HERE ARE SOME OF OUR

GRANT RECIPIENTS & COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Foothills Community Care

Foothills Community Care, in partnership with Churches of Christ Community Care, serves the local Ferntree Gully, Upwey and wider Hills community through weekly meal nights as well as an annual Ferntree Gully Christmas Day Lunch.

Foothills Community Care seeks to create an open and inclusive environment of love and acceptance in order to overcome isolation and despair. They provide over 9000 meals a year with the help of over 200 volunteers & have been a much-valued community partner of ours for many years.

Peace and Loyalty Lodge

Peace and Loyalty Lodge are based in Ferntree Gully and have been for over 98 years! Their focus is primarily on helping financially disadvantaged high school students to complete their education.

Peace and Loyalty Lodge provide funding in the form of student scholarships, directly to children from financially disadvantaged backgrounds enabling them to finish their education. The work they do in the local community is extremely valuable and they have been a community partner of ours for many years.

Knox Historical Society

The Knox Historical Society has been a community partner of ours for many years. Their mission is to preserve, conserve and promote the rich history of Knox and the former shires of Berwick and Ferntree Gully.

Knox Historical Society was founded in 1965 and they now have over 90 members who help run their various programs. One of their current projects is the creation and publication of a book that will document the history of Knox and the former shires of Berwick & Ferntree Gully.

Liberty Avenue

Liberty Avenue Playgroup was established by a group of Mothers in 1995 and has flourished since! They are a community owned, NFP playgroup that provides a safe and nurturing educational setting for children. Liberty Avenue Playgroup is run by one skilled educator and 16 parent volunteers.

The Group recently sort a grant to fund a “mud kitchen” for the children. The mud kitchen provides an innovative play space that encourages the children to play and develop skills.

Southern Bears

Southern Bears Basketball Club is a community partner of ours and a Grant recipient. The Club was established in 2006 in the Southern Region of Knox (Rowville) are now in their 12th year.

They are a terrific club to be involved with and welcome everyone. The club was originally created by a group of boys, who wanted to share their passion for the game of basketball with friends by playing competitive basketball.

Basin Music Festival

The Basin Music Festival are a community partner of ours. They are a NFP youth stage event that showcases over 200 performers from all musical disciplines. The event was founded in 2004 and supported by a keen group of 70 volunteers and committee members who bring the event to life.

The Basin Music Festivals provides a cultural and social focus on communal artistic expression and participation whilst promoting the talents of musicians from the basin area.

The Fields Preschool

The Fields Preschool is a community partner of ours. Their focus is on gross motor skill and fine motor skill development as well as the development of social skills within children who attend their preschool.

The Fields Preschool learning program is centered on play-based learning and is delivered by qualified teachers that help promote learning in 3 to 5 yr olds. They have been the recipient of a number of Community Grants which are used to fund equipment and learning programs.

Rowville Senior Citizens Centre

The Rowville Senior Citizens Club was founded in 1992 and are a long-term community partner of ours. Its primary purpose is to provide support and companionship for the more mature citizens of Rowville and surrounding areas.

The Rowville Senior Citizens Centre runs a number of programs that are focused on active aging which promotes mental and physical well-being in an affordable, safe and friendly environment. Members meet twice weekly, 48 weeks of the year for a range of activities.

Ferntree Gully Eagles Netball Club

Ferntree Gully Eagles Football Club and Netball Club is situated at the foot of the Dandenong’s and fields two senior XVIII sides, U19 side and junior teams from U8's to U17's. They are a long-term community partner of ours.

They play out of state of the art facilities that house both the junior and senior teams. The Ferntree Gully Eagles Football Club and Netball Club is a family orientated club providing a safe, social, sporting environment for the local community.

Knox Italian Community Club

Knox Italian Community Club was established 1988 by a large group of Italian families. The club’s purpose is to provide a base for the Italian community and sporting clubs throughout Knox.

Knox Italian Community Club provides a place for its 250 members to socialize and support each other. The Italian community in and around Knox has a rich history and Italian Community Club helps ensure that history is passed from generation to generation.

Knox Toy Library

Knox and District Toy Library Inc is a community-based, volunteer run, NFP organisation that was established in 1989. It consists of nearly 200 family members with children up to 8 years of age.

The Knox Toy Library provides a large variety of fun educational toys to families on a loan basis. This enables families that may otherwise not have the opportunity or means to purchase costly toys, the opportunity gives their children the latest toys that help mental and physical development.

Mountain District Learning Centre

Mountain District Learning Centre was established in 1974 as Mountain District Women's Co-operative Ltd. Today the Centre provides opportunities for men and women, young and old to access programs for education, skill development, friendship and enjoyment.

The purpose of the Mountain District Learning Centre is to enhance the lives of people of all ages, in the local area. It does this by providing education in a supportive environment and by building stronger communities.

The Gully Mens Shed

The Gully Men's Shed Inc is based in the Dandenong Ranges National Park. They are a long-terms community partner of ours.

The Gully Men's Shed Inc is involved in helping the community by donating their services free of charge. They do garden maintenance and support local schools in the community. The Gully Men's Shed Inc is open to men and women who want to socialize learn and give back to the community.

Ferntree Gully Village Traders Association

The Ferntree Gully Traders Association represents businesses in Ferntree Gully, they are a long-term partner of ours. Their purpose is to help promote the growth and development of the businesses that operate within Ferntree Gully.

Ferntree Gully is a thriving activity centre surrounded by a supportive community. The Ferntree Gully Traders Association comprises representatives from local businesses within the shopping precinct. They volunteer their time and develop marketing and promotional activities to promote the Ferntree Gully shopping precinct.

Knox Environment Society

The Knox Environment Society is a membership-based organisation of like-minded individuals that have a concern for the environment. They have been a community partner of ours for a number of years.

The Knox Environment Society was founded in 1982 by a group of people interested in their local environment and community. Over the years the group has flourished into a volunteer organization with over 100 members. The Society has established a community indigenous plant nursery, which is run by volunteers.

Coonara Community House

Coonara Community House seeks to foster a safe, supportive and friendly environment which inspires personal confidence and empowerment.

Coonara Community House is all about community participation and is committed to providing opportunities which are relevant and accessible to all. Coonara is run by a volunteer committee and they have supported the local community for over 40 years. They also provide adult educational programs, hobbies, vocational training and are licensed child care providers.

Upper Ferntree Gully Football Club

The Upper Ferntree Gully Football Club was established in 1948 and has consistently grown to be the club it is today. They are a long-term community partner of ours.

The Upper Ferntree Gully Football Club is a past community grant recipient and has used each of their grants to purchase equipment, uniforms and improve club sporting programs. The Club intends to use its 2018 community grant to replace the cover on the cricket pitch and provide new uniforms for women’s teams.

Regency Callisthenic College

Regency Callisthenic College is dedicated to providing an environment that develops confidence, self worth, coordination, strength, grace, team spirit and a “I can” attitude. The Club has been a community partner of ours for a number of years.

Regency Callisthenic College has over 90 members and has been operating for 38 years with approximately 80 competing members. Calisthenics is an exciting sport unique to Australia that incorporates elements of dance, gymnastics, ballet, singing and acting.