Special program for verge gardens
We're offering a one-off grant to encourage you to get together with your neighbours and plant a garden on the verge, footpaths or nature strip in front of your home!
It's part of our city's Urban Greening strategy to plant more trees and gardens for the future.
Find out more and apply on the Our Wollongong website before 5pm, Monday 30 November 2020.
Our Connecting Neighbours Grants fund your great ideas to bring people together and make your neighbourhood a better place.
Your neighbourhood could include a street, a few houses, a local group, or a place where your socialise.
Applications for the most recent round of this program closed in April 2020.
- 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).
- Help neighbours get to know each other
- Involve people in neighbourhood activities, especially people who may be socially isolated
- Increase feelings of community safety
- Improve how the area looks
- Build local skills or job opportunities.
- 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.
- 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.
- Will need to be spent by 31 March 2021.
- 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.
|20 April 2020|
|by 30 June 2020|
|26 March 2021|
If you have any questions about Connecting Neighbours Grants, please email or call us on (02) 4227 7111.
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