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Staying connected and supporting those in need


The Victorian Government is supporting community-based organisations to help build and strengthen connectivity as the state takes the next important steps to move through to the other side of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Minister for Suburban Development today announced recipients of the $1.3 million Let’s Stay Connected Fund, with 39 organisations receiving grants to support and promote connectivity and inclusion in local communities across Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Grants of between $5,000 and $200,000 will enable community organisations to launch or expand community focused projects that reduce isolation and build community resilience.

The Let’s Stay Connected Fund has provided more than $702,000 for projects in metropolitan Melbourne through the Office of Suburban Development and almost $520,000 has been provided for regional projects through Regional Development Victoria.

Successful projects in Melbourne include the Connecting Junior Gardeners program through Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria. This project will use videos, digital fact sheets and activities to encourage young people to engage in gardening at home and inspire children to discover the health and wellbeing benefits of gardening.

Maribyrnong City Council will create MasterChef Maribyrnong, a livestream cooking demonstration on Saturday nights hosted by seven diverse restaurants in the western suburbs which will share recipes and their stories.

The Let’s Stay Connected Fund is also funding not-for-profit organisation Weenthunga Health Network to support First Nations women in school, university and work on the path towards health careers. An online platform will help build networks and provide a range of resources to support participants and families.

In regional Victoria, the fund is supporting Mildura’s Sunraysia Community Health Services with a Generations Music Together Online program that pairs families with an aged care resident for weekly music making sessions.

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