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More communities benefit from City grants

Published 13 November 2018

A festival to celebrate Glebe's 160th anniversary, a community picnic day for former Millers Point residents, an inclusive music festival and a child-abuse prevention program are some of the latest projects to receive City of Sydney funding.

The City will provide $562,000 in cash and in-kind support to a series of events to enliven local communities and projects through its social and cultural grants program.

Forty-one projects were chosen for their capacity to celebrate culture and creativity, support the economy and business, ensure environmental sustainability and strengthen communities.

"Our social and community grants are all about supporting local initiatives and building stronger, more resilient communities," Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

"These grants go to projects that make a positive difference to our community and would often not be possible without the City's support."

Projects to benefit from the latest round of social and cultural grants include:

  • a festival celebrating cabaret and associated art forms at Seymour Centre and other inner city locations
  • an inclusive music and arts festival in Redfern featuring independent music, visual and performing arts
  • a series of comedy events as part of Sydney Comedy Festival at Sydney Town Hall
  • Christmas in Pyrmont - an event featuring local artists, community groups, services and businesses
  • a community picnic day for current and former residents of Millers Point and their families
  • a new legal service in Potts Point for transgender people and their families
  • a child abuse prevention program for families with children up to five years of age
  • the Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival.

Carmel Schenke, CEO for Sydney Improvised Music Association Incorporated, said a $15,000 grant from the City would help to continue the annual presentation and growth of the Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival.

"The festival occupies an important niche in Sydney's music scene - it's one of the few events of its kind in the world, and one of the largest, offering world-class music.

"The event engages audiences, contributes to a vibrant music culture in Sydney and puts Sydney at the forefront of this important sector development around women's leadership and participation in the art form."

All grant applications are assessed under strict guidelines to ensure the projects are able to meet the City's objectives.

The next round of the City of Sydney's social and cultural grants programs will open in February 2019. For more information, go to

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