CoPP | GOV | UPDATING | Community Sector News | August 2022

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This month features great learning opportunities for Youth (15-18), free RATs for eligible community organisations and the St Kilda Library turns 50!

Welcome to the August City of Port Phillip (CoPP) Community Sector News (formerly CoPP This!).

Training and Professional Development

TRAINING | Grant Writing Workshop for Creatives | Wednesday 10 August 2022 | 6pm-8.30pm

Presented by Debby Maziarz, this online grant writing training session will share:
  • practical and transferable ways to approach grant writing for arts and cultural projects
  • developing and communicating your project idea and your project plan
  • developing budgets and funding strategy
  • working with an auspice organisation
  • finding project partners
  • presenting support material
  • evaluating your project
  • more information about City of Port Phillip 2022/23 Cultural Development Fund grants
Further information: Sharyn Dawson, Arts Grants and Funding Organiser 03 9209 6165

TRAINING | Grant Writing Workshop 2022 | Thursday 4 August 2022 | 6-8.30pm

Presented by Debby Maziarz, this online grant writing training session will cover all aspects of grant writing from where to find grants, understanding the guidelines and selection criteria, working through an application and budget and how to frame your project.
  • Where: online- Link provided by facilitator prior to workshop
  • Cost: Free
  • Bookings: essential, online through Trybooking

TRAINING | Carers Victoria free Online 
These free online practical trainings will be beneficial for both paid and volunteer workers at all levels, as well as family and friends who are unpaid carers providing support to someone in their home.

The scope of the training will focus on knowledge and practical skills required to deliver services and improve outcomes for your clients, for example:
  • embedding wellness, person and family centered capacity building and restorative care approach;
  • responding to changing service delivery models and changing populations;
  • providing first response to client or workplace incidents.
You can access the free online training from the Carers Victoria website. Please note they also offer training in person for a cost.

TRAINING | LGBTQIA+ & Transgender Diverse Awareness | Tuesday 1 November 2022 | 9.30am-12.30pm

This hybrid training is part of the Port Phillip Community Training Calendar. It is delivered in person but also accessible online. 

The first half of this training provides an overview of LGBTIQA+ communities, issues and concerns and the second half delves into more detail about trans and gender diverse communities. We provide recommendations and tips for working with LGBTIQA+ and TGD clients, customers and staff.

This training is delivered by Transgender Victoria and the trainers will be Nicole Shaw (they/them) and Zoe Walder (she/her).
  • Where: Council Chambers, St Kilda Town Hall, 99A Carlisle Street, St Kilda & online
  • Cost: Free
  • Bookings: essential, online through Trybooking

Grants and Funding

GRANTING | Council's Community Grants | now open
Councils Annual Community Grants are now open and close 15 August 2022. Applicants can find the community grant categories and applications online through the Smarty Grants website.

City of Port Phillip's 2022/23 Cultural Development Fund (CDF) Grants – opened 25 July:
  • 2022/23 CDF-Project grants | closing 5 September 2022
    Who can apply? Individual artists with an auspice organisation, and arts, cultural or community organisations living or working  in the City Port Phillip for arts based projects.

  • 2022/23 CDF-Festivals and Events – round 1 | closes 22 August 2022
    Who can apply? Not-for-profit organisations and community groups to develop local neighbourhood festivals or events that celebrate the City’s community spirit, identity, arts and culture.
For more information:

GRANTING | Pride Foundation Australia and the Sidney Myer Fund Grant | submissions close Friday 2 September 2022
The Pride Foundation Australia (PFA) Board of Directors and the Sidney Myer Fund are pleased to announce their next joint funding round, to the value of $20,000.

This grant round will focus on supporting LGBTQIA+ Refugees and people seeking asylum.

Projects that are collaborations between refugee and asylum seeker agencies or groups and LGBTQIA+ agencies or groups are encouraged.  Where an LGBTIQ+ refugee-led group is partnering with another organisation we encourage equal partnerships and co-design. One of the organisations/groups must have DGR status

CELEBRATING | Fifty years of St Kilda Library | Wednesday 24 August 2022 | 11-11.30am 

Morning Tea
Celebrate St Kilda Public Library’s extensive past and exciting future with a morning tea and light refreshments at 11 am. Celebrate the community brought together by the library.

St Kilda Library Then-and-Now Exhibition
Walk through time at this library exhibition and witness the 50-year evolution of the St Kilda Library with ceiling mounted photograph installations. Immerse yourself in the fascinating story of Port Phillip’s largest and busiest library through a digital presentation highlighting it’s journey through the decades.

Special Acknowledgements
Hear from former Cr and then-Mayor Ivan Trayling, who laid the foundation stone of the St Kilda Library. Honour community members who have been instrumental in establishing the library, as well as the architect behind the library’s design.

Getting there
St Kilda Library is located on 150 Carlisle St, St Kilda.

