2019/20 Recipients

Council awarded $240,000 in grant funding to successful applicants to the Community and Cultural Development Grants Program 2019/20.

OrganisationProject or ProgramAmount
Artability sponsored by Northern Beaches Creative Leisure and Learning Inc.

To provide people living with intellectual and physical disabilities access to artistic endeavours including: painting, ceramics, collage, printmaking, sculpture, mural making group projects using inspiration from the environment, Aboriginal Art, architecture, Modern Art, Abstract Art, as a few examples. All art materials are supplied by the program. 

Arts for Wellness sponsored by the Mona Vale Chamber of Commerce

To promote psychological and emotional well-being in our community, to build resilience and enable social inclusivity through the creative and expressive arts, with positive social engagement and mental health outcomes and to create cultural change by promoting trauma-informed practice within organisations and with individuals to build capacity in community service providers.

Community Care Northern Beaches (CCNB)

The 'Legacy Art Project' offers elderly people at risk of social isolation the opportunity to participate in an art project resulting in a unique piece of art and audio recording of their life story. The project will connect people and reduce social isolation, help people discover the value of their life story, improve emotional well-being and promote community conversation about life, death and dying.

Community Northern Beaches Inc.

The Homeless Outreach Support program reduces the incidences of homelessness on the Northern Beaches, provides links to services to access support in finding accommodation and health care, and provide food and basic items such as sleeping bags. 

Computer Pals for Seniors Manly Inc.

To encourage seniors to explore and use digital devices to assist in personal health, wellbeing, social inclusion and home automation. Funding will provide training in the use of digital devices, maintain state of the art and up to date devices, increase the understanding and benefits of using internet services, improve communication with organisations, simplify activities through digital automation and introduce intergenerational communication as part of the learning process.

Dance Health Alliance

The Dance Health Alliance will run therapeutic dance classes for people living with Dementia, Alzheimer's, Parkinson’s and MS in the Northern Beaches.

Easylink Community Services Ltd.

This project targets the key elements of remaining active, safe and socially connected. Easylink’s program will provide a high quality program for older people with the aim of maximising their independence at home. With a focus on wellness and reablement, the six-week program will enhance their wellbeing and quality of life through low impact exercise and exposure to new experiences..

Eramboo World Studies Centre Pty Ltd

Art and Music - to increase awareness and inclusiveness at Eramboo Artist Environment in the Northern Beaches region by conducting a pilot project combining music and visual arts to attract new artists, audiences and participants to our artist run initiative.

Fighting Chance Australia Limited

Social Activities and Community Engagement Program for People with Disability.

Food Education Australia

To run photography and film making workshops with students at the Beach School. .

Forest Men's Kitchen Association Inc.

This project aims to open two new Cooking Sessions on the Northern Beaches, one at the Ted Blackwood Centre in July 2019 and the second in the Curl Curl Youth & Community Centre (CCYCC) in February 2020. The project seeks to recruit 10 new members for Ted Blackwood and 8 for the CCYCC Cooking Session; recruit a Cooking Instructor and Assistant Instructor to each kitchen; establish and operate at least 2 cooking sessions in each venue; and ensure attendees enjoy their experience, learn basic skills and meet new mates.

La Crème Creative Inc.

The La Crème Creative Residency Program will offer a studio residency to disadvantaged artists from the local community needing assistance, support and the opportunity to build their artistic career. The program will run for 3 months, offering the opportunity to 4 artists per year. The selected artists will be given a studio for the duration and the opportunity to exhibit in the new exhibition space that will be developed in support of this project. The local community will be invited to follow the journey of these artists and to engage with the artists by attending the final exhibitions.

$11,000 for 3 years
Lifeline Northern Beaches Inc.

To train Lifeline counsellors in ‘Seasons for Growth’, an innovative grief and loss education program. The Lifeline counsellors will then facilitate the programs in the local community to help communities that have been impacted by suicide, bereavement and grief. It aims to strengthen the social and emotional wellbeing of adults and assist parents to support their children through their own grief process..

$10,000.00 year one, $8,830.00 for years two and three.
Literacy Network Manly Warringah Inc.

To assist people in the Northern Beaches to learn to read and write English through a free individualised program using local trained volunteers. .

Living Ocean Art Exhibition

To inform the public of the issue of plastics and other materials found on the beach and in the ocean.

