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$100,000 unlocked for critical social issues in Melbourne

Melbourne, Tuesday 28 August 2018: More than $100,000 in grant funding is available to communities in Melbourne in the 2018 Connected Communities Melbourne Grants Program, which opens today in partnership with Bendigo Bank.

In the second year of the grants program, supporting youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness is one of the key issues, with $30,000 in grants available to this cause.

A further $70,000 in grant funding is available to support four other key issues, including;

  • Mental and physical health, especially disability
  • Community safety
  • Sustainability and the environment, and
  • Projects that contribute to inclusion and social connection.

Connected Communities Melbourne Board Chair, Melanie Raymond, OAM said, “Most social issues don’t simply occur in isolation and will need broad thinking and opportunities to show the connections between solutions such as health and wellbeing, homelessness, safety and sustainability,” she said.

“For example, youth homelessness begins within suburban Melbourne and is often hidden. We can draw on local knowledge to bring forward ideas that can prevent entrenched homelessness and give young people a chance to get back on their feet.

“We know that homelessness is rising and young people are hardest hit. Many are couch surfing or living in insecure and unsafe conditions which inhibits their ability to attend and finish school, and sets them on a path into long term homelessness unless action is taken.”

The grant pool is a result of an agreed financial contribution made by Bendigo Bank for every new account opened at 27 Bendigo Bank branches across Melbourne.

“We’re really proud to continue to work with Bendigo Bank to achieve great outcomes for our community.  It’s easy to partner with an organisation like Bendigo Bank because they are connected with local issues and committed to delivering social and economic benefits for all,” Ms Raymond said.

In its inaugural grants round in 2017, Connected Communities Melbourne granted $80,000 to support organisations such as Glenroy Neighbourhood House, Entertainment Assist, refugee driver education, safety for international students, Chines Cancer Society and mental health support, among others.

About Connected Communities Melbourne

The Connected Communities program is underpinned by a desire to help communities generate long-term prosperity. Our goal is to: Support programs and initiatives that encourage a more vibrant, engaged, fair and sustainable community.

About Bendigo Bank

Bendigo Bank is the retail arm of the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank group, Australia’s fifth largest retail bank with more than 600 branches and agencies, including more than 322 community-owned and operated branches which form the Bank’s unique Community Bank® network.

The Bank’s vision is to be Australia’s bank of choice.  Our strategy is to focus on the success of our customers, people, partners and communities.

Media contact: Silvana Arena, Public Relations 0402 110 445

 

Doing good in Melbourne

Connected Communities Melbourne have awarded almost $70,000 during their inaugural round of grant funding to seven community organisations.

Formed almost 12 months ago, Connected Communities Melbourne is an independent, philanthropic body overseeing charitable grants derived from 27 Bendigo Bank branches throughout Melbourne.

State Manager, Phil Jones, said the grant money was the result of the generosity of customers linking their Bendigo Bank accounts to Connected Communities Melbourne.

“Customers who choose to link their Bendigo Bank accounts to Connected Communities Melbourne have created a central, sustainable funding model for projects in their community,” Mr Jones said.

“There is no change to the way in which customer accounts operate, but it does provide a very simple way for customers to support charitable activities,” he added.

Groups were able to apply for grants of up to $10,000 that focused on five key impact areas – community projects (including arts and culture, community projects, events, sports); disability, health and wellbeing; environment; youth homelessness; and community safety.

Connected Communities Chair Melanie Raymond was impressed with the ideas that were submitted for funding.

“When we announced the grant funding, we created an open criteria to ensure that the most innovative and inclusive ideas were submitted,” Ms Raymond said.

“This year’s recipients include palliative care for the Chinese community, mental health support for the entertainment industry, a local food garden and a program for recovery from domestic violence.

“These projects truly support the idea that everyone in our community has a part to play in building capacity and resilience at the grass roots level. We know that by encouraging civic participation and strong communities we are helping to underpin social harmony, collaboration and action,” she added.

To find out more about Connected Communities Melbourne, or to link your accounts to the philanthropic group, visit www.connectedcommunitiesmelbourne or call into your local branch.

