Willoughby City Council’s Grants for the Community Program and ClubGRANTS are available to organisations that provide community and environmental benefits in the Willoughby Local Government Area.
Council has collaborated with GrantGuru to establish a customised search tool and subscription service to locate funding opportunities. Our grant finder is freely available to the Willoughby community.
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Our grant programs
Grants for the Community 2021/22
Applications are now open
The 2021/22 Grants for the Community Program provides grants of up to $7,500 to community and sporting organisations, individuals, small businesses, social enterprises and performing arts groups in the Willoughby Local Government Area.
The Grants for the Community Program is open all year round. The funding pool is renewed on 1 July each year.
You must read the Grants for the Community Guidelines before submitting an application.
Applicants need to demonstrate how their project will address one or more priorities of Council’s Community Strategic Plan (CSP), Our Future Willoughby 2028:
- Connected and Inclusive
- Prosperous and Vibrant
- Effective and Accountable
Current funding priorities
Priority funding will be provided to projects that help the community achieve the following:
- Community recovery to the COVID19 pandemic
- Increased resilience to deal with future shocks and stresses
- Enhanced community connectedness
- Access to high quality entertainment and events
How to apply?
To apply, applicants need to complete an application form using the SmartyGrants online portal.
Please read the Grants for the Community Guidelines before submitting an application.
Successful grant recipients
1. St George Community Housing – Garden of Connection
Funding was used to build 30 new garden beds for the community garden project at the Barton Road social housing site in Artarmon. The garden is predominantly being used to grow fresh vegetables and herbs for cooking. The new garden space has created opportunity for connection between neighbours, who regularly meet to share produce and gardening knowledge.
2. StreetWork Australia – Urban Art Program
Funding was used to run weekly art classes at Chatswood Youth Centre which helped ‘at risk’ young people develop street art skills in a safe and legal environment. The 142 young people who participated in the program have been encouraged to further develop their art skills after the program ends.
3. Natalia Stawyskyj – The Inaccurate Perception of Lara Grace
Natalia is an emerging filmmaker from Sydney, Australia. With funding from Council, Natalia wrote and directed The Inaccurate Perception of Lara Grace, a short fictional film about a young woman who developed a disability as a teenager. The film explores issues around youth identity and social connectedness in the digital age. The film was produced entirely in Willoughby City and included local residents as film crew. Natalia’s film will be screened at film festivals and released widely online.
ClubGRANTS is an initiative of the NSW Government and ClubsNSW to provide funding for community development projects and services that have a direct impact on the Willoughby City community. The program is guided by the Gaming Machine Tax Act 2001.
Willoughby City Council coordinates and administers the Willoughby ClubGRANTS Scheme on behalf of local clubs.
- Open: Monday 15 March 2021
- Close: Friday 7 May 2021
Who can apply?
To be eligible, you must be a not for profit organisation and provide the following project and/or services in the Willoughby LGA:
- Community welfare or social services
- Community development
- Community health service
- Employment assistance activities
ClubGRANT Priority Areas
More information about the ClubGRANTS program is available from ClubsNSW.
If you have any questions, please contact Tracey Walker on 9777 7982 or Tracey.Walker@Willoughby.nsw.gov.au.