More than $110,000 granted for Melbourne community organisations

Connected Communities Melbourne have awarded over $110,000 during their 2nd round of grant funding.

Grants were given to nine very worthy community organisations.

Connected Communities Melbourne is an independent, philanthropic body. The group oversees charitable grants derived from 27 Bendigo Bank branches throughout Melbourne.

The grant money is the result of our engaged customers wanting their banking to have a positive impact in the community.

Customers can choose to link their Bendigo Bank accounts to Connected Communities Melbourne. This creates a central, sustainable funding model for projects in their community. There is no change to the way in which customer accounts operate, but it does provide a very simple way for customers to support charitable activities.

Groups were able to apply for grants of up to $30,000 that focused on five key impact areas

· Youth homelessness

· Mental and physical health, especially disability

· Community safety

· Sustainability and the environment, and

· Projects that contribute to inclusion and social connection.

Connected Communities Chair, Melanie Raymond was impressed with the ideas that were submitted for funding.

Recipients included blind sport swimming, health and wellbeing projects for young mothers, mental health educational programs and a program for young children with disabilities.

These projects truly support the idea that everyone in our community has a part to play in building capacity and resilience at the grass roots level. We know that by encouraging civic participation and strong communities we are helping to underpin social harmony, collaboration and action.

The organisations who received funding this year were: Blind Sports (Dandenong/Kew), Kensington Neighbourhood House (Kensington), Enable Social Enterprises Ltd (Broadmeadows), Australian Schools Plus (Carlton), Birth of Human Kind (Sunshine), The Fathering Project (Broader Melbourne), Entertainment Assist (South Melbourne), Guide Dogs Victoria (Docklands) and Centre for Australian Progress Ltd (Broader Melbourne).

To find out more about Connected Communities Melbourne or to link your accounts to the philanthropic group visit their website or call into your local branch.