Doing It Differently Grant

Status: Closed for submissions

Open Date: Monday, 05 August 2019

Closing date: Monday, 02 September 2019

Grant amount: There is currently no grant round on offer

Documents / Plans: DID Program Guidelines and Application Form

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Doing It Differently Grant

Doing It Differently (DID) is a joint community grants program between Sutherland Shire Council and South Eastern Sydney Local Health District. DID aims to improve community health and well-being, enhance levels of trust and understanding, and build healthy, strong and connected communities.

DID has taken the community development approach known as Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) to focus on abilities, aspirations and potential rather than problems and deficits. This positive and engaging approach aims to discover and mobilise resources already present in the community. The ABCD approach encourages applicants to shift their mindset from focusing on needs and deficiencies, to considering assets, resources and possibilities to enhance positive outcomes.  

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have not been able to offer a DID Grants Program in 2020. We hope to make this valuable grant opportunity available again as soon as possible.


Asset Based Community Development Workshop

Sutherland Shire Council and South Eastern Sydney Local Health District are hosting an Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Workshop to help you learn more about how to plan and deliver community driven initiatives. ABCD is an approach that focuses on harnessing existing abilities and resources within communities and aims to build on community strengths to enhance positive outcomes.

The workshop will be delivered by Dimitrios Papalexis from Soulgen with guest speaker and ABCD guru, Peter Kenyon, from Bank of Ideas.

Date: Wednesday 24 February 2021
Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Where: Tradies Gymea, 57 Manchester Rd Gymea
RSVP: By 16 February 2021

Regsiter here to book your place at this innovative training opportunity!

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Online compact course - Win More Grants

Sutherland Shire Council has entered into a partnership with the Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA) to offer you access to Win More Grants online compact course.

This course is designed for grassroots community groups and sporting organisations that want to find out where to find grants and how to win them. With just a bit of know-how and some newfound confidence you’ll go from a grants novice to a grants go-getter!

Sign-up now and enter the Group Key “ssc-grants” to access the course for free. Sign up instructions can be found here

If you have any questions about the course, please email or contact Council's Community Development and Grants Advisor, Vanessa Zanotti, on 9710 0602.

How to Apply

The DID Program offers grants of up to $10,000 per project to local, not for profit organisations that are based in Sutherland Shire and provide services to our residents. A limit of 2 appliations per organisation applies.

DID aims to make the application process simple and accessible for everyone. The short one page application form can be completed by hand or online and submitted via email or hand delivered to Council's Admin Building.

A copy of the application form is available in the Program Guidelines. Please review the gudelines for more details as well as expected program outcomes and eligibility.

If you have any questions please contact Council's Commuity Development and Grants Advisor, Vanessa Zanotti, on 9710 0602 or via email at




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More information

Policies and documents

DID Program Guidelines and Application Form


Enquiries can be directed to Business, Sport and Community Services on on 9710 0602 or

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