Statement: City of Sydney grants program

The City’s grants programs provide funding and support for community organisations, businesses and individuals who contribute to the cultural, social, environmental and economic wellbeing of the city.

All of the grants The Daily Telegraph requested information about were unanimously approved by City of Sydney’s Councillors in 2013.

This included a grant provided in 2013 to 1 Million Women that helped establish a three-month trial to encourage its 82,000 members to reduce home-energy use. Ambassadors for 1 Million Women have included Daily Telegraph Chief Reporter Janet Fife-Yeomans, CEO of the Business Council of Australia Jennifer Westacott and CEO Country Women’s Association of NSW Donna Wilkins.

In November 2013, the City awarded $8,730 to the UTS Housing Bike Club for two cargo and 15 community-bikes to help more than 1,200 students with 3,500 accommodation moves a year, cutting down on transport costs. Global consultancy firm A.T. Kearney ranks Sydney as the world’s most popular destination for international students, and our initiatives help support that.  

Applications for grants are assessed against the City’s grants and sponsorship policy. The new policy was approved by Council in September last year.

In the past, grants were only open to individuals or non-profit organisations, but last year we opened them to businesses with the skills to add to our social, cultural, environmental and economic success.

This is part of our ongoing efforts to make our global city more liveable for more than 195,000 residents, 20,000 businesses and for one million daily workers and visitors.

All governments and councils provide grants to support community groups and organisations.

In 2014/15, the City received 471 applications for grants and approved 279.

Last updated: Thursday, 11 June 2015