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Recipients of the 2018 grants were:

  • $5,000 Williamstown Community and Education Centre Extra Curricula Initiative  - To facilitate non vocational training to local disadvantaged cohorts - gardening, healthy cooking, craft and   social media
  • $1,450 Gellibrand Support Services Selling Jams & Jellies at the Altona Beach market - To provide an opportunity for adults with disabilities to be involved in their local community and learn business skills whilst making and selling of james and jellies at their local market
  • $4,000 Gateway Community Services Pop-Up Social Café - To purchase mobile coffee trailer to be used as a free service to help breakdown social isolation barriers, will use this in areas of higher levels of social disengagement
  • $1,500 Australian Islamic Centre Women's Fitness Group - To puchase fitness equipment for Womens group to help overcome barriers facing Muslim women in keeping fit
  • $5,000 Laverton Community Integrated Services Crisis Response for Family and Domestic Violence - To educate existing volunteers to deal with this issue and create a go-bag containing essential goods for the first 72hrs out of home.
  • $2,742 Vietnamese Association of Hobsons Bay  - Maintain a mindful life with tending a bonsai tree - Fund workshops for mindfulness, bonsai instruction and tea ceremony
  • $3,000 West Welcome Wagon Providing Basic Storage for Asylum Seeker Families     - To purchase chests of drawers and wardrobes for asylum seeking households
  • $2,480 Brain Nation Hub Leadership and Public Speaking Workshop/Work Ready Single Day Intensive - Provide two workshops to 30 attendees to address issues affecting youth disengagement.
  • $2,500 La PasseggARTa Visual Arts Together - Provision of participatory social engagement arts project - currently supporting 12 participants
  • $3,840 Sports Network for Autistic People and Parents Spectrum Sports Program - Developing training programs specific to requirements of ASD kids that act as bridging programs into various club level training clinics - FFV, AFL, Little Aths, CA. Lowering barriers to mainstream sport.
  • $849 Emma McLean Kindergarten Health and Fitness Program - Buy equipment for Health and Fitness Program as part of Outdoor Curriculum.

Total $32,361

Recipients of the 2017 grants were:

  • Williamstown and Community Education Centre received $5000 to establish a program called ‘Reaching across the Ages’ in which mature aged volunteers will meet with child care providers in Hobsons Bay creating non familial intergenerational interactions.
  • Emma McLean Kindergarten and Day Care received $4000 to expand current dedicated outdoor education program from member children and families to the wider community in an Intergenerational Gardening Program.
  • Laverton Community Children Centre received $3525 to fund excursions for attending children from low socio-economic background and/or vulnerable circumstances.
  • Multiple Sclerosis Ltd received $1300 for minor outdoor works and the provision of outdoor furniture to allow residents of MS accommodation in Power Street, Williamstown and guests to enjoy time outdoors.
  • South Kingsville Community Centre received $3500 for training and education programs based on ways to reduce waste food through smart shopping, storage, preparing and cooking food.
  • Holy Trinity Williamstown received $900 to replace crockery and cutlery used for 50 settings in theCommunity Lunch Program.
  • St Marks Anglican Church Spotswood received $2500 to part fund a multi-purpose garden and activity space for communities using St Marks and immediate neighbours - childcare centre and Zotung Burmese/Chin refugee community.
  • West Welcome Wagon received $5000 to provide food, bed linen, refrigerators and electric fans for asylum seekers.
  • The Finnish Friendly Visiting Service Inc received $3000 to provide communication technology elderly Finns and those with a disability.
  • Volunteers West Inc received $5000 to provide mentoring within Hobsons Bay to a community group to improve governance through the Hobsons Bay Governance Mentors Pilot Project.
  • Carers Links Mens Group Inc received $1080 for a Family Day in Hobsons Bay for carers, care recipients, family and friends.

