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Our Cultural Diversity Week Grants program is offering grants of up to $2,500 to assist the community to develop innovative projects to support Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities during the COVID-19 recovery phase.  

If you are a community or faith-based organisation and keen to work in partnership, be part of our journey in 2022!

All projects must address at least one of the following priority areas:

  1. Improve mental health in CALD communities.
  2. Prevent social disharmony, racial and religious intolerance.
  3. Celebrate COVID-safe multicultural events engaging the wider community and different ethnic and faith communities.

Applications open Monday 15 November 2021 and close at 5pm on Monday 17 January 2022.

Grant conditions and further information can be found on the information sheet and application form.

Before submitting your application, we strongly encourage you to contact the Community Development team to check if you are eligible. We are available on 9581 4783, or email elisabetta.robecchi@kingston.vic.gov.au

The Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation has officially been acknowledged as the City of Kingston’s registered Aboriginal party and traditional owners.

This decision was made on behalf of the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council and became effective 1 July 2021. 

Therefore, the Bunurong Land Council will be acknowledged as the City of Kingston’s Traditional Owners. We encourage all Acknowledgement of Country’s conducted in any suburbs across Kingston to identify the Bunurong People.


To make it really easy, we've created templates that you can insert directly into your documents and reports, or you can just copy and paste the text to Acknowledge Traditional Owners appropriately. Download the long version or short version
Do you know an individual or community group who are making a difference in the City of Kingston?

Now's your chance to nominate them for the Citizen of the Year or Community Group of the Year Award for 2022!

The City of Kingston’s Awards recognise and honour the outstanding achievements of individuals and community groups who have made a significant contribution to the local community.

We know not all heroes wear capes. They can be of any age, background and profession and we're looking for nominees who have made a noteworthy contribution during the current year and/or given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years.

Nominations close at 5.00pm on Monday 15 November and the winners will be announced on Australia Day.
 
Are you thinking about volunteering, but not sure where to start?
Join our FREE information session and find out all things about volunteering in Kingston! 
  • Learn about the benefits
  • Understand the definition of volunteering
  • Find out how to look for local opportunities
  • Discover your rights and responsibilities
Date: Wednesday 17 November 
Time: 6.00pm - 7.00pm
RSVP:
 community@kingston.vic.gov.au (A Zoom link will be sent upon registration) 

For further information please contact Belinda Huggins from our Social Development Team on 0438 339 548 or via email 
 

The City of Kingston is again supporting the international 16 Days of activism against gender-based violence campaign from 25 November to 10 December.

This campaign raises awareness about the impact of violence on people of all genders, and in particular calls for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls, who experience disproportionate rates of gender-based violence.

A webinar and panel discussion with guest speakers from the Motivating Action Through Empowerment (MATE) Program, the Department of Education and Women’s Health in the South East (WHISE) is scheduled for Wednesday 1 December from 4.00pm - 5.30pm for parents, teachers, community leaders and those working with young people. 

Email sam.house@kingston.vic.gov.au or phone 0419 859 381 to register your interest and for further information.

Our libraries will also host virtual storytimes, featuring books that promote respect, equality and inclusion. 

This campaign is supported under Council’s Prevention of Family Violence Action Plan 2019 - 2021.

The City of Kingston is seeking nominations for the Kingston Woman of the Year Award 2022.

We want you to tell us about leaders in their field, who inspire others and make a difference to our community through their exceptional professional or personal achievements in the following categories: 
  • Courageous commitment
  • Excelling in arts and sport
  • Inspiring innovation
  • Success in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)
Nominations close on Tuesday 30 November 2021
If you're feeling isolated and would like to receive a letter from a community member, or looking to put a smile on someone's face - then join the Letterbox Project.

Sign up to receive a letter through the Letterbox Project, and become a pen pal with someone in your community.

You can also join an online hobby group and try something new while meeting new people - there's a Book Club, Cooking Club, Garden Club and Social Club

It's free to join for Kingston residents - find out more at Connected AU.

If you would like to hear some positive stories from the project, check out the Facebook page
 
We're working with the community to make our website even easier to use.

We want to develop a website that is clear, accurate and provides everyone in our community with access to online services and information. To achieve this, we need your help with testing, feedback and more.

Keep your eye out for emails in the coming weeks, inviting you to be involved!
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