Community Grants
and Projects

Reaching Out to the Wingecarribee Shire Community


Approx 70 community organisations and 50 community capacity building projects have been supported across the Wingecarribee shire since the Community Foundation’s launch in 2001.


Community Organisations have been supported

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Community Capacity Building Projects have been undertaken

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Funds distributed in the Southern Highlands since 2001

The FireAid2020 Appeal raised over $340,000 of which $320,000.00 has been distributed to Wildlife Recovery, Local RFS Brigades, FireAid EFTPOS Card, Bushfire Recovery Support, PhotoVoice Competition, PhotoVoice – The Photo Essay of Renewal and Resilience

Our partnership with UOW for Indigenous Scholarships of $12,500.00 was supported by a bequest from the late Williams and Cosgrove bequest. 

Wingecarribee Vocal Muster are a not-for-profit organisation assisting secondary school music students in the Wingecarribee the Foundation supported youth affected by the Bushfires. The Vocal Muster provided over 80 free singing lessons to fire impacted students via ZOOM. This initiative was to keep the student’s connected with their studies and enjoyment of singing. $5000.00 was granted with funds generated via the Global Giving partnership.

CanAssist received a much-needed boost from the Southern Highlands Foundation. $40,000.00 came at much needed time when Covid19 restrictions impacted many local families in need of Cancer support.

Mental is a platform for the community to connect, supported by a variety of innovative programs and events. With a focus for offering an open door venue for youth to engage and created was support by a $2,500.00 grant assisting a young creative person to access training and support.

The $2,000.00 grant from the Southern Highlands Foundation contributed to a research report being conducted for the Art & Cultural Working Party for the Southern Highlands region. The Southern Highlands Artisans Collective (The SHAC) Incorporated was part of the steering committee.

The Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal is a national Not for Profit organisation who is a trusted partner of the Southern Highlands Foundation. In the past 2 years the FRRR has supported the Foundation with granting $19,268 for our partnership with Harbison for a pilot called  Grandfriends.  Each year the FRRR promotes a national program that helps regional remote and rural children to access quality educational experiences by the way of $50 vouchers to purchase school needs. The SHF has been granted over $90,000 worth of Back to School vouchers to be distributed to our local school students. These vouchers support our families who maybe experiencing financial stress but also help our local business community.  

Raise is a national not for profit whose focus is to support youth with an early intervention evidence based mentoring program which is delivered in local high school. The SHF along with The 4K and BDCF have partnered to support this initiative in Bowral and Moss Vale High schools. Volunteer mentors from our local community work with young people to help them navigate challenges, believe in themselves and others. Research shows that young people who are mentored have lower levels of depression, higher sense of wellbeing, know where to go for support and are more likely to find employment and their future path.