Originally appeared in Footscray Star Star on .

MORE than 50 City of Maribyrnong organisations have shared a $134,500 cash boost thanks to Maribyrnong City Council’s 2012 community grant program.
The 2011-2012 community grant program went online for the first time and focused on two new areas, literacy in the early years and food security.
Special projects funding of $10,000 each was available to four grant applicants and was awarded to Pigeons Projects: Centre for Young Writers Feasibility Study; Westgate Baptist Community: Refugee Women’s Support Group Literacy Project; the Australia Light Foundation: Multicultural Community; and Foodbank Victoria: Urban Street Harvest.
“All grant projects play a critical role in building community well-being. The purpose of the community grant program is to improve the quality of life for the people of Maribyrnong,” Mayor John Cumming said.
“These grants support the organisations that are enriching both the cultural and social lives of the community.”
A total 31 organisations and individuals were awarded grants in the community development area and 19 in the social support area, as well as grants for arts and culture funding and environmental sustainability.
The community grant program supports projects that promote community connection and participation, arts and cultural development and community pride.