Empowering Australian communities

The 2019 program awarded grants of up to $10,000 to 75 community organisations, with more than half of the grants going to organisations in rural and remote communities. The program funded initiatives that help:

  • People connect with each other through group activities
  • Reduce barriers to participation in community life
  • Develop skills and leadership capability to strengthen community networks

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Hear from one of our 2019 recipients

The 2019 Community Grants helped Reynard St Neighbourhood House with their amazing work in creating connections to help improve mental wellbeing and belonging in the community. Watch their story.

Read about the great projects we’re helping to fund from two of our 2019 recipients.

Organisation: Community Four Ltd
Project: Hazara Women Learning to Drive
Total Funded: $10,000
Project Location: Dandenong, VIC

The Hazara Women Learning to Drive project is focused on developing useful skills among Hazara women who are creating new lives in Australia. It’s a community led-initiative that will see 40 women supported and trained to get their VicRoads Learners permit.

“The ability to drive is crucial to the self-empowerment of refugee women. It breaks down their social isolation, enables them access to work and study, and builds their self-esteem. Most importantly, it encourages them to play a more active part in the wider Australian society,” said Gavin Ackerly, CEO Community Four.

Community Four works in conjunction with the Australian Hazara Women's Friendship Network to offer the Learning to Drive Project, which is part of a broader initiative to help improve the women’s English language skills, support them to become Australia citizens and provide access to sports and recreation activities to increase their overall wellbeing.

Organisation: Reynard Street Neighbourhood House
Project: Inclusive Community Gardening
Total Funded: $5,040
Project Location: Coburg, VIC

Reynard Street Neighbourhood House (RSNH) will be using the funding from an Australia Post Community Grant to deliver an inclusive community gardening project which promotes connections for socially isolated community members living with disability or illness through participation in weekly gardening workshops.

The project will provide safe, friendly and supported training for participants experiencing mental and physical health obstacles to participate in the community garden.

“The Australia Post Community Grant provides an excellent opportunity for Reynard Street Neighbourhood House to further respond to the needs of the Coburg community. The funding assistance will allow us to engage a dedicated facilitator to run inclusive and accessible gardening classes which will help make a real, tangible difference to the lives of local people living with disability or caring for someone with a disability,” said Hannah Evans, Project Coordinator RSNH.

2019 Australia Post Community Grants recipients