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Connecting community

25 Oct 2016

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Community groups and companies are strengthening their connections as part of the Connected Communities Melbourne initiative launched at South Wharf last month. 

The launch took place on October 12 and saw industry professional getting together to celebrate the community initiative. 

The program supports local groups and companies working to make our city liveable.

Groups will be able to apply for grant funding for their projects under one of the 10 sectors including youth work, community safety, sport and the arts.

Grants will be given at both the grassroots and the larger levels to support community groups and collaborative projects that tackle social issues across Melbourne. 

Program chairperson Melanie Raymond said: “Working with other local businesses and community partners, we hope to grow a central, sustainable funding model that helps support collaboration on projects that make Melbourne a great place for everyone to live.”

The program was founded in partnership with Bendigo Bank. It will be partly funded by profits from the 28 Bendigo Bank branches across Melbourne. 

“We know that creating successful communities is good for business and good for the people we serve, so we’re excited to expand our ethos of shared value in a new way,” the bank’s local connection executive Alexandra Tullio said

The new grant funding body will build connections among companies and groups to create a stronger community bond and support for local businesses.

Grant applications can be lodged online and will be considered by Connected Communities Melbourne’s independent voluntary board. 

For more information visit www.connectedcommunitiesmelbourne.com.au or go to your local Bendigo Bank branch.

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