Information sessions will be held by Ryde City Council next month to help community groups prepare their submissions for the 2016 round of City of Ryde Community Grants.

City of Ryde Mayor Clr Jerome Laxale said the aim of the information sessions are to help community groups identify the best grant for their needs.

“These grants are how Ryde provides support to not-for-profit groups to help with special projects that contribute to community wellbeing and culture.” the Mayor said.

“People tell us all the time that they love our City because of its sense of harmony and togetherness and these grants help achieve that.”

There are four categories and six sub-categories, offering many more opportunities for applicants to identify a category that suits their needs which include a

Seniors Grant of up to $2,000 for local seniors groups to enhance existing programs or encourage new activities.

A Capacity Building Grant of up to $3,500 is open for all groups to help boost growth potential and includes sub-categories for Events, Emerging Groups and a General section which includes Arts and Culture.

There is a Sports and Recreation Grant of up to $3,500 for local sports groups and clubs to develop programs that encourage community participation in sport, recreation and physical activities as well as a Community Projects Grant of up to $5,000) for special projects to help build a cohesive and connected community, based on inclusion, enhanced community well-being and cultural growth.

The information sessions are free and will be held in the Eucalyptus Room above Ryde Library on Tuesday, February 2 from 10.30 am until 12 noon and from 6pm to 7.30pm on Tuesday February 23 at the same venue.

Bookings are essential at registrations can be made at

Last year, 54 local clubs, groups and not-for-profit organisations shared in a total Grants pool of $126,542.