|Vantage Point Community
|Boosting healthy food accessibility
|The "Boosting healthy food accessibility" project aims to increase the ratio of healthy food distributed at our foodbank program and also provide participants at our social gathering healthier food options to help encourage and motivate healthy eating.
|Woori Yallock Football Club
|Empowering Community Sport Through Volunteer Engagement
|Our project "Bring back the Volunteers" aims to address the declining number of volunteers due to the impact of Covid. Currently, a small group of individuals is shouldering the entire workload, resulting in limited capacity to increase the U19’s team, offer any new programs or resurrect our Netball Teams.
|Mums of the Hills Inc
|Running Up That Hill
|The "Running Up that Hill" project addresses specific needs associated with social and environmental trauma and isolation. The devastating storms in 2021 have left many local residents with high levels of anxiety each time the wind blows or a natural disaster is discussed. In addition, our group has noticed a rise in discussions on domestic violence, postnatal depression and feelings of isolation. It's crucial that local mums have the tools, support and connections needed.
|Chandler, Lyster, Streeton
|Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater Inc
|Nurture through Nature with Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater
|The "Nurture through Nature with Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater" project aims to highlight the importance of getting out in nature through volunteerism as a means to promote mental health and wellbeing. Our objective is to provide habitat restoration events focused on the benefits that time spent in nature through environmental volunteering, has on the mental health and wellbeing of Yarra Ranges residents. Our organisation will host 3 events at Yellingbo in partnership with mental health organisations or support groups in the Yarra Ranges.
|Nangana Landcare Network
|The aim of "Presenting Nangana" is to develop the public face of the Nangana Landcare Network. The objectives are to increase the profile of Nangana and its member groups; to provide information access for the wider public to Nangana information, stories and events; and to ensure all individual members of each group feel a part of the Network.
|CHAOS Inc: Lilydale Community House
|Cook Eat Chat Repeat
|The "Cook Eat Chat Repeat" program encourages residents (particularly older residents) to come back into social life after the past couple of years of upheaval with COVID and storms. Many are still reluctant to do too much for fear of COVID in particular. We have been running both "Soup & Stories" and "Cooking for One" throughout this year with a good response.
|Northern Yarra Landcare Network Inc
|Farm Dams as Habitat
|The "Farm Dams as Habitat" project aims to achieve the following: 1. Widespread understanding amongst landowners about the benefits and key concepts of farm dam revegetation 2. The creation of sites where best-practice approaches continue to be visible for the longer term 3. An understanding in the community of how the benefits should be measured, with the opportunity to publish and 4. The creation of long term interest from owners as part of a community-led program supported by the Landcare Network
|Big Little Buddies Inc.
|Younger & Older making Music and Memories: Intergenerational Music Program
|The "Younger & Older making Music and Memories: Intergenerational Music Program" project involves aged care residents, pre-schoolers and caregivers coming together for a weekly music-based intergenerational program. Sessions are developed using evidence-based intergenerational practices developed by Griffith University.
|Yarra Valley FM Inc
|Youth skills and confidence development
|The "Youth skills and confidence development" program plans to provide open access opportunities for young people in Yarra Ranges to participate with volunteers in our community radio station. We aim to provide development opportunities in media, public speaking, personal confidence, resilience and to raise awareness of other community organisations to which young people can turn for their own development and welfare.
|All Council Wards
|The Good Life Farm Limited
|Creating strong, resilient, sustainable life and social skills and connections for our vulnerable young people.
|'"Creating strong, resilient, sustainable life and social skills and connections for our vulnerable young people" project is a 10 week Life and Social Skills program. It aims to create strong, resilient, sustainable life and social skills and connections for vulnerable young people.
|Belgrave Food Garden Inc
|Establishment of Belgrave's Community Food Forest
|The "Establishment of Belgrave's Community Food Forest" project aims to tackle the issue of food insecurity. I will use various approaches to foster knowledge sharing through working bees, structured workshops, and the establishment of a community food forest that enables residents to harvest organic produce.
|Friends of Kalorama Park Inc
|Our People and Place - Kalorama Park
|The objective of "Our People and Place - Kalorama Park" is to continue to facilitate bridging connections between locals and their environment. It also aims to increase people's wellbeing and rehabilitate the environment.
|AUSTRALIA CHIN COMMUNITY (Eastern Melbourne) Inc.
