Grants boost community connectedness

Classical music concerts, an inflatable firehouse to teach the community fire safety tips, time keeping equipment for a local swim club, upgrades to a local children’s playground and a mental health program which aims to prevent suicide and self-abuse are among the latest projects recommended to receive funding under The Hills Shire Council’s Community Grants Program 2020/2021.

The 17 projects, which were considered during Tuesday’s Ordinary Meeting of Council, are on public exhibition for a period of 28 days.

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne said she was proud Council could provide vital funding that allows local community groups to continue their important work across the region.

“Our grants program aims to deliver long-lasting, tangible benefits for the entire Hills Shire community,” Mayor Byrne said.

“We are supporting events that connect the community, helping providers to engage more people, and inspire, improve and propel our residents to success,” Mayor Byrne added.

The projects recommended to receive funding include:

  • The Hills Relay for Life fundraising event;
  • Western Sydney Orchestra’s six concerts;
  • The Hills Shire Symphony Orchestra’s 2021 season;
  • The Women’s Shed – Hills Shire incorporated Connect2Life buddy program, which aims to prevent suicide and self-abuse;
  • Hills Community Aid’s Community Connections workshop series;
  • The Shepherd Centre for Deaf Children’s Kidscape program;
  • Rouse Hill Rural Fire Brigade’s inflatable firehouse, which will be used in their fire safety program;
  • Norwest Swimming Club’s time keeping equipment;
  • Max Potential – The Future Leader Group program;
  • Positive Vibes Foundation’s Young Healthy Minds Forum;
  • Fit Kids Foundation’s Butterfly Connection Community Access Project;
  • Hills Community Aid’s Café Connect barista training program;
  • The Hills Men’s Shed disabled access ramp;
  • 1st Rouse Hill Scouts kitchen upgrade;
  • RDA (NSW) Tall Timbers Centre room upgrade;
  • Rotary Club of Kenthurst playground upgrade at Rotary Park Kenthurst; and
  • Hills Domestic Violence Prevention Network’s 30 Year History and Information Booklet/ Launch.

The applications for 2020/2021 were assessed under Council’s Community Grants Program Guidelines within the Community Grants and Donations Policy by the Community Grants Assessment Panel.

For your chance to have your say on the projects, visit Council’s website ( and search for ‘Community Grants.’

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