Project Robin Hood III

Voting for Project Robin Hood has now closed and we are pleased to announce that the following projects will receive funding:

Project Robin Hood III Successfully Projects

Project NameBrief Project Description

Kidpreneur Market

To provide a local market twice a year exclusively for kidpreneurs (school age students running their own business) to sell their wares and services.

Microbats and Minimising the Mozzie Menace in Melville

Build and supply 150 Microbat boxes for local schools, community groups and the general public as part of a habitat development and education program. 

Attadale Nature Play Space

The creation of a new nature play space on the grounds of the Attadale Primary School which will be accessible to the wider community. 
Palmyra Primary School Nature Play Tree DeckA group of teachers, the school gardener and community members are working together to create a nature play area to replace the early childhood playground.  The deck will provide a space to play, learn and congregate, the platform, just under the tree’s canopy will be a play area with possibilities only limited by the children’s imagination.
Happy Birthday Attadale Netball Club (Troy Park Netball Court Upgrade)The refurbishment of 2 of the Troy Park netball courts as part of the club's 50th birthday celebrations. 
Loki the Therapy Dog

The project will use the funding to train an Animal Assisted Therapy Dog which will then be taken into a range of community groups, care and support services etc. within the City of Melville.  Animal Assisted Therapy focuses on reducing stress, raising awareness for mental health, promoting community inclusion, and working towards helping people live a more fulfilling life.

A free speech therapy program for parents who are expecting a child or have a child under the age of 3 years, Grandparents who care for a child under the age of 3 years and Early childhood educators who work with young children 0 to 3 years.The group operate as a social enterprise and hope to provide the service to members of the community who may otherwise find it prohibitive for a range of reasons including financial etc.
Bushfood and Native Species Community CorridorThe creation of  a community verge that attracts local natives such as birds and lizards as well as growing bush tucker to eat which will be coordinated by  Mount Pleasant Primary School.  The community Bushfood Corridor will be located on the council side of the school fence running along the entire length of Gunbower between the intersections of St Michael’s Terrace and Henley Street, allowing community access at all times.

What is Project Robin Hood?

Project Robin Hood is a City of Melville innovation that provides $100,000 distributed via a number of small grants ($1,000 - $20,000) for projects presented by community groups, not-for-profit organisations, businesses and individuals. It's a unique opportunity for you to connect with your community and build better neighbourhoods.

Unlike traditional funding programs, approval of the grants is conducted by the community through an online voting process using a 'budget allocator'.

Get together with your neighbours, groups, local organisations or businesses and start thinking about how you can grab a share of the loot.

Check out Project Robin Hood III video below for Voting

Key Dates for Project Robin Hood Round III

  • 1 February 2017 - Submissions Open
  • 17 March 2017 - Submissions Close
  • 24 April 2017 - Voting Opens
  • 19 May 2017 - Voting Closes
  • June 2017 - Winners Announced
  • 23 June 2017 - Cheque Presentation for the Winners
How do I get involved?

Get together with your neighbours, community group or other businesses in your area and brainstorm ideas for local projects, such as a community verge garden, seating and event or activity or even a wall mural.  Why not book the free Friendly Neighbourhood BBQ Trailer and make an afternoon of it? Here is information about the Friendly Neighbourhood Grant and Trailer.Once you have an idea, come along to one of the two community sundowners for more information, to share ideas or for some technical assistance.

Can I submit more than one application for different projects?

Yes! You can submit as many applications as you, your business or your community group like, BUTonly the most popular project (most votes) per group, individual or business will be funded. Remember you only have 12 months to start your project, so one per year is a great start!

For example: if a community group (local residents in a street), submit 4 applications, one for a water fountain, one for a community garden, one for a park bench and one for a portable library in the park, and the portable library in the park gets the most votes, this will be the project that is funded by Project Robin Hood for this round. As for the other projects, you could try other sources of funding, donations or try again for the next round of Project Robin Hood funding.

We’ve got a great idea but it may be a bit too big for Project Robin Hood. What should we do?

Easy, just start small! Break the project into steps and set your targets for half or a quarter of whatever your ideal might be. Then apply for funds accordingly.
You’ll be amazed at what can happen once you get started. People show up out of nowhere to help.  Companies with PR money prove even more generous than anyone dared dream.  Someone will have exactly what you need lying unused in their garage and they’ll be delighted to give it to you.

Last year one of the groups generated so much momentum in the planning of their idea that they didn’t even need community funding at all!

I love the idea but I can’t think of what to apply for. Can you help?

By all means! Why not ask Robin first, start a conversation today at or we can put you in touch with previous grant recipients and you can have a chat to one of them.

What will my (the community) role be in this process?

You are a citizen and the ‘creator’ of the project. Your role, along with members of your group is:

  1. Devising project ideas

  2. Identifying people in the community to work with

  3. Costing the project and making sure you include everything – eg. tradespeople, ongoing maintenance, a launch or celebration of your project

  4. Putting the application together

  5. Applying for Project Robin Hood funding

  6. Encouraging people to vote for the project!

  7. If/when your project gets funded:

    • Working out what needs to be done, when, how and who will do what - remember – it’s your community project

    • Spending Project Robin Hood money responsibly

    • Encouraging others to get involved and donate time, money or supplies

    • Managing the project, problem solving

    • Involving and communicating with the community

    • Liaising with the City (if building on public land) to make sure infrastructure’s not damaged

    • Completing the project

    • Celebrating when you are finished

    • Sharing successes!

