Community grants program is open

Community grants program is open

4 Mar 2024, James Ireland

Metro’s Moving Melbourne Community Grants support not-for-profit organisations across Melbourne doing important work to help improve people’s mental health.

Applications are now open for one of three funding categories – $5,000, $10,000 or $20,000.

With a total grant pool of $100,000 projects or initiatives must fall into one of the following focus areas:

  • Wellness – preventative care to reduce the risk of poor mental impacts.
  • Education – activities that inform and promote awareness of good mental health.
  • Support services – assistance like counselling, psychiatric support or crisis care that directly supports people experiencing mental health challenges.

Minister for Public and Active Transport Gabrielle Williams says,  “Every investment in mental health is a win for Melburnians, and I’m proud to support this initiative from Metro Trains.”

In addition to the $100,000 funding pool, this year we are offering an additional $90,000 worth of advertising on Metro trains.

Metro Trains CEO Raymond O’Flaherty says, “Mental wellbeing is something we can all get behind. Metro supports not-for-profit organisations who are actively making a difference in the community.

“It is a privilege to support the vital work of community organisations through the Moving Melbourne grants program.”

It could be a local sporting club, a school, a community centre or local health service – any not-for-profit, helping to improve people’s mental health.

Last year, Metro’s grants program helped community organisations including McAuley Community Services for women in Footscray, Helping Hoops in Dandenong and The Aboriginal Literacy Foundation in northwest Melbourne to implement important mental health initiatives.

2023 Community Grants recipient Richie Goonan, Executive Manager Community Health, Community Health, Youth Projects says, “Receiving the Metro Trains Moving Melbourne Community Grants has enabled us to develop a digital toolkit resource for youths to access anytime, anywhere through a QR code on a handy keyring.

“This toolkit provides easy access to information on topics from substance use and harm reduction, to jobs and education pathways, mental health and wellbeing, right through to legal and housing. With 1000 of these keyrings being handed out, this grant funding has allowed us to provide young people more support and information on the issues that matter to them – when they need it.”

Over the past five years, Metro’s community grants program has provided $460,000 to community organisations.

Applications open on 1 March and close on 28 March, 2024. To apply, go to Successful applicants will be announced in June.

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