Big Ideas Grants
Bridge Housing’s Big Ideas Grants initiative gives small grants to tenants for projects that bring people together in their neighbourhood or community.
The Big Ideas Grants program has been highly successful in creating opportunities for residents to build connections in their local communities including:
2017 – Maddad Dancers at Communities Belong
Yasmin organised a Big Ideas Grant to pay for the Maddad Sudanese Dance group to perform at “Communities Belong”, held at Riverwood Community Centre. This was a huge day out, packed full of performances, activities, and some superb kofta from the Riverwood Community Centre BBQ.
Communities Belong was developed for the Riverwood community to come together and share their diverse local cultures. The event finished off with an outdoor screening of the movie ‘Moana’ and was a wonderful day out for everyone who attended.
2017 – Block Party
Carol organised a party for the tenants in her neighbourhood to meet each other and enjoy some delicious Indian food. Residents who made it along said that sharing a meal was great way to meet their neighbours, helping to make the block feel like a friendly place to live.
2017 - BBQ gathering place: South Coogee
Donna Rugless at Wauhope St South Coogee worked with our Community and Assets Teams to see an outdoor table and chairs installed and a portable charcoal BBQ purchased for get togethers such as the one held for the Bin Bay launch in April 2017. It’s a perfect spot overlooking the bush to Botany Bay.
2017 - New Year community gathering: Merrylands
Such was the success of this Big Ideas Grant funded event, organised by residents of a Merrylands apartment block, that they plan to hold future events by themselves. Resident Amanda said: “So many had a wonderful day. Time that we are planning our own, regular get togethers. Thank you, it was really a wonderful day and I wish all the best for the Big Ideas Grants program.”
2017 - Vietnamese New Year celebration: Eveleigh
A group of Vietnamese tenants at Rowley Street, Eveleigh, organised a tenant party to celebrate Vietnamese New Year in January 2017. They connected tenants from different backgrounds including Vietnamese, Chinese, Australian and Aboriginal tenants – young and old. Tenant Thi Van said: “People met each other, had a chat, laughed and enjoyed the food. Bridge Housing went above and beyond to assist us.”
2016 - Poetry mapping project: Inner south
Tenant Noel Jeff worked with Alexandria Community Centre to run the Poetry Mapping project to celebrate the stories and histories of local people in Alexandria and Waterloo, Erskineville and Redfern areas.
The project team, who developed a poetry booklet and performed it to 40 people at the Alexandria Centre Reopening Ceremony, said: “It created an opportunity for people to get to know each other in new ways, as they learnt more about each other’s lives.”
2015 - Saturday morning art club: Strathfield
Tenants at a Strathfield block get together every Saturday morning to draw, paint, and exchange stories and art skills. Ray Morgan, the founder of the art club, said: “This project helps people get out of their homes and join with others. Some people never talked to each other before they joined the club.”
Talk to us about any projects you are interested in having funded.
For further information please contact Anna Barker on 8324 0851 or