grants in the 2021 round are:



Albert Park College
Music Scholarships for students in need
Albert Park Bowls Club
Young Lawn Bowlers Outreach Program, including The Emerald Hill Cup
Anglican Parish of St. Silas & St Anselm
Sunday Suppers, meals for the vulnerable program
Christ Church Mission
End-of-year celebration for volunteers; and monthly plant sale project
Emerald Hill Mission
Education Program: new books, uniforms and school supplies for year 12 students in need.
Emerald Hill Toy Library
Creative Play Toys project
Fisherman’s Bend Gymnastics Club
Outreach Program and Coach Education/Leadership Program 
National Council of Jewish Women of Australia (Victoria)     
Social Connection and and Physical Strength Living with COVID program
Port Phillip Community Group
Park Towers Digital Connect project
Port Phillip Community Group
Back to School Program
Port Phillip EcoCentre
Port Phillip Beachkeepers Project
Port Phillip Men’s Shed
Metal Workshop Relocation
Port Phillip Specialist School
Early Learning Program Playground Space Upgrade
South Melbourne Life Saving Club
Enhancement of Youth-specific Training Equipment
SouthPort Community Centre, Make Your Mark
Art Connect program
SouthPort Community Centre, City of Voices
Common Ground performance project
Space2b Social Design
Traine4work program
St Kilda Police and Citizens’ Youth Club (PCYC)
Girls Group program
Vic Association of WW2 Veterans ex Soviet Union 
No one is forgotten – Nothing is forgotten – 2022 project
Wild At Heart Community Arts
Recording The Unheard Songs project

Organisations which have received grants in previous years have included:



Anglican Parish of St Silas & St Anselm

Providing a meal every Sunday evening for locals doing it tough and food parcels every month for those in need.

Christ Church Mission

Assist the community centre garden monthly plant sale and end of year celebration for “Open House” participants and Christmas meals for volunteers.

Emerald Hill Mission
Educational support for 207 school students for the purchase of books.
Emerald Hill Toy Library
Purchase of special gross and fine motor skills toys such as a pikler climbing frame and manipulative toys.
Fishermans Bend Gymnastics Club
Establishing a leadership program to support older teenage gymnasts in a structured coaching program leading to a qualification.
National Council of Jewish Women of Australia Vic
Provision of emergency support during lock downs with food hampers, fruit baskets, culturally appropriate meals for special celebratory holidays and audio/video discussion to maintain connections.
Port Phillip Community Group
A “Back to School Program” assisting low income families with education costs-uniforms, books, computers, excursions and sporting equipment.
Port Phillip EcoCentre
Purchase of film and audio equipment to support more professional digital content including remote learning for schools and community members.
Port Phillip Men’s Shed
Development of a community garden; providing training courses on picture framing and lead lighting.
Port Phillip Specialist School

Assist with purchase of a trailer to transport equipment for sport, recreational programs and camps.

Purchase a swimming pool floating floor.

Russian Women’s Association ‘Ogonyok’
Conduct 26 bilingual programs covering art, English language classes and exercise through zoom for isolated Russian women.
SouthPort Community Centre
Assistance to deliver arts and product development workshops over 20 weeks for young people impacted by Covid.
SouthPort Community Centre, City of Voices
Development and performance of new theatre “Ballads from the Brink”. Personal stories of being “on the brink” using digital forms and workshops with guest artists.
SouthPort Day Links
Provide a Covid-safe transport program for people with a disability to enable independent living. Funds for PPE and training for volunteers, masks and additional cleaning of vehicles.
Space2b Social Design
Development of an online program for artists, designers and customers to come together to share their art, culture and cuisine from their kitchens.
St Kilda Police and Citizens’ Youth Club (PCYC)
Establishing a Girls Group for young women to come together, building self confidence and belonging using a Youth Worker facilitated program of activities and learning opportunities.
Vic Association of WW2 Veterans ex Soviet Union

Continuing support production of videos about WW2 veterans stories in particular enhancing their digital content creation and publishing.

2022 Grant Application Forms

You can download the Word or PDF versions of the application form here:


This year’s grants application process will open at 10am on Thursday 7th July 2022 and close at 5pm on Monday 8th August 2022.

To apply for a grant complete the SMCC Grant Application Form 2022 – email it to – or fill it out and post it as indicated on Section 4 on the form.

For further information please email