Community-led projects receive over $200,000 in funding


The City of Cockburn has awarded over $200,000 to 39 local community groups, organisations, and schools through the Cockburn Community Fund – the City’s Grants, Donations and Sponsorship program. 

Recipients were announced at a ceremony at the City’s Administration Building on Monday, 19 June 2023. 

Mayor Logan Howlett congratulated the recipients and thanked them for the important work they do for Cockburn’s community. 

“The Cockburn Community Fund has been running for 28 years and plays a vital role in supporting a wide range of activities and initiatives throughout the City. 

“This year's recipients represent the diverse and proactive community groups and individuals who are dedicated to making a positive impact in Cockburn.

“We are proud to support these outstanding projects and initiatives that will contribute to the well-being and growth of our community,” said Mayor Howlett.

The funding was distributed across several categories, including Community Grants, Cultural Grants, Donations, Sponsorships, Environmental Education for Schools Grants, and Sustainability Grants. 

The next funding round will open on Monday 21 August 2023.

An information night will be held on 9 August at 6pm in the City’s Administration Centre for any local groups or individuals who are interested in obtaining funding or learning if their projects are eligible. 

Information about the City’s funding programs is available here.


Community Grants

Community Grants support diverse and proactive community groups working throughout Cockburn.

Portcare  $3,000
A contribution towards the purchase of new freezers and fridges to support the organisation’s low-cost grocery store and emergency relief service.
Multicultural Futures (auspice for Insitude 361) $1,955
For “Go Community Play” a free, ten-week community program at Success Library.
City of Cockburn Pipe Band  $1,250
To purchase two pairs of new bass drum skins for the band's two bass drums.
Our Veterans Forge Inc  $2,900
For the purchase of bowls sets and mobility tools such as bowling arms, lifters and bowling green walking sticks, to support veterans and first responders to participate in a weekly, social and mental health, barefoot bowls group.
Beeliar Community Association (formally Beeliar Community Voice Inc)  $2,499.59
Towards a series of Beeliar community events in 2023 that focus on connecting residents and preserving the local environment.
Goodstart Early Learning Atwell  $3,330

The centre’s families, children and educators will work with a First Nations artist to design and create artwork that represents the local environment.

Cultural Grants
Cultural Grants are available for art and cultural-based projects within the City of Cockburn. These grants have been benefiting the Cockburn community for the past 25 years and, are designed to encourage local arts and cultural activity, recognising the cultural diversity in Cockburn.
The Hub 6163 $2,920
For the delivery of free, weekly community workshops including mosaics, textiles, macrame and paper making.
Dr Ralf Rauker and Dr Alan Hancock $4,100
For the Reminiscence Story-telling Project. A group of seniors will be lead through a hands-on, collaborative and fun, crafting and story-telling process composed from personal stories, which they will perform to a public audience.
Yangebup Family Centre Inc $4,995
For a Mosaic Time Capsule Community Project. In celebration of the centre’s thirtieth anniversary the local community will collaborate with an artist to create a mosaic artwork that reflects the culture and strengths of the local community.
Ross Vegas $5,000
For Dark Corners, a spooky heritage walk promenade theatre show, to be held at Manning Park at the Azelia Ley Homestead. It will recount the history of the site in an interactive way looking at the life and times of Azelia Ley and the Manning family.
The City’s Donations program was established to support benevolent organisations operating within Cockburn; to alleviate the financial burden of their day-to-day running costs.
Assisting Your Life to Achieve (AYLA Inc)  $15,000
AYLA Inc. strives to aid and strengthen local communities, empower individuals and help those in crisis through emergency assistance, such as food, clothing, furniture and accommodation, as well as volunteering and job opportunities.
YouthCARE $10,250
Hamilton Hill YouthCARE Council provide chaplaincy services at North Lake Senior Campus and Fremantle College. The chaplains work alongside student services and the wellbeing team to provide pastoral care and practical support to students on a range of issues.
Second Harvest (AUST) Inc $20,000
Second Harvest provides emergency food relief, access to low cost and nutritious food, clothing, household items, travel and chemist vouchers, advocacy, volunteering and job opportunities for locals in need.
Constable Care Foundation $15,000
The donation will support a Constable Care Foundation education partnership with the City for 2023-24. Enabling theatre-in-education and Rapid Response programs to be delivered in local primary and secondary schools and community venues.
Black Swan Health Limited  $20,000
The donation will assist with the operating costs of the ‘Freo Street Doctor’ service in two locations within Cockburn, the Jean Willis Centre and Second Harvest.
Sponsorships create a mutually beneficial partnership arrangement between the City and the community. It is both an opportunity to make a financial contribution that will add value to the community and an investment in public recognition opportunities that will advance the long-term interests of the City of Cockburn and the recipient.
Kiteboarding Australia  $12,500
The City of Cockburn to be a major event partner for the 2024 Wingfoiling National Championships to be held at the Jervoise Bay Sailing Club and surrounds in February 2024.
Curitn University $3,750
To sponsor one delegate from Cockburn to attend the 2023 Curtin Ignition Program. An intensive training program for aspiring entrepreneurs, academics and corporate innovators to trial and prepare business ideas for the commercial environment.
The Trustee for Spinnaker Health Research Foundation $20,000
For ‘Naming Rights’ of the City of Cockburn Spinnaker Health Research Foundation Award 2024, to support a health research project that will be conducted within the south metropolitan area.
Swimming WA Inc  $12,500
For the City of Cockburn to be an official sponsor of the Open Water Series 2023/24 Coogee Round including a 10km Open Water State Championships and new Open Water Schools Championships at Coogee Beach.
Environmental Education for School Grants
The Sustainability Grants have supported a diverse range of projects within the City of Cockburn over the past eleven years. These grants are designed to encourage projects that care for our planet, build strong communities, and create ‘A Better Tomorrow’.
South Lake Primary School $1,000
For a performance by Yirra Yaakin detailing the importance and respect of culture, lands and language to the first nations people and all of us.
Coolbellup Learning Centre  $1,000
For incursions including Captain Cleanup waste education, REMIDA, working with recycled materials or a first nations education program to support the schools existing sustainability programs.
Spearwood Primary School $1,000
For an incursion from Captain Cleanup, waste education and Worm Shed or similar food waste educator to support the implementation of a worm farm.
Emmanuel Catholic College  $1,000
For an incursion from REMIDA or Sticky Prick Bee Haven to support the schools existing environmental programs including the Enviro Club
Aubin Grove Primary School $1,000
For an incursion from Tucker Bush to assist the students with the establishment of a bush tucker garden, that includes information signs with QR codes.
Fremantle Christian College  $1,000
For an incursion from a first nations education program to delivery an interactive and creative program that includes stories, song and dance about first nations culture for pre-primary, Year 1 and 2 students.
Phoenix Primary School $1,000
For incursions which may include REMIDA, working with recycled materials, a first nations education program and/or Eco Action, up close environmental encounters to support the schools existing sustainability programs.
Success Primary School $1,000
For incursion from Science Alive, science demonstrations to benefit 90+ education support students.
Mater Christi Primary School $1,000
For an incursion from REMIDA to assist students to engage in a project that focuses on reusing wasted materials to recreate useful items.
Homeschool Nature Adventures $1,000
To further environmental education through an incursion by Educated by Nature, nature-based activities and an excursion to WA Wildlife.
Atwell College  $1,000
For an incursion from WA Wildlife for students with disabilities to support engagement in the science curriculum and support personal and social engagement opportunities.

Sustainability Grants
This program provides funding for school workshops, activities or presentations delivered by professional environmental educators.
Coogee Community Garden  $2,420.64
To build a composting system based on a design at a NSW’s community garden.
Goodstart Early Learning Cockburn Central  $3,804.47
To help the centre build a garden consisting of bush tucker and native flora, assisting children, families, educators and visitors to develop an understanding of cultural competence.
Harvest Lakes Resident Assoc Inc. $4,000
For a planting program in specific areas within the edge of Harmony Lake, including weeding and planting to assist in restoring areas affected by invasive weed control and soil erosion, removal of plant guards, litter and weeds within the Cockatoo Food Garden in Goodwill Park and Eco-Park
Phoenix Primary School-Kindegarten Blue and Res $4,000
To fund the installation of a covered roof space, and a bike and scooter rack for the kindergarten students, to safely store their bikes and scooters.
Happy Dough Co $771.66
To assist in transitioning to recyclable or compostable/biodegradable packaging. Cockburn residents will also be offered a blanket 15% discount on Happy Dough Co products and hire services.
Green Skills Inc $3,770.70
For the Coolbellup Community School Garden Club project to revitalise the underutilised garden beds within the school and create a productive community garden space for students. Fresh produce from the garden will be available to children via the schools crunch and sip program.
Beeliar Primary School $4,000
This grant will assist the school to re-design and plant a native garden in an existing area at the front of the school.
Blue Gum Montessori School $4,000
To support the planting of native plant species around the new school oval. The project will improve the amenity of the area, provide habitat corridors, create waterwise habitat and promote sustainability within the school and wider community.
Wheeler Road residents $3,999.31
For an incursion from REMIDA to assist students to engage in a project that focuses on reusing wasted materials to recreate useful items.

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