Community Strengthening Grants Program | Now Open

The Community Strengthening Grants program is a small grants program which provides for one-off projects to build capacity and resilience in communities across the Illawarra Shoalhaven District with a focus on disadvantaged groups within these communities, particularly families and individuals living in social housing.


Community Strengthening Grants are strictly one off grants with no ongoing funding options.

Under this Program you can apply for 1 year funding of between $1,000 and $25,000. All funds must be expended on the project, inline with the submitted application, within 12 months of the first payment being received.FACS

This is the first round of this grants program and there are limited funds available. A reserve list of suitable projects will be kept in case additional funds become available prior to the running of the next round.

Information on Eligibility and Selection Criteria can be found in the Community Strengthening Grants Guide.

Community Strengthening Grants Guide 2014-2016

Submitting an Application

Applications should be made on the attached form (word version) and emailed to by close of business 20 March 2015.

Application Form

When completing your application make sure all the information requested is provided.  Incomplete applications may not be assessed. Ensure the application authorisation page is printed, signed by the appropriate signatories and emailed back with your application.

If you are applying for more than one project, use a separate application form for each project.

If your require further information please contact Michelle Park,

Tools for Success | encouraging women living in social housing to take up a career in non-traditional trades

The Tools for Success program is a new scholarship provided by NSW Family and Community Services, encouraging women living in social housing to take up a career in non-traditional trades.

Second round applications open on 5 January 2015 and close on 27 February 2015.

Tools for Success is offering the following scholarships to support women living in social housing:

  • up to $1000 to attend pre-apprenticeship training in a non-traditional trade through TAFE, a registered training organisation or a group training organisation (50 scholarships available).
  • up to $5000 to start or continue an apprenticeship in a non-traditional trade (40 scholarships available).

Please note that the scholarships are open to women already participating in apprenticeships, as long as they meet eligibility requirements. (See attached Guidelines)

We’re asking you and your organisation to help us promote the Tools for Success scholarships by:

  • Displaying the Tools for Success posters in visible areas
  • Distributing Tools for Success flyers
  • Informing your staff and networks about the scholarships
  • Sharing information about the scholarships and Tools for Success via your social media channels
  • Actively encouraging women to take up the scholarships.

The application must made through the online application form available on the Tools to Success website: