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20 community grants awarded to local organisations

17/07/2020

Georges River Council awarded 20 new community grants to local organisations via an online presentation on 16 July 2020.
 
Georges River Council Mayor Kevin Greene officially announced the recipients of Round 2 of its Community Grants Program for 2019-2020 including the new Micro Grants program, with a total of $123,158 in funding of between $1,000 and $25,000 individual grants awarded to a range of organisations.
 
“I am very pleased to announce the winners of Council’s latest round of Community Grants that will support projects and initiatives to address community needs, solve local issues, and encourage community participation and social connections,” he said.
 
“The Community Grant Program is a unique opportunity for us to work with local community organisations to improve the local community life and services for the residents of Georges River Council," he said.
 
“The grant round provided funding in three categories, including the new Micro Grants Program, which offers financial support of up to $1,000 per project for ideas around improving community wellbeing and achieving social change.
 
“Capacity Building Grants of up to $10,000 were available for not-for-profit organisations to run programs or purchase assets and equipment to meet community needs.

“The Connected Communities category delivers grants of up to $25,000 for major community-run programs and projects which result in more connected communities, or that promote social connectedness and reduce isolation.”
 
The Micro Grants program is a new initiative recommended by Councillor Sandy Grekas in September 2019, following the success of the 2019 Dragon’s Den Seed Funding program.
 
“The Micro Grant program will empower individual community members in the Georges River area to support community well-being, innovation and social change at a truly grassroots level,” said Councillor Grekas.
 
“Council wants to support people who come up with innovative ways to meet needs in the community, who may not be eligible for other grant programs. We understand that a small amount of money can help you get your idea up and running.”
 
Mayor Kevin Greene added: “I look forward to seeing many of the projects come to fruition and the benefits they will bring to residents of the Georges River area.”
 
“I would like to congratulate each of the organisations that were successful, and thank all the organisations who submitted applications” he said.
 
The list of the successful applicants as below:
 
Connected Communities category - 2 projects
  
Organisation Project Title Grant
Street Industries Inc. Street Smart Project early
intervention program for at risk
young people
$20,000
Kogarah RSL Sub-Branch
Youth Club
Junior Jellybeans social
connectedness program for children
with disabilities and their parents
$10,000
 
Capacity Building category – 16 projects
 
Organisation Project Title Grant
St George Family Support
Services Inc.
Replacement of phone system to
deliver essential family support
services in Georges River
$7,700
Cerebral Palsy Alliance Communication equipment for
people with disability
$9,820
Cass Care Ltd Development of a therapeutic
Sensory Room
$5,400
Volunteer Marine Rescue
NSW
Rescue vessel equipment upgrade $5,831
Learning Links Supporting children with learning
disabilities and difficulties in the
Georges River community
$8,615
St George Men’s Shed Inc. Improvement of air quality and dust
control in the Men’s Shed
workspaces
$2,850
St George Children with
Disabilities Fund Inc.
Music therapy and life enhancing
support for children with severe
disabilities
$10,000
Hurstville Senior Citizens
Computer Club Inc.
Purchase of two (2) computers for
seniors computer training classes
$2,200
3Bridges Community Ltd Portable toilet and shower CarePort
unit at the 3Bridges Carss Park
office for older, frail aged and
vulnerable people
$10,000
Kingsgrove Community Aid
Centre Inc.
Defibrillator in the common area of
Kingsgrove Community Centre
$3,690
Anglican Church Property
Trust Diocese of Sydney – St
Mark’s Anglican Church South
Hurstville
Environmental sustainability project
to install a 9.9kw solar panel system
at the St Mark's Church building
$5,000
St George Art Society Recording and display AV
equipment to record artists to
support live, recorded and streamed
artist workshops
$1,050
Oatley Senior Citizens Centre Installation of a split system air
conditioning unit in the Oatley Senior
Citizens Centre
$4,550
Integricare Parenting workshop program for
families experiencing domestic and
family violence
$3,152
Kogarah Community Services
Inc.
Enhanced technology to improve the
service provided to our clients and
community care workers to deliver
quality care and improve staff
productivity
$10,000
 
Connells Point Sailing Club
Inc.
Support for volunteer first aid training $1,300
 
Micro Grants category – 2 Projects
 
Organisation Project Title Grant
Chinese Parents Association - Children with Disabilities Inc. Educational cruise on the Georges River for children with disabilities and their caregivers. $1,000
Crateful Group Australia Ltd Vehicle expenses to support pop up hamper distribution for vulnerable Georges River residents to provide affordable fresh produce and household goods.  $1,000
 
For more information about Council’s Community Grants Program, call Council on 9330 6400 or visit Council’s website at www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au.
 
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