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Council announces $200,000 in funding for local community groups


Georges River Council will award more than 35 local community groups a share of $200,000 to support projects and initiatives as part of the 2016 Georges River Community Grants Program.

Administrator of Georges River Council, John Rayner, said a total of 66 local not-for-profit community groups had applied for grants of up to a maximum of $10,000 to help undertake various community focused projects.

“Of the community groups that requested funding, 38 applicants were successful and will receive funding ranging between $500 and $10,000,” he said.

“I would like to congratulate all the successful applicants who received funding through the 2016 Community Grants Program.”

“This funding will go towards projects, which will help with community development, cultural and arts development, environment and conservation and sports and recreation.”

Mr Rayner added that some of the community groups will also be supplying funding of their own to help support their projects.

“This will see an additional $104,502 go towards projects and along with the funding supplied by Council, this means a total of $304,502 will be spent on projects all which will benefit the local community,” he said.

Mr Rayner explained applicants were assessed against a range of criteria including the social, cultural and economic benefits of each group’s project.

“Council is committed to supporting the continuous improvement of locally-driven projects and initiatives, which meet local needs and build capacity in the wider community.”

For more information please contact Council via 9330 6400 or visit

A list of the successful funding applicants is listed below – all groups marked with an asterisk are groups whose projects are partially funded by Council:

Community Development
3Bridges Community Ltd - $10,000
Nurses on Wheels - $9,952
The Shepherd Centre for Deaf Children - $8,400
Moving Forward - $8,260
Learning Links - $7,895
Dance for Parkinson’s Australia - $7,750
Beverly Hills Public School P&C Association - $6,250
CASS Care Ltd - $4,950
The Kogarah Storehouse - $4,000
St George (Kogarah) Greek Senior Citizens Group - $2,500*
Ladies Auxiliary/ Philopothos Greek Orthodox Church Kogarah - $2,500*
Australian Chinese Community Association of NSW - $2,027*
Senior Italian Community (SIAC) - $1,500
Playgroup NSW – Blakehurst Bugs Playgroup - $1,100
Kogarah Seniors Computer Club - $528

Cultural and Arts Development
Georges River Life Care - $10,000
British Dancing Association/St George Dance Eisteddfod - $10,000
Shopfront Arts Co-op Ltd - $10,000
Oatley Lions Club - $8,500
St George Creative Art and Craft Centre - $5,000*
Australian Macedonian Cultural Association - $5,000
Resourceful Australian Indian Network - $4,800
Kogarah Historical Society - $4,000
Discovery Writers - $2,990*
The Kogarah Writers’ Group - $2,950
Ocean Dream Cultural Art Centre of Australia - $2,620
Greek Orthodox Community of NSW - $2,000*
Kogarah Concert Band - $1,500
St George Brass Band - $1,010
St George Concert Band - $800

Environment and Conservation
Hurstville Community Garden Association - $10,000
Oatley Flora and Fauna Conservation Society Inc. - $6,404
Hurstville Bush Care Volunteer’s Network - $4,584*
Poulton Park Bush Care Volunteers - $2,200

Sports and Recreation 
St George Little Athletics - $10,000
Lugarno Football Club - $9,930
Chinese Parents Association – Children with Disabilities Inc. - $6,500
Oatley Fishing and Tennis Inc. - $1,600

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