$120,000 in grants to support local initiatives

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Students from McAuley Catholic Primary School in Rose Bay show the Mayor where their new native garden will go - thanks to an environmental grant

Students from McAuley Catholic Primary School in Rose Bay show the Mayor where their new native garden will go - thanks to an environmental grant

    Small business; Sustainability; Youth and families

Published 16 September 2020

Provision of free transport to and from critical medical appointments for vulnerable individuals, and an innovative online art program enabling participants to explore their creative expression from the comfort of their homes are among the recipients of more than $120,000 in grants awarded to local community groups and charities as part of our 2020 grants program.

Grants were awarded across three categories: Community and Cultural Grants providing funding of up to $7,500, Placemaking Grants of up to $7,500 and Environmental Grants of up to $2,000.

Thanks to our Environmental Grants, this year several local schools will be installing: outdoor learning spaces including bird, frog and native bee habitats; water tanks; solar power and edible organic gardens.

Unique initiatives to receive funding under the Placemaking Grants include inventive street art and lighting installations to help bring people safely together throughout the local government area during COVID-19.

A full list of grant recipients and their projects is provided below.

Woollahra Mayor, Councillor Susan Wynne thanked all grant recipients for their commitment to enhancing the experience of visitors to local shopping and commercial areas, to the implementation of sustainability projects in schools and the creation of a vibrant and connected Woollahra community.

“We are so grateful to the many organisations in the Woollahra community who have submitted such great ideas that will enhance our neighbourhoods and help to build social connections – these initiatives are particularly important given what we have all been experiencing in 2020,” Mayor Wynne said.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and physical distancing restrictions, this year applicants had to think differently as in many instances, more traditional community events will not be possible. I’m really pleased with the innovative proposals we have received and am excited to see them realised in the coming months,".

Community and Cultural Grants and Placemaking Grants are now open for submissions - so tell us about your bright idea!

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The Sir Roden and Lady Cutler Foundation - Community and Cultural Grant recipient 

Community and Cultural Grants

Organisation name  



Maccabi NSW Incorporated

Funding granted for the Maccabi All Abilities Pathways Program, providing pathways for individuals living with disability to actively play or volunteer in local Maccabi sports club activities, thereby fostering inclusion and greater social and health outcomes.



Support for the annual Miroma Art Exhibition, an art therapy project which showcases the artistic talents of individuals attending Miroma's Vaucluse, Kensington Park and Watsons Bay Day Services.


The National Council Of Jewish Women Of Australia New South Wales Division

‘Flamenco for Everybody’ is a one-day free event with contemporary-flamenco dance, live music performance and an intergenerational workshop for Woollahra residents at The Drill Hall, Rushcutters Bay.


The Burger Centre

'Art Minds' is an online art program for people aged over 70 years who live at home, delivered via Zoom and free to participants, offering the chance to explore creative expression, build visual art skills and connect with others.


The Men's Table Limited

The 'Woollahra Communities of Men' project will see the formation and ongoing support of three Men's Tables held in the Woollahra local area, attracting local residents and workers. The project addresses isolation and loneliness for men, and benefits mental wellbeing and builds community for the long term.


NSW Friendship Circle Inc

The Friendship Walk Awareness and Family Fun Day will promote acceptance and inclusion of people living with disability in the local community, through delivery of a virtual entertainment and walking event.


Jewish House Limited

An extension of Jewish House's Peer Support group meetings, providing services to people living with mental illness in the Woollahra LGA.


Waverley Woollahra Arts Centre Co-operative

Funding granted to support the 'Celebrating Printmaking and Digital Prints' project, offering affordable printmaking workshops to the community to be held at the Waverley Woollahra Art School.


Life Force Foundation Limited

Support for the Eastern Suburbs Cancer Support Group project for adult cancer patients, providing trained counsellors and meditation teachers to facilitate the group.


Sir Roden & Lady Cutler Foundation Incorporated

A project to provide free transport to and from critical medical appointments for the most vulnerable in our community.


Waverley Action For Youth Services (WAYS)

A WAYS Safe Summer is a peer education project that provides information regarding mental health, safe sex, sexual health and harm minimisation regarding of alcohol and other drugs for young people in the Woollahra LGA.


Beaches Outreach Project Incorporated

Funding granted to support the delivery of the 'Respect Me Don't Sext Me' project, which provides information, education and counselling to young people in the Woollahra LGA who are experiencing mental health problems due to online bullying.


Jewish Folk Centre Incorporated

Funds granted to cover the cost of purchasing a second hand piano, to enable sing along afternoon teas to engage and entertain members, encouraging respect for social and cultural diversity and preserving Yiddish and Hebrew languages and culture.





Environmental grants

Organisation name



McAuley Catholic Primary School

Native Nature Nook: Creation of an outdoor learning space with bird habitat, frog pond and native bees.


Emanuel Synagogue

Solar Power Project: Installation of a 34kW roof top solar system.


Goethe Institute

Solar Power Project: Installation of a 13.4kW roof top solar system.


The Scots College Early Years Centre

Water Appreciation at Scots Rose Bay - water conservation education & installation of rainwater tanks.


Kincoppal Rose Bay Junior School and Early Learning Centre

Native Beehive Project: Installation of a native beehive to promote pollination.


Rose Bay Community Garden

Saving Blue to Keep Green: Water Tank - installation of a rainwater tank to reduce potable water use.


Paddington Community Garden Inc

Additional Rainwater Harvesting Capacity - installation of a rainwater tank to reduce potable water use.


Vaucluse Public School

Creation of a bush tucker garden with native edible species.


Windsor Street Edible Garden Inc

Windsor Organic Residents Meet (W.O.R.M) - enhancing an edible organic community garden with new plantings.





Placemaking grants

Organisation name



Bard on the Beach

Shakespeare By The Bay is a collaborative performance event concept between Bard On The Beach and Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel. The event will bring Shakespearean performance to life in Robertson Park, Watsons Bay and includes tutelary support for the local school curriculum.


University of New South Wales

In conjunction with the 2021 Sydney Festival, UNSW Galleries will deliver an engagement program of walking tours centred on local history with local businesses in the Oxford Street Paddington Precinct, in conjunction with the Paddington Business Partnership.


Paddington Business Partnership

An enhanced Christmas lighting project for William Street, Paddington.


Cambridge Markets

Support for Cambridge Spring Markets in Watsons Bay, offering boutique homewares, fashion, design, specialty craft and gourmet foods.



Zero waste shop front and in-store art installations and workshops aimed to educate and empower the community with the knowledge and tools for them to live more sustainably and create less waste.


Pound Paws Incorporated

Pound Paws Dog Day: A community place-making initiative held at The Golden Sheaf and Kiaora Laneway to help raise awareness about pet adoption and build a strong sense of community within the Double Bay precinct.


Woollahra Double Bay Uniting Church

The Community Oasis project will create vibrant, interactive murals that become a welcoming place, inspiring people from all backgrounds and ages.


Australian Art Events Foundation

The Art Month Sydney - Paddington Precinct Night will celebrate contemporary art and artists through late-night gallery opening hours across 20 art venues in the Woollahra LGA, and walking tours, public installations and performances for one night in March 2021.





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