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Supporting the community with MRL Community Benefit Fund

Successful community groups will each receive up to $10,000 each for their community projects.

Communities

April 20, 2020

Highlights

Cleanaway launched its MRL Community Benefit Fund in 2019 to support sustainable living initiatives and community well-being projects in Caroline Springs, Deer Park and surrounding areas.

Highlights

Cleanaway launched its MRL Community Benefit Fund in 2019 to support sustainable living initiatives and community well-being projects in Caroline Springs, Deer Park and surrounding areas.

Cleanaway’s MRL Community Benefit Fund 2020 is open for submissions from community groups in Caroline Springs, Deer Park and surrounding areas. A total of $50,000 is being made available to support local sustainability projects, environmental regeneration initiatives, waste and recycling efforts as well as community sports and charity programs.

Last year, three community groups were awarded grants under the inaugural MRL Community Benefit Fund – Western Emergency Relief Network (WERN), Westside Strikers FC and Deer Park Cricket Club.

Stakeholder and Community Engagement Manager, Olga Ghiri and Regional Manager, Meldina Klehic joined by the Mayor of Melton Councillor Bob Turner and Councillor Bruce Lancashire from Brimbank Council with representatives from Western Emergency Relief Net.

The Westside Strikers FC was awarded for their efforts to create U/18s and U/11s female soccer teams in 2020. The club also introduced a women’s support coordinator to work on the development of female coaches and players.

With their $10,000 grant, Deer Park Cricket Club was able to welcome new immigrants and asylum-seekers into the community through its community connectivity program. The funding was used to create more club activities, widen their current network and encourage participation by members of the surrounding community.

How to apply

To apply please complete the application form and submit as instructed.

More details are provided in the guidelines.

Key milestones

  1. Call for expressions of interest –15 April 2020
  2. Applications close – 4pm, 29 May 2020
  3. Applications assessed – 28 June 2020
  4. Successful applicants notified – 15 Jul 2020
  5. Agreements signed – 30 July 2020
  6. Funds distributed – 31 August 2020
  7. Projects completed – 31 August 2021

For more information, visit https://www.cleanaway.com.au/melbourne-regional-landfill-mrl/ or contact Olga Ghiri, Stakeholder and Community Engagement Manager at olga.ghiri@cleanaway.com.au or 0478 316237.