Community and sporting groups in Footscray will receive a financial boost with local projects chosen to receive funding from the Andrews Government’s West Gate Neighbourhood Fund.

Among those to receive funding is the Footscray Community Arts Centre, for the re-imagining Henderson House project.

This program will revitalise Footscray’s historic Henderson House with new creative spaces and, connect the inner west’s diverse communities through local art and performances.

The $10 million West Gate Neighbourhood Fund is an initiative of the Andrews Government to make sure neighbourhoods in the inner west benefit from the West Gate Tunnel Project immediately, while the project is deliver.

Funding is provided to projects that bring people together and improve neighbourhoods nearest where the project is being built.

Under this round of the partnerships stream funding, $6.4 million is being invested into the community on community centred arts, sports, wellbeing, transport, education and other projects across the inner west.

Other recipients in the inaugural round of funding include the 100 Story Building for redevelopment of a writing centre and creative space space for use by children and young people, and Cinespace for a multicultural screen arts project.

Partnership funding was available funding for larger projects seeking over $100,000 that deliver a lasting benefit for the community to assist organisations to implement projects such as community infrastructure, capital equipment and programs that improve community connectedness and meet a community need.

Financial and in-kind contributions were considered during application process and some project require a co-contribution.

The West Gate Neighbourhood Fund also includes a grants program for smaller projects with the first round to be open for applications in the first half of this year.

Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall

“We’re looking forward to seeing these exciting and innovative ideas that reflect the vibrancy of the Footscray area come into fruition.”  

“This is a fantastic opportunity to tap into the benefits from the West Gate Tunnel Project sooner rather than later.” 

Quotes attributable to West Gate Tunnel Project CEO Peter Sammut

“Through the West Gate Tunnel Project we’re transforming the inner west with fewer trucks, more open space, and thousands of trees.”

“The investment in the area is huge and we want to see the benefits flow to all parts of the neighbourhood.”