Communities connected through grants
Community gardens, a street barbecue, a sports day and a laneway party are among the activities funded under Wollongong City Council’s Connecting Neighbours Grants.
Now in its third round, the grants program aims to strengthen and celebrate neighbourhoods at the grass roots level, creating connections and building strong communities.
The 11 successful 2019-2020 grant recipients, endorsed by Council on Monday 3 February, all proposed projects to make a positive impact in their local area.
One community group will offer a day when neighbours can gather to learn more about Iran and Persian culture. Another group will hold a community barbecue in a local park to encourage new residents, families and older residents to meet, have a chat and to share information on their neighbourhood.
Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said the grants will help neighbours enjoy communal activities and make lasting friendships.
“From building a verge garden to holding a community picnic to discuss sustainability, these grant projects will encourage people to get together with their neighbours, and perhaps talk to someone from a different background.
“They are also an important opportunity for older residents to get out and meet new families and other residents,” Cr Bradbery said.
Successful Connecting Neighbours Grants for 2019-2020 are:
Up to $250
Do Drop In
Hall Park Community BBQ
Bond Street Verge Garden
Wollongong Community Meet and Greet BBQ
Up to $1,000
Farrell Gardens Social Inclusion Program
Grow Together Garden
Bulli Zero Waste Community Picnic
Russell Vale Community Sports Days
Port Kembla Food Forest Laneway Party
Friendship and Fun
You can find more information about the Grants here.