We know that connecting with people is difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we're looking for projects that help people connect with their neighbours safely.
Your activity can take place during current restrictions, or later as conditions ease, as long as you meet the public health rules in place at the time.
We're open to projects that are online, creative ways of connecting without meeting up, or face-to-face projects into the future.
- 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.
Activities can be held up to June 2022.
- Holding an online trivia night, or online course with your neighbours
- A treasure hunt that people can do individually through your neighbourhood
- A socially-distanced costumed walk through your suburb.
As restrictions ease, you might also want to consider activities like:
- Holding 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.
If you're planning an in-person activity, we recommend thinking about how you might be able to adapt it if public health rules change.
- 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).
- 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
- 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.
Confirmation of support
Below are images of some Connecting Neighbours projects that have been supported in the past (before COVID-19 restrictions applied).
|25 August 2021||Applications open|
|27 September 2021||Applications close|
If you have any questions about Connecting Neighbours Grants, please email or call us on (02) 4227 7111.
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