Do you have a community celebration or cultural activity that needs Council funding?

NAIDOC Week 2022, Wollongong Youth Centre

THERE is a range of funding grants now available through Wollongong City Council to support community events, heritage projects, bands and choirs, NAIDOC Week celebrations and other cultural activities in the region.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said there are people in the community who find getting their big ideas off the ground without financial assistance.

“For many years now we have offered a range of grants to help individuals or groups with financial or in-kind support,” Cr Bradbery said.

”They are made to support programs, projects and events that strengthen community ties and bring people together. It’s these relationships that create a safer and more interconnected community, and in turn creates a more vibrant and liveable city.

“I encourage applicants to visit Council’s website, check out the range of programs available and make a submission that is as detailed as possible. When it comes to assessment, this additional detail can help us get a sense of what you are proposing.”

These programs are accepting applications until March 31 2023:

  • Band and choir grants: This program supports not-for-profit bands and choirs that are based in Wollongong LGA and perform locally at public events.
  • Community event grants: This program aims to encourage a wider range of events, particularly those that bring social and economic benefits to the local area.
  • Heritage grants: This program encourages conservation projects in heritage places and helps to conserve items that have local cultural significance.
  • NAIDOC Week grants: This program aims to get as many people as possible involved in NAIDOC Week (July 2-9, 2023) and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Small cultural grants: This program supports a broad range of activities to build cultural industry, and encourage people to get involved

For full details on these opportunities and more as they open throughout the year, visit the Apply for a Grant page 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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