An additional seven $1,000 Sports Inclusion Awards were made to the following clubs:

  • Williamstown Seagulls ‘FIDA’ program - The Williamstown Seagulls have increased playing and coaching opportunities for boys and girls, 14 years and above. The Seagulls’ FIDA team present a unique opportunity for young people to attend training, participate in AFL, and to make social connections.
  • Glen Orden AFL and Cricket Club - The Glen Orden AFL and Cricket Club has shown leadership in turning inclusive policies into practical strategies that are embedded in club operations and culture – particularly the Code of Conduct and player and parent support practices.
  • Barnstoneworth FC ‘Football 4 Fun’ program- Barnstoneworth, with the support of volunteers and parents, created a Football program with tailored adaptations. By emphasising participation for all abilities, the program enables young people with individual needs, who could not otherwise fully participate, to engage in physical exercise and benefit from social interaction.
  • Rainbow Club of Point Cook - The Rainbow Club of Point Cook creates opportunities for all young people to participate in physical activity by actively seeking information about individual needs and making adaptations and modifications as required. This enables young people who have previously been unable to participate in swimming lessons to learn water safety skills, and enables them and their families to enjoy social support through other club members.
  • Williamstown Lifesaving Club - The Williamstown Lifesaving Club has introduced a new, modified program to enable all children and young people to be active members in the Surf Lifesaving club and to participate in opportunities for skill development that were previously unavailable.
  • Williamstown Cannons Basketball Club - Williamstown Cannons Basketball Club has embraced adaptive coaching for young people with individual needs, enabling opportunities to play sport for a previously excluded group of players.
  • AltonaSports Club - Altona Sports Club have welcomed and enabled the longterm participation of young people with disabilities in a weekly pool tournament for the last 10 years.


Recipients of 2016 grants were:

  • 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.


Recipients of Hobsons Bay Community Fund grants in 2014 were:

  • Mind Australia - "Turnip 'N' Throw": The grant is towards start-up costs of developing a horticultural program. The program is specially designed to offer people recovering from mental health illnesses a therapeutic environment of working together in a community garden setting. The program will be run at Amaroo in Osborne St Williamstown and participants will be encouraged and supported to work in a structured program in the garden once a week.
  • Seabrook Kindergarten Association - Cultural Community Cooking Program: The grant is to support an 8-week cooking experience with the kindergarten's 4 year old children and families. The children attending the kindergarten come from a variety of cultural backgrounds and parents often find it hard to participate in activities due to language barriers. It is anticipated that children will gain a greater understanding of food, where it comes from and how to cook and enjoy foods that represents the cultures of the various families attending the kindergarten.
  • Joseph's Corner - Life Skills Program: Joseph's Corner is a non-profit organisation who provide free counselling to families and friends of people suffering addiction. The grant will support the delivery of 3 - 5 week, 3 hour group sessions throughout the year at the Williamstown Community and Education Centre. The program will be facilitated by the organisation's psychologist and will focus on living resiliently. HBCF funded a similar successful program in the Laverton area in 2012.
  • The Link Centre - Residential Camp for Youth: The grant will support a program to take a group of the Centre's attendees to visit an Aboriginal community in Central Australia, including a visit to a remote aboriginal school. The youth will participate in a six-week preparation program at the Link Centre in the lead up to the camp.
    Attendees at the Link Centre come from extremely disadvantaged backgrounds and generally have poor numeracy and literacy skills, poor health and poor hygiene. Many come from homes where drug and alcohol abuse is common. The youth attending the Link Centre are not currently attending mainstream school.
    The aim of the Link Centre is for the young people to re-enter mainstream school; enrol at TAFE or to commence an apprenticeship or other meaningful fulltime employment.
  • Altona Meadows Kindergarten and Maternal Health - Sensory Garden: The grant will support the development of a sensory garden and seating for the children and families to use while attending the kindergarten and the maternal health centre. Five mini gardens are proposed, each representing the human senses.
  • Laverton P-12 College - Engaging fathers with their children: The grant will support the college's closer engagement with families by creating an opportunity (once a week over 18 weeks) for fathers and a trained teacher to work with their child on a project in the woodworking areas. Following the training fathers and their children will share a meal together and attend an information session on subjects such as parenting, bullying, cyber-safety, effective communication, anger management and mental health-positive approaches
  • Gateway Community Services - Information sessions for Floyd Lodge & Williamstown High Rise: Through Gateways Food Relief program it has been identified that residents at Floyd Lodge and the High Rise apartments in Williamstown have very little access to information their local community, health and wellbeing. The grant will fund information sessions related to the group's needs including community events, seniors expos, access, depression, Alzheimer's, dementia, and nutrition education.
  • Early Childhood Management Services - Newport Gardens 'Generation Games': The grant supports the development of a weekly afternoon tea group to bridge the gap in the community between the elderly and young children. The group would be facilitated by a staff member at the new community hub in Newport and is next to the Newport Gardens Primary School. It would seek to promote civic engagement and creates an opportunity to share stories, skills and knowledge.
  • Queen of Peace Primary School Altona Meadows - Sensory/Native Garden: The grant will support the development of a garden located between the school hall and the church and would benefit the students and the community groups who utilise the existing hall. These groups include the Maltese community, play groups, karate and fitness classes.
    The garden will allow students from Prep to Grade 6 the chance to integrate their environment into their education by giving them a hands on approach from concept to completion.


