Sydney Airport and Sydney Community Foundation have launched the 2019 Bid for Good campaign, a joint initiative that raises funds each year to help local grassroots charities around the airport.
In an event taking place at the inner-city shelter of Cana Communities – the 2018 major grant recipient – Sydney Airport CEO Geoff Culbert and Sydney Community Foundation CEO Jane Jose called on local charities to submit applications for 2019 Bid for Good grants.
“We’re delighted to partner with Sydney Community Foundation for the third year to deliver the Bid for Good Lost Property Auction program,” said Culbert said. “Our aim is to support and strengthen our local communities, so I encourage local charities to get their applications in for this year’s grant funding.
“Last year, the auction raised A$170,000 (US$122,000) for eight local charities whose work helps struggling young families, disadvantaged female students, women and children escaping domestic violence, victims of sex trafficking and homelessness,” he said.
The 2019 Lost Property Auction will be held from August 19 and, as in previous years, a A$100,000 (US$72,000) grant will be awarded in addition to a range of smaller grants.
Jose said, “Brilliant corporate support like this assists Sydney Community Foundation’s mission to build stronger Sydney communities by enabling the work of passionate local change makers. We enable Sydney Airport to do its local giving with greater community impact. Over the last two years together we’ve granted A$320,000 (US$230,000) to 14 incredible projects, making a difference to lives one by one in our community.”
Cana Communities received the major A$100,000 (US$72,000) grant last year and is using the funds to help ongoing work supporting those suffering from homelessness, drug addiction and mental illness.
Organizations with DGR1 status undertaking work to support the lives of people in need across Sydney are invited to apply for the Bid for Good 2019 grants. Eligible programs should be able to demonstrate successful and innovative initiatives that support people living in suburbs surrounding Sydney Airport. The four key areas of priority include arts and culture, education and employment, women and girls and community cohesion.