Council to provide share of $1 million in funding to local community groups


Georges River Council will support 27 local community groups from across the local government area as part of the Stronger Communities Fund Program.

Established by the NSW Government, the Stronger Communities Fund Program was designed to provide newly amalgamated Councils with funding to kick start the delivery of projects, improve local infrastructure, services and support community groups.

As part of the program, $1 million was allocated for local not-for-profit community groups to apply for grants up to $50,000.

The $1 million in grant funding will also be accompanied by funding supplied by some of the community groups, which will total more than $400,000.

This will lead to more than $1.4 million for projects across the local government area, including capital and environmental works, community development, culture and art development projects.

Administrator of Georges River Council, John Rayner, said 63 applications were received by Council from community groups.

“From these applications, I am pleased to announce Council has approved funding for 27 groups ranging from $10,000 to $50,000,” he said.

“These groups covered community development, cultural and arts development, environment and conservation, and sports and recreation.

“This funding will ensure these groups can continue to build and foster a bright, vibrant, sustainable and inclusive community for residents across Georges River.

“I would like to congratulate all the successful applicants who received funding through the Stronger Communities Fund Program.”

Mr Rayner explained applications were assessed by an independent panel and funding was awarded to groups based on merit and each organisation’s contribution to the community.

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

Community Development Funding
Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation - $50,000
3Bridges, The IDF of St George, Sunnyhaven and Civic - $50,000
CanRevive Inc - $50,000
Project Youth - $50,000
The Kogarah Storehouse - $50,000
Kogarah Community Services - $49,625
Verge Collaborative Limited - $31,625
Resourceful Australian Indian Network Inc. - $19,250

Cultural and Arts Development Funding
St George Creative Art & Craft Centre - $46,590
Shopfront Arts Co. Op. Ltd. - $44,700
Jubilee Community Services Inc - $21,800
Fiestaville Multicultural Arts Inc - $21,000
Janaranjani - $20,800
Australian Macedonian Theatre of Sydney Inc. - $15,000

Environment and Conservation Funding
St George Arts and Entertainment Centre Inc - $50,000
Lugarno Progress Association Inc. - $50,000
Beverley Park Golf Club Limited - $50,000
OFFCS Inc with Oatley Heritage and History Society; Lugarno Progress Association; Menai Wildflower Group and Friends of Oatley - $30,000
Oatley Flora and Fauna Conservation Society Inc (OFFCS) - $30,000
Jubilee Community Services Inc $11,460

Sport and Recreation Funding
Renown United Sports Club Inc - $50,000
NSW Cycling - $50,000
St George Cycling Club - $50,000
Oatley RSL Soccer - $50,000
Olds Park Netball Association Inc - $30,000
Connells Point Rovers Football Club - $18,151
St Joseph's Riverwood Sports Club - $10,000