Doing It Differently

Doing It Differently is a community grants initiative being offered to community members and local community groups in the Georges River Council area.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available per project. Doing It Differently will fund ideas that aim to:

1. improve community health and wellbeing;
2. create well connected communities;
3. reduce social isolation and loneliness;
4. ​create long lasting change in communities.

Doing It Differently uses a simple and collaborative application process to help you get your idea off the ground.The grants aim to build on the existing strengths of communities by using an Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) approach. 

We avoid using lengthy application and reporting forms and offer you support along the way so you can focus on making the changes you want to see in your community.

To be successful, all applications must meet the following criteria:

  • Is the project based in, or does it service the community living in the Georges River Council area? (check the LGA boundaries here)

  • Does the project positively influence the health and wellbeing of the community?

  • Has the community been involved in the development of the project?

  • Does the project build on the strengths of the community?

  • Will you be able to commit to delivering the project within an 18 month funding period?

  • Is your budget realistic for what you’re trying to achieve?

The Doing It Differently Grants Initiative closed for applications on Sunday 15 September 2019.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified in early October 2019.  

The Doing It Differently grants are delivered in partnership with Georges River Council, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Health Promotion Service and Calvary Health Care Kogarah.

For more information on whether this grant is applicable to you and your community, please see the Doing It Differently Application Pack for details on the selection criteria and how to apply.

To find out more about Asset Based Community Development, please follow these links: Asset Based Community Development and What is ABCD?, or see Practical Techniques and Tools for Engaging Community resource provided by Peter Kenyon from the Bank of IDEAS.

For enquiries about the Doing It Differently Grants Program, please contact Council’s Grants Officer on 02 9330 6400 or email or SESLHD Health Promotion Service on 02 9540 8262 or email

Further information can also be found at South Eastern Sydney Local Health District website.


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