Climate Change Resilience in the West

Supporting resilience building and emissions reduction efforts that are healthy, just, and regenerative for the people and environment of Melbourne’s West.
Grants made within the Climate Change Resilience in the West Initiative up to and including the 2020/2021 financial year
Total: $319,909
Grants made within the Climate Change Resilience in the West Initiative up to and including the 2020/2021 financial year
Total: $319,909

About

The ‘Climate Change Resilience in The West’ Initiative supports resilience building and emissions reduction efforts that are healthy, just, and regenerative for the people and environment of Melbourne’s West.

Melbourne’s West is Wurundjeri, Bunurong, and Wadawarrung Country, and with diverse, capable, and creative communities, the region has strong foundations for such resilience. Supporting this resilience is important as we recover from the pandemic and tackle climate change and its implications.
 
Yet as the centre of much of the Victorian Government’s ‘Big Build’, the West is undergoing rapid and significant change, while also grappling with several health, environmental, employment, and housing challenges that, unless addressed, will be exacerbated by climate change. This Initiative therefore seeks to support the strengths, diversities, and knowledges of the West’s communities to address these challenges and build a healthy and sustainable future, by partnering with communities and the organisations that work with them.
 
As a multi-impact Initiative, the ‘Climate Change Resilience in The West’ Initiative connects several priority areas including: responding to the health implications of climate change such as increasing incidence of heatwaves (addressed by the Foundation’s Hot Spots Initiative) and challenges for food security (see the Foundation’s support of Moving Feast and Foodprint Melbourne); urban greening and urban design; housing; and next economy jobs. The Initiative supports and connects a range of existing work and partners already focused on climate change challenges, while also identifying gaps and catalysing future activities.
 
To do this, the Initiative is:

  • Identifying potential leverage points to shift central challenges;
  • Supporting, connecting, and catalysing actions targeting those leverage points; and
  • Sharing insights, methods, challenges, and stories from across those actions

Our Climate Change Resilience in the West Initiative aligns with:

2. Zero Hunger 3. Good Health and Well-being 10. Reduced Inequality 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities 13. Climate Action 16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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What we're working towards

 
  1. Increased cross-sector collaborations, strengthening community resilience to extreme weather and disasters.
 
  1. Increased energy efficiency and climate resilience of vulnerable households.
  2. Secure, healthy and sustainable food systems.

We're working with
IPC Health
Jesuit Social Services
RMIT University

Initiative updates and outcomes
Building the community's capacity, resilience and responsiveness to heatwaves in Brimbank
11 October 2021


Keep Cool in Summer Brimbank

IPC Health Ltd

Healthy & Resilient Communities | Environment & Sustainability

Status
Active grant
Initiative
Climate Change Resilience in the West
Grant Amount
$50,000
Grant Type
Initiative
Year
2020/2021



 
Building the capacity of Community Service Organisations (CSOs) and others to improve community resilience
19 August 2021


Mobilising Climate Just and Resilient Communities in Melbournes West

Jesuit Social Services Limited

Education & Employment | Healthy & Resilient Communities

Status
Active grant
Initiative
Climate Change Resilience in the West
Grant Amount
$150,000
Grant Type
Initiative
Year
2020/2021

Understanding the impact of naturalisation and transformation of the Upper Stony Creek, Sunshine North
09 August 2021


The impact of urban greening transformations on health, liveability and connection to nature in disadvantaged communities

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Healthy & Resilient Communities | Environment & Sustainability

Status
Active grant
Initiative
Climate Change Resilience in the West
Grant Amount
$69,909
Grant Type
Initiative
Year
2020/2021


 
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Collaborate with us

Does your organisation's work align with the Climate Change Resilience in the West Initiative? Speak to:
Dr Karyn Bosomworth
Program Manager - Healthy & Climate Resilient Communities