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Blue Mountains community projects receive welcome funding boost

A number of community groups will share in $11,600 in funding for local projects that help to build the capacity of the Blue Mountains and make a positive impact in the areas of culture, education and the arts.

Four non-profit groups have received grants of up to $5,000 through the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal’s (FRRR) latest Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) program which helps to connect communities with targeted grants for grass roots projects.

Funded by Scenic World’s philanthropic program, Scenic World Shared, the grants will fund a number of projects which contribute to the vitality of the Blue Mountains community and support locals in a meaningful way.

A total of $11,600 in funding was awarded to Blue Mountains community groups in the latest round of funding, including:

  • The Blue Mountains Food Co-Op, which received $4,100 for two programs; the Nourishing Families program and the Edible Garden Trail event
  • The Blue Mountains Artists Network, which received $5,000 to fund a marketing campaign with the Blue Mountains Accommodation and Tourism Association
  • The Blue Mountains Women’s Health & Resource Centre, which received $1,500 for a community-based photography exhibition which will showcase the beauty of ageing women
  • The Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre, which was awarded $1,000 to fund the Blue Shorts Film Festival in May 2019

Scenic World Managing Director Anthea Hammon congratulated the successful recipients and acknowledged their continued efforts to strengthen the Blue Mountains community.

“It has been a privilege to work alongside FRRR to support grassroots organisations which have been champions for change in our community, and we look forward to seeing these innovative projects come to life in the months ahead,” she said.

Scenic World provides $24,000 of funding annually to FRRR’s small grants program to help build the capacity of the Blue Mountains community. Since 2000, FRRR has distributed more than $75 million in grants to thousands of community groups across rural, regional and remote Australia.

Funding will soon be available for the next round of grants. For more information, visit