You can take the following transport lines to get to the library:
  • Bus: 246, 606, 623
  • Train: Balaclava Station on the Sandringham line
  • Tram: 16, 3-3A (stop 36 – St Kilda Town Hall/Carlisle St)
More information can be obtained on Tel: 03 9209 6655 or via email
  • Where: St Kilda Library, 150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda
  • Cost: Free. 
  • Bookings: not required.

Other programs and initiatives

Free workshops for Port Phillip Youth
The City of Port Phillip’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) invites young people aged 15-18 to participate in a series of free workshops being held at the St. Kilda Library as part of the Victorian State Government Youth Festival initiative.

The YAC have organised a series of three workshops aimed at educating young people on leading healthy/sustainable lives. Information on each workshop is listed below:

WORKSHOP | Wildlife Gardens with CERES | Saturday 20 August 2022 | 10am-1pm
This FREE three hour workshop is an empowering, hands-on experience where students will discover the importance of biodiversity and how humans positively and negatively impact ecosystems. Learners will understand the most significant contributors to biodiversity loss and how they can take action to reverse the degradation of local ecosystems. Participants will return home inspired with knowledge on specific indigenous plants and the skills to design a wildlife garden for their local community.

WORKSHOP | Self Defence | Saturday 27 August 2022 | 10am-12noon
Join acclaimed instructor Andre CoƱate for a self-defence workshop with the Self-Defence Hub at the St. Kilda Library. The Self-Defence Hub believe that every individual is capable of self-protection. Our strength is not necessarily made up of mere physical muscle, but is built upon making a conscious choice to reclaim our sense of power in this world.The Self Defence Hub aid in empowering participants by teaching solid self-defence skills and showing how they can connect to their power within.

WORKSHOP | First Aid | Saturday 3 September 2022 | 10am-2pm
A free first aid workshop with Vic First Aid during which you will learn essential emergency life support skills including:
  • Management of the Unconscious Casualty
  • Basic Life Support - DRSABCD
  • CPR - Adult & Infant
  • Use of an Automated External Defibrillator - AED
  • Airway Obstruction
  • Asthma
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Bleeds management
Upon completion of the course you will receive a Statement of Attainment for the nationally accredited course HLTAID010 Provide Basic Emergency Life Support.

DISTRIBUTING | Free RATs from Monash Health

Monash Health is supporting the South East Public Health Unit to distribute FREE Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) to community organisations and cultural groups to give to their community.

To participate in the program, you must be a community organisation/group servicing multicultural or priority communities based in south east metropolitan Melbourne and not be receiving RATs through other government agencies. Further detail about eligibility can be found on the Expression of Interest form.

Time and location details of where you can collect your Rapid Antigen Tests will be emailed to you once eligibility is confirmed.

SAVING | Power Bonus for all Victorian households | extended to 30 June 2023

The Power Saving Bonus (PSB) is a one-off $250 payment to Victorian households who look for a better energy deal on Victoria’s Energy Compare website.

The new $250 payment builds on the existing PSB program, previously available to eligible concession card holders.

PROFILING | Port Phillip Lions Club

A word from the Club President- Sue McGowan.
Hello – now that we are out and about do you have some spare time in your life and are wondering what to do with it?
Have you considered joining a local service club, such as the Lions Club of Port Phillip. We are a small but passionate club who do our best to make the lives of others near and far easier. We have been serving this area for many years now and in fact Lions Australia celebrates its 75th Birthday this year.

You have probably met us at Bunnings sizzling sausages – do you ever wonder what happens to the funds we raise.

Locally, we donate to schools and charities (St Kilda Gateway, St Kilda Mums, Brigidine Refugee projects, St Silas Church, Community BBQs, Smith Family and Share the Dignity and others). If you know a resident of a local aged care facility, you may have seen our gifts (Easter, Mother and Father’s Day)  that we distribute annually as well as Christmas gifts to those in receipt of delivered meals.

We make donations to the Lions Bushfire and Flood appeals(Both at an international, state and local level), Lions Cord Blood Foundation, Prostate Cancer Research, Seeing Eye and Assist Dogs and as the result of the funds raised at our last Sausage Sizzle,  we donated $1500 to Childhood Cancer Research. At our next business meeting we will be discussing donating $1000 to Licola ( Lions holiday village for disadvantaged children) to replace blinds and curtains. If you are a handyman there may be an opportunity to assist in maintenance.

Life is not just a Sausage Sizzle, we meet twice a month (1st and 3rd Wednesday) for a social and business meeting as well as meeting for coffee and dog walks on an ad hoc basis. With a mixture of employed and retired members we have a wide range of interests so why not come a long and see if you would like to join us make someone’s life a little better.

If you would like to have an informal catch up, please feel free to call Sue McGowan (Club President) on 0409 404 816 – if I don’t answer your call, please leave a message with your details and contact number and I will return your call.

Another option is to follow us on Facebook



City of Port Phillip (CoPP)
Address: 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda, VIC 3182