Community Grant Recipients Named

Published on 17 June 2021

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Burwood Council’s  annual program of Community Grants provides much needed funding to local organisations to run activities, events and programs.

In 2020-21 a record pool of $60,000 was available for projects that could successfully benefit and support our local community.

This year 33 organisations applied for the highly competitive grant with 18 projects successful after they were assessed against strict criteria.

Mayor John Faker was impressed by the high quality of applicants, and believes the increased funding from Council will prove to be a boon for the projects.

“What we were looking for this year were projects which are agile and respond to the huge challenges caused by the ongoing COVID Pandemic, including projects that support vulnerable populations,”  said Cr Faker.

“All 18 projects receiving funding are offering unique, innovative and inspiring programs that will make a difference in our local community, and I believe that the increased funding pool for this year highlights the value and importance we place on our local community sector.

“The application process for Community Grants for the 2021-22 period opens in October and I certainly encourage all eligible organisations to apply for this important assistance,” Cr Faker concluded.

Find out more about Council’s Community Grant Program

2020-21 Community Grants Recipients

  • St Paul’s Church Burwood
    Installation of a cool room to facilitate new outreach program of food provision to international students impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • The Men’s Table
    Creating two new Men’s Tables in the LGA to assist men with mental health issues. The group provides support and meals once a month.
  • Ebenezer Mission Incorporated
    Their latest project in partnership with the Australian Korean Disability Welfare Association Eben Care provides youth living with a disability the opportunity to participate in training and find employment.
  • Little Helpers on the Run
    Project seeks to improve the mental wellbeing of elderly residents living in nursing homes by implementing a community-based program that connects them with youth from schools across the area.
  • CASS Care Limited
    Creating a virtual social gathering group for people with special needs. This project run over 8-10 sessions will help improve communication skills and develop a sense of community for participants.
  • Women and Girls Emergency Centre
    A 10-week art therapy course which will be a pilot program to support women who are in emergency accommodation. This will give these women their own space and the opportunity to connect, receive support and share experiences.
  • Milk Crate Theatre
    Creative workshops for women and children escaping domestic violence.  The program will create social connections, build confidence, and teach participants new skills.
  • Metro Assist
    This project will support 25 young people aged 16-25 who are disengaged from society by helping them remain connected to family, the community and education. A key focus of the program is on training which will lead to better employment outcomes.
  •  St Merkorious Charity Association Incorporated
    Creating a Burwood Community Youth Volunteering Video. This campaign will showcase all the opportunities to become involved with charities with the specific aim of reaching out to young people to encourage them to volunteer. 
  • Eurella Community Services
    Speak-of-what-you-love project. This is a 15-week mixed ability voice course which will encourage a small group of participants to create their own voice through developing an original monologue. 
  • Burwood Community Welfare Services
    Caring For Our Carers – This program held over six weeks will provide vital support to the carers in our community who have become socially isolated as a result of the COVID-Pandemic. 
  • Sydney Chinese Drum Art Troupe Incorporated
    Chinese Drum Dance and Chinese Traditional Dance Program. This project is targeted at local elders and aims to enrich their mental and physical health through dance.
  • Asian Women at Work Incorporated
    Be connected, not isolated. This project will connect migrant women online where they can provide each other with support, learn new skills, and keep updated with what’s happening in their community to overcome the challenges posed by isolated.
  • Participate Australia Limited
    School holiday activities for teenagers living with a disability.  This project aims to help teenagers across the LGA with the physical and mental health by providing a safe and enjoyable environment for them to come together and participate in activities.
  • Wrap with Love Volunteers Burwood Library
    Volunteers come together on a weekly basis to knit blankets which are then distributed overseas and domestically to those in need.
  • Burwood Seniors Computer Club
    Updating electronic teaching equipment for the use of volunteer tutors. This upgrade will ensure this vital service will continue so that our seniors are able to stay engaged with modern technology.
  • The Greek Orthodox Parish and Community of Burwood & District Saint Nectarios Limited
    Greek Street Fair Burwood 2021 – This traditional celebration is an opportunity to celebrate Greek culture through performance, food, music and activities for everyone to enjoy.
  • Inner West Neighbour Aid Incorporated
    Ciao Buongiorno Intergenerational Morning Tea – Opportunity to bring together students learning Italian with those who speak it within their own community.