Woollahra Council delivers $107,000 in grants to support local community initiatives

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Published: 16 July 2018

Community and Cultural and Environmental grants were presented by Mayor of Woollahra, Peter M Cavanagh at a special event at Woollahra Council Chambers.

Initiatives provided with funding include A Unique Hug, a not-for-profit community engagement project where members of the community come together to knit items for the vulnerable or and/or socially isolated; the Friendship Walk, an annual family fun day in support and celebration of young people living with disability, and weekly beach clean-up activities in Rose Bay aimed at increasing awareness of plastic pollution problems.

“It is imperative that we recognise and support those that cater to the needs of the community,” the Mayor said.

“Through our grants program, we’re pleased to be able to provide assistance to many wonderful local organisations – many of which are not-for-profit – and help to showcase and nurture local talent.

“We believe their innovative ideas, projects and events will enhance the Woollahra Municipality by supporting local businesses, enhancing its natural environment increasing local community engagement and connectedness.

“Congratulations to all of our worthy grant recipients – your projects will help to make Woollahra an even better place to live and visit. We look forward to seeing your initiatives becoming a reality in the near future.”

More information about the Grants is available here.

The next round of grants will be open towards the end of the year. Placemaking grants will be announced by the beginning of August 2018.

Woollahra Environmental Grants 2018/19


Project Description

Amount Funded

Cooper Park

Community Garden


Construction of 8 garden beds for the benefit of members to learn and share the experience of organic gardening.


Rose Bay Community

Garden Inc

Installation of a solar-timed door to keep chickens in their nesting box area until 9am to encourage laying in boxes


Laneway Community

Space Inc

Establishment of three vertical succulent gardens in laneway


Emanuel Woollahra


Rebuild and create a space for children to learn benefits of growing their own produce


Holy Cross Catholic

Primary School

Develop a native garden to educate and engage students to establish nature gardens and the importance of sustaining native plants in our environment


Glenmore Road Public School P&C Assoc.

Establish a laying chicken coop alongside planned organic vegetable gardens including sustainability education programs


Double Bay Public


Contribution of funding towards installation of a 30kW solar power system on the roof of Block B building


Woollahra Public


Contribution of funding towards installation a 40kW solar power system on the roof of the hall


Responsible Runners

Action Network

Weekly beach clean ups in Rose Bay, marketing events and campaigns to increase membership and awareness of plastic pollution problems


Windsor Street Edible

Garden Inc

To establish and maintain an edible community garden and street library in Windsor St cul-desac


Woollahra Community & Cultural Grants 2018/2019

A Unique Hug

A Unique Hug is a not-for-profit community engagement project where members of the community come together to knit items for the vulnerable or and/or socially isolated.


Beaches Outreach

Project (BOP)

BOPs “No More Bullying” Program will provide education and support to young people impacted by bullying behaviour. The program’s focus will be to identify and engage the perpetrators of bullying, providing them with intensive counselling to target this growing social problem at its root cause.



Funding granted towards the purchase of a trishaw (a three-wheeled vehicle operated with pedals) to enable BIKEast to offer a Cycling Without Age Program, connecting residents of care homes with volunteer 'pilots' to go for rides around their community.


Bondi Beach Cottage

Funding granted to support the delivery of the Circle of Security Evening Program 8 week parenting course, an evidence-based program that helps form secure attachment between a child and parent, helping them navigate parenting while juggling other demands in life.


COA Sydney


Funding granted to support fortnightly bus trips for seniors with serious mobility issues.


Critical Path

A group of senior female creatives, connected to choreographic practice, will act as a focus for the support and celebration of older women working in creative industries across Woollahra.


Double Bay Sailing Club Inc.

Funding granted to host the first Women's Laser Regatta in Australia. It will provide coaching and training to all women sailors and a series of races. Its key objective is to encourage more women to participate in sailing and eventually create a more diverse sailing community in Woollahra.


Eastern Sydney

Suicide Prevention


The monthly ‘Suicide Impacting Me’ Group (SIM Group) allows a safe place where people impacted by suicide can find support and access professional advice from trained clinicians. The group has been running since February and has attracted up to 8 attendees per session.


Historic Houses

Association of


Funding granted to support 'A Point Called

Darling', a guided historical walk around Darling Point that will be offered monthly. Commencing at the wharf and taking in HHA's headquarters at Lindesay, these walks are designed to engage the local community and visitors with Darling Point's rich architectural heritage and encourage conservation of its built environment.


Inala (Miroma)

The annual Miroma Art Exhibition showcases the creative talents of individuals living with disability who live in the Eastern Suburbs. The exhibition will be held at Gaden Cafe, Woollahra in September.


Little Heroes Swim


Funding granted for an aquatic wheelchair to support a Learn to Swim program for young people with a disability living in the Woollahra area. Most students who access the program would not be able to access similar programs elsewhere because of the level of their disability. The program is based at Kincoppal Rose Bay.


Marnie Ross

Funding granted for the 'Little Things Art Prize', encouraging local artists to bring attention to small things that make them happy and express them creatively in a small format. This competition has run successfully since 2015. It culminates in an exhibition at St Cloche Gallery, Paddington.




Mum for Mum is a confidential, nondenominational home-visiting program where trained volunteers visit a mother once a week in the last trimester of pregnancy and for the first year of their baby’s life in order to provide

emotional support. Funding granted to support four Mothers' Groups for vulnerable Mum for Mum recipients, upskilling sessions for volunteers, and training for new volunteers.


Music Ensemble

Program (MEP)

Funding granted to support BayFest 18, a youth music festival that showcases the musical talents of the 150 students aged 12-18 who participate in the MEP based at Rose Bay Secondary. The festival is held at the school and is a free cultural and community event for the family.


NSW Friendship Circle

The 'Friendship Walk' is an annual family fun day in support and celebration of young people living with disability. Held in August, the walk ends at Vaucluse Primary School where there are children's activities and a sausage sizzle.


REELise Inc.

The Cyber Hero project will work with local teachers, filmmakers and students to deliver an innovative education program to encourage healthy and creative online time by primary school students.


Sherman Centre for

Culture & Ideas (SCCI)

The inaugural SCCI Architecture Hub 2018 will run from 12-21 October, presenting a programme of films, panel events, presentations and workshops on the topic of architecture and its role in our world.


Sir Roden & Lady

Cutler Foundation Inc.

Funding requested for the Pick Me Up service, which provides free door to door medical related transport to people in the Woollahra LGA who are

physically, mentally, socially or financially disadvantaged.


St Michael's Anglican


The annual Rose Bay Neighbourhood Christmas

Carols at Pannerong Reserve is hosted by the Rose Bay Good Neighbour Group, Rose Bay retailers, and the Catholic, Greek, Anglican and Presbyterian Churches. It will include a free sausage sizzle and carols, as well as a performance by the Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra.


The Wallace Co-op

Funding granted to support a 10 week acting course for over 55s at the Drill Hall.


WAYS Youth &


“A WAYS Safe Summer” (AWSS) is a youth based peer education project which aims to provide health promotion and education regarding STI’s, the importance of getting tested, safe sex practices and the risks associated with alcohol and other drugs to young people in Eastern Sydney..




Orchestra (WPO)

The Orchestra plans a continuation of its core program, delivering eight symphonic concerts. They aim to provide access to orchestral performances to the community, including family- and children-focussed programming.


Woollahra Primary

Schools Recognition

Funding provided annually to primary schools in the area to recognise community-mindedness in its pupils. Schools to advise how they will use the funding.


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