City grants a lifeline for community projects

City grants a lifeline for community projects

Asylum seekers, children with disabilities, young LGBTIQ people and families affected by domestic violence are just some of the beneficiaries of the City of Sydney’s latest round of grants.

The City has awarded 20 grants valued at more than $121,000 in cash and in-kind support as part of its third round of matching grants for 2017/18.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City’s grants program is a lifeline for small community projects that enrich the lives of local residents.

“Our matching grants program is about supporting our community to run diverse and interesting programs that they know the community is calling for,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Through the program we are able to support initiatives, events and activities that make our city more engaging and inclusive for all our residents and especially for vulnerable members of society including young LGBTIQ people, asylum seekers and people living with disabilities.”

“These grants are about helping members of the community bring their projects to life, and though some may be small, their impact can be enormous.”

Some of the projects which will benefit from the City’s latest grants include:

  • a program that supports asylum seekers with vocational training assistance, improvements in health and wellbeing and greater access to education and employment opportunities
  • a school holiday program in the Royal Botanical Gardens offering inclusive activities for children with disabilities and their families
  • a series of free two-hour ‘learn to skate’ workshops at Sydney Park’s new skatepark
  • a community development project to provide opportunities for Green Square residents to share experiences and find solutions to the challenges of living in strata apartments, and
  • resilience building classes and activities at the Woolloomooloo Older Women’s Hub for single women aged 55 and over living in social housing.

Carriageworks will also receive a $10,000 grant for its supported invigilator program. The program aims to increase opportunities for its members with disabilities to take part in cultural activities at Carriageworks.

Carriageworks Director Lisa Havilah, said: “Carriageworks has a long history of access and equity. The City of Sydney’s support will assist Carriageworks and Roomies establish a fully supported volunteer invigilator program. This program will provide pathways for people with a disability interested in working in the arts to participate in the presentation of Carriageworks Artistic Program while learning new skills.”

The matching grant program recognises community contribution towards a project and can offer up to $10,000 support to match this contribution.

The City has supported innovative community ideas through matching grants since 2007. The program is open to individuals, non-profit and for-profit organisations, allowing more parts of the local community to access support from the City.

Applications can be submitted online and will be assessed against the matching grant program criteria.

For more details on the next round of grants, assessment criteria and guidelines for applicants, visit cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/community/grants-and-sponsorships

For media inquiries contact City of Sydney Senior Media Advisor, Elaine Kelly on 0477 362 550 or ekelly@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore contact Communications Office Julia Lenton on 0410 748 039 or jlenton@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au