A diverse range of services and activities have been funded by the Small Grants Program for 2017-18.
The following inclusive projects which help residents of North Sydney LGA feel more connected to the local community have been funded.
The projects assist groups such as seniors, children and mothers, new migrants, people who are financially disadvantaged, some struggling with mental health issues, and those who may have a physical or intellectual disability. Other projects funded help to enhance the cultural life of North Sydney as well as provide opportunities for people to be healthy and active.
New and Innovative Projects
Assisted Community Living (Gig Buddies Sydney)
Gig Buddies Sydney is an initiative of ACL Disability Services developed to address social isolation and loneliness by pairing adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities and/or autism (participants) with volunteers to regularly attend events.
Chatswood Musical Society
Production of "Hot Mikado" - bringing good old fashioned family entertainment of Gilbert & Sullivan into the 21st Century! CMS's new home is The Independent Theatre in North Sydney. Our first production "It Shoulda Been You" ran at The Independent in March, and "13 The musical" in June, then the "Hot Mikado" is for 22 September. These will firmly place the North Sydney community as our home.
Continuation of program to assist seniors and disadvantaged people to use and understand mobile devices in the digital age at the Crows Nest Centre. The program commenced last calendar year (2016-17) to provide training in smart phones and tablets to access digital communication services.
Kelly’s Place Children’s Centre
As a community-based long day care we feel it is vital to have strong links with our local and wider community. Our curriculum is based on children and teachers interests and ideas that they wish to investigate further. Excursions and hands on experiences are always a fantastic resource. Excursions and exploring the environment enable children to develop confidence, self help skills, awareness and respect for others. Children are fascinated by rain - why, where, how. But while looking at the rain is good - standing in the rain is awesome. However, suitable wet weather gear is required for this experience.
Kidsnest Crows Nest Occasional Care Inc.
Our Health and Movement Project will be an extension from our 2016 Sport Project. The Health and Movement project has its agenda grounded in the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF, 2009), and also links to Outcome 3 of the NQF and NSW Health Munch and Move program. The program supports wellbeing in children, incorporates both physical and psychological aspects and is central to their belonging, being and becoming. We will be working with Crows Nest Centre on this project, to ensure that we are scheduling the classes at a time that coincides with and is beneficial to the families who may be attending classes or activities run by the Centre.
KYDS Youth Development Service Incorporated
Purchase specific drug/alcohol/distraction education and engagement resources for use in various youth outreach activities in school and community settings. KYDS will use this equipment at ShoreFest music festival and at workshops proposed for North Sydney Boys and Girls, and Cammeraygal High Schools.
Lower North Shore Domestic Violence Network
The LNS DV Network is a collaboration of service providers, both Government and NGOs, that aim to provide awareness and education to the community addressing the issue of Domestic and Family Violence across the North Shore. The aim of the project is to raise awareness particularly about 'hidden' types of DV. We will develop a resource that helps people to recognise that they may be in a Domestic Violence situation. There is a lot of 'hidden' DV that is unrecognised and insidious. It is to help people who are subjected to the more emotional and psychological forms of abuse. It will take the form of a checklist of sorts, asking the question whether a person's partner does particular things and then does it make them feel a particular way, followed by the suggestion that they may be experiencing DV, and if so then the support services that are available.
Neutral Bay Community Centre
This centre is completely manned by volunteers to assist the community. The 16 plus volunteers need a thank you and the centre proposes hosting a Christmas in July and December function for the volunteers
North Sydney Community Centre
The project includes the screening of award winning documentary film, The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe, telling the story of four women who fled from different parts of Africa to Australia in order to escape violence and abuse. Under the nurturing guidance of theatre director Ros Horin, they collaborate to let their life stories be transformed into an extraordinary and joyously uplifting theatrical experience. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A session with several key individuals in the making of the film including North Sydney Local Aminata Conteh-Biger, CEO The Aminata Maternal Foundation and potentially film director Ros Herin. The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe is a celebration of the remarkable spirits of four African women, giving voice to their message of hope and support to women and children who have suffered, either in the context of war or in a domestic situation, around the world. Supported by the Lower North Shore DV Network (LNS DV Network), the event addresses extremely important social conversations which are at the forefront of community issues.
North Sydney RSL Sub-Branch
Upgrade our existing computers so that they operate more efficiently. This will enable us to better communicate with our members, especially the older veterans, and the broader community around our commemoration events.
Northside Community Forum Limited
Northside is planning to provide IT training and support for People with a Disability. Our evidence has highlighted that people living with disability find it difficult to access online information on NDIS, cyber safe online purchases and safe access of social media. Northside will conduct a customised IT training adapting to disability needs of our clients to enable their motor skills and tapping their sensory and neurological capacities to use computers to access various services, information and social media. With proven research data, people living with varied disability could use computers with ease if the right kind of support and training is provided with repetitive practice sessions.
Persian Morning Tea Group
Persian Morning Tea is held monthly, on the third Saturday of each month at the Crows Nest Centre. It targets Farsi speaking residents of North Sydney. It aims to create social inclusiveness and connectedness. The group comes together over morning tea, shares some food, listens to topical guest speakers, watches original films, and connects with writers and scholars across the world.
Phoenix House Youth Services
Phoenix House will partner with Planet X Youth Centre to provide a social group for young women in the Lower North Shore Area. The program responds to a need that was identified by Bradfield Senior College for young women in the area who are marginalised. It has been designed to provide a space for girls to connect, establish friendships, to create a sense of community and to have a time each week where they get to treat themselves. The program will be six weeks in length and we aim to hold it twice in 2017. We will change up the activities in the different sessions but maintain the same outline and outcomes. This funding would cover both sessions for 2017.
