Community Grants announced
12 July 2016
More than $63,000 worth of community grants have been awarded to 29 community groups and individuals as part of Willoughby Council’s 2016 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 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:
- The Shepard Centre were granted $1,500 for Ready Set Go - A School Readiness Program for deaf and hearing impaired children from Willoughby.
- North Side Community Services received $2,300 for the Recreation Rendezvous Project, addressing the expressed needs of adults with a disability who are socially isolated to engage in group activities.
- KYDS Youth Development Service Incorporated received $4,000 for the provision of early intervention mental health education workshops for approximately 200 teenagers attending schools in the Willoughby Local Government Area.
- U3a Harbourside North Region received $3,460 for older people who wish to stay active and continue to learn.
- Arts and Cultural grants of more than $9,000 shared across projects, including $2,300 towards Chatswood West Ward Progress Association’s "Word on the Street" project, resulting in a public exhibition about the history of names cast into Willoughby footpaths. Workshop Arts Centre’s Cornucopia Exhibition was granted $2,065 to support and exhibit Artists with a psychiatric disability.
- Local athlete Bethany Croft received an Individual Sports grant of $500 to assist with travel to represent Australia at the World Under 20 Championships in Bydoszcz, Poland in July 2016.
- The Chatswood Cantonese Opera Association Inc and Willoughby Girls High School Parents and Citizens Association both received $3,000 from The Concourse Performing Arts Subsidy. The Opera Association will hold a Cantonese Opera concert in the 2017 Chinese Lunar New Year featuring overseas performers. The Parents and Citizen’s Association will showcase the musical talents of local public schools at a Music Extravaganza fundraising concert for the WGHS bands international tour to the USA.
A small amount of Council’s Grants budget for 2016 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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