Recipients of Hobsons Bay Community Fund grants in 2014 were:

  • Friends of Skeleton Creek: The grant will fund work on revegetation of the Altona Meadows creek area at 3 specific sites. The funds to be spent on site preparation, stakes, guards, plants and site maintenance.
  • Macedonian Women's Senior Citizens Group Altona North: The grant will fund seminars to elderly Macedonian women about women's health issues.
  • Women's Health West: The grant will provide families presenting at the refuge as a result of family violence with clothing, food and manchester. The refuge supports families to secure long term accommodation.
  • Laverton Park Tennis Club: The club has recently built a new seating area. The grant will be used to install shade cloth over the area to provide a Sunsmart area for the children and families participating in the club activities.
  • Gellibrand Support Services Hanmer St Property: The grant will be used to build a sensory and cut flower garden for clients. The long term aim is to have clients participate in the Farmers Markets selling flowers, plants and produce whilst interacting and strengthening their connection to the local community.
  • Royal Yacht Club of Victoria: The grant will provide a Discovery Sailing program for Altona Meadows Primary School senior students.
  • Newport Seniors Citizens Centre: The grant will provide regular musical entertainment for local residents and the residents of two aged care facilities who also attend the club for these activities.
  • Yooralla West Children's Services: The grant will provide a specialist therapy group for children 0-6 with disability or developmental delay. The group sessions will provide parents with skills they can use with their child at home.
  • Altona Primary School Parents Association: The grant will provide a 10 week drama program for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or a learning or physical disability.
  • Hobsons Bay Men's Shed: The grant will purchase software and equipment for the Future Creation Workshop.
  • Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria: The grant will be used to establish and deliver a program of information and education around the issues of anxiety.


In 2013 Hobsons Bay Community Fund presented grants totalling $25,200 to 12 local organisations. The recipients and their projects were:

  • Newport Community Education Centre: A photography project for the Young Adult Parenting Program. The project will allow the young mothers to visually document the challenges of their everyday life and how they view their environments.
  • Parkinsong Victoria: Setting up and running costs for the singing program for people with Parkinson's disease.
  • Westgate Multiple Birth Association: A new playgroup for families with twins and more in Newport and surrounds. The funds would be spent on venue hire, music activity, materials for craft activities, basic equipment and promotion of the groups launch.
  • Miracle Babies Foundation: Out of hospital play and support group for families who have experienced a premature or sick newborn child. Sessions are held at Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre
  • Williamstown Community and Education Centre: Training and education programs for mature aged and socially isolated local residents who want to learn how to use iPads
  • Household Relief Fund: Further support for women and children escaping domestic violence to purchase items for their new home - such as while goods, mattresses, utilities, child care fees
  • Laverton Community Integrated Services: Assist in the operating costs of two cafe’s that will engage participants from disadvantaged backgrounds. The program is aimed at modelling to participants ways of producing good-looking, balanced, nutritious, low cost meals that they can produce themselves on a low budget.
  • Altona Meadows Community Centre: Establish an Eco garden including purchase of worm farms, workshop facilitators, equipment and promotional materials.
  • Wintringham Aged Care: Develop a community garden for residents.
  • St Joseph's Corner: A program for women in Laverton to meet on a weekly basis to provide companionship and counselling.
  • Walker Close and Brooklyn Hall Association: A "Revive" project for fitness and well-being for older people with disabilities.
  • Friends of Newport Lakes: A camera to assist in a project to document the nocturnal animal activity at the Newport Lakes.

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The New Hope Foundation (NHF)

NHF provides welfare, settlement, advocacy and individual support and referral services to newly arrived refugees and CALD (cultural and linguistically diverse) clients. Funds from HBCF will support the Homework Support Program for year 9-12 refugee students at Laverton College; mostly from Burma/Thailand. The project ensures these students feel supported and welcomed in their new community and encourages residents of Hobsons Bay to reach out and make a difference by volunteering to support these young people.

