Council Announces Creative Grant Winners

Published Wednesday, 28th June 2017

Recipients from the grant.
Cheque recipients of the Social Change Through Creativity grant.

Fairfield City Council today awarded eight local not-for-profit organisations and community groups grant funding totalling $40,000.

The successful applicants each received $5,000 from Fairfield City Council’s Social Change Through Creativity grants to fund projects that deliver a creative solution to an important community issue.

The grants, for projects that will be benefit the people of Fairfield City, were presented by Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone at Fairfield City Museum and Gallery.

“The eight funded projects reflect diverse and exciting approaches such as hosting workshops, writing fusion cookbooks, theatre performances, music therapy, clothing design and art,” Mayor Carbone said.

“The range of successful applications reflects the diversity of our community and celebrates what makes us unique.

“Council continues to be inspired by the creativity and dedication of residents and local organisations in contributing to a stronger, more inclusive Fairfield City.

The local Peacemakers Team was awarded $5,000 to support its creative-based project to provide opportunity for seniors and residents who experience English language barriers, to engage with the community through collaboratively developing a bi-lingual play.

Representative from the Peacemakers Team, Ehab Hadi, says the Social Change through Creativity Grants Program encourages and supports local community groups to pursue projects that address issues of importance in our community.

“This funding is very important for us as it is one of the only opportunities where we can get funds to help develop our project. It means a lot to us,” Mr Hadi said.

“The funding will help us achieve our goal of bringing the community together so issues can be discussed openly. It will help the community form better relationships with one another.”

The Social Change Through Creativity grant program was first launched in 2003. Applicants are required to meet at least one of the below criteria:

  • Highlight and strengthen cultural heritage
  • Promote cross-cultural understanding
  • Encourage inter-generational understanding
  • Address environmental concerns/issues
  • Promote Reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and other Fairfield City communities
  • Increase health and wellbeing through arts activities
  • Facilitate the Participation of Young People in Arts and Social Action
  • Develop liveable and creative communities, especially supporting those with disabilities.

Mayor Carbone said any group or organisation was able to apply for the grants.

“Council helps them develop their concepts, apply for the grant and provides guidance on how to run their project for the community,” Mayor Carbone said.

“Council is already excited about what projects may be up for funding next year and we encourage all organisations to apply when the time comes.”

Grant recipients


We Are One, We Are Many includes a series of workshops guided by professionals, where participants will write, produce and perform a play that addresses the similarities and complexities of the Spanish Speaking community in Fairfield LGA which comprises of 22 countries, united by one language.

Daystar Foundation

Performing Arts and Culture Project highlights the traditions and customs of Pacific theatre. Youth will be involved in fortnightly workshops in Bonnyrigg run by different cultural artists that are acclaimed in specific art forms pertaining to Pacific theatre, learning new skills and leading to a final performance.

Iraqi Australian University Graduate Forum

Speak Up - Iraqi Youth Artist Mentorship Program, part of the Iraqi Cultural Festival, encourages young Iraqi-Australians to speak up and be heard on the critical issues that face them today. It aims to build their skills and provide them with the opportunity and support to organise their own forum of ideas and artistic expression.

NSW Spanish and Latin American Association

Feeding Friendships will provide an opportunity for cross-cultural exchange between women from Iraqi and Latin American backgrounds to interact, cook and create a joint recipe booklet.

Peacemakers Team (Auspiced by STARTTS)

Boundless Cultures will develop and produce a bi-lingual play that taps into the artistic enterprise capacities of residents to engage, explore, give voice and activate a shared sense of belonging, place, local identity and community-bonding.

The Shepherd Centre – For Deaf Children

MusicConnect is a collaborative music therapy program designed to bring deaf children and their families, inclusive of all cultural backgrounds from Fairfield LGA, together in a fun social learning environment.

West Tees (Auspiced by Community First Step)

Screen Printing Activation Series is a project that will work with young people from culturally diverse backgrounds in the local area to offer a series of workshops that will encourage them to develop, create and exhibit t-shirt designs that incorporate themes of identity, culture, place and artistic expression. 

Youth Off The Streets Ltd

Scope Your LGA will offer a series of digital workshops and creative development opportunities to students of refugee and asylum seeker background at Fairfield High School Intensive English Classes (IEC).





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