2017 Media Releases

Community Grants announced

11 July 2017

More than $72,000 worth of community grants have been awarded to 26 community groups and individuals as part of Willoughby Council’s 2017 Small Grants program.

The grants have been awarded for projects that will make a real difference to the lives of local residents, create opportunities in the performing or visual arts, or assist individual sportspeople.

The grants are awarded in the categories of Community Development, Arts and Cultural, Individual Development and Sports, and The Concourse Performing Arts Subsidy.

Some highlights of this year’s Grants program:

  • More than $47,000 worth of Community Development grants for important initiatives. Some recipients include:

§  KYDS Youth Development Service Incorporated – will receive $4,000 to run an early intervention mental health and wellbeing program to provide support and resources to young people completing the HSC.

§  Action Foundation for Mental Health Inc – will use a grant of $2,000 to host a weekly discussion and activity group with lunch for adult men and women who suffer from a mental illness,  based at the Chatswood Recovery & Wellbeing Hub.

§  The Humour Foundation’s Clown Doctors Program at Royal North Shore Hospital – a $4,000 grant will allow the organisation to work in partnership with healthcare staff and professional performers to treat vulnerable sick kids with doses of fun and laughter to improve health, wellbeing and quality of life.

  • Arts and Cultural grants of $5,500 will be shared across two projects from The Armenian Church Council of Australia in NSW and the Workshop Arts Centre. The Church will hold an exhibition of Armenian Hand Made Art to promote awareness of cultural diversity and insight into the Armenian Community. The Workshop Arts Centre will use their grants towards The Festival of Other Arts – a showcase of progressive and contemporary arts practices an innovative arts development in the Willoughby area.
  • Gordon Rugby Club received an Individual Development and Sports grant of $2000 to assist with travel costs for seven team members to attend the Australian University Games in September on the Gold Coast.
  • Six organisations, including three local schools, will receive grants totalling $18,000 in the first round of The Concourse Performing Arts Subsidy. The Subsidy is designed to increase accessibility to The Concourse performing arts venues, enhance community awareness and involvement in cultural performances and enhance community exposure to high quality cultural events.

A small amount of Council’s Grants budget for 2017 remains un-allocated, and Council is keen to see these funds be used by the community as intended. Interested community members can apply for out-of-term grants of up to $4,000 (dependant on the category) by contacting Council on 9777 1000.

“This grant money was allocated for Council to support our community. If you’re a community group, artist or sportsperson and believe you have a deserving project or initiative, then I encourage you to still apply for a grant,” said Willoughby Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney.

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For non media related enquiries contact Willoughby City Council on 9777 1000 or email@willoughby.nsw.gov.au