$70k grants awarded to Hills Women’s Shelter and Hills Community Aid

Mayor of the Hills Shire Dr Peter Gangemi and Board Director of the Sanctuary Yvonne Keane AM.

Two crucial community service providers will benefit from the biggest grants allocated in The Hills Shire Council’s history.

Council resolved to allocate $40,000 to The Sanctuary, The Hills Women’s Shelter and $30,000 to Hills Community Aid (HCA) as part of the Other Financial Grant Assistance program at the 27 June meeting of Council.

Mayor of the Hills Shire Dr Peter Gangemi said The Sanctuary delivers life-changing case management for women and children who require crisis accommodation as well as casework due to domestic and family violence or homelessness.

The grant funding will be used to provide specialist care work to enable mothers at The Sanctuary to move on to safe, independent and secure lives away from harm.

Board Director of The Sanctuary Yvonne Keane AM said the shelter had helped more than 650 women and children to live safer lives and expressed her gratitude to Council for the funding.

Hills Community Aid is a not-for-profit organisation that delivers a range of social, financial and educational programs, including Emergency Relief, Learning in The Hills, Community Transport and more.

President of Hills Community Aid Mr Allan Gibson OAM said that Council’s $30,000 grant, combined with $50,000 from the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership program, will enable HCA to replace the existing 22-seater bus with a modern vehicle.

 The community bus is available for hire by community organisations, social groups and individuals for a nominal charge, and is commonly used to transport elderly passengers or passengers with additional needs.

For more information about the Other Financial Grant Assistance program, visit and search for ‘Apply for a Grant.’