The Inner North Community Foundation launched the Inner North Covid-19 Fund in March 20 2020, with a focus on supporting local people and charities with:

  1. Rapid Response grants for local not for profit community groups to respond in flexible and creative ways.
  2. Emergency relief vouchers for families to buy essentials from local traders, with vouchers allocated by local charities.
  3. Pathways to Employment projects that support people in our community impacted by Covid-19.

We put public call-out for donations and received $526,939 from local people, businesses and Government. The bulk of funds were distributed in the first 6 months to more than 150 local community groups.

The grants program received the Community Philanthropy Award from Philanthropy Australia in 2021.

Here are some of the projects we funded:

3KND

First Australians Media – 3knd Radio (Darebin)

3knd purchased specialist recording equipment that has allowed staff to continue producing content for the radio station whilst working remotely. This enabled the station to maintain their link with their Melbourne’s First Australians audience during lockdowns.

Muslim Women’s Council of Victoria (Merri-bek)

During COVID lockdowns the MWCV’s volunteers cooked meals every Friday for those in need, including international students, impoverished families, refugees, homeless, elderly, and people with disabilities. For recipients who are unable to come for collection due to physical limitations, meals are individually packaged and delivered.

St Mary’s House of Welcome (Yarra)

During the Covid-19 pandemic, St Mary’s House of Welcome packed and distributed approximately 650 meal packs a day to homeless people temporarily housed in motels, 50 to international students, and around 500 meal packs weekly to rough sleepers as well as providing showers, fresh underwear, hygiene packs, hampers and resources.

While Covid-19 continues to create challenges, it will be just one of the local issues that people in our community respond to.

We will continue to grow resources for local groups, inspire generosity and have impact.