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VISY Community Grants

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VISY Community Grants


The Pratt Foundation has allocated $50,000 over five years through the VISY community grants.

$10,000 is available via the 2016 grants program and funding applications from $500 to $5,000 can be applied for.


  • The project should benefit local sustainability, the arts and/or the Marrickville community and is available for projects operating only within the local government area.
  • Only one application per grant round will be accepted.
  • It must be a specific project not requiring a permanent source of funding. Grants are not awarded to cover a shortfall in administration costs.
  • The Pratt Foundation requires applicants to have Deductable Gift Recipient (DGR) status with the Australian Tax Office and to not be a political party.

How to apply

Applications can be made online from 9am, Wednesday 27 April 2016 at https://marrickville.smartygrants.com.au.

Applications must be received by 5pm, Wednesday 1 June 2016.

Grant assessment

Marrickville Council is coordinating the grant application process and reviewing the applications with a VISY representative.

Applications are assessed against the following criteria:

  • Benefits to sustainability, the arts and community within Marrickville.
  • The merit of the application in comparison to the other applications.
  • Reportable within 12 months.

Applications which meet the eligibility and assessment criteria will be recommended for funding to the board of directors at the Pratt Foundation.

Successful grants

Successful grant applicants will be notified in writing by the Pratt Foundation and asked for:

  1. evidence of DGR status; and
  2. an invoice for the agreed amount.

The grant payment will then be processed by the Pratt Foundation to the applicant.

Grant accountability

Promotional materials must acknowledge the Pratt Foundation's support through text or logo placement.

Grant acquittal

Recipients will be asked to complete a simple acquittal form that provides a summary about what was achieved through the project and send one or more photos that could be used by Council to promote community projects.

Want to know more?

Want to apply for a grant but not sure how to or whether your project meets the above criteria?

For enquiries about your VISY Community Grants application, contact helen.bradley@marrickville.nsw.gov.au or call 9335 2130.

Successful grant recipients from previous years

Baptist Community Services received $2,500 for tools and equipment to support the setting up of a community bike shed.

Baptist Community Services bike shed Baptist Community Services bike shed

The Asylum Seekers Centre received $3,250 of funding in 2013 to assist with their volunteering program and community engagement activities for asylum seekers with the Marrickville community. This aided and improved mental and physical well being by encouraging clients to participate to make new social connections and create opportunities to engage with the wider community.

Asylum Seekers Centre Asylum Seekers Centre

The Dress for Success – Breaking the Cycle program received $3,000 in 2013 for a career support program and workshops for local students (15-17 year olds).

Repair Café Repair Café

The Bower received $4,700 in 2014 to establish and promote the repair café.