The City of Sydney has launched the Community Services Grant Program to support sustainable communities and contribute to a connected, inclusive, liveable and engaged city.
This grant program supports projects and programs that help increase social cohesion and inclusion, develop healthy and resilient communities, and support participation in civic life.
Their funding will prioritise projects or programs that:
- recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and culture
- promote sustainable and equitable food systems and address food insecurity
- strengthen social cohesion, community resilience and wellbeing
- involve their communities in local decision making and community life
- improve their communities’ digital literacy and skills
- support people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
- They encourage applications from organisations that support Aboriginal and Torres and Strait Islander communities and culture, including Aboriginal community-controlled organisations and networks.
- Cash funding from $10,000 to $50,000 per year is available, for a one-year program or multi-year funding (up to 3 years).
- Value-in-kind in the form of street banner and venue hire is also available.
- Applicants can apply for up to $5,000 worth of capital expenditure or equipment purchase
- An applicant must operate within the City of Sydney local government area or be able to demonstrate benefits for the city’s residents, workers and/or visitors.
These individuals and organisations can apply:
- not-for-profit organisations including social enterprises
- individuals or unincorporated community groups auspiced by a not-for-profit that is eligible to apply in their own right.
- If you work with an auspicing organisation, they encourage you to choose one that is relevant to the sector and that can support the development of the proposal.
Funding is not available for:
- for-profit organisations, including small businesses
- projects that duplicate existing services
- projects or programs that directly contravene the eligibility and ethics framework or existing City of Sydney policies.
Proposals are assessed against:
- evidence of the need for the project or program and proposed outcomes
- capacity and experience of the applicant to deliver the project or program
- demonstrated connection and benefit to the local area and communities
- how the project or program delivers against the funding priorities
- evidence of the project or program having direct engagement with their diverse communities, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, young people, older people, people with disability, international students, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, women, LGBTIQA+ communities and low income earners.
For more information, visit City of Sydney.