2018 Media Releases

Council grants supporting the community

05 September 2018


More than $70,000 worth of community grants have been awarded to 25 community groups and individuals as part of Willoughby Council’s 2018 Small Grants program.

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

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:

Community Development Grants

Recipients include:

1. Willoughby Community Men’s Shed

A $2,000 grant will be used for special needs member support. Willoughby Community Men’s Shed coordinator Neville Warner said the organisation is a fully equipped wood and metal workshop in Northbridge:

“The grant allows special needs members and their carers to participate in all Shed activities with no personal impost.

“Our special needs members are fully integrated into Shed activities and are actively supported by our more able members with their practical work and social interactions.”

2. The Humour Foundation’s Clown Doctors Program at Royal North Shore Hospital

A $2,000 grant to treat vulnerable sick kids with doses of fun and laughter to improve health, wellbeing and quality of life.

Last year Willoughby City Council awarded a $4,000 grant to The Humour Foundation for their important work. CEO Tony Walker talked about what the grant meant to them: 

“The Humour Foundation was thrilled to receive Willoughby City Council’s support through their 2017/18 Community Grants program… The grant has ensured that professional Clown Doctors performers, like Dr Quack and Dr Boogie, continue to transform the hospital environment at the Royal North Shore Hospital every week, creating magic moments of joy and laughter to those who need it most - sick kids and their families in hospital.”

3. Lower North Shore Branch Multicultural NSE

A $3,202 grant will be used to develop a guide for newly arrived migrants to find training and employment or set up new businesses.

4. KYDS Youth Development Service Incorporated

KYDS 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.

Arts and Cultural Grant

Mercy College P & F Association received an Arts and Cultural grant of $3,000 for an installation using paper cuts, light and projection to be displayed in Willoughby City Council’s Foyer Exhibition space.

The Concourse Performing Arts Subsidy

Four organisations will receive grants totalling $18,000 in the first round of The Concourse Performing Arts Subsidy. The subsidy increases accessibility to The Concourse performing arts venues, enhance community awareness and involvement in cultural performances and enhance community exposure to high quality cultural events. The second round of this grant will open in October – visit willoughby.nsw.gov.au for information.

Willoughby City Council Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney said, “I’m delighted that Willoughby City Council can support such a diverse group of programs, performances and artworks, which benefit our community, through our Community Grants program.”

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