Bendigo Bank branches associated with Connected Communities Melbourne are:

  • Box Hill
  • Brighton
  • Broadmeadows
  • Camberwell
  • Carlton
  • Caroline Springs
  • Cheltenham
  • Coburg
  • Collins Street
  • Cranbourne
  • Dandenong
  • Docklands
  • Elsternwick
  • Frankston
  • Glen Waverly
  • Greensborough
  • Lilydale
  • Melton
  • Moonee Ponds
  • Mornington
  • Niddrie
  • Preston
  • South Melbourne
  • South Morang
  • Sunshine
  • Werribee
  • Williamstown

For all media enquiries, please contact Emily Byrne on 0419 008 848.

Media Note: The organisations who received funding this year were Chinese Cancer Society of Victoria (Glen Waverley and Box Hill), Meld Community (Carlton), SYN Media (CBD), Watsonia Neighborhood House, Entertainment Assist (South Melbourne), Hobsons Bay Driver’s License (Williamstown) and the Yarra Glen Food Garden. Community Sector Banking Impact Fund joined with Connected Communities Melbourne to provide some of the funding for these projects.


Doing good in Melbourne

The first round of Connected Communities Melbourne’s grant funding opens on 2 October, providing critical funding for community organisations as the year comes to a close. 

Groups are able to apply for grants of up to $10,000 that focus on five key impact areas –  community projects (including arts and culture, community projects, events, sports); disability, health and wellbeing; environment; youth homelessness; and community safety.

Formed almost 12 months ago, Connected Communities Melbourne is an independent, philanthropic body overseeing charitable grants with funding derived from 27 Bendigo Bank branches throughout Melbourne.

Customers are able to make a direct impact to the funding by linking their Bendigo Bank accounts to Connected Communities Melbourne, helping to grow a central, sustainable funding model for local projects.

Connected Communities Melbourne Chair Melanie Raymond stated that although an independent Board of Directors oversees the fund, it’s the branch staff that provide the knowledge and understanding of the local community needs.

“Our grants program underpins resilient, connected neighbourhoods and communities across Melbourne, and the funding is designed to be inclusive, innovative and flexible. The open criteria ensures we don’t kill off great ideas early – we want to hear the best ideas, and the most urgent needs the community wants addressed.

“We value local voices, and understand creative and courageous ideas usually need early stage support, especially from grant providers who will stand by those organisations. Those individuals and organisations working directly in their communities already know what it means to be the change.

“With most public grants finished for the year, we’re giving a lifeline to organisations who still have needs, who can apply simply and receive an answer quickly too. We don’t want too much paperwork and red tape, we want the ideas and to see them put into action,” said Ms Raymond.

To find out more about Connected Communities Melbourne, or to apply for funding, visit www.melbourneconnectedcommunities.com.au or call into your local branch.

Bendigo Bank branches associated with Connected Communities Melbourne are:

  • Box Hill
  • Brighton
  • Broadmeadows
  • Camberwell
  • Carlton
  • Caroline Springs
  • Cheltenham
  • Coburg
  • Collins Street
  • Cranbourne
  • Dandenong
  • Docklands
  • Elsternwick
  • Frankston
  • Glen Waverly
  • Greensborough
  • Lilydale
  • Melton
  • Moonee Ponds
  • Mornington
  • Niddrie
  • Preston
  • South Melbourne
  • South Morang
  • Sunshine
  • Werribee
  • Williamstown

Grant opens 2nd of October and closed on the 27th of October 2017

 

Media Release June 2017

The Unite Project’s mission is to change the face of youth homelessness in Australia. Through the sale of Unite water, the initiative will dedicate the proceeds received to housing and supporting youth at risk of homeless in local communities. To date, the Unite Project has raised over $400,000 to assist over 850 young people across Australia.

Fifty-nine branches of the Bendigo Bank have come together to support this cause by hosting a fridge in their branch.  Next time you are thinking of purchasing a bottle of water, visit one of our participating branches.

Right: Suzelle Allet – Manager Glenroy Neighbourhood Learning Centre
Middle: Darren Walsh – Bendigo Bank Broadmeadows Branch
Left: Tala

Asylum seeker receives $10,000 grant funding

Melbourne, : A $10,000 grant announced at the launch of Connected Communities Melbourne has been awarded to the Glenroy Neighbourhood Learning Centre.