Reach your Potential Workshops for Migrants
The "Reach Your Potential" program involves a series of six half day workshops at Crows Nest Centre - for migrants from the North Sydney area with professional skills from overseas to enhance their ability to find employment in Australia. The program focuses on participants getting jobs that utilise the professional skills and qualifications they brought to Australia to enhance both their confidence and their contribution to the community. The program builds skills in identifying strengths and matching skills and experience to job requirements, defining career goals, searching for jobs, building powerful resumes and effectively presenting at interviews. The mentors continue to work with them until they find a job.
Taldumande is a not-for-profit organisation that supports vulnerable and homeless young people and their families. We operate the only 24/7 crisis refuge for young people in northern Sydney and offer supported accommodation and programs that provide a streamlined pathway, from homelessness and family breakdown to independence and stability. One of our key programs is our Intensive Family Support Program. This is a self funded program which provides specialist case management support to young people aged 16-18 years and their families during a breakdown. We aim to help preserve family relationships and offer intensive, flexible and practical support with the intention of reducing family breakdown. Each family is provided with a highly-skilled Case Manager, who will provide individual support that aims to strengthen relationships, build communication skills, develop coping strategies and achieve personal and family goals. It’s a very focused program that is tailored to the individual needs of the family.
The Kirribilli Centre - Music & Movement
A music and movement class that involves both music and movement therapy, while also educating our participants on health and wellbeing and diet. This project is targeted to the more vulnerable in society - including mental health, socially isolated and those in need.
The Kirribilli Centre – Community Connecting Choir
An all inclusive community choir that brings young, old and everyone together - we are uniting the community. The choir goes out and performs for retirement homes, mental health groups etc in the community.
Zonta Club of North Sydney Breakfast
We have developed an interactive 2 hour workshop for students in years 10-12 which educates them about domestic/partner violence and community resources that might be helpful. The workshop encourages small group interaction in mixed groups of boys and girls around the topics of: what is Domestic Violence and how to identify it (physical, emotional, financial, personal control); what you can do when you are aware of it; high risk situations such as breakups; how to establish and maintain healthy relationships and Community resources to help if you or someone is in an abusive situation. Our grant request is to fund resources to conduct the program in four North Sydney area schools (there are handouts and resource documents @ $300 per workshop) and train an extra 10-15 volunteers from the Community to help us run the program (training materials and venue hire).
Healthy, Active Living Projects
Brothers Oz Tag Association
OZ TAG competition for both boy's and girl's after school during daylight savings for kids five years and older in our community.
Brothers Rugby League Juniors
During the winter months we run a Junior local Rugby League sporting club catering for both boys and girls learning the skills and playing Rugby League. We cater for children 5 years and older within our community.
Cammeray Croquet Club
Purchase a set of replacement croquet balls. Croquet balls wear with use and as a result the surface pattern is worn away resulting in undersized smooth balls that need replacement.
Dance Chance is a not for profit dance group for people with a disability. Located on the lower north shore, Dance Chance provides a weekly dance class for 35 people with a disability. Our dancers range in age from 6 to 76 and have a range of physical and intellectual disabilities. Each week our dancers are supported by a team of 20 dedicated volunteers who guide the dancers with their learning. In November each year the dancers mount an ‘End of Year Concert’ to showcase their dancing prowess to the community. This project will enable Dance Chance to create a set of beautiful costumes for our dancers to wear as they perform.
PCYC North Sydney
Junior boxing is offered at the centre every Monday and Wednesday. There is an increased demand for classes for young people, both male and female participants. Boxing helps keep young people focused, gives them goals to work towards and lowers the risk of them wanting to find a sense of belonging and acceptance in other places – places that could damaging or dangerous. Boxing classes are extremely successful in engaging with case managed youth referred by the juvenile justice system. Many health and fitness benefits including; acting as a team member, self confidence, communication and problem solving. Funding would be used up purchase new equipment including protective head gear.
Each year North Sydney Council provides funding via the Small Grants Funding Program to local community organisations who provide services to our local residents.
To receive assistance an organisation must meet the following criteria:
- Be an incorporated not for profit organisation based in and/or servicing the North Sydney Local Government Area (LGA), or be a community group in the local area auspiced by an incorporated not-for-profit organisation.
- The organisation must be offering a project principally for the benefit of residents of North Sydney LGA.
- The organisation must be undertaking a project within the time frame specified.
- An application form must be completed and submitted by the closing date (3 March 2017).
- Previous Council funding must have been acquitted.
- Organisations receiving a grant are required to acknowledge North Sydney Council's assistance on publicly available material associated with the project. Examples include any media releases, award submissions, brochures and posters, and television promotions.
- Successful organisations will be advised by August 2017 and a valid tax invoice (plus GST if applicable) must be received at North Sydney Council by the date advised on the successful funding letter.
- Funds must be spent on and for the purposes of conducting the program as endorsed by Council.
- The program must be completed in line with the details outlined in your grant application and an Acquittal report on the expenditure of the grant must be completed and received at Council by 30 June 2018.
- If you have leftover money after the completion of the project, or if your approved project does not go ahead, you must return the money plus GST back to North Sydney Council.
Activities which promote or advance a specific religious or political belief system cannot be considered for funding under this program.
Please read our Community Grants and Subsidies Policy (113KB) D4-08
Community and Arts Administration Officer, Community Development on 9936 8100.