    • Maintaining the asset/structure into the future

What would the City of Melville’s role be in this process?

The City of Melville is the ‘facilitator’. Their role is:

  • Administering the voting process

  • Engaging with the wider community and encouraging them to enter or vote for their favourite projects

  • Facilitating project funding

  • Finding ways to say “yes” to the spirit of your project

  • Providing an “Ombeardsman” to each Robin Hood project. Ombeardsmen will be points of contact and people to bounce ideas off. Ombeardsmen will encourage the groups if required, but will notbe directly involved in managing or completing Robin Hood projects

  • Helping with location of underground infrastructure if required

  • Helping groups keep things “safe and legal”

  • Helping unfunded groups find other sources of funding

  • Facilitating contact between groups

Will all submitted applications appear on the website for public voting?

All submissions are considered by the submissions review committee (made up of Youth Advisory Council members and key City of Melville staff) before public voting.  If your project meets the funding criteria – which is: Is it safe, legal and in the spirit of the project?, then YES your project will be put up for public voting.  If we need to contact you for more information or clarity, we will do this prior to the project going up for the community vote.

How do we submit an application?

You will need to complete a Submissions Template, or call us on 1300 635 845 and we will mail one out for you.  These will be available soon but check key dates for when submissions open.  Don't worry, it doesn't need to be fancy!!  Follow the instructions on how to submit your project idea, it can by via email, by mail or in person.

How do we vote?

Voting is open to residents, school communities, not for profit agencies, community groups and business owners in the City of Melville from 10 April, 2017 until 15 May, 2017.

Register at then you are ready to vote when voting opens on 10 April, 2017. We will require your email address, but we promise we won’t spam you, just update you on Project Robin Hood, you can always unsubscribe after if you like. One vote per email address. We encourage young people to vote too! So get the family involved.
Due to the ‘Budget Allocator’ being an online tool, we do not have any ‘paper voting slips’ but one of our friendly Libraries would be more than happy to help you access the voting site so you can vote.

What happens if our project is successful?
  1. You will be contacted by the Youth Advisory Council in writing advising of your projects’ success. This letter will also include a simple ‘contract’.   

  2. You have 12 months to start the project. You will also be assigned an ‘Ombeardsman’ (a City of Melville staff member, who is your contact for your project if you require any technical advice or have a question).

What happens if our project is unsuccessful?

The voting results will be published on website If your group is still keen to pursue the project, contact us and we will assign you an ‘Ombeardsman’ to advise you of other ways to gain funding. Or, there is always the next round of funding to consider.

We’ve run into a snag. Can someone at the City help us fix it?

We can sometimes offer limited technical advice but it’s far better if you think of ways to use (or expand) your own networks to solve the problem.

Let’s say you’re having trouble with your community garden. Maybe there’s someone else nearby who’s worked in a community project like yours before? Could you approach the local Men’s Shed or a nearby carpenter for offcuts to use as stakes? Is there an internet forum you could join?  Maybe you could ask someone at the local nursery about how to get rid of cabbage moths?  Questions like that will win the day for your garden and they’ll build the long lasting, deep rooted connections that make a community strong.

We also strongly suggest you factor in a 5 year maintenance budget in your application. Say your picnic bench needs re-varnishing every 6 months, or your nature play needs re-mulching and re-planting, allow for this over a 5 year period.

We also have a Project Robin Hood Facebook page where community groups can share their resources, stories and seek advice.  Last year we had two community benches going for free and these were snapped up by one of the community groups on the Facebook page.

What happens if our garden dies or our community gazebo is vandalised?

What would happen if the garden or gazebo were in your backyard?  You’d make a decision about whether to replant the garden or repair the gazebo.  You’d find your own funds and you’d press on. If you decided not to go ahead you’d simply pull out the dead plants or pull down the gazebo so it was safe. You wouldn’t call the City!

But maybe the setback is just the challenge you need? One of the most inspiring moments of 2013 was watching a group bounce back from the theft of thousands of dollars’ worth of crucial supplies. These folks asked themselves questions like: “How can we turn this around? How can we use this incident?” and almost all of the stolen goods were replaced in no time. They can be just as proud of their resilience as they are of their finished project.

We’re halfway through and we’ve run out of money/supplies. Can the City give us more? It’s for a good cause.

The real goal of Project Robin Hood is stronger communities.  In the same way that lifting weights for your friend in the gym would not make your friend stronger, the City undermines community spirit if it puts money into every idea that needs help.
Think instead like the tough, resilient people of old, who would ask “what can we do to make the idea work? Are there some local businesses that can help? What about we hold our own small fundraising event? Are there ways we can obtain our supplies cheaper?” You’ll be utterly astounded at how effective these simple questions are, and you’ll be so much prouder of the final result when you’ve stared down the hard times yourselves.

What happens if we don’t spend all the funds at the end of the project?

Easy, just give back what’s left and we will put it in the pool for the next round of Project Robin Hood.

What happens if we don’t finish our project within 24 months?

Groups have 2 years (24 months) to finish their projects.  We know you are all volunteers and have busy lives so if you’re finding it challenging to make sure your project is finished in time just give your Ombeardsmen (technical advisor who will be allocated to your project) to talk about your options. 

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