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.

Community Grants 2019-2020 Round 1

Round 1 of the 2019-2020 Community Grants Program will open on Monday 5 August 2019 and close on Monday 2 September 2019. This grant round has three categories:

  • 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. Grants of up to $25,000 are available for projects implemented over 2 years and links with Council's development of a Cultural Strategy.
  • Capacity Building Grants - Community Development for grants to assist in the deliver of community progams to meet identified community needs. Grants of up to $10,000 are available and may be for programs, or assets and equipment.
  • Doing It Differently - a new initiative developed in partnership between Georges River Council, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Health Promotion Service (SESLHD HPS) and Calvary Health Care Kogarah.  Doing It Differently uses a simple and collaborative application process and aims to build on the existing strengths of communities using an Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) approach. Please visit the Doing It Differently page to find out more about the program, application form, and upcoming information sessions and workshops. The Doing It Differently grants open on Monday 5 August 2019 and close on Sunday 15 September 2019.
The Guidelines for Round 1 of the 2019-2020 Community Grants Program will be available in mid-July. Please refer to Council's Community Strategic Plan and the Georges River demographic profile when considering your grant application.

Reporting and Acquittals

Please note there are new financial reporting requirements for recipients of Council funding. Please view the Grants and Sponsorship homepage for details. 

Previous Grant Recipients

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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