NEWS: Do you know a local hero? Recognise their work with this community grants program

19 March 2019


The Westfield Local Heroes program has returned for 2019 and nominations are now open!

The recognition and grants program will celebrate individuals and their affiliated organisations whose work promotes social wellbeing and harmony within the community.

To support these community leaders and their organisations to continue their important work into the future, the program will award three $10,000 grants. In total, Westfield will award 120 grants across Australia and New Zealand totalling $1.2M.

Westfield QLD Regional Manager for Centre Experience Richard Heinz said: “The program is about discovering those within our community who truly make it a better place and acknowledging them for the amazing work they do every day.

“We’re looking for everyday heroes who dedicate their time and passion towards improving wellbeing in our communities; from local sports coaches who volunteer their time to provide free coaching to disadvantaged children, to businesses who assist families to re-build their homes and lives after fleeing from domestic violence.

“Please head to your local centre’s website and nominate your Westfield Local Hero so that we can give them the recognition and support they deserve.”

Westfield centres across the state are calling on the community to nominate individuals who support the community across one or more of the following areas:

  • Family – supporting families of all types
  • Youth Opportunity – creating opportunities for young people
  • Inclusion – celebrating inclusion and diversity

The program is open to people in all sectors including business, sport, government, education, sports, welfare, community and not-for-profit. All nominations are assessed to create a shortlist of six finalists for each Westfield centre. The community will then be invited to vote for the individuals who they believe to be Westfield Local Heroes. Following the community vote, three of the finalists from each centre will be named Westfield Local Heroes and each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation to continue their important work.

Examples of grant recipients awarded in 2018 include:

Local youth outreach program – helping to educate at-risk teenagers and connect them with the workforce
Women’s refuge – supporting victims of domestic and family violence
Meal preparation and delivery – a community program that delivers over 80,000 meals to those in need
Local dance school – tailored for people with disabilities, giving them the opportunity to share their love for dance
Autism community outreach program – connecting parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder with each other and available resources

Nominations for Westfield Local Heroes are now open and close on Monday 8 April at 4pm AEST.

The community’s six finalists will be announced in-centre at Westfield centres across the state and online on 30 July. The community vote will be held between 30 July and 12 August to determine our Westfield Local Heroes for 2019, with the successful heroes announced on 1 October 2019.


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