Green grants for great ideas

19 December 2017

Three inner north-west groups receive grants as recognition of the difference they are making in their local communities.

Photo of the three recipients of a grant along with the local member and members of the project team.

Three inner north-west groups have been rewarded for their outstanding efforts to make positive and sustainable differences in their communities with a CityLink Tulla Widening sustainability grant.

Three $5000 grants were presented to the Les Twentyman Foundation, Refuge of Hope and LINK Community Transport for their creative initiatives aimed at improving community wellbeing and mobility.

Member for Western Metropolitan Cesar Melhem and members of the project team were on hand to congratulate the winners at presentation ceremony held this week.

In Flemington, the Les Twentyman Foundation will give its volunteer-based Saturday School a welcome boost, with funds being used to purchase new books that will help African students from non-English speaking backgrounds learn a new language and gain confidence in and out of the classroom.

Refuge of Hope will purchase commercial fridge, freezer and storage containers that will enable them to provide more emergency food relief parcels for the 2,400 Latin American students, refugees and asylum seekers in need of help as they settle into life in Melbourne.

Finally, LINK Community Transport – a previous grant recipient – will help up to 30 long-term unemployed and recently arrived immigrant volunteers take their first steps towards getting job ready by delivering a 12-month training program in aged and disability care.

Transurban’s CityLink Tulla Widening Project Director Andrew Neville is proud to give back to the communities the project has worked in between Bulla Road and Power Street over the past two years.

“There are a lot of groups and individuals working hard to make their communities happy, healthy and inclusive places for all people to live in.

“We believe it’s important to support community-led initiatives that aim to make life better and easier for pockets our community that need a bit of extra help.

“We are very proud to provide grants to these deserving winners who are working tirelessly to connect people with their surroundings, which is a big part of fostering healthy and sustainable communities.”

After two successful rounds, $30,000 worth of grants and six winners, CityLink Tulla Widening grants program has now wrapped up.

Groups keen to apply for some funding are encouraged to check out Transurban’s grants program that runs year round.

Find out more about the program (external link).