Hello, Merri-bek!

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Supporting community-led projects in northern Merri-bek.

What is it?

Hello, Merri-bek! is a project that builds social connection, community leadership and civic participation. The project is an expansion of the highly successful Hello, Fawkner!, which ran from 2018-22, and Hello, Moreland! which ran from 2021-22, click the links to read the program summary and report.

Hello, Merri-bek! includes a community leadership program, and a small grants program supporting community-led events in Glenroy, Fawkner and Hadfield.


It's free. 


  • Glenroy, Fawkner, Hadfield


More information

The Party Program – applications opening early 2023

Hello, Merri-bek! is offering $100 gift cards and Party Packs to Fawkner, Glenroy and Hadfield residents, sports clubs and schools who wish to throw an event or party in their community. The parties are about celebrating culture and diversity, learning something new, and meeting new people.

You can choose how to celebrate. Events could be a BBQ at your home, school or sports club, a ‘bring a dish’ party for your street, a picnic in the park or anything else that you think of!

In 2023, parties will celebrate one of the following dates:

International Women’s Day (March 8) 
National Reconciliation Week (May 27-June 3)

Applications will open in early 2023.  To be added to the waitlist please email community.wellbeing@merrihealth.org.au. Please note: Events do not have to take place on the date above. They might be a week or two either side.

The Great Idea Program – applications opening soon

Do you have an idea for a community project that will bring people in Fawkner, Glenroy or Hadfield together? Are you a woman from a multicultural background? If so, Merri Health is running a program for you between February and August 2023! 
If successful, you will be supported to:

  • Further develop your idea and create a project plan  
  • Develop a budget (you will receive up to $5000 to support your project)
  • Put your idea into action
  • Receive training to support your career development
  • Participate in networking workshops

Who is eligible?

  • Women from multicultural backgrounds who live in northern Merri-bek .

You might be one person, a pair, or a group of local women (one application per person/group)

Before applying, you need to:

  • Have a project in mind that you think will bring the diverse community of Fawkner, Glenroy or Hadfield together. Projects might just be an idea at this stage, or they might have already begun. 
  • Be willing to attend online or face-to-face meetings and workshops between February and August 2023 (dates/times/frequency of meetings will be determined based on the availability and capacity of successful individuals/teams). 
  • Be willing to work with a diverse range of people. 
  • If you have any questions, please call or email 1300 637 744 community.wellbeing@merrihealth.org.au

Applications opening in December 2022.  

Watch a video about past rounds of The Great Idea Program in Fawkner.

Funded by the Victorian Government.

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