Eighteen not-for-profit and community organisations will share in $50,000 of grants made possible with the support of the Boronia Suburban Revitalisation Board and funding from the Victorian Government.
Boronia Revitalisation Community Grants recipients include sports clubs, preschools, churches, emergency relief, disability support and service organisations.
Knox Mayor, Cr Susan Laukens said the grants supported grassroots groups to strengthen community service programs.
“The Boronia Revitalisation Community Grant fund will support not-for-profit and community organisations to contribute to the ongoing revitalisation of the Boronia,” she said.
“These grants will enhance community wellbeing and social connection by supporting community services and facilities that meet the needs of the community, support social connection and strengthen community groups.
“Many of these grants support organisations in replacing ageing and inadequate equipment to enable greater social connection and participation in the Boronia community.”
One of the grant recipients, the Aussie Veterans’ Association, will use the funding to establish a wellbeing hub within its Boronia Veterans Advocacy Centre. The hub will provide a place for veterans and their families to receive support in applying for jobs, connecting with other veterans and completing any claims.
Another recipient, the Belonging Matters disability resource and advisory service, will use its grant to provide a safe meeting space to benefit many who experienced loneliness and isolation at significantly higher rates during COVID-19 restrictions.
Alchester Village Preschool will put its funding towards upgraded cooking facilities for kindergarten children to establish healthy eating habits and even learn basic math concepts and language skills through cooking.
The full list of successful recipients are:
- Alchester Village Preschool ($1,999) to upgrade kindergarten cooking facilities.
- Aussie Veterans’ Association ($3,598) to purchase a computer for the Veterans Advocacy Centre and upgrade the computer at its op shop.
- Belonging Matters ($3,578) to install air filtration devices.
- Boronia and Bayswater Community Church of Christ ($4,946) for a portable sound system to use outdoors.
- Boronia Bowls Club ($5000) for the installation of an audio-visual system, speakers and large screen.
- Boronia Cricket Club ($2,484) to purchase three Apple iPads and Microsoft 365 subscriptions.
- Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club ($5,436) for a new ice machine for first aid responses and catering purposes.
- Cooinda Playgroup ($1,292) for a cordless vacuum, cordless blower, light panel, speaker system and microwave.
- Girl Guides Association of Victoria – Boronia ($717) for a microwave, urn and vacuum cleaner.
- Interchange Outer East ($656) for a blender, toaster, sandwich press, air fryer and microwave.
- Knox Community Baptist Church ($5500) for a hearing augmentation system to connect to its PA system.
- Knox Community Gardens Society ($449) for a mobile system with two microphones, Bluetooth sound capacity, battery, and mains power.
- Knox Infolink ($3,429) for an espresso machine, laptop and contribution towards handsets.
- Knox Photographic Society ($4,789) for a laptop, Wi-Fi, anti-virus subscription, portable PA system, multimedia projector and mobile SIM card.
- Relationships Australia Victoria ($2010) for six docking stations.
- Saint Paul's Anglican Church in Boronia ($3,556) for a computer and two laptops.
- The Basin Community House ($2,900) for a projector and screen to install in Boronia Progress Hall.
- The Haven Day Centre ($1,756) for a laptop and associated equipment.
Photo: Boronia MP Jackson Taylor (left) and Knox Mayor Susan Laukens (right) congratulate several grant recipients. Photo courtesy of the Office for Suburban Development.