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Two grassroots community groups delivering education and arts programs will receive close to $30,000 from the Bank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund.

Bank of Melbourne Chief Executive Scott Tanner said the latest round of grants would help build a better future for their local communities.

“Bank of Melbourne is proud to support Victorian communities and the important work people are doing every day in their local areas. We hope these grants give more young Victorians a bright future by helping them complete secondary school and explore the arts,” Mr Tanner said.

Since launching in March 2013, the Bank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund has donated $600,000 to local charities improving the lives of Victorians. The Fund distributes grants of up to $50,000 to organisations and projects that attract little government funding or significant fundraising income of their own.

Successful projects in the latest round are:

1.     fortyfivedownstairs, metro Melbourne and regional Victoria: $9,360

fortyfivedownstairs is a dynamic cultural incubator and unique multi-arts venue operating in the heart of Melbourne since 2002. It brings artists to new audiences through its gallery, theatre and artist’s studio. The grant will fund a program giving young Victorians an opportunity to develop their interest in the arts. The program is targeted at students with limited access to educational facilities because of geographic or socio-economic factors.

2.     Hands on Learning, Rosebud Secondary College, Rosebud and surrounding suburbs: $19,600   

Hands on Learning (HOL) Australia is a harm prevention charity that creates opportunities in schools. HOL aims to increase the number of students completing secondary school by helping them discover their talents and experience success. The grant will help build a community recreational area. Rosebud Secondary College students will be involved in the design, construction, and ongoing maintenance of the project.

For more information about the Bank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund or to apply, visit The next round of funding is open between 6 April 2015 and 12 June 2015.


Fleur Leyden, Head of Media & Communications, 0413 598 477

Anita Noller, Bank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund, 03 9274 4913