Waverley Council’s Small Grants Program delivers more than $73,000 in funding

Waverley Council

Swimming lessons for young Ukranian refugees, tattoos for breast cancer survivors and a school centenary celebration were among the diverse projects to receive funding in the latest round of Waverley Council’s Small Grants Program.

Council voted to support 23 grants to the value of $73,556 to help deliver community and cultural, environmental and creative streets projects in the local area.

Mayor of Waverley, Paula Masselos, held a celebration this week for the grant recipients whose grassroots projects are making positive contributions and striving for better outcomes within the community.

The Small Grants Program provides financial assistance across three key areas:

  • Community and Cultural: Aims to support the delivery of identifiable social, cultural and recreational benefits to Waverley’s community that align with goals in the Waverley Community Strategic Plan and Council’s Arts and Culture Plan
  • Environmental: Aims to support environmental improvement projects that align with goals in the Waverley Community Strategic Plan, and Council’s Environmental Action Plan
  • Creative Streets: Aims to support community contributions to public spaces that align with goals in the Waverley Community Strategic Plan using an urban interventions framework.

“Our Small Grants Program is just one of the ways that Waverley Council recognizes and supports the exceptional efforts of community groups and individuals in enhancing the wellbeing and quality of life for the residents and visitors to our local area,” Mayor Masselos said.

“It recognizes the importance of grassroots efforts in addressing local needs and challenges, fostering community spirit, and creating a vibrant and inclusive environment for residents by investing in our community.

“Through this local government initiative, we aim to empower our grant recipients to continue their impactful projects and initiatives.”

Projects recognised in this latest round of funding were:

Arts and Culture category:




Brigid the Rebel Festival

The Prankqueans

Irish community

Becoming—an evening of music

Sarah Jane Moore

General Public

Exhibition of Head On Portrait Awards

Head On Foundation

General Public

Music Score— Saving Bondi Pavilion

Friends of the Bondi Pavilion

General Public

Climate Change the Artic to Bondi

Michele Barker

General Public

Unvoiced—Queer Youth Podcasting

Matriark Theatre


Grants total: $23,000





Precinct Fete

Diamond Bay Vaucluse Precinct

Community Engagement

Chanukah in the Park

Dover Heights Shule

Jewish community

Cultural Anchors & Heritage Icons

Waverley Action Group Inc

Community Engagement

Bondi Beach Public School Centenary

Bondi Beach Public School

Children & Families

Swim for Ukraine program

Bondi Icebergs Club

Refugee children

North Bondi Share Board

Cameron Scott

General Public

Local Bird Walks

Jade Peace

General Public

Memories of Cinemas Past and Present

Waverley Historical Society

General Public

Mentor Program Networking Night

City East Community College


Tattoos for Breast Cancer Survivors

Daniela Silva


A WAYS Safe Summer

Waverley Action for Youth Services


Bring Back Morning Tea

Bondi Beach Playgroups

Children & Families

Grants total: $36,856





Compost Grow and More

Dover Heights Early Education Centre

Reduce waste

Active Transport

Galilee Catholic School

Active Transport

Wildlife Rescue

Sydney Metro Wildlife Rescue


Grants total: $7,200

Creative Streets:




North Bondi Community Bookshelf Upgrade

Louis Litrenta


Bondi Bowlo Community Garden

Bondi Bowling Club Co-Op


Grants total: $6,500

“I want to thank our grant recipients for taking the time and effort to devise and propose these projects that add to Waverley’s cultural, social and environmental fabric,” Mayor Masselos said.

“These grant applications highlight Waverley as an inclusive and caring community, and with a little help from Council, our recipients can continue to make a big difference to the lives of the people their projects are designed to support.”

Grants are offered in two rounds that are advertised in March and August each year and proposals are put through a rigorous assessment process.

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