$750,000 grants scheme focuses on Western Sydney

Date: 13/05/2002

$750,000 grants scheme focuses on Western Sydney

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney, Professor Janice Reid, has today announced a $750,000 Regional and Community Grants Scheme to foster innovative university-community projects over the next three years.

The new grants initiative will be available for innovative projects that 'push the envelope' of University outreach and regional partnerships and engage the Greater Western Sydney community and the University in a creative way.

Partnerships may include organisations or individuals from private enterprise, government or the general community, according to Professor Reid.

"We are particularly interested in creative, multidisciplinary projects that involve the community and the University," Professor Reid said.

"This is an exciting opportunity to strengthen links between the University and the western Sydney region.

"The scheme will establish priority issues for UWS, call for projects from UWS staff and their regional partners, as well as fund and promote the projects."

A new council created by the University of Western Sydney, the UWS Regional Council, will have a significant role in managing the Regional and Community Grants Scheme.

The council will aim to build strategic alliances between regional stakeholders including industry, community organisations, government and the UWS community.

Prominent people from Greater Western Sydney communities form the membership of the UWS Regional Council, chaired by Professor Reid.

"Through the Regional Council we will also build and extend partnerships and communication between the University and communities of Western Sydney," Professor Reid said.

"The council will develop relationships and alliances between the University and public and private groups and organisations.

"The council will also be important in providing advice and reference on matters referred by the Board of Trustees," Professor Reid added.

The council will assist the University to participate in strategic social agendas of the region such as health, housing, educational opportunity, equity, employment, small business, women's issues and environmental management.

For more information about the Regional and Community Grants Scheme, please contact Jan Temple, Regional Development Manager, on 4620 3586.


Media contact: Suzie Vlaming, 9678 7429, 0414 308 701, email:s.vlaming@uws.edu.au