At the first meeting of our new Council, one of our first actions was to award over $1 million in grants and sponsorship to 118 local projects and groups.
This financial support helps community groups and organisations provide much needed services and turns good ideas into great projects.
A $70,000 grant will allow Fact Tree Youth Service to continue a late-night program for socially disadvantaged teenagers in Redfern/Waterloo; a new swimming carnival for people living with a disability will be organised by Sydney University with help from a $3,000 local community grant and the City will continue its support for the Wayside Chapel's annual Christmas street party which gives 1,000 needy people somewhere enjoyable to spend Christmas day.
Other recipients from this round of grants and sponsorships include:
- A Senior Superstar program to showcase the talents of over 55s;
- Boxing and healthy breakfast classes for young Aboriginal peoples in Redfern;
- Film workshops for LGBTIQ residents ahead of the 2013 Mardi Gras Film Festival and Mardi Gras 35th Anniversary;
- A program supporting first-time fathers with tips on bonding with their new baby and raising children;
- Development of a new exhibition of student poetry by the Red Room Company;
- Support for a Transgender Anti-Violence Project encouraging victims to report attacks to the police;
- An annual Tournament of Books to engage the reading community;
- Making theatre more accessible with mobile captioning at Belvoir St Theatre for people with impaired hearing;
- An architectural workshop for seven-to-12-year-olds at Carriageworks;
- Contemporary dance classes for local school students at the Sydney Dance Company; and
- Support for a green renting expo to teach tenants how to live more sustainably.
To find out more about the City's grants and sponsorship opportunities, visit: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/Community/GrantsAndAwards