|Adults Social and English Classes
|The "Adults Social and English Classes" project will primarily concentrate on elements of building positive social wellbeing and connection for elders who are culturally and linguistically diverse and face social disadvantages.
|All Council Wards
|Benwerren School Holiday Programs
|The "Benwerren School Holiday Programs" exist to serve and strengthen women and children in need. This program aims to provide a family holiday for mothers and their primary-school aged children who have previously stayed at Benwerren during a time of crisis, strengthen family bonds and create lasting childhood memories, and build resilience in individuals and families (through connection, encouragement and confidence building activities).
|Japara Neighbourhood House
|'"Makerspace" aims to create an ongoing learning exchange space for skill learning, social connection and reduced cost of living. There will be three objectives: Getting Skilled, Getting Connected and Getting In Control.
|Migrant Information Centre (Eastern Melbourne)
|Young Women's Art Program
|MIC Young Women’s Art program is a partnership with the MIC Settlement, Engagement and Transition Program that aims to engage newly arrived refugee young women from refugee backgrounds, who live in the outer eastern region of Melbourne.
|Outer Eastern LLEN
|2024 Yarra Ranges Youth Career Expo
|The "2024 Yarra Ranges Youth Career Expo" project aims to provide an informative and engaging expo that increases the visibility of career pathways in the region, debunks gender-based trade stereotypes, and fosters a deeper understanding of various industries.
|Anchor Community Care
|Supporting Transitions - Breakfast Club and Community Dinner
|The "Supporting Transitions - Breakfast Club and Community Dinner" program, operating in Lilydale and surrounding areas, works intensively to support young people, exiting State Residential Care with complex histories and experiences of sustained trauma, to transition into independent adults and successful living over a 12 - 24-month time frame.
|All Council Wards
|Foothills Community Care Inc.
|Mum's Cooking Together Pilot Project
|Our "Mums Cooking Together Pilot Project" aims to offer a space fortnightly for mums and children with a shared experience of traumatic domestic and family violence. The project will be run from the Upwey kitchen base at Upwey Baptist Church, and will allow people to come together in a safe space and cook together.
|Chandler, Lyster, Streeton
|Keeping Seniors Active and Engaged
|The "Keeping Seniors Active and Engaged" projects aims to provide opportunities, through playing pickleball, for seniors to be physically active in a team game suited to older people.
|Young Leaders - Vaping Prevention
|The "Young Leaders - Vaping Prevention" program empowers middle years children aged 8-14 from schools in the Yarra Ranges to develop a student voice project promoting the prevention of vaping. Groups of young people chosen by the school, will take part in a series of evidence informed workshops, giving them a greater understanding of vaping, including it’s dangers and the negative impacts on mental health and wellbeing.
|All Council Wards
|Healesville Community Garden Inc
|Fed by Nature
|The "Fed by Nature" program will incoporate 10 monthly workshops led by local gardeners and small businesses. Topics will include: Starting a garden, How to grow food, Cooking and preserving produce, Edible weeds and mushrooms, Indigenous edible plants, Flower arranging (with foraged flowers), How to use garden tools, and tool maintenance.
|Freedom Healesville Inc
|'"Chill" is a free children's program designed to unify and connect primary and early high school aged children from multiple schools across the Yarra Valley. It is where children in Grade 4, 5, 6 & 7 can come to connect and participate in craft activities, learn to cook and learn basic practical life skills along with team building activities to build resilience.
|Big Brothers Big Sisters Australia
|Mentoring for Young People in the Hills
|The "Mentoring for Young People in the Hills" project aims to set up mechanisms for suitable members of the community to establish one-to-one caring relationships with vulnerable young people in our community. The objective is to employ a Mentoring Coordinator, who will be responsible for the recruiting, screening training and matching of appropriate community members.
|The Philanthropic Collective
|The Free Food Programs
|'"The Free Food Programs" provides access to fresh fruit and produce to upwards of 900 school children across the ridge and 500 people receiving support each week. By delivering the program through local schools we can ensure that disadvantaged families within our community have access to nutritious food.
