Metro’s community grants winners announced

Metro’s community grants winners announced

3 Jul 2024, James Ireland

Metro’s Moving Melbourne Community Grants are supporting nine not for profit organisations doing important work to help improve people’s mental health.

The winning not-for-profit organisations all met the criteria of having a focus on:

  • Wellness – preventative care to reduce the risk of poor mental health.
  • 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.

The winners are sharing in a grant pool valued at $190,000.

The full list of 2024 winners are:

Inner Eastern Local Learning and Employment Network – $20,000

Launch Housing – $20,000

A Better Life for Foster Kids – $10,000

Banksia Gardens Association – $10,000

Dadfit Community – $10,000

Orygen – $10,000

The PROJECT ROCKIT Foundation – $10,000

Second Chance Animal Rescue – $10,000

For the first time, Metro passengers may get the chance to see one of the winners on their next train journey with Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria awarded free advertising on Metro trains during the next year.

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.

“This investment represents an ongoing commitment to support positive outcomes in the mental health space, which holds significant importance for all Victorians.”

Metro Trains CEO Raymond O’Flaherty says, “Mental wellbeing is something we can all rally around. Metro Trains is always looking to get behind 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.”

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


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