Funding for community projects

The Werribee Concert Band has received a grant from the Manor Lakes Community Fund. (Supplied).

Twenty-four not-for-profit groups operating in Wyndham have shared in $36,000 worth of funding from the 2021 Manor Lakes Community Fund.

The recipients were announced at a presentation evening last month, with each group awarded a grant of $1500.

Dennis Family Corporation, the developer of Manor Lakes estate, has offered community funds across its residential developments, both in Victoria and Queensland, since 2002.

Community groups in the Wyndham area have received more than $330,000 since the Manor Lakes Community Fund began in 2003.

An independent judging committee reviewed the applications to the Manor Lakes fund this year, to select the final list of recipients, including Bridge Builders for Australasia Inc, Encompass Community Services, Iramoo Community Centre, Manor Lakes Concert Band, VICSES Wyndham West Unit, Werribee Hospital Foundation and Wyndham Vale Fire Brigade.

Schools, sports clubs and churches also received grants, along with Foodbank Manor Lakes.

Lynette Labuschagne, from the organisation, said volunteers would use the money to rent a van to collect food from Foodbank in Yarraville every week.

“Currently we’re serving over 120 families in the local area at the Manor Lakes Community Centre every Wednesday, and delivering to families in isolation or who are unable to come to the community centre,” Ms Labuschagne said.

Evan Thomson from Werribee Concert Band said the group’s members were excited to receive a grant too.

“We will be purchasing music written by Australian composers, particularly those who are self-published, as many have really struggled during the pandemic,” he said.