Quick Response grants awarded


This grant aims to fill a gap in funding for community groups requiring assistance outside our Nillumbik Community Fund grant timelines.

These grants provide funding to support community groups and not-for-profit organisations with emerging or unexpected needs, or to help deliver one-off activities to support community initiatives that will benefit and engage the Nillumbik community.

2023/24 Quick Response Grant Recipients

Allwood Neighbourhood House

Allwood promotions boost - Wattle Festival | $370
This project will increase awareness of the organisation by capitalising on the increased foot traffic generated by their involvement in the Wattle Festival.

Arthurs Creek Mechanics Institute

Arthurs Creek Annual Garden Walk | $1,000
Garden Walk attracts both local residents and the broader Nillumbik community. It celebrates a shared interest in all aspects of gardening. Artworks, plant information and food are available at the hall. A booklet containing garden guides and a map supports visitors on their self-drive garden tour of five local gardens.

Beyond the Barbell

A Night with the Blokes with Beyond the Barbell | $1,000
Beyond the Barbell hosted Tomorrow Man, an organisation that aims to break down the stereotype of what it currently means to be a man in Australia, and discusses how our view of masculinity has impacted the mental health of men and their ability and willingness to seek support.

Big Group Hug

Happy Toiletry Box | $1,000
One off support to restock diminishing supply of toiletry packs for vulnerable and disadvantaged families, comprising baby bath wash, baby shampoo, nappy cream, children's toothpaste and child's toothbrush.

Edible Hub

Edible Hub noticeboard | $707
The purchase and construction of a noticeboard to let the community know what activities are happening at the garden.

Eltham Model Railway Club

Defibrillator purchase | $1,000
Purchase of a defibrillator for the club to provide support and aid club members and visitors.

Friends of Kangaroo Ground War Memorial & Park

Traffic Management Plan for memorial events | $1,000
To fund the creation of a Traffic Guidance Scheme for ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day services at the Kangaroo Ground War Memorial Park.

Hayden's Helping Hands

Christmas Hampers | $1,000
One-off support due to unexpected higher demand to provide Christmas Hampers for a family dinner for families struggling to put food on the table.

Hurstbridge Community Garage Sale 

SHIFT (Sustainable Hurstbridge) | $1,000

Hurstbridge Community Garage Sale in November 2023 was a successful event highlighting the community's dedication to sustainability and rehoming of pre-loved items. The event welcomed an impressive turnout of 150 attendees, all eager to explore the offerings of 35 stallholders. From vintage treasures to upcycled goods, the diverse array of items on display reflected the community's commitment to reducing waste and embracing mindful consumption.

Hurstbridge Hurricanes Basketball Club

Hurstbridge Fun Run | $1,000
The Hurstbridge Sporting Hub Community Colour Run is a fun-filled 2km event where participants of all ages run, walk, and dance through bursts of colourful powders, creating unforgettable memories.

Hurstbridge Primary School

Diamond Creek Pool's 40th Birthday Party | $1,000
Diamond Creek Swimming Club, Nillumbik Council and Aligned Leisure invited community members to help celebrate Diamond Creek Pool's 40th Birthday Celebrations that included races, fun party games, cake and more in December.

Imagine Re-Evolution

Let's Get Started | $850
Imagine Re-Evolution are Nillumbik's newest charity supporting our young people to thrive. Their ultimate purpose is the elimination of systemic childhood poverty and the empowerment of youth to reach their fullest potential.

Nillumbik Climate Action Team

Short term funding to upgrade Nillumbik Climate Action Team newsletter mailout service | $314
To grow the newsletter mailing list beyond the 500 contacts permitted under the free Mailchimp marketing platform subscription.

Nillumbik Historical Society

Celebrating 50 Years Preserving and Sharing Diamond Creek's History | $600
Hosting an Open Day on Sunday 6 August for the Diamond Creek and wider community to celebrate with and enjoy talks and map and photo displays about Diamond Creek's history, showcasing collections using accessible displays to describe the history of the district.

Nillumbik Repair Cafe

Set-up costs | $961
Room hire, insurance, and some materials/equipment/incidentals for the Nillumbik Repair Cafe.

Round the Bend Conservation Co-operative

Wildlife monitoring project | $986
Motion-sensing cameras for monitoring wildlife.

St Andrews CFA

Santa run and external station decorations | $567
One off replacement of deteriorating decorations and lights.

Sustainable Hurstbridge Ideas For Transition (SHIFT)

Hurstbridge Hub Community Garage Sale | $1,000
SHIFT Community Garage Sale as part of 2023's Garage Sale Trail. Opportunity to find some pre-loved treasures, enjoy live music, and enjoy a sausage sizzle.

The Veggie Empire

Fostering Inclusive Participation in Urban Farming | $1,000
Facilitating a more inclusive space for disabled and elderly members to more actively participate in market gardening, fostering a sustainable and vibrant community hub, through purchase of a new gazebo and specialised long-handled hoe set.

Warrandyte Cricket Club

Pink up Warrandyte October 2023 | $1,000
The pinking up of Warrandyte in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Together, we aim to spread awareness and support those affected by breast cancer research. Help us turn Warrandyte pink and make a difference in the fight against breast cancer.

