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Community Grants open for applications


Round One of Georges River Council’s 2019/20 Community Grants Program has opened and community organisations are encouraged to apply for a grant in the Vibrant Georges River or Capacity Building categories by Monday 2 September 2019.  
Together, Council’s 2019/20 Community Grants Program and the Doing it Differently Grants initiative are offering a total of $260,000 in financial assistance for community organisations. 
The Community Grants Program enables Council to partner with the community to offer support for programs, activities and events that help to solve local issues, encourage community participation and social connections, and meet community needs. 

Interested individuals and organisations are invited to attend an upcoming Council information session to find out more about applying for a Community Grant in both the Vibrant Georges River and Capacity Building categories.  

Community Grants Program 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 two years, which link with Council's draft Cultural Strategy. Arts and cultural organisations, artist collectives and individual artists are encouraged to apply. 
Capacity Building Grants - Community Development  
For grants to assist in the delivery of community programs to meet identified community needs. Grants of up to $10,000 are available and may be for programs, or assets and equipment. 

Information Sessions 

Session one
When: Friday 9 August 2019, 11.00am-12.30pm
Where: Dragon Room, Georges River Civic Centre, Corner of MacMahon and Dora Streets, Hurstville Registrations: Email Council’s Grants Officer at or call 9330 9580 

Session two
When: Tuesday 13 August 2019, 5.30pm-7.00pm
Where: Kogarah Library and Service Centre, Kogarah Town Square, Kogarah
Registrations: Email Council’s Grants Officer at or call 9330 9580

How to apply 

For more information about Council’s Community Grants Program, visit the Community Grants web page or call Council on 9330 6400.  Community Grants applications close 5.00pm on Monday 2 September 2019.  

Doing it Differently Grants Program  

The Doing It Differently grants initiative is a new partnership with South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Health Promotion Service (SESLHD HPS) and Calvary Health Care Kogarah, which aims to address social issues in the community. 

Local community groups can apply for grants of up to $10,000 per project through the program, which aims to promote health and wellbeing, create well-connected communities and reduce the risk of loneliness and social isolation. 

The program 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.  

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 
How to apply 

Please access the Doing It Differently Application Pack for details on the selection criteria and how to apply. You can also view the Doing It Differently page to find out more about the program. Please contact Council’s Grants Officer on 02 9330 6400 or email for any further queries. Doing it Differently grants applications close on Sunday 15 September 2019
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