The group will allocate the grant funding towards an 18 year old asylum seeker and her 16 year old brother to assist with their most immediate need – accommodation.

Connected Communities Melbourne Chairman, Melanie Raymond, said the Glenroy Neighbourhood Learning Centre was a worthy recipient of this inaugural grant.

“Connected Communities Melbourne recognises the role of Neighbourhood Houses in connecting communities across Melbourne including people who are at risk of loneliness and isolation through an inclusive and welcoming environment.

“We know that if these two were accommodated through the youth refuge system it would be a temporary solution.

“The ability for the Glenroy Neighbourhood Learning Centre to use the $10,000 grant funding for their more permanent accommodation means they have the opportunity to thrive independently, and remain together as a family,” Ms Raymond said.

Launched in October 2016, CCM is a philanthropic body founded in partnership with Bendigo Bank, aiming to support the local groups and projects that help make Melbourne the world’s most livable city.

Bendigo Bank’s Executive Local Connections, Alexandra Tullio, said the initiative would be partly funded by profits from 28 Bendigo Bank branches across Melbourne.

“That means by banking at your local Bendigo Bank branch, you can help support your local community,” Ms Tullio said.

“We know that creating successful communities is a good business model for our Bank and the people we serve, so we’re excited to expand our ethos of shared value in a new way.”

Businesses, organisations and individuals can also make tax deductible donations to support the initiative, with grants used to further leverage funding from local, state and federal government. Grant funding is available for projects across 10 sectors including youth work, community safety, sport and the arts.

For more information visit www.connectedcommunitiesmelbourne.com.au, or head into your local Bendigo Bank branch.

Media enquiries: Emily Byrne 0419 008 848

13 October 2016, 07:31

Melbourne community groups and not-for-profits now have a new avenue to access all important grant funds.

Connected Communities Melbourne is a new philanthropic body founded in partnership with the Bank, aiming to support the local groups and projects that help make our city the world’s most liveable.

Groups are able to apply for grant funding for projects across 10 sectors including youth work, community safety, sport and the arts.

Grants will be awarded at the grassroots level – to support a local hockey club for example – as well as for larger, collaborative projects that address social issues across Melbourne, like homelessness or domestic violence.

Working with other local businesses and community partners, we hope to grow a central, sustainable funding model that helps support collaboration on projects that make Melbourne a great place for everyone to live.

Australia’s number of not-for-profit organisations has grown rapidly in recent years to upwards of 600,000, and the majority of these are small volunteer-run groups that are finding it harder than ever to compete for a limited funding pool.

What Connected Communities Melbourne will provide is a centralised, self-generating funding alternative that can service grant applications in a flexible and straight-forward way.

Grant applications can be made online and will be considered by Connected Communities Melbourne’s independent voluntary board.

The board already boasts a number of sector leaders, including Chairperson, Melanie Raymond, current chairperson of youth homelessness initiative Youth Projects and the Australian Institute of Company Directors Victorian Not-For-Profit Advisory Committee, and Neighbourhood Houses Victoria CEO, Bridget Gardner. It will also work with large donor partners, including the TAC.

The initiative will be partly funded by profits from 28 Bendigo Bank branches across Melbourne. We know that creating successful communities is good for business and good for the people we serve, so we’re excited to expand our ethos of shared value in a new way.

Businesses, organisations and individuals can also make tax deductable donations to support the initiative, with grants used to further leverage funding from local, state and federal government.

Funding costs will be kept low, with at least 90 cents in every dollar going directly to supported projects.

Connected Communities Melbourne was launched at a special event at Hilton Melbourne South Wharf on Wednesday, 12 October.

A grant of $10,000 was awarded to one lucky community organisation to mark the occasion, with the first official round of grants opening for applications in February 2017.

For more information visit www.connectedcommunitiesmelbourne.com.au, or check out ourFAQs. An editable Connected Communities Melbourne template for your branch is available here.

Alexandra Tullio
Executive Local Connection