June 26, 2015

Youth Sleepout

We invite you to spread the message of hope and change for homeless and disadvantage young people in our communities! Please help us to fundraise by donating money to this cause as we aim to reach $10,000.

Our Bankstown Youth Initiative Team – ‘Leaders in Youth’ is made of young advocates from diverse backgrounds, who all share the same passion – to create change and make a real difference within the lives of others.

The team works in collaboration to plan and facilitate a Youth Sleep Out which will take place on 7 August from 5pm until 8 August 2015 10am at Paul Keating Park.

This event will raise awareness about youth homelessness, which is a sad reality for 42% of young people aged 16-25 and one that is often overlooked.


June 11, 2013

Our Neighbourhood Community Grants

Funding opportunities

Funding of one-off cash grant payments between $1,000 and $25,000 is available for community projects or initiatives, based on how strongly they meet the theme of ‘inclusion’ and support disadvantaged audience groups within Australia.

Find out how to apply

Who can apply?

Australian registered charities or community organisations that meet the program eligibility criteria can apply for an Our Neighbourhood Community Grant.

Central theme

All grant applicants must support our central theme of ‘inclusion’ and fit within at least one of the below areas of focus:

  • Providing all Australians with access to essential products and services – as well as the knowledge to use these services to connect in both the physical and digital world
  • Maintaining a diverse, inclusive workplace that values the contribution made by people from varying backgrounds and neighbourhoods across our nation
  • Investing in programs and activities that foster community spirit, connect communities and contribute to building a more inclusive Australia
  • Providing support to Australian communities in times of preparedness for future or recovery from previous major crisis

Communities targeted

  • Local communities
  • Regional and remote communities*
  • Socially disadvantaged
  • Indigenous Australians
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse groups
  • People living with a disability
  • Small businesses (up to 20 employees)

Our Neighbourhood Community Grants form part of Australia Post’s ongoing commitment to supporting the communities in which we operate.

Find out more about Our Neighbourhood

URL: http://ourneighbourhood.com.au/grants/community-grants.html

June 11, 2013

Age-Friendly Community LG Grants Scheme

Population ageing is a demographic change that brings challenges and opportunities for our member councils. The number of people living in NSW aged 65 years and over will increase from just over 1 million people (14 percent of the population) in 2012, to 2.3 million (24 percent of the population) in 2050.

Councils are helping communities prepare for the impact of population ageing. This involves planning and implementing local solutions to ensure that changing needs are met. This could mean creating more accessible places, town centres, parks and facilities.

The NSW Office for Ageing recognises Local Government as a key partner in realising the objectives of the NSW Government’s Ageing Strategy and that councils can benefit from assistance to develop and implement plans for older people.

URL: http://www.lgnsw.org.au/member-services/grants/age-friendly-community-local-government-grants-scheme

June 11, 2013

Funding to support community-based projects

Help with grant applications

Submitting a good application for funding will improve your chances of success. It is important that you refer to the guidelines that are provided by the funding body. For additional guidance on writing applications, visit the CommunityBuilders NSWLink to external website,Philanthropy AustraliaLink to external website and Our Community Link to external websitewebsites. Bill Somerville’s Proposal Writing Kit : Tips & Techniques onPhilanthropic Ventures Foundation’s websiteLink to external website provides useful guidance on preparing funding applications. The publicationGood Practices and Pitfalls in Community-Based Capacity Building and Early Intervention Projects: A Toolkit is also provided on the FaHCSIA website.

URL: http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/our-responsibilities/communities-and-vulnerable-people/grants-funding/funding-to-support-community-based-projects

June 11, 2013

The Small Business Tookit

The Small Business Tookit provides free information and interactive tools you need to start, run and grow your business.


NSW Trade & Investment

Phone: (02) 9338 6600


Level 47, MLC Centre,
19 Martin Place,
Sydney, NSW

Find more grants by NSW Trade & Investment

Program contact details

Website: http://toolkit.smallbiz.nsw.gov.au/

June 11, 2013


Registered clubs make a real difference to the community. Last year, New South Wales clubs gave over $92 million to community groups, charities and sports organisations through the ClubGRANTS scheme – as part of clubs’ $1.2 billion contribution to the NSW community. Organisations such as Surf Life Saving, Men of League Foundation, Ted Noffs, Hunter BreastCare, SouthernCare, Vision Australia, SES and Legacy are just a few of the organisations that benefit from the support provided by clubs through the ClubGRANTS scheme.

URL: http://www.clubsnsw.com.au/clubgrants

June 11, 2013

Community Development Resourcing Grants 2013

The Community and Private Market Housing Directorate of Housing NSW is offering six packages of up to $30,000 each (inclusive of GST) for a one-off grant to registered community housing providers. The grants will be available to registered community housing providers either individually or working in partnership with other community based organisations to support community development and tenant engagement initiatives targeting older social housing tenants.

The 2013 grants will focus on new or existing initiatives that seek to develop and implement innovative approaches to tenant participation in community housing. This includes innovative practices to:

• Address issues of social isolation experienced by older people
• Promote social connection and access to better information for older people
• Better enable people to age in their home

In 2013 additional funding will be made available to support the development and implementation of initiatives to support older social housing tenants.

Program Guidelines and an Application Form (Word, 423KB) for applicants have been developed.

Enquiries can be made by calling Lisa Catori, Operational Programs on 8753 8589 or by e-mailing lisa.catori@facs.nsw.gov.au

URL: http://www.housing.nsw.gov.au/Community+Housing+Division/Community+Housing+Providers/Products+and+Services/Community+Development+Resourcing+Grants+2011-2013.htm

June 11, 2013

Community Builders NSW

This site is an interactive electronic clearing house for everyone involved in community level social, economic and environmental renewal including community leaders, community & government workers, volunteers, program managers, academics, policy makers, youth and seniors.

URL: http://www.communitybuilders.nsw.gov.au/

June 11, 2013

Community Engagement Tools – Complaints

Make feedback forms accessible. Encourage
feedback from users.

Provides input from those using the
Easy to set up
Provides information about service’s
weaknesses and strengths

Not representative
Essentially reactive to existing

June 11, 2013

Community Engagement Tools – Surveys and Questionnaires

Quantitative research in the form of
questionnaires or surveys gives statistics in
response to set questions. Can be
administered through post, via telephone or
face-to-face. Development of the questions
should be undertaken by a professional to
avoid bias. Most suitable for general
attitudinal surveys.

Provides input from individuals who
would be unlikely to attend meetings
Provides input from cross-section of
Statistically tested results are more
persuasive with political bodies and
the general public.

Response rate is generally low
For statistically valid results,
can be labour intensive and
It is difficult to establish why
someone has answered a
certain way.

URL: http://www.nrm.wa.gov.au/media/10536/working_together_involving_community_and_stakeholders.pdf

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