Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation recognises the importance of strengthening community resilience to major social and health challenges, especially in the context of climate change.
Communities with high levels of connection, social cohesion, an understanding of their strengths and vulnerabilities and equitable access to resources and systems are often better-equipped to respond to and recover from extreme weather events, natural disasters and other major emergencies.
In supporting communities to cultivate these attributes, the Foundation also aims to reduce the disproportionate impact of these events on those who experience disadvantage, marginalisation or discrimination.
The Foundation acknowledges the critical importance of focusing on health equity – where everyone has an equal opportunity to attain their full health potential – and challenging discriminatory structures and practices to strengthen community resilience and cohesion.
The Foundation is working towards achieving the following outcomes (click each one to learn more):
Does your organisation's work align with the outcomes of this Impact Area?
Learn about Grants Program and speak to Harriet McCallum, Program Manager - Healthy & Resilient Communities.
Learn more about the issues affecting our community
Our Greater Melbourne Vital Signs Report provides a snapshot of the health, wellbeing and vitality of Greater Melbourne. The report identifies positive aspects of our community, as well as the issues we face, and informs the Foundation's strategy.
Seed Innovation Grants
|Great Ocean Road Health||Fire Ready Apollo Bay.|
This project delivers a much-needed fire and emergency plan to the community of Apollo Bay and district. It employs a specialised consultant to develop an area wide community response plan though community-led consultation, education, communication and review.
|Monash University||Improving safe water access for better health and livelihood: Solar-driven Micro-desalination technology.|
This Oxfam-Monash partnership project aims to introduce an innovative water purification system for use in the areas most affected by poor water quality in rural off-grid Indigenous communities in north-central Victoria. The aim is to enhance health and livelihood among people affected by water salinity.
|RMIT University||Tackling hidden energy vulnerability through housing, energy and health collaborations.|
The research project aims to inform capacity building strategies for health organisations to mitigate energy poverty through integrated and collaborative service delivery and cross-sector policy development. Energy poverty is increasingly recognised as a health risk in Australia. Linking health care with energy support, which is traditionally not considered to be health-related, is an innovative approach.
Scaling-up Innovation Grants
|Climate and Health Alliance Inc||Real, urgent, and now: the health impacts of climate change.|
This project supports health stakeholders to communicate global climate change as a human health issue and identify effective behavioural interventions to accelerate uptake and adoption of low and net zero carbon initiatives.
|Melbourne Community Television Consortium Limited||Project 1 Million - I am Australian.|
Using the power of social media video, Project 1 Million aims to decrease feelings or thoughts of racial bias within the wider Australian community, towards people of differing race, colour or religion. This project aims to be a flagship campaign for C31's social enterprise unit Community Builder.