Yarra Foundation

Eltham Farmers Market | $850
Unification of the Persian-speaking community at Eltham Farmer's Market, highlighting their food culture and costumes, fostering connections among Persian families and non-Persian attendees.

2022/23 Quick Response Grant Recipients

Allwood Neighbourhood House

Kitchen Upgrade | $1,000
Project aims to improve accessibility and capacity of kitchen facilities by installing a dishwasher.


Tramtastic Towels | $1,000
Purchase of essential equipment needed to establish a laundry program that will initially provide a regular service to the Diamond Creek Rotary Tram Car Café, and potentially grow to service other local businesses.

Big Group Hug

Providing Breast Pumps to Vulnerable and Disadvantaged Women with Babies | $1,000
Will be used to train volunteers in testing the safety of donated breast pumps and other baby-related electrical equipment, such as electric sterilisers, vaporisers, bottle warmers, and baby monitors. These devices would then be rehomed for women and children experiencing hardship.

Diamond Valley Community Support

Hurstbridge Hub Pantry Upgrade | $300
Provision of a new and improved pantry for the Hurstbridge Hub Community Food Pantry.

Diamond Valley Roller Derby Club

Helmet Loan Project | $1,000
Purchase of helmets for our socially and financially disadvantaged skaters to borrow and be able to have access to skating and learning Roller Derby in Nillumbik safely.

Eltham CFA

2022 Eltham CFA Santa Run Park Visits | $1,000
Santa will be escorted around Eltham by the volunteer firefighters from Eltham CFA visiting advertised locations around town in a fire truck, spreading Christmas cheer and handing out lolly bags to the kids.

Eltham District Historical Society

Preservation of Important Local History Records | $1,000
Purchase of archival quality equipment and storage materials for the long-term preservation of important local history records held by EDHS on behalf of our community.

Eltham Orchestras

Covid Safe Rehearsals | $1,000
Purchase of an air purifier to improve ventilation and reduce the risk of spreading viruses in indoor areas, providing a safe environment for the continuation of rehearsals.<

Eltham Toy Library

Eltham Toy Library Upgrades | $1,000
Community project supporting upgrades and enhancements to improve the experience of toy library visitors in the Nillumbik community. This project will include improved toy displays, new storage options and clearer toy labelling to help families choose the best toys for their children to borrow.

Green Karma

Heal with Food | $1,000
Funds to purchase camera and essential accessories to produce educational videos educating people on how to use food as medicine and reduce their dependence on pills. It helps community to form positive relationship with food.

Hohnes Road Playhouse

Children’s Week Event Celebrating over 50 years at Hohnes Road Playhouse | $1,000
Hohnes Road Playhouse will deliver a family-friendly event to kick off Children’s Week on the 23rd October 2022. Celebrating 50 years of serving children and families, we will provide a petting farm, facepaints, craft activities and more free to all members of the community.

Hurstbridge Men’s Shed

Establishment of Women's Groups | $600
The Men's Shed intends to open its doors to women and provide training and safety instruction to assist with developing woodworking skills.

The Left Bank

Establishing The Left Bank - St Andrews as an Incorporated Association | $1,000
Support to prepare and lodge rules of incorporation, appoint a committee to govern the organisation, take out public liability insurance, and promote establishment of this organisation in the community.

Local Food Connect

Urban Farm Month | $1,000
To support participation in National ‘Urban Farm Month’ to promote the interest of our community in growing food locally in an urban context.

Lower Plenty Dance Group

Tuesday Night Dance | $1,000
Purchase of equipment to support live streaming of event to extend social connection and healthy exercise in a recreational setting through dance and music

Nillumbik Climate Action Team

Climate and Environment Networking Event | $658
The event will be a gathering of Nillumbik climate and environment groups, as well as other community leaders, to connect, discuss and progress our climate and environment goals in Nillumbik.

Nillumbik Historical Society

Remembrance Day Service and Dedication of WW1 Service Panels | $265
Support for catering and associated items to serve light refreshments to attendees after the service and dedication.

Nillumbik State Emergency Service (SES)

Nillumbik SES Storm and Flood Equipment Project | $976
Following an abnormally high amount of storm/flood related jobs, these funds will replenish and fill in equipment gaps identified by the volunteers of Nillumbik SES unit during operations. The equipment requested is multi-purposed and will support Nillumbik’s response to aid the community.

North of the Yarra Quilters Guild

Guild Systems Update | $1,000
Extensive update to our organisation's processes to create a cohesive database system and website, linking all information and allowing members to sign up for membership and events through our website. This will make accessing information much easier for members, and make administration much easier.

Pat Cronin Foundation

Be Wise Art Exhibition | $840
To support venue costs for ‘Empowerment’ awareness exhibition running over a four-week period.

Research Tennis Club

Refurbish seating at Research Tennis Club | $1,000
Purchase of comfortable chairs for clubhouse, primarily to accommodate the OMNI (Older Men; New Ideas) Men's Group for their regular meetings.

Rotary Club of Eltham

Replacement of BBQ | $999
Purchase of new BBQ to continue weekly sausage sizzle at Lower Eltham Park which provides opportunities for local community groups and schools to run the sizzle and raise funds for their projects.

United Minds Community Service

Community Food Pantry - Collection Drive | $648
Support to expand service to community via relief food by setting up Collection Hubs throughout the Shire and purchasing specific food items to assist with influx of community requests.