ClubGRANTS & Donations

Community Outreach

Gladesville RSL’s Contribution to the Community

Every year, Gladesville RSL provides in excess of $250,000 in contributions to the community through cash grants or in-kind donations. In addition to the projects supported by the ClubGRANTS program, a number of grants are provided to sporting groups, in particular, our own sporting groups and the Gladesville RSL Youth Club. These grants encourage participation in sport by subsidizing the fees to participate or providing the necessary sporting facilities or transport.

We also support a number of community groups through the provision of function facilities or the Club bus for transportation. Our function room and staff are often provided to many community groups including National Seniors, Gladesville Chamber of Commerce, Legacy Bingo, Gladesville RSL Women’s Auