Community Grants

Community grants are designed to enable community groups to partner with Council to help meet community needs. The purpose of these grants is to assist in the development of projects that encourage community participation and inclusivity by offering alternative approaches to meeting community needs.

Georges River Council has allocated $200,000 to the 2017 Community Grants Program. These funds have been made available to local not-for-profit community groups through grants of up to $10,000 each for projects in the areas of community development; arts and cultural development; environment and conservation; and sport and recreation. The projects include equipment and capital works to buildings and facilities for community use, and will benefit a large number of community members.

Council also awarded Kogarah Community Services Inc. a 21-seat bus through a competitive grants process with the condition that the bus will be used for community purposes for a period of at least three years.

The successful organisations and projects funded through the 2017 Community Grants Program are:

Community Development Category

Organisation Project Summary Recommended Funding
Kogarah Community Services A two part program that will create new on-site occasional childcare facilities, and a series of multicultural cooking workshops celebrating the diversity of our multicultural community. $10,000.00
Hurstville Rotary Club Renovate and refurbish four spaces at St George Hospital for sick children including a soft play system in the Children’s Ward. $10,000.00
Civic Disability Services Hurstville Hub's "Chill Zone", a project to address social isolation and develop social skills for young people with disabilities. $10,000.00
St George School Parents and Community Committee Facilitate training for children with disability to learn to use eye-gaze technology. The training will provide the participating children with an opportunity to learn this new technology, which could help them communicate with their families and other community members. $10,000.00
3 Bridges Community Inc. To develop a resource workshop kit on the risks and consequences of sexting. The resource will be available to all local schools and youth services. $10,000.00
Advance Diversity Services & White Ribbon Australia The project will provide knowledge and resources to men from Nepalese, Bangladeshi and Chinese communities regarding issues of gender inequality and domestic violence, and its impact on children. $10,000.00
Carer Support Service Inc. To provide a Resilient Carers Program. This Kogarah-based program will deliver skills-based workshops for dealing with the stresses and difficulties of full time caring for a loved one. $10,000.00
The Kogarah Storehouse Tiny Toes, a playground held on a weekly basis where mothers, carers and babies can come together in a relaxed friendly environment. $9,976.00
CanRevive Inc. ‘Life is better with Yoga’, a program targeting members from the Chinese community affected by cancer. $8,800.00
Resourceful Australian Indian Network “Healing Garden and Grandma’s Secret Cure Tips”, a project with the aim to enhance Indian sub-continent seniors’ quality of life through a hands-on educational process. $8,700.00
Lions Club of Oatley Inc. Purchase of equipment to be used at major community events, including “The Oatley Village Festival” and “Music in the Park”. $7,358.00
Chinese Australian Services Society Information Expo for Chinese seniors on local aged care services. $4,141.00*
Australian Breastfeeding Association Southern Metro Region Workshops targeted at Indigenous, culturally diverse groups and young mothers on the benefits of breastfeeding. $4,050.00
St George Tenants Council Inter-social, Inter-cultural and Inter-faith Connect:  five bus trips and five educational forums to discuss the differences of the five major religions. $3,705.00
Nicole Fitzsimmons Foundation Dance From Your Heart: a five-week dance program for students with disability in mainstream schools. $2,640.00
Ladies Auxiliary Philoptohos Greek Orthodox Church Support for the seniors group who meet weekly for morning tea, to receive relevant information, celebrate festivities and occasional bus trips. $2,500.00*
St George (Kogarah) Greek Senior Citizens Group Support for this local Greek seniors group to reduce social isolation and stay informed on topics relevant to their health and wellbeing. $2,425.00*
St George Cancer Support Group To provide psychological, physical and social support to people with cancer, their families and carers through a range of activities in the community. $2,000.00
Senior Italian Australian Community To provide a range of activities directed towards senior citizens of Italian and/or Australian backgrounds including recreational, educational and social events. $1,500.00*
Hurstville Seniors Computer Club Computer equipment purchase for the organisation to continue providing seniors with computer classes at a heavily subsidised rate. $1,475.00
Kogarah Seniors Computer Club Equipment purchases to resource the group facilitators with contemporary resources. $1,057.00
Oatley Senior Citizens Centre To enable members and volunteers of the group to participate in a Christmas lunch outing, and present appreciation certificates to volunteers. $900.00
  SUBTOTAL $131,227.00

*Partially funded application.

Arts and Cultural Development Category

Organisation Project Summary Recommended Funding
Shopfront Arts Co-Op “St George Metre Squared”, a three-day festival that celebrates the St George region - its people, stories, culture and diversity. $9,963.00
St George Creative Arts and Crafts Centre Make modifications to the centre to improve accessibility. $9,590.00
Dance for Parkinson's Sydney A specialised dance project aimed at people with Parkinson's disease. $9,300.00
Kogarah Historical Society To preserve and promote Kogarah’s history by digitising 1000 historical photos. The photos will be digitised by a qualified cataloguer, and will be available to everyone free of charge through the National Library of Australia. $5,000.00
St George Concert Band Inc. To replace music stands, enabling the group to continue to perform in the community. $720.00
Kogarah Concert Band To purchase a new bass drum, to enable this community band to provide performances in the local community. $600.00
  SUBTOTAL $35,173.00


Sports and Recreation Category

Organisation Project Summary Recommended Funding
Recreation Sports & Aquatic Club Family Easter camp for local people with disabilities and their families/carers. $10,000.00
Moving Forward DFV Case Management and 3Bridges A fitness program to support children and their mothers who are recovering from trauma. $9,706.00
Jubilee Community Services & South Eastern Sydney Local Health District To provide specialised exercise classes to local senior citizens. $3,000.00*
Connell's Point Netball Club Provide new equipment to teams. $894.00*
  SUBTOTAL $23,600.00
*Partially funded application.

Environment and Conservation Category

Organisation Project Summary Recommended Funding
Chinese Parents Association - Children with Disabilities To encourage an increase in environmental awareness for families of children with disabilities through workshops and day trips. $5,000.00
Hurstville Community Garden Association To create a sensory garden to be accessible for children of all abilities. $5,000.00
  SUBTOTAL $10,000.00

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