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Wollongong City Council

Connecting Neighbours Grants

Our Connecting Neighbours Grants program provides small grants to community members and groups who want to make a positive impact in their local area.

Examples of past projects that have been funded through this program include planting gardens, working bees, art projects, street get-togethers, a bush dance, and a social outing for a group of isolated older neighbours.

Applications for this program have now closed. We'll be in touch with everyone who applied soon.

To apply for this program you must:

  • Live or be based in the Wollongong City Council area.
  • Be an individual with at least two other friends or neighbours who support your idea (for grants up to $250) OR have a local organisation willing to support your project (for grants over $250 and up to $1000).
  • Follow current public health rules, and be able to adjust your plans to meet rules if they change.

This program isn't for larger community organisations that already receive government funding. However larger organisations are welcome to support a community-led project. See the 'Support organisations' section of this page for details.

The activity you're applying for needs to be a new initiative that involves local residents and helps build connections between neighbours in a COVID-safe way.

Activities can be held up to December 2022.

Some examples of projects are:

  • Holding an online trivia night or online course with your neighbours
  • A BBQ to welcome new neighbours
  • Group training, art or exercise classes
  • Working bees or gardening
  • Social outings, such as for a group of isolated older neighbours.

Ideas can be simple, and you're welcome to come up with other projects not listed here!

Applications will be looked at by a panel of Council staff and an independent representative. They will then recommend projects to be approved by Council.

Priority will be given to projects that are not already provided in our Local Government Area by other community organisations, individuals or businesses.

Applications will be reviewed against the following criteria:


  • Must be based in the Wollongong Local Government Area.
  • Need to be community members with a shared idea, part of a community group, or representing a small community organisation (not a government agency or a large non-government or community organisation).

The idea:

  • Is a new initiative and involves local residents.
  • Connects people and/or strengthens the neighbourhood.


  • Of more than $250 will be managed by an incorporated organisation.
  • Up to $250 for individual community members with a shared project idea
  • Up to $1000 for projects with the backing of a support organisation. See the 'Support organisations' section of this page for more details.

How funding is provided

For projects funded up to $250, you will receive a letter of offer and be asked to sign an agreement with Council. To receive funding, you'll also have to provide an invoice to Council. The person nominated on your application will receive funds by cheque or direct deposit.

For projects up to $1,000, the support organisation and the applicant will receive a letter of offer and be asked to sign an agreement with Council. The support organisation will need to invoice Council, and funds will be provided to that organisation by cheque or direct deposit.

You need the support of an incorporated organisation to apply for Connecting Neighbours Grants of more than $250.

Your support organisation will need to:

  • Take responsibility for guiding the project
  • Sign an agreement with Council if the application is successful
  • Agree to cover the event or activity under their insurances
  • Invoice Council, and receive and manage the grant funds
  • Work with the project coordinator to write a report to acquit the grant.

Examples of suitable support organisations could include your local neighbourhood or community centre, a sports group, club or larger community organisation.

We may be able to help you find a support organisation if you don't have one for your project. Get in touch by email or call us on (02) 4227 7111 for advice.

We also welcome larger organisations that would like to be connected with a neighbourhood project to contact us.

Confirmation of support

You will need to attach a letter from the support organisation that confirms they will take responsibility for the project and manage the grant funds. It must also clearly show the name, position, contact details and signature of the support organisation's authorised representative.

Below are images of some Connecting Neighbours projects that have been supported in the past (before COVID-19 restrictions applied).

11 February 2022Applications open
21 March 2022Applications close

If you have any questions about Connecting Neighbours Grants, please email or call us on (02) 4227 7111.