We're excited to share that the first Seedling Fund round in the Aurora community (Wollert, Victoria) will see three great community groups receiving a share of over $7,000. The two finalists were Wollert Fire Brigade and Epping North Scout Group, with Lendlease donating an additional $1,000 to Boomerang Bags due to their excellent application. We're excited to tell you about our three recipients and the programs the Seedling Fund will help support.
WOLLERT FIRE BRIGADE
Community Education Program - Received $2824.38
Wollert Fire Brigade is a volunteer fire and emergency service that aims to keep their community safe. They will use the funds to purchase a generator, TV, café table, chairs and three bifold tables for a community education program that will teach people how to proactively prevent fire, and what to do when one occurs. The program will cover fire risks around the home, what to do in the event of a grass fire, and how to use fire extinguishers and fire blankets. They will be running an event at the local Aurora Village and will be regularly a hosting displays with seasonal fire safety advice to help educate the community. The Brigade believes in working together with communities to reduce the incidence and impact of emergencies on Victorians.
EPPING NORTH SCOUT GROUP
Equipment for camping trips - Received $3198.62
As a new group, the Epping North Scouts Epping North are still becoming established. Most of the group’s membership fees are used on on venue hire and leader training, with little leftover for essential extras. They will use the funds to purchase camping equipment, including cooking equipment, solar lighting gear, tents and eskies, to be used for upcoming Cuboree (October) and Jamboree (January 2018) camping trips, as well as many other trips, years into the future. The group are an important community facility, supporting many local families including those of low socio-economic status, CALD families, and recently arrived refugees who are new to scouting.
BOOMERANG BAGS EPPING
Equipment & resources for sewing bees - $1000.00
Boomerang Bags organises workshops/sewing bees where community members from all walks of life come together to sew used textiles into reusable bags. These are then offered to businesses as a replacement for single use plastic bags, tackling plastic pollution at its source. More than just a bag, Boomerang Bags create a platform to start conversations, make friends, up-cycle materials and work towards shifting society’s throw away mentality. In order to run their workshops, the organisation needed a sewing machine, overlocker and cutting mat, as well as extra funding for venue hire fees, machine maintenance, thread purchases, printing costs, and refreshments for volunteers. They will be hosting a monthly meet up at the Sprout Hub from October, a documentary screening of ‘Bag it” and a subsequent sewing bee in early 2018. This project is not a Seedling Fund finalist but due to the excellent application has been supported directly by Lendlease.
About the Seedling Fund
The Seedling Fund is a community-led grant initiative we deliver alongside our Sprout Hub projects. It works by redistributing 10% of Sprout Hub cafe revenue and contributions from project partners back to community groups and clubs who are establishing themselves in the area. Funds are distributed in a process similar to crowd funding, whereby the community votes (online or physically) to decide how the funds are spent. The purpose of the Fund is to encourage participation and belonging, while supporting clubs and groups to form in the early stages of a new development. It’s all about providing more engaging opportunities for local residents to participate in local decision making. So far the fund has raised over $49,000 for local groups in the communities of Alkimos Beach (WA), Aurora (VIC) and Calderwood (NSW), demonstrating a high rate of participation and engagement in the new community