Do you have an idea to build a stronger community during the lockdown?

TO foster strong communities – especially during the challenges of lockdown – grants are on offer for money to fund ideas to make neighbourhoods better places to live.

Wollongong City Council’s Connecting Neighbours Grants will provide the opportunity for individuals and community groups connect people with their neighbours in a safe way during the current restrictions.

Projects submitted for consideration can be online, creative ways of connecting without meeting up, or face-to-face projects for a time in the future.

Community members can apply for a grant of up to $250 for project ideas within their neighbourhood or social group, or up to $1000 for projects that have the support of an incorporated supporting organisation.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said it is more important than ever before to find ways to bring connections and foster relationships with people that live close to one another.

“We’re looking for initiatives that involve local residents that builds connections in a COVID safe way,” he said.

“People are craving ways to connect with one another during the challenges of current restrictions. These grants are a great way to inspire hope and happiness within our surrounding communities.”

Applications could include but are not limited to ideas such as an online trivia night, or online course with neighbours, a treasure hunt or geocache for your neighbourhood, or perhaps an activity for when restrictions ease such as a working bee or gardening day. If you are planning an in-person activity, think about the ways you might be able to adapt your activity if the public health orders change.

Community members have until September 27 to submit an application, with more information on the grants available on Council’s website.

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About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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