Community Grants

Georges River Council’s Community Grants are designed to enable community organisations to partner with Council to help meet identified community needs. The purpose of the grants is to support community organisations to offer alternative approaches to meeting community needs, and to develop programs and activities that encourage community participation and inclusion.

Council's Community Grants Program is underpinned by the principles of Council's Community Strategic Plan. Please refer to the Plan and the Georges River demographic profile when considering a grant proposal. The Community Grants Assessment Panel considers matters related to the Community Grants Program. The Community Grants Assessment Panel Terms of Reference set out the role, responsibilities and structure of the Panel. 

COVID-19 – Information about Council’s Grants Programs

Council recognises that the COVID-19 pandemic is having unprecedented effects in our community. In light of the cancellation or postponement of most community events and engagement activities, please be advised of the following regarding Council’s Grants Programs.

  • If you have already received a Georges River Council grant, the timeframe for completion and acquittal of your funded project may be extended if you are unable to carry out your agreed programs and activities as a result of COVID-19. Formal notification will be sent to all grant recipients in due course, as we review the implications for each funded program. We are presently identifying options for flexibility for grants recipients, and appreciate your patience in this matter.   
  • If you have recently applied under Round 2 of the 2019-20 Community Grants Program please note that these grants programs have been suspended temporarily.
    As it will not be possible for many groups to carry out their proposed programs, these grant applications will be under review until we are advised that normal activities can resume.

 

Previous Grant Recipients

Community Grants 2019-2020 Round 1
On Wednesday 4 December, Council awarded $150,965 in funding to 27 groups across two categories in Round 1 of the 2019-2020 Community Grants Program.  8 projects were awarded funding through Vibrant Georges River - Major Programs for projects that establish arts and cultural programs of significance and create opportunities for local residents to participate in cultural activities. 19 projects were awarded funding through Capacity Building Grants - Community Development for grants to assist in the delivery of community programs to meet identified community needs. See the full list of successful projects in the 2019-2020 Round 1 grant recipients Fact Sheet. 

Commmunity Grants 2018-2019 Round 2
In June 2019, Council awarded $209,840.00 in funding to 47 applicants across two categories in Round 2 of the 2018-2019 Community Grants Program. In the Capacity Building - Community Development category $135,848.00 was awarded to 40 applicants for grants of up to $10,000 to assist in the delivery of community programs and projects, particularly those that benefit the most vulnerable communities and build capacity in the community. In the Connected Communities - Major Programs category $73,992.00 was awarded to 7 applicants for grants of up to $25,000 for programs that promote social connectedness in the community and contribute to a vibrant, welcoming and inclusive local government area. See the full list of successful projects in the Community Grants 2018-2019 Round 2 Fact Sheet.

Community Grants 2018-2019 Round 1
In December 2018, Council awarded $200,000 in funding to 38 applicants across two categories in Round 1 of the 2018-2019 Community Grants Program.  In the Capacity Building category $128,560 was awarded to 31 applicants for grants of up to $10,000 to assist in the delivery of community programs and projects, particularly those that benefit the most vulnerable communities and build capacity in the community. In the Vibrant Georges River category $71,440 was awarded to 7 applicants for grants of up to $25,000 over 2 years for programs and projects that increase the range of opportunities for local residents to participate in cultural activities and establish arts and cultural programs of significance in the Georges River area. See the full list of successful projects in the Community Grants 2018-2019 Round 1 fact sheet

Community Grants 2017-2018 Round 2
In June 2018, Council provided $200,000 in funding in Round 2 of the 2017-2018 Community Grants Program to 19 projects in the 'Community Assets and Equipment' category and 12 projects in the 'Connected Communities – Major Programs' category. See the full list of successful projects in the Community Grants 2017-2018 Round 2 fact sheet.

Community Grants 2017-2018 Round 1
Council’s Community Grants Program 2017-2018 Round 1 successful applicants were announced in July 2017. Council provided $200,000 to 34 projects in the areas of community development; arts and cultural development; environment and conservation; and sport and recreation. The projects included equipment and capital works to buildings and facilities for community use, and will benefit a large number of community members. The full list of recipients and projects are contained in the Community Grants Program 2017 Round 1 fact sheet.

In the Community Grants Program 2017-2018 Round 1, Council also awarded Kogarah Community Services Inc. a 21-seat bus through a competitive grants process. The bus will be used for community purposes for a period of at least three years.

Community Grants 2016-2017 Round 1
Council also provided $200,000 to community organisations through the Community Grants Program 2016-2017 Round. The list of the 38 successful projects are outlined in the Community Grants Program 2016/2017 Recipients fact sheet.


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