Hobsons Bay No Interest Loans Scheme(NILS)

Hobsons Bay NILS provides interest-free loans of up to $1000 for low income residents of Hobsons Bay. The loans are used for household items such as fridge, stove, tv, washing machine or other goods or services not supported by other assistance schemes and enables people to get on their feet. Hobsons Bay NILS is now moving to become and independent incorporated organisation.

Western Radio Broadcasters

Western Radio Broadcasters is a community radio station and is the Victorian Government endorsed emergency response broadcaster for the West. The organisation has 120 volunteers and broadcasts in 12 ethnic languages. The HBCF grant is for a recruitment program to attract new volunteers from emerging communities and for the training of these new volunteers.

The Hobsons Bay Toy Library

The Hobsons Bay Toy Library is a community based, non-profit organisation located in Newport. The library is wishing to develop opportunities to increase the participation of CALD (cultural and linguistically diverse) families in the area. The HBCF grant will enable it to provide information about the Toy Library in languages other than English and to provide free or concessional membership to vulnerable or isolated families

The Emma McLean Kindergarten and Long Day Care

The HBCF grant will support the You can do it program, an educational program that supports communities, schools and homes collectively to optimise the social, emotional and academic outcomes of all young people

Mambourin Enterprises

Mambourin Enterprises promotes independent living by offering employment, education and training services to adults with a disability. HBCF's grant will enable its clients to sell the items that they work on during the week. They wish to establish a stall at the Altona street market in Pier Street each Tuesday enabling the participants to show case and sell their work to the local community.


Gateway Social Support

The Foodlink program will increase access to fresh food, fruit and vegetables to community members in need. Currently 9 groups (which equates to approximately 350 individuals) receive weekly donations.

Hobsons Bay Christian Church - Breakfast Club

This is a new project in partnership with the Newport Garden Primary School to provide healthy food for children on the way to school. The program is about balance and the aim is to not only provide healthy food but food that will give the children energy and promote alertness.

Hobsons Bay Men's Shed

The HBCF grant will provide funds to the Men's Shed to build raised garden beds to enable a Garden Club to operate. Membership of the Men's Shed is in the main, men who are retired, unemployed, isolated or experiencing mental health issues. The Garden Club activity is aimed at the members who may not wish to join the more technical (trade) side of the sheds activities. Its aim is to include the more marginalised members of the broader community to assist them in reconnecting to the community.

North Altona Early Childhood Centre

The Centre, which incorporates Yooralla West Early Intervention program, proposes to purchase a chicken coop, chicken feeding equipment and associated incubator and brooder box hire. The introduction of the chickens at the centre would extend the centres current food recycling project.

St Mary's Antiochian Orthodox Church - Seniors Club

The Seniors Club will provide a series of 10 health educational workshops in Arabic. The topics to be covered are: diabetes, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, falls prevention, regular exercise, depression and anxiety early detection. St Mary's seniors group is the first and only seniors club for people from Arabic speaking backgrounds in the Western Suburbs.


This project links retirees as volunteers to schools across Hobsons Bay. The project will improve education and lifelong learning for young people through one on one mentoring and support from seniors as volunteers in the classroom. The project currently supports ESL programs at Bayside Secondary College and Laverton P-12 College as well as literacy support at Altona Green and Altona Meadows.


Westkidz Arts Access Scheme (Arts Collective)

To enable the Arts Collective, located in the Westgate Bridge Industrial Estate, Spotswood, to provide twelve months training for young people from migrant and low income families. The program will build self confidence, communication skills and social networks for the young people and their families.

Helping Hand Cooking (Church of Christ)

Helping Hand Cafe connects people who are disadvantaged, socially isolated and may suffer from mental illness. The meal program and literacy program have previously been supported by Hobsons Bay Community Fund with excellent results. This program will teach people about nutrition focussing on diabetes and obesity. It will also develop basic cooking skills and provide simple menus to use at home.

Victorian State Emergency Service (SES) Altona Unit

Altona SES aims to build the diversity of its volunteer crews to include more women, young people and people from different ethnic backgrounds. To do this it needs to replace damaged and unsuitable tools and purchase new ones in order to be able to put four fully equipped crews into the field.

Laverton Park Soccer Club

The Laverton Park Soccer Club has built a strong volunteer network and attracts young players from migrant, refugee and low income backgrounds. This grant will provide new equipment to help expand the work of this grass roots club, but will also cover fees for some who can't afford to play


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


Guide for Inclusion in Sport

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Donations to HBCF

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