Community Engagement

Essendon Fields is committed to supporting and working with our local community.

An integral part of the local community, Essendon Fields uses a lens of diversity, inclusion and accessibility to maximise social benefit.

We support a range of causes through fundraising and charitable partnerships, as well as create green spaces for our community to enjoy.

Public involvement is important to the success of Essendon Fields, and we actively engage with local residents in regard to airport operations and future development plans.

Essendon Fields has established the Friends of the Fields community grants program, with the aim of supporting community organisations, groups and individuals in our neighboring suburbs.  

We’ve developed the program to support people who continue to make the local area a great place to live, work and play, with the aim to: 

  • Address community need and make the most of unique local opportunities  
  • Improve the quality of life of our neighbouring local areas  
  • Foster and strengthen community involvement, participation and community-led initiatives 
  • Contribute to the social, cultural and environmental wellbeing of the local community  


Who can apply? 

Launched in October 2021, in the FY22 Financial Year over $40,000 in grants were paid to organisations in our immediately surrounding suburbs of Airport West, Essendon North, Oak Park, Pascoe Vale, Strathmore and Strathmore Heights to fund a small community project or develop a neighbourhood activation. Find out more about Round One projects here.

Round Two funding will open in October 2022, providing grants of up to $5,000 to community groups, social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations located in:

  1. Essendon
  2. Niddrie
  3. Aberfeldie
  4. Moonee Ponds
  5. Glenroy
  6. Gowanbrae

 How do I apply? 

To apply for a grant, you must first read the EF Community Grants Guidelines, then complete and email your application form to 

Round Two grant applications open: Monday 3 October 2022

Round Two Applications Closing Date:  Wednesday 16 November 2022 

The selection process is discretionary and will be assessed by a selection panel. Unfortunately, not all applications will be successful due to demand and a limited pool of funding available. 

Please note the EF Community Grants program is not affiliated with any local council, and grant applicants must ensure they have all relevant permits and permissions required to complete projects on Council land. 

If you require any assistance, please email or contact the EF Community Grants Liaison Jan Chantry on 0411 704 625