Grants

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

2024 Grants

Annually, the South Melbourne Community Chest distributes proceeds from our OpShop, financial donations and bequests as grants to a wide variety of community organisations including environmental groups, after school programs, gymnastics, meal programs, and older persons groups and clubs within the City of Port Phillip.

If your group/club needs funding for a project that will benefit the local community and residents of the City of Port Phillip, you are encouraged to apply in July 2024

Organisations that received grants in the 2023 round are:

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Organisation

Project / Programme

 

Albert Park Bowls Club

Youth Training in Lawn Bowls
 

Anglican Parish of the Park (Albert Park)

Sunday Suppers Program & Food Parcels
 

Christ Church Mission

Xmas celebration for volunteers & Community garden plant sale
 

City of Voices Port Phillip

Music Video collaboration with SMCC & Eco Centre

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Elwood Community Play Group

Pilot Education program for Fathers
 

Emerald Hill Mission

Education Program for disadvantaged Children – books & uniforms Years 7-12
 

Emerald Hill Toy Library

Purchase of manipulative play toys
 

Fisherman’s Bend Gymnastics Club

Outreach &Leadership Program Fee subsidies for training
 

Napier St. Aged Care

Arts Program for Disadvantaged Women
 

NCJW (National Council of Jewish Women – Victoria)

Golden Age Club- Support for Independent Living- provide workshops on falls prevention and memory improvement.

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Port Melbourne Secondary College

“Expert In Residence” – One Week employment (Scientist/Engineer)
 

Port Phillip Community Group

Back To School Program- financial Support to low income families
 

Port Phillip Community Group

Skills Training in Nutrition
 

Port Phillip Eco Centre

“Green Cuisine” – Plant based Friday Lunches
 

Port Phillip Rotary

Event for disadvantaged people living in Rooming Houses in Port Phillip

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Rawcus Theatre

Workshop for Artists with a disability

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South Melb District Sports Club

Replacement of Goal Post Pads
 

South Melbourne Life Saving Club

Over 60s Participation Program Equipment for low impact fitness Training

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South Melbourne Sustainability Group

Restoration of Foundry Park Development of Community Garden Beds

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South Port Community Housing Group

“Get Your Ticket” – for low income residents in Social Housing to attend local events, galleries and music
 

Space2b

Training for refugees and isolated immigrants
 

St Kilda PCYC

School Holiday Program

Organisations that received grants in the 2022 round are:

The 2022 Community Chest Grants were presented by the City of Port Phillip Mayor, Cr Heather Consulo, on Monday 14 November 2022 at the South Melbourne Community Centre.

Organisation

Program/Activity in 2022

Albert Park Bowls Club

Part sponsor junior Bowls Program and Emerald Hill Cup

Albert Park College

Music Scholarships for 6 disadvantaged students

Anglican Parish of St. Silas & St Anselm

Sunday Suppers Welfare Program; Assists 70 people per week

Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project

Fresh food vouchers for people seeking asylum

Christ Church Community Centre

Christmas celebration for Open House / Facilitation of our Community Garden – 250 + participants

Emerald Hill Mission

Assist students to stay in school and lead to trades

Emerald Hill Toy Library

Refresh the baby toy and creative play toy categories; 2 libraries

Fisherman’s Bend Gymnastics Club

Outreach and Leadership Programs: mentorship to support our older teenage gymnasts

Lilian Cannam Kindergarten App2

LCK Outoor kitchen

Napier Street Aged Care Services

Restoration of garden with suitable plantings: 100 + residents

National Council of Jewish Women of Australia Vic

Enhance connect, recover physical and mental strength activities

Port Phillip Community Group (PPCG)

Family In Focus: 20 parents with the tools and resources for effective parenting

Port Phillip Community Group (PPCG)

Back to School Program: 30-50 local students and families

Port Phillip EcoCentre

Port Phillip Beachkeepers Project

Port Phillip Men’s Shed

Spring reinvigoration of the garden; Equipment, seeds, plamts and consumables

Port Phillip Specialist School

Reinstatement and upgrade of student Fitness Centre

Rotary Port Phillip

Create backpacks for essential items for children in crisis

South Melbourne Life Saving Club

Provision of Youth Surf Rescue Boards

South Melbourne Park Primary School

Lunch Time Activity Buffet; Games/Activities  250 students

SouthPort Community Centre (SPCC), City of Voices

Design and Accessibility for ‘Harmonia’ performance project

SouthPort Day Links

Uniform upgrades

Space2b Social Design

Flying High – The Space2b Experience: provide financial assistance to 8 participants

St Kilda Police and Citizens’ Youth Club (PCYC)

Summer Holiday Program 10-17 year olds (30-50_

Organisations which have received grants in 2021 included:

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.

Organisation

Program/Activity

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:

Organisation

Program/Activity

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.

Grant Application Forms

Applications for the 2023 South Melbourne Community Chest Grants closed at 5pm on Monday 7th August 2023.

If you are considering applying in 2024 you can view the 2023 grant application form below.

DOWNLOAD 2023 GRANT APPLICATION

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If you were successful and received a grant in the 2022 grant round, you needed to also download and complete the grant acquittal form below.

DOWNLOAD 2022 GRANT ACQUITTAL FORM

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If you want further information, or have questions about these processes, please email grants@southmelbournecommunitychest.org.au.