MEDIA RELEASE - Council to deliver added funding to worthy not-for-profit projects

Sutherland Shire Council is again set to provide a welcome boost to a host of local not-for-profit organisations to aid in the delivery of vital local services and initiatives, with funding again to be distributed through Council’s annual Community Grants and Subsidies Program.

The 2022/2023 Community Grants and Subsidies Program is currently open for applications, with grants of up to $20,000 available to fund projects which support and empower local residents.

Sutherland Shire Mayor, Councillor Carmelo Pesce said support from this program has enabled many different local organisations to deliver worthy assistance programs to the community over the years, or to expand the range of services they offer.

“These grants can go a long way in helping organisations to continue their vital work in supporting those in our community in need of added assistance, and also ensures the Sutherland Shire continues to be a leader in community support,” Mayor Pesce said.

“Over the history of the grants program, we have seen a diverse cross section of the community represented by those who have been awarded funding support. This includes organisations which offer programs in mental health, aged and disability care, family and carer support, youth engagement, recreational activities, music, art and more.”

“It’s important that Council recognises and supports projects that contribute to a connected, inclusive and engaged community where possible – now and into the future – and this grants program is a key example of the support Council continues to provide in this space,” Mayor Pesce said.

The 2021/2022 Community Grants and Subsidies program saw a range of projects gain financial assistance, with more than $490,000 awarded to local not-for-profit organisations and community groups. This included more than 40 worthy local initiatives such as mental health services, music and art activities, youth outreach, refugee settlement support, educational programs for multicultural communities and services to support vulnerable families, carers and people with disability.

As a previous recipient of the Community Grants and Subsidies Program, the Dandelion Support Network thanked Council for the support this program provides. The organisation supports children and families in need by coordinating donations of new and preloved nursery essentials, and dedicated funds from the grants program towards purchasing cots and mattresses, car seats, prams and clothing for children.

“With many families under extra pressure, demand on our services has remained strong, and our staff and volunteers work tirelessly to carefully check and prepare items ready for their new families. We are thankful to Sutherland Shire Council for their continued support of our program,” Dandelion Support Network Operations and Volunteer Manager Gabrielle Humphreys said.

Applications for the 2022/2023 Community Grants and Subsidies Program close midnight Friday 1 April 2022.

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