|Streeton, All Council Wards
|Yarra Valley ECOSS
|Crops for Community Volunteer Program
|'"Crops for Community" (C4C) program aims to educate and empower volunteers of all abilities to grow food crops for both distribution and sale.Currently there are over 50 participants in the program that attend on a weekly basis. This program provides participants with opportunity to be physically active, education around seasonal and healthy eating and growing organic produce from seed to harvest. Produce is taken home by participants, donated to two local food relief agencies: Oonah Indigenous Tuckerbag Program and Koha Community cafe and also sold at ECOSS Valley Market. Giving access for the broader community to organically grown local produce.
|Mooroolbark Community Garden
|Food for the folk of Mooroolbark
|Mooroolbark Community Garden will establish a large communal food garden in the Mooroolbark main activity centre, activating underutilised public land to deliver broad community benefits. These will include developing community connectedness through participation in communal food production, workshops and working bees. The project hopes to engage with those experiencing social isolation and increase food security among Mooroolbark Community Garden members and the wider community.
|Billanook Primary School
|Community Kitchen Garden
|Billanook Primary School's "Community Kitchen Garden" project will foster positive food enjoyment and habits for children. We would like to build capacity for community and all ability groups to access our garden and help maintain the graden spaces. An Indigenous garden will also be planted to incorporate bush tucker and explore the connection to land. We will welcome indigenous groups to assit in the planting and education in this area.
|Eco Warriors Australia Inc
|Planting the Seed: Helping Schoolchildren to Create a Living Classroom
|The "Planting the Seed: Helping Schoolchildren to Create a Living Classroom" project will engage with school students from Launching Place Primary School to revegetate degraded vegetation in Jadodade Reserve. It will teach students how to collect local native plant seeds, propagate and care for seedlings, prepare sites for planting, use native plants to revegetate sites and maintain sites to ensure the projects success. Activities will be carried out in conjunction with an Indigenous representative from the Wurundjeri to provide a link with the cultural history of native plants (eg. traditional storytelling, bush tucker).
|Yarra Ranges Community Toy Libraries Inc
|Carers "Stay and Play" Borrowing Sessions
|Yarra Ranges Community Toy Libraries Inc are seeking funds to open a new "Carers Stay and Play Borrowing session" for carers of additional needs children in our local community to have access to the Toy Library in a safe and inclusive environment. These sessions will run weekly and will be advertised within our established carers networks.
|Yarra Valley Singers
|Reaching out through music
|'"Reaching out through music" is an outreach project for our two inclusive community choirs - reaching out to the wider community through music. Funding will go towards utilising technology to extend our reach to those community members who need social connection the most.
|All Council Wards
|Body of Wellbeing Ltd
|My Body's Story - Empowering Futures
|'"My Body’s Story" is a strengths-based, creative wellbeing program that fosters a positive relationship with one’s body and develops the healthy behaviours that support this, including healthy eating and movement. After a highly successful My Body's Story offering for adult women in 2021-22, we seek funding to adapt and implement this program for young women/identifying, co-designing it with and piloting it at Upper Yarra Secondary College. The program culminates in participants presenting their story creatively, and an optional public showcase.
|Cire Services Inc.
|Level Up after school and holiday program connnecting young people in the Yarra Ranges
|Cire’s "Level Up" is an inclusive after-school youth group/holiday program providing a safe space for children aged 8-14 years in the Yarra Ranges. Youth will have the opportunity to engage and interact with their peers, play, have fun and most importantly connect and feel a sense of belonging. The program will be delivered at Yarra Junction and Chirnside Park.
|Trek Learning Centre
|Healthy Masculinity and Healthy Womynhood Program
|As a community we are witnessing significant crisis for young people who are experiencing a sense of loneliness, lack of belonging and isolation. These experiences are paralleled by the ill-mental health presentations and increased incidents of self-harm/suicidal ideation/hospital admissions/eating disorders/substance use/family breakdown/school refusal/anxiety and depression diagnosis. The Healthy Masculinity and Healthy Womynhood 10-week programs hopes to offer a contrast whereby young people can run towards adulthood with healthy curiosity/a sense of anticipation of their own being/capability/strength/belonging/and joy for what is unfolding - that they can make this transition equipped and supported.
|The Parents Hub (formerly Blair Gowrie House Playgroup Inc)
|Connected and Healthy Communities
|The Parents Hub are seeking funding to develop and implement their evidence based "Building Positive Connections" program in partnership with local business; Play Move Improve. They are facilitating regular, small group sessions for parents and their children with special needs. The focus is on supporting parents of children (under 5 years of age) with special needs who may or may not be part of the NDIS.