The Department of Health and Human Services provides funding to Neighbourhood Houses Victoria (NHV), Neighbourhood House Networks and Neighbourhood Houses. This 3 tiered funding model allows support to be offered across the entire sector.

Neighbourhood House Co-ordination Program 2012 – 2015

The Victorian Government provides funding to over 350 Victorian Neighbourhood Houses, including the 12 houses in the Wimmera West Grampians Network. The funds support a wide range of activities. They do this through the Neighbourhood House Co-ordination Program 2012 – 2015.

The project’s neighbourhood houses are funded to support the engagement of a coordinator. Neighbourhood houses can also use the funds for community programs. Occasionally, one-off grants to fund capital works are made available.

Funding for the Neighbourhood House Co-ordination Program (NHCP) can be used to support the running of a range of activities which meet community needs. These include:

  • Drop-in centres
  • Recreational activities like yoga and tai chi
  • Training and further education
  • Volunteering, including serving on the committee and preparing meals in the community kitchen.

Modernising Neighbourhood Houses

Grants have also been made available to existing Neighbourhood Houses for one-off capital improvements. Funds have been used to:

  • redevelop existing buildings that have become run down or needed repair
  • upgrade facilities, for example to allow disabled access
  • co-locate existing facilities to buildings with multiple uses
  • purchase equipment to provide information communication technology and services for community use.

Wimmera West Grampians NH Network area DHHS Representatives: Dianne Stewart, Community Participation Officer

Cassie Atchison, Team Leader Community Participation