Community Grants and Projects

Reaching Out to Our 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 SHF has contributed over $400,000 to support local community strengthening projects and families in need in 2020.

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

Our partnership with UOW for Indigenous Scholarships of $5000.00 was supported by a bequest from the late Fr Ted Kennedy

Back to School Vouchers $7500.00 supported by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal for disadvantaged youth were distributed by Highlands Community Centres.

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 Covid 19 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.