Support for more vibrant communities

Support for more vibrant communities

A four-day Aboriginal sports event in Redfern, drama workshops for refugees and a program to help people with disability attend music gigs are some of the latest projects to receive City of Sydney funding.

The City has awarded 41 grants worth a total of more than $909,000 in cash and in-kind support, through round one of the 2017–18 community services grants, matching grants and festivals and events sponsorship.

“We are committed to supporting innovative projects that build the social, cultural, environmental and economic life of our great city,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“This latest round of grants will help not-for-profit organisations and community groups pursue some great initiatives that enhance the lives of those living and working in Sydney.”

Activities to receive funding include:

  • $38,800 for Assisted Community Living Limited for its Gig Buddies project, which pairs adults with learning disabilities with volunteers so they can attend gigs and events, prevent social isolation and help develop social skills
  • $53,500 for Redfern All Blacks Rugby League Football Club to run the NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout 2017, a sporting and cultural carnival held across four days in Redfern and Leichhardt
  • $25,000 for Gunawirra to hold a series of workshops for expectant mothers from Royal Prince Alfred Aboriginal Maternity unit, focused on pregnancy, birth, attachment, bonding and infant care
  • $40,000 for ACON Health to hold a series of workshops and exercise classes to increase social engagement and connection of older LGBTI people
  • $10,000 to help asylum seekers and refugees improve their literacy and language through Sydney Theatre Company drama workshops
  • $40,000 to support RAW, a two-year youth-led creative digital skills development project at the Art Gallery of NSW, which will help young people from Woolloomooloo and the inner city into employment pathways.

“Through our grants programs we’re helping members of the community bring their projects to life,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Some projects may be small in size, but their impact can be substantial and help create a more vibrant, welcoming and sustainable city.”

Through the community services grant program, the City has allocated more than $316,300 for 10 projects and initiatives in 2017–18, and commitments of cash grants and in-kind support worth $55,159 for 2018–19.

The City has also approved 13 grants through the festivals and events sponsorship program (village and community), worth a total of $402, 600 in the 2017–18 financial year, plus in-kind support worth more than $65,000, and commitments of $69,500 in cash and $2,000 in-kind for the 2018–19 and 2019–20 financial years.

Through the matching grant program, the City will contribute a total of $118,720, plus in-kind support valued at $5,911, to support 18 initiatives that pursue social, economic, cultural and environmental outcomes. The program provides matched funding for grassroots community projects that improve, enhance and celebrate the City’s villages.

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Image Credit: Gig Buddies/ACL Disability Services