Manly Food Cooperative

To increase refrigeration capacity to enhance and increase the product range available to our customers and members. The MFC is not-for-profit and provides the local community with the opportunity to shop for high quality, zero waste and organic foods and groceries. .

Nest Inc.

To promote inclusion through a shared appreciation of arts and with a Community Multicultural Theatre in relevant cultural languages on the Northern Beaches.

Northern Beaches Women’s Shelter

To develop a formalised Volunteer Coordinator Program to increase service capacity. .

$10,000 for three years
Northside Community Forum Ltd (trading as Your Side Australia)

To be recognised by Dementia Australia as a dementia-friendly community (DFC) in the Northern Beaches. Key objectives include promoting the Dementia-Friends program, educating and supporting local businesses and community organisations to become dementia-friendly, facilitating an intergenerational music program between local primary schools and aged care and ensuring the sustainability of a local Alliance, dementia advisory group and working group..

$8,780 for three years
Northside Enterprise Incorporated

To employ Bushlink to demonstrate and contribute to the education of students from The Beach School about environmental awareness while retaining remnant bushland and foster a lifelong inclusive attitude for all participants..

$9,816 for three years
One Eighty Avalon Inc.

To train Open Up volunteers in Mental Health First Aid and facilitation skills. Open Up is a free weekly gathering where community members can come to listen and talk openly with one another in a safe peer-to-peer environment, fostering a philosophy based on research showing that ‘peer support’ systems of preventative care are beneficial in the recovery and prevention of various mental health disorders.

Peninsula Community Gardens Inc.

Peninsula Community Garden Sustainability Project to increase membership, promote composting facilities, improve weed and pest control and aesthetic appeal of the garden to residents..

Peninsula Senior Citizens Toy Repair Group Inc.

To provide disadvantaged and needy children of the Northern Beaches and adjacent areas with quality toys for fun and educational purposes. To provide meaningful work and a social life for an ageing population.

Permaculture Northern Beaches Inc.

To connect Northern Beaches Residents with each other and the local environment via the lens of permaculture and sustainable practices. To inspire locals to make positive steps towards a zero waste future. To create workshops and experiences to facilitate up-skilling the local community that offer practical solutions to Create healthy environments and implemented in our homes. ​​​​

Raise Foundation

Youth Frontiers is an in-person community led mentoring program for adolescents displaying early signs of being at risk of disengaging from education for 28 youth in the Northern Beaches. Adults from the local community receive 12 hours of mentor training to empower them with skills and knowledge to empower each adolescent across 22 weeks to grow in confidence, resilience, hope and goal setting.

Scotland Island Residents Association

To incorporate older and younger people into the life of the community through a range of activities that will appeal to different age groups.

St Vincent de Paul Society NSW

The Krank’n Studio at Youth Reach is a recording studio that provides young people with the space and equipment in order to provide a creative environment for young people to create original music, develop performance styles, and learn how to use recording equipment and work with mentors in the music industry. It will also provide a late night entertainment area for young people to use, a specific program for local Aboriginal young women to develop traditional cultural music..

Stewart House School

Creating a 'yarning circle' and bush tucker garden for Stewart House students and the wider community to share traditional and contemporary Aboriginal stories and culture.

StreetWork Australia Limited

To alleviate disadvantage and promote general wellbeing among young people living on the Northern Beaches through Changing Strokes, a creative arts program.


Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Inc.

Targeted Youth Mental Health First Aid Programs for Surf Life Saving clubs across the Northern Beaches.

The Burdekin Association (Avalon Youth Hub)

Funding to support ongoing offering of free workshops that help participants develop self-esteem, build confidence and try new things.

The Groove and Wellness Society

To provide a free dance therapy program to the community that not only encourages personal growth, skill attainment and confidence to community members but also fosters self-efficacy in regards to the prevention and management of mental and physical health diseases in human beings, specifically depression, anxiety, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

The Manly-Warringah Choir Inc.

To deliver a community cultural project to benefit the people of the Northern Beaches community. To perform an extra special Christmas concert this year to extend and involve more people in our Northern Beaches community.

Yaw waY artist platform sponsored by Narrabeen RSL

The project aims to bring together the diverse age groups that use the Narrabeen RSL and facilitate a series of workshops to design and paint a large community mural that celebrates the importance of providing a space for intergenerational groups to form social connections.


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Contact information

Anna Nikolov