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Kingston Charitable Fund grants give local community groups a boost

8 June 2017

The Kingston Charitable Fund is pouring $47,750 dollars into 10 worthy local groups to help them continue their good work in the community.

Financial counselling services, grief support, respite care, emergency food services and more will all be given much-needed funding thanks to the annual grants program.

Kingston Mayor David Eden said the Kingston Charitable Fund had given out more than $470,000 to local groups since its launch in 2007.

“Our local community groups play an important role in strengthening the Kingston community and helping the disadvantaged,” Cr Eden said.

“Kingston Council, through the Kingston Charitable Fund, is pleased and proud to support them to continue their good work.”

The Fund raises money from local business and philanthropic communities in the municipality, which is then invested and the annual income earned is distributed back to the community in the form of grants.

It is a charitable fund account of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation which has been inspiring philanthropy since 1923.


Community group

Project description

Grant Amount

GriefLine Community and Family Services Inc

Develop an innovative support program for the ageing Chinese community to address hidden grief and loss associated with migration and ageing. including a helpline, public seminars, community therapy group, social activities and infomation workshops.



Emerge Women and children's support Network Inc

Accredited financial counselling service for women experiencing domestic violence including group sessions on managing money, credit cards, financial aid, budgeting, debt and goal setting.



Lighthouse Foundation

Program to strengthen the local committee and to assist community to be involved with the Bonbeach home. The support the committee provides to residents of the home is a unique feature of the Lighthouse Therapeutic Model of Care.



Special Olympics Melbourne Southern

Hire fees for tennis courts for the 2017 year.



Longbeach Food Distribution Centre (Pantry 5000)

Provision of food items and Christmas hampers




Funding for social isolation support groups including art group and cooking group.



Australian National Aviation Museum

Expanding youth and unemployed engagement program including metalwork and manufacturing training to provide participants will a kick-start to a career in aviation.


Bayside Community Care

New oven/stovetop at St. Matthew's church kitchen to prepare food for Matts Place meals program.




St Augustine's Outreach Services

Expand current programs including: dementia information sessions, meditation programs, play groups, school holiday activities, welfare support for disadvantaged people



Pets Of The Homeless

Project to add capacity to Pets of the Homeless' ability to engage with stakeholders, strengthen its already passionate online social community, and provide resources and information




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