Applications are invited from commuity groups and events for one of three $5,000 community grants
Each year we provide three $5,000 Community Grants, available to local groups and organisations working on projects or events that benefit our local communities.
How it Works
Applications are invited from community groups working on a project or event that benefits our local communities and improves accessibility and engagement in the following areas:
Art and culture
Initiatives related to the celebration, preservation or ongoing impact of arts, cultural and heritage projects in the Northern Rivers and Tweed region. Example projects may include equipment, services and/or facilities such as community arts projects, restoration of items or areas with historical or cultural significance, performances.
Initiatives that support imparting information or knowledge, skill sharing or improve delivery of teaching and education services. Example projects may include equipment, services and/or facilities such as teaching aides and resources, reading programs, creating access and opportunities to engage in education.
Sport and recreation
Initiatives providing sport and recreational benefit to the wider community. Example projects may include equipment, services and/or facilities such as shade for events, sporting equipment, uniforms, upgrading facilities, first aid equipment, tournaments, and training programs.
Initiatives that focus on building awareness, preservation, engagement with and/or sustainability of the natural environment. Example projects may include equipment, services and/or facilities such as community gardens, sustainability education, restoration or care of ecosystems.
Health and well-being
Improving community access to health and well-being services. Example projects may include equipment, services and/or facilities for youth groups, mentoring programs, community health services, health education, training and development programs.
- Tweed District Rescue Squad - New Lifesaving Equipment
As a volunteer responder to rescue situations, many people wouldn't hear about the critical work that TDRS do until they, or someone they know, experiences it first hand. Their Community Grant was used to purchase two Automatic External Defibrillators to help in instances of cardiac arrest.
- Future Dreamers - Summer Holiday Program
Future Dreamers is an inspiration hub championing positive futures for girls and young women 12-25 years old. They offer a range of engaging and uplifting workshops that encourage personal development, social connection and educational/vocational support. Each school holidays, Future Dreamers put on a variety of workshops and activities for girls, so they can enjoy themselves in a relaxed and nurturing environment whilst experiencing something new. In 2017/18 we were pleased to be able to help fund their Summer Holiday Program.
- Enova Community - Repower Byron Shire Project
Enova Community is the not-for-profit arm of Enova Community Energy Ltd, a social enterprise creating energy aware communities in NSW to protect the natural environment and lower energy costs for the welfare of all. Their Community Grant will be used to help drive the 2018 Repower Byron Shire Project which aims to engage, educate, inspire and empower ten street communities (100 households) in Mullumbimby, to take control of their energy use and commit to using 100% renewable energy.
- Liberation Larder - Byron Festival Food Rescue Project
Each year, tonnes of food from local festivals and events go to waste. Liberation Larder's Byron Festival Food Waste Project saves more than 10 tonnes of food from local events including Falls Festival, Splendour in the Grass and Bluesfest. The rescued food is then redistributed to the homeless and families and individuals in need.
- Community Owned Renewable Enerfy Mullumbimby (COREM) - Brunswick Valley Rescue Solar Project
COREM is a not for profit community action group dedicated to setting up community-owned renewable energy projects in the Mullumbimby area, in the pursuit and promotion of a 100% renewable energy future for the region. COREM used the Community Grant to support one of their initiatives to install solar panels on the Brunswick Valley Rescue building, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 5 tonnes and contributing to COREM's revolving energy fund which will support future projects.
- Big Scrub Orchestra - Big Scrub Rainforest Day
The Big Scrub Orchestra provides dynamic arts education for local students at the rurally located Dunoon and Whian Whian Public Schools. Students at these schools have limited access to specialised creative arts teachers and programs. The children participate in creative workshops including song writing workshops, composing music and performance, culminating in the recording of a song and the Big Scrub Orchestra performing at the Big Scrub Rainforest Day.
All Community Grants have now been funded for FY17/18. Application details and dates for FY18/19 will be available here from 1st July 2018.