Helen Macpherson Smith Trust

Closing date for this current Grant Round is 31.05.2018 View Grant Dates

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Case Study: 100 Story Building

ProjectStory Hub: Feasibility Study



ProgramArts and Culture

This grant was approved under previous grants policy (2014-2017)
Reducing inequality Enabling creative literacy learning environments beyond the classroom across multiple sites in communities experiencing disadvantage
Building organisational capacity Increasing the capacity of 100 Story Building to expand its reach and deliver its programs in alternate settings
Collaboration and partnership Five schools, Melbourne City Mission, Brimbank City Council, Mitchell Institute, Ardoch Youth Foundation, Catholic Education Office, Brimbank Pasifika Network.

Investigating the feasibility of establishing outreach Story Hubs in community settings

Successfully delivered projects are underpinned by a sound understanding of need and a solid implementation plan. 100 Story Building will investigate if their idea for sustainable, alternative ways to deliver creative literacy in local community settings can be developed into a fully-fledged pilot.

Image 100 Story Building's regular programs and activities take place in its welcoming home in Footscray, however, not all young people can get there.

This project examines the feasibility of establishing outreach Story Hubs comprising co-created, imaginative spaces for children and young people within already existing community facilities in the Brimbank community, alongside a targeted program of creative literacy activities and professional development.


  • This project builds on the understanding that the most successful educational outcomes for children and young people happen within an environment of sustainable, collaborative and productive relationships between schools, families and the community.
  • The project comprises three key stages: research, consultation and publication/dissemination. It will identify specific needs within the broader Brimbank community as well as potential collaborations, sites and models.
  • If the feasibility study delivers a clear direction, it will be used as the basis for the development of a pilot project and for investigating future project sites in other council areas such as Greater Dandenong.



"When I went to 100 Story Building I'd never been in a space that really allowed for so many possibilities all in one session. Being part of an experience led by people who are 100% clear on your goal to allow children to fire up their imaginary neurons, we need that more often." Angela Burke, Literacy Leader, Holy Eucharist School, St Albans