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Community Grants

2024 Community Grant Program


The Southern Highlands Community Foundation (SHCF) connects funds to those in our community that need it most.  One of the ways we do this is via our Community Grants.  In 2024 we announce a total granting pool of $250,000 which will be distributed to successful applicants via two granting rounds.

What we fund

We support programs and initiatives at a local community level that contribute to prosperity and wellbeing across the Wingecarribbe Shire.  We are seeking grant applications for initiatives that support health and welfare, education, families, youth and aged care, environmental projects and programs that support first nations people and culture.

Take a look at some of the projects we helped fund in 2023 here.


2024 Granting rounds

The SHCF Grants Committee will consider applications of $1000 – $5000, $5000 – $10,000 up to a maximum of $25,000 in special circumstances.

  • Round 1 December 6th 2023 – March 28th 2024 (closed)
  • Round 2 July 1st 2024 – August 30th 2024

Applicants are encouraged to review our funding guidelines and eligibility criteria before beginning an application.  For any additional clarification on the process and the kinds of project we fund, please contact Bridget Cosyn on 0401 004 013.

Please note: While applications are open all year round, the Committee will not review applications until each granting round has closed.  Successful applicants will be notified 4 weeks after each round closes.


Granting Round One

Meet our first 2024 Grant Recipients


Our first granting round for 2024 awarded $105,990 dollars in grants to 12 local community groups.  Our granting program supports grassroots initiatives that target areas of need in the Southern Highlands community.

Challenge Southern Highlands 
A unique Cafe facility to help people with disabilities acquire hospitality skills to develop their confidence and grow their career opportunities.
Amount funded: $25,000
Penrose Community Association 
With the new Village Hall almost complete, SHCF funding will help to provide furniture and furnishings for a multipurpose event space.
Amount funded: $10,000
Wingello P&C
After being significantly impacted by bushfires the Wingello P&C will use the funding to fight disengagement and support emotional wellbeing at school.
Amount funded: $5000
Fritz Family Foundation
The Wrap Around Project is an initiative to support early childhood development in a playgroup environment by providing access to a range or therapy practitioners.
Amount funded: $5000
Bridges for Learning
A program to help families with the assessment costs for children requiring development and diagnostic assessments to avoid educational isolation.
Amount funded: $15,000
House of Faith & Love
The organisation provides essential food aid as well as community outreach and support, the SHCF grant will go towards raising profile and growing reach.
Amount funded: $15,000
NSW Justice Association
JP’s are volunteers who dedicate their expertise to community service, SHCF funding will provide improved office equipment and IT services.
Amount funded: $4000
Bundanoon Community Association
Funding will support Winterfest, a community event celebrating Winter and community in Bundanoon.
Amount funded: $2000
Harbison Retirement Village 
New furniture and equipment to create comfortable environments to nurture interconnectedness and strengthen bonds among residents, carers, and families.
Amount funded: $8,060
SH Landcare Network Inc.
Funding will assist ecologist Dr Steve Douglas to survey the Threatened Ecological Community (TEC) of Mt Gibraltar Forest.
Amount funded: $6,930
Community Links Wellbeing
Funding will provide support to aid the living conditions and well-being of low-income, aged, disabled and vulnerable Wingecarribee residents.
Amount funded: $10,000
Wingello Village Association
Funds from Global Giving were allocated to Wingello’s bushfire recovery, establishing a community garden and outdoor educational area.
Amount funded: $12,000

SHCF Grant Eligibility Criteria:

As with all applicants to the Southern Highlands Community Foundation there are several eligibility requirements:

  • The geographical focus of the programs and projects must be Wingecarribee LGA
  • Organisations seeking funding must be established with a management or board structure, relevant registration, registered bank account and the ability to report on impact and outcomes of the grant.

We do not fund:

  • Activities that are politically focussed or are involved in proselytising
  • Individuals
  • DGR 2 organisations
  • Programs or organisations that have been established for non-charitable purposes
  • Membership based organisations where activities only benefit their members

2023 Grant Recipients

In 2023, to celebrate our 21st Birthday, the Southern Highlands Community Foundation awarded over $93,000 back into the community.  Find out more.