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The Southern Highlands Community Foundation (SHCF) announced today that they have awarded over $93,000 dollars in grants back into the community.

“We were thrilled to receive grant applications for so many worthy programs and initiatives.  Our goal is to have positive, meaningful impact wherever we can and grants such as these have the power to make a real difference in our community.”  

Nicole Smith, Chair of the SHCF 



Earlier this year, the SHCF announced a series of grants to mark their 21st Birthday including:

  • Kickstart Southern Highlands for new community programs and initiatives.
  • 21st Birthday Grants across three categories; First Nations, Arts & Culture and Cancer Care.

A total of 19 grants have been awarded in 2023 for projects that target areas of need in our community.  Here are some examples of the initiatives being supported:

  • Vocal Muster – supporting emerging vocal and musical talent from secondary schools.
  • Homestart – providing support for vulnerable families with young children.
  • Angels in Our Town – supporting front line services and volunteers.
  • Reframe Gaming – supporting youth with a sense of community and belonging.
  • Koori Kulture – supporting a new Indigenous community garden for education.
  • Can Assist – support for individuals and families living with cancer.

“It’s a privilege for the SHCF to be able to support these organisations, projects and initiatives and we can’t wait to see the impact that these grants will have.”

Do you have a great idea to help support Southern Highlanders in need? We are always open to funding requests for projects or programs within the highlands.  If you have a project or initiative that you are trying to get off the ground, read our funding guidelines here and complete an application form here.