Community Initiatives grant

Families watching some entertainment sitting on the grass at the Federal Park Party organised by the Federal Community Centre -image credit KurtPetersen

We are pleased to announce the successful grant recipients for 2023.  

The Community Initiatives Program awards grants for projects that address a specific need, build a sense of community, and align with Council priorities.

This year’s 11 community projects are spread throughout the Shire. They celebrate:

  • Cultural diversity
  • Access and inclusion
  • Community connection
  • Resilience.

Projects are run by not-for-profit community organisations and groups that will create positive social, cultural, and environmental outcomes.

Applications for next year’s Community Initiatives Program open April 2024.

Who received a grant in 2023 to 2024

  • Mullumbimby Sound Trail -Brunswick Valley Historical Society Museum
    Development of a sound trail, accessed by mobile phone, includes interviews, history, personal stories, natural soundscapes and music with text, images and maps connected to locations around Mullumbimby. Awarded $5000.
  • Christmas Cheer in the Bay
    A range of festive activities to be held around the Byron Bay Visitor Centre over the Christmas period. Awarded $5000.
  • Humans of Bruns
    Interviews with people from Brunswick Heads whose stories and photos will be posted on Instagram and Facebook and celebrated in a public exhibition. Awarded $2,500.
  • Japanese play and language group – Japanese Community Byron Bay
    A Japanese play and language group for recently arrived families and children in the Byron Shire.  Activities will include child development, language and cultural support and information about child and family support services. Awarded $5000.
  • Mullum SEED community open day and quarterly gatherings
    The community open day and regularly gatherings will bring together diverse organisations and disadvantaged community members to the Mullum SEED Eco Hub. Awarded $5000.
  • raise the heART
    A comedy theatre show, wellbeing forum and workshops held by health professionals and a local theatre company with a focus on promoting mental health and suicide prevention. Awarded $5000.
  • Wellbeing Mentor Training Program – Shedding Community Workshop Inc
    The Wellbeing Mentor Training Program supports 20 existing volunteer mentors with six days of training on topics including non-violent/compassionate communication, mental health first aid, counselling, meditation, and conflict resolution. Awarded $5000.
  • Spaghetti Circus outreach program – Spaghetti Circus
    The Spaghetti Circus outreach program will take a junior performance troupe on a one-week, inter-generational tour of the Byron Shire, visiting five preschools and four aged care facilities. Awarded $4927.
  • Pianos for the People – The Foundation for Creative Intelligence
    The installation of a Pianos for the People at Kohinur Hall to encourage community activation, connection, and resilience after the floods. Awarded $5000.
  • Summer in The Pocket – The Pocket Public School
    The Summer in The Pocket festival will focus on community connect and the celebration of community spirit. Awarded $5000.
  • The Byron Women’s Space – Trustee for the Byron Bay Community Benefit Fund
    The Byron Women’s Space operates from the Fletcher Street Cottage and supports women at risk of homelessness.  A program will provide wellbeing support and facilitate engagement with service providers. Awarded $5000. 
  • Bringing people and community organisations together.
  • Celebrating a sense of identity, diversity and cultural connection within the community.
  • Improving community health and social wellbeing.
  • Helping people to develop the skills and confidence to contribute to community life.
  • Enhancing places where communities gather.
  • Increasing access and inclusion for people who are vulnerable or disadvantaged.
  • Incorporated organisations with an ABN or proof that you are not required to be registered for GST.
  • Not-for-profits.
  • Indigenous corporations.
  • Auspiced groups.