Small Grant recipients

Applicant Project Title Brief Project Description Total Allocated
Badger Creek Community Group Badger Creek Community Planning Day Following on from Badger Creek Community Group's 2018-2021 community plan, this project seeks to engage with the Badger Creek community to find out what current community members value about living in the area and what initiatives they would like to see happening in our area. We envisage using the feedback to develop another Community Plan to guide our activities and advocacy over the next 3 years. $1,000.00
Chloe Nash Sports Participation Chloe will be representing Victoria both as a solo performer competing for a national title and an intermediate team member at the Australian Calisthenics Federations Nationals in Brisbane, July 2023. As part of this selection Chloe has been required to pay $4500 towards the cost of this competition (training, uniform, costumes, flights, accomodation and food). It encourages leadership, teamwork and resilience and discipline and benefits athletes by giving them an opportunity to present their skills and talents at an elite competition. $250.00
Tecoma Twilight Ethical Market Tecoma Twilight Ethical Market Tecoma Twilight Ethical Market is a pre-festive season market that promotes living and buying ethically and sustainably. Our market supports ethical trading, First Nations businesses, and businesses that use community empowerment and sustainable practices.
‍The Sunday 4pm to 8pm evening time slot was chosen to be inclusive to families. It will showcase local musicians. The market will include children's activities and children's stalls. ‍The market will be plastic free and all plates cutlery etc compostable.
Hills Walking Together Healing Our Nature Connection: A Contemplative Weeding Weekend in the Dandenong Ranges There has been much recent discussion of our alienation from nature, its causes and environmental consequences. In search of sustainable community responses, this three-day pilot event (15 contact hours total) will help Council residents explore their connection to local ecosystems through deep listening and physical engagement. $1,000.00
Yarra Ranges Mens Shed Network Enhancing the Lives of Men
"Enhancing the Lives of Men" is a promotion and Communication project. The focus is to create a Yarra Ranges Men's Shed brochure. This initiative is meant to elevate Men's Sheds' visibility, increase participation, and foster a sense of social connectedness and engagement among men within their communities. The project demonstrates our unwavering commitment to enhancing the lives of men in the Yarra Ranges through meaningful collaboration, education, and support.
Marcus Krasnadamskis Sports Participation Marcus has been chosen to represent Victoria (SSV) in the SSA (School Sports Australia) tournament held in Perth this year in August. Marcus went to tryout for SSV and was chosen in the team of 12 players from over 100+ athletes from all over Victoria. He is very proud to be part of the team representing Victoria and hopes to win. $250.00
Montrose Environmental Group Inc. Annual General Meeting and Illustrated Talk We will hold our AGM with a guest speaker on Saturday October 7th 2023 at Montrose Town Centre. The guest speaker, Nalini Scarfe, runs a Wildlife Carer group catering to the outer east of Melbourne. She is an excellent wildlife photographer and will give a presentation suitable for all age groups. The event is aimed not only at members of the Group but anyone who may be interested. We will try to advertise our event in the Yarra Ranges area. In-Kind Venue Support
Upwey Men's Shed Inc Laser Engraver Upweys Men's Shed wish to purchase a Laser Engraver to make labels to be attached to projects undertaken by Upwey Men's Shed to benefit the community. This thereby promotes Upwey Men's Shed as a community focussed organisation.
Badger Creek Hall Strategic Planning for 2023-2024 Badger Creek hall COM has recognised that it needs to undertake a Strategic Planning project in order to stay financial viable and to meet the expectations of the Badger Creek community. In February, 2025 the Badger Creek Hall will celebrate it's 100 year centenary. This plan is a roadmap for the future use and development of the hall and the community. $1,000.00
Upwey Toy Library Inc Upwey Toy Library Bunnings Sausage Sizzle Fundraiser 2023 Like most volunteer-run community organisations, Upwey Toy Library has beed significantly impacted by the flow on effect of COVID19, causing a dramatic reduction in membership, our main source of income. We were successful in securing a spot in the popular and highly demanded Bunnings Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings Scoresby on Saturday 26th August 2023. With a predicted income of $800-900, this will certainly consolidate the UTL bank balance until our memberships have returned to a sustainable level Unfortunately, we can not afford the expenses associated with running the BBQ, that we are required to provide to hold the event. For this reason we are applying to the Yarra Ranges SmallGrant dedicated to fundraising events, in order to cover the costs incurred by the sausage sizzle and give the UTL a life line. $500.00
Oscar Barrett Sports Participation The application from Karen Barrett is seeking funding to support the participation of her son, Oscar, in the Under 12 Victorian Boys Netball Team. $250.00
The Rotary Club of Belgrave The Rotary Club of Belgrave (RCB) Cybersecurity Seminar We plan to host a Cybersecurity Seminar to invite people and businesses in the Dandenong Ranges. RCB proposes to engage people from the Hills with assistance of Government & Industry Cybersecurity representatives, inform and educate residents, protect themselves, families, and businesses from further Cyber-attack. The project aims to support and foster safety and harmony between our communities and the online environment. The Q&A discussion will explore and embrace local solutions using innovation to address the causes and understand the effects of online fraud and hacking of people’s personal information for malicious or financial gain.