Success Stories

Community Grant Recipient Showcase

Hobsons Bay Community Fund (in conjunction with Alex and Jono Films) is proud to present a Showcase of some of our more recent grant recipients. This short movie provides some heartfelt insight into how small grants can make a big difference to the every day lives of the people within our Hobsons Bay community.


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Youth Social Inclusion Project

HBCF and the University of Melbourne (UoM) Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (FMDHS) are working in partnership to research and help improve the inclusion of all children and young adults in services, activities and opportunities in the western suburbs.

At the end of their four-month placement in the western suburbs, six UoM Masters of Social Work students presented a Project Report for Phase 1 of the project to the HBCF Committee.  The recommendations in the report will form the basis for Phase 2 of the project in 2017.


Donations to HBCF

Hobsons Bay Community Fund welcomes donations and bequests to support the annual grants program.  Donations to the Hobsons Bay Community Fund can be made through the Australian Communities Foundation website.

To make a tax deductible donation of over $2, donate to HBCF here

Or, if you do not require a tax deduction for your donation, donate to HBCF here.


2017 Grant Applications

The Hobsons Bay Community Fund is now inviting grant applications from local organisations and associations benefiting the Hobsons Bay community.  Grants are normally in the range from $500 to $5,000 and are to finance local projects which address social disadvantage, promote general health and wellbeing and/or strengthen community networks. 

For further details and access to the grants application form go to the Grants section of this website.

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Celebrating 10 Years

In 2016, the Hobsons Bay Community Fund turned ten.  Read about our first 10 years in our boolet Celebrating 10 Years of Community Support 2006-2016.


Grants in 2016

The Hobsons Bay Community Fund presented its 2016 grants, totalling $39,863, to 13 organisations.  The purpose of the grants are outlined below.

  • New Hope Foundation: A grant of $5,000 will support the provision of a learning support and recreation program for 25 refugee and young people from a range of CALD backgrounds living and studying in Hobsons Bay.
  • Williamstown Community & Education Centre: A $5,000 grant will support the provision of a 20 week Financial Literacy for Positive Living program to up to 150 people.
  • Nikolina Mabic – auspiced by Latitude: A grant of $3,650 will support the provision of a 2-day Wellbeing and Mindfulness Workshop in Newport for 30 young people.
  • The Transformation Centre: A grant of $3,113 will provide equipment for the program Empowering Women with Cooking and Social Inclusion in Newport targeting refugees and immigrants.
  • Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre: A grant of $3,000 will fund a project in Altona that connects students at a local school with local senior citizens to document their life stories.
  • Hope Ink: A grant of $3,000 will fund the delivery of Shine personal development program targeting women or girls from disadvantaged backgrounds or who are refugees.
  • Gateway Community Services: A grant of $3,000 will fund delivery of 3 education sessions specifically for adults with a disability living in Hobsons Bay.
  • Melbourne Myanmar Christian Fellowship: A grant of $3,000 will contribute to funding for an annual camp to prepare young Burmese to be responsible leaders of the younger generation in the communities they live in.
  • Australian Arabic Women’s Community Group: A grant of $2,500 will support the provision of workshops involving police and community to educate women about their rights and entitlements and how to handle domestic violence situations.
  • Friends of Floyd Garden: A grant of $2,500 will be used to expand the community garden at Floyd Lodge in Williamstown.
  • Yarraville Special Development School: A grant of $2,500 will be used to provide funding for additional iPads to assist those students at the school without access to iPad technology.
  • Secondbite: A grant of $2,000 will support Secondbite’s work with Altona Meadows Primary School to deliver a community fresh food program for 350 children across the school and for over 200 families providing them with free fresh food each week (dairy, eggs, fruit and vegetables) and to work with the other 23 primary schools and 9 secondary schools in Hobsons Bay to provide fresh food deliveries for children and struggling families.
  • West Welcome Wagon: A grant of $1,600 will support the Welcome Warmth group (with over 250 members) to provide homemade items such as blankets and to source warm clothing for asylum seeker homes in Hobsons Bay.
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Australian Communities Foundation

Hobsons Bay Community Fund is a sub-fund of the Australian Communities Foundation. To visit the ACF website, click here.acf logo 2015


Celebrating 10 Years

In 2016, the Hobsons Bay Community Fund turned ten.  Read about our first 10 years in our boolet Celebrating 10 Years of Community Support 2006-2016.

Annual Report 2016

The Hobsons Bay Community Fund Annual Report for 2016 is available here.