Ku-ring-gai Community Grants

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Community Grants

Each year we offer community groups the chance to get their projects off the ground, purchase much-needed equipment or fund arts and cultural activities, through the Ku-ring-gai Community Grants Program. 

The aim of the grants program is to build and strengthen our community through projects that help increase social cohesion and develop healthy and resilient communities.

Ku-ring-gai Community Grants 2024 applications open 6 May 2024 and and close on 7 June 2024. Apply for a grant through our online application system, Smarty GrantsSmarty Grants.

Please note all previous 2023 Community Grants recipients must have submitted their acquittal form(PDF, 131KB) and any associated paperwork by 31 May 2024. 

Grant categories

The Ku-ring-gai Community Grants Program has three funding categories to support community based initiatives:

  • Arts and Cultural.
  • Community Development.
  • Small Equipment.

Grant writing resource and grant information workshop

View Smarty Grants help guide.

Ku-ring-gai Community Grants information workshop is to assist community organisations with the preparation of their grant’s applications. This will provide an opportunity to seek clarification on grant guidelines, priority funding areas, the assessment process and ask questions about your project proposal.

When: Friday 17 May 2024

Time: 10.30am to 12 noon

Where: Council Chambers in Gordon

Register to attend

Grant guidelines and information

General information for applicants(PDF, 789KB)

Arts and Cultural Grant Guidelines(PDF, 935KB)

Community Development Grant Guidelines(PDF, 1MB)

Small Equipment Grant Guidelines(PDF, 1MB)

Statement by Supplier form(PDF, 145KB) - organisations that do not have an ABN must submit this form, refer to "Contact details, ABN question" on each electronic application.

2023 successful grants recipients

Arts & Cultural

Organisation Grant Amount  Project Outline / Achievements 
Dae Hahn Culture School  $3,900

The Game of Go project

A program of weekly meetings and competition among current players and those interested in learning the Game of Go, to initiate multi-ethnic gatherings through the non-verbal and intellectual game of Go.

Kuringai Youth Orchestra Incorporated  $900

Enhanced rehearsals: playing with professional musicians

Provision of enhanced rehearsals and additional learning and development opportunities through having professional musicians attend and play in with the youth orchestra.

Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Parkinson's Association Incorporated  $1,175

Choir- Digital conversion of sheet music

Provision of a software programme that will allow digital conversion of sheet music for the choir and produce audio files for playback via a keyboard/controller.

Streetwork Australia Limited  $3,900

Urban Art

Funding for a program developing contemporary art skills in young people in a safe and legal environment. The program focuses on young people affected by youth crime, mental health concerns, educational disengagement, homelessness, alcohol/substances misuse or those with poor employment opportunities.

CASS Care Ltd  $3,900

Bright up for Cultural Harmony Ku-ring-gai

A project to encourage residents from different cultural backgrounds to participate in a series of cultural programs through weekly meetings, and culminating in a multicultural performance celebrating cultural diversity in Ku-ring-gai.

Chabad House Of The North Shore Limited



Chanukah on the Green - Jewish Festival 2023

Funding to contribute to the Chanukah on the Green festival. The festival provides an opportunity for all residents to experience Jewish culture and traditions.

The event includes musical performances from Sydney artists and local schools, stage shows and entertainment, amusement rides and shows for children, food stalls and community stalls where groups can promote their services.

Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Community College  $3,900

Arts and Culture in Ku-ring-gai's Residential Aged Care Facilities

Provision of 30 hours of cultural and art classes to local residential aged care facilities, providing some of our most vulnerable community members with the opportunity for social inclusion, access and participation.

The Cavalcade of History and Fashion



Publication of Cavalcade Presentation Booklets

Development and presentation of both hard and soft copies of two collections of original, donated, historic clothing and accessories worn or associated with women, men and children in Australia dating from 1788 to the present day.

Multicultural Integration Community Support Inc



Autochthonous sounds in a foreign land

A project highlighting important aspects in migrant and Indigenous communities: how through their music they can retain the connection to their homelands but also connect to people in their adoptive country.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance  $3,900

Touch and Movement - music program for people living with disability

A music program for adults with physical disability, allowing them to enjoy the mental health benefits of musical expression, composition and performance in a safe, social and accessible environment.

Community Development

Organisation Grant Amount  Project Outline / Achievement 
AASHA Australia Foundation $3,700

Bollyfit, Yoga, Music - Stay Well-Live Well

Monthly 2-3 hour 'Stay Well-Live Well' exercise program that is a combination of Bollyfit exercise and 'chair' Yoga designed to provide a fun and social exercise option for seniors of all cultural backgrounds.

Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Parkinson's Association Incorporated $2,099

Raising Awareness of Parkinson's Disease

A project to increase awareness of the Association with both Doctors and Chemists; and to increase awareness and support for people suffering from Parkinson's disease.

Empowering Parents In Crisis (EPIC) $3,700

EPIC Training

The EPIC Training project will provide parents and carers of young people with the knowledge, skills and confidence to support their young people. The program will teach skills to identify and assist adolescents who are developing mental health problems, and gain strategies for physical, emotional and cognitive resilience.

Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)



School incursion program for students on the autism spectrum at Aspect Vern Barnett School satellite classrooms in St Ives

To facilitate a school incursion program for students on the autism spectrum at Aspect Vern Barnett School satellite classrooms. The program will comprise of a suite of three immersive learning experiences, provided in a safe and supported learning environment that is tailored to their complex needs.

Streetwork Australia Limited



Changing Course

A new early intervention and empowerment program that supports vulnerable young people and seeks to reduce engagement in crime and recidivism.

The Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust (NSW) on behalf of UCA Gordon-Pymble Uniting Church $3,700

Defibrillators for GPUC venues

Installation of defibrillator kits for each of our two Church and Community Centre venues - Gordon & Pymble.

Ku-ring-gai Community Workshop "The Shed" Inc




Men's Health Week in Ku-ring-gai 2024

Support to hold an event during Men's Health Week 2024, to highlight the importance of men's health, and to promote and support the health and wellbeing of men and boys in our community.

Ha'Tzofim Australia



Sukkot and Chanukah special celebrations

Support towards two events at the North Shore Synagogue in Lindfield that will bring children, youth and their families together to celebrate the holidays and connect with their local community. There will be opportunity to learn about traditions and culture in a fun environment and bring together different Israeli groups.

Ku-ring-gai Netball Association $3,700

Come-and-Try Netball Clinics for Migrant Communities

Clinics aiming to create a welcoming space where children from non-English speaking backgrounds can learn the basics of netball with a focus on teamwork and fostering friendships.

Ku Ring Gai Little Athletics Inc $1,746

No time like the present

Funding towards the replacement of existing timing gates to be used by Little Athletics members and local schools.

St Swithun's Anglican Church Pymble




Expansion of Gymnasium

To update the equipment for a secular youth drop-in gym program. The program aims to engage young people in activities that encourage physical activity and connecting with the broader community in a safe and supervised space.

Road Safety Education Limited $3,700

RYDA Road Safety Education for Ku-ring-gai Youth Starting the Driving Process

To deliver ready to drive workshops for Ku-ring-gai youth. The program aims to improve young people's understanding of road safety issues and assist them in developing strategies to reduce distractions.

 CASS Care Ltd



Ku-ring-gai Harmony Lifestyle Project

To develop a supportive community hub for the CALD community, to strengthen community access to settlement, health and mental health services, and volunteering opportunities.

Small Equipment

Organisation Grant Amount  Project Outline / Achievements 
Gordon Football Club



Training and Game Day Equipment 2024 Season

Purchase of training and game day equipment to enable expanded participation for women’s and older age ranges.

Probus Club of Barra Brui Inc $1,016

Handheld & Lapel Microphones

Purchase of a two-channel JTS wireless receiver with a handheld microphone transmitter and a wireless lapel microphone system and belt pack transmitter to facilitate clearer presentations.

Wahroonga Anglican Church $1,600


Purchase additional equipment for the initial set up of a playgroup for babies and toddlers.

Sydney United Sports Club Incorporated



Equipment Support

Purchase of updated cricket coaching equipment.

Men's Kitchen Association Limited $1,600

Production of new recipe books for Men's Kitchen in Ku-ring-gai LGA

Funding to produce 100 recipe books in order to provide these free of charge to participants in their cooking classes for older men in Ku-ring-gai.

North Turramurra Football Club $1,600

BBQ for canteen service at Samuel King Oval

Purchase of a BBQ for canteen service at the club.

Christ Church St Ives



Additional 10 x Flip-Top tables for Christ Church St Ives

Purchase of new flip-top folding tables for use in church and community outreach activities.

Chabad House Of The North Shore Limited  $1,600

Youth Room Equipment and Furniture

Purchase of updated equipment for the youth room.

2nd/3rd Lindfield Scout Group



2nd/3rd Lindfield Camping Equipment

Purchase of new camping equipment for use by the group in regular trips and to attend Jamboree’s.

Lindfield District Cricket Club Inc



New training aids to support volunteer coaches

Purchase of cricket training aids including ball throwing aids, catching ramps, bats and new kits to support senior and junior players.

Ku-ring-gai Netball Association



Post-COVID Catch-up training

Purchase additional equipment for beginner members and provision of additional training to fill a training gap caused by Covid lockdowns.

West Pymble Scout Group



Purchase and Installation of a Defibrillator to enhance Scouting and Community Safety

Purchase and installation of a Defibrillator (AED) available to all users of the scout hall.

Kuringai Youth Orchestra Incorporated  $510

Promotional material

Purchase of promotional materials to increase membership and public knowledge of the group.

Alternative sources of funding

The NSW Government has distributed a list of Funding Opportunities for Community Groups. Possible sources of funding include:

  • Government gateways to community grants.
  • Non-government gateways to community grants.
  • Grants in selected subject areas.
  • Selected private sector/non-government funding sources.
  • Selected local government funding sources.

The document provides links to many funding opportunities relevant to local community groups. Some of these are: