Make it Happen Grants


Make it Happen grants opening in February 2024

Council's Make it Happen grants program supports a range of activities, projects, programs, events and resources across a range of sectors including environment, sustainability, projects for young people, sport and recreation, arts and culture, health and wellbeing, multicultural, technology, and community and neighbourhood development. The program enables and supports significant local investment directly into the community.

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If you have any queries, please contact Cathy Miles, Community Grants Officer on 9932 1235 or email

Ideas - here is a list of funded Make it Happen applications and stories

Click here for a list of funded 2023 Make it Happen applications(PDF, 213KB)

Click here for a list of funded 2022 Make it Happen applications(PDF, 154KB)

Click here for a list of funded 2020/21 Make it Happen applications(PDF, 182KB)

Click here to view a list of YouTube videos compiled from some of the 2022 Make it Happen grants  

Altona Community Garden

A collaboration project with the community to design, paint and transform the Altona Community Garden path into a contemplative mural based on the theme of a lily pond.

Click here to find out more about the Altona Community Garden



Hobsons Bay Arts Society

Hobsons Bay Arts Society, in partnership with local community groups delivered the 'Free Little Art Galleries (FLAGs)' program. 16 mini-galleries were constructed by the Hobsons Bay Men's Shed and delivered to various community groups for free exchange of locally created art and connection of emerging artists. Workshops were held amongst FLAG bearers to support the project. 



Laverton Community Children’s Centre

The Laverton Children’s Centre opened up their doors to local families for a Loose Parts Play Day. Families came along with their children on a Saturday to participate in activities using reusable products. The day allowed the community the opportunity to see what can be used as learning tools with little to no money.

Click here to find out more about the Laverton Community Children’s Centre

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Organised digital literacy classes for Greek-speaking people aged 65 and over residing in the Hobsons Bay area based at the Altona North Library. Participants had the opportunity to learn the use of computers, how to navigate the Internet, where to find support services online for example My Gov, as well as how to remain safe and protected from online threats.

Click here to find out more about Pronia and its services.

PRONIA – For a stronger community


Laverton Festival

The Laverton Festival is a wonderful community day that invites all families to attend a very low cost day and enjoy the entertainment, activities, information and learn more of what is available to them within the community including sporting groups and community groups. The event brings the community together and enjoy family time.

Click here to find out more about the Laverton Festival

Laverton Festival - Hobsons Bay


South Kingsville Community Centre

A Soil Improvement Program which included sessions on exploring the soil environment, garden planning, mulching and soil testing.

Click here to find out about the South Kingsville Community Centre

South Kingsville Community Centre Venue Hire, Childcare, Programs (


Laverton Youth Foundation

Laverton Youth Foundation partnered with MiCare and Western Bulldogs to deliver a Leadership programme which encouraged skill development in many different areas, with a particular focus on leadership qualities and being a responsible, resilient and conscientious member of their local community.

The programme included a sporting element to increase the physical activity, health and wellbeing of the participants and encouraged them to try new sports from a variety of different local sporting clubs.

Click here to find out more about the Laverton Youth Foundation

Youth Foundation - LCIS


Seabreeze Quilters

Program of quilting workshops for members and the community with a final exhibition.

Seabreeze Quilters are a community-based social quilting group that meet on a regular basis in Altona North.

Click here to find out more about the Seabreeze Quilters

Seabreeze Quilters Inc | Facebook


U3A Hobsons Bay/Williamstown

A volunteer training program for U3A convenors/tutors running classes and activities for residents aged 55+ years (volunteers).

Click here to find out more about the U3A Williamstown

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Altona Hockey Club

Conducted a Walking Hockey Program using modified version of the game on a smaller field with a smaller ball. The program was targeted at 50+ years, the program was the first of its kind at the Altona Hockey club and one of the first in Victoria.

Click here to find about more about the Altona Hockey club

Altona Hockey Club | The official website of the AHC, a hockey club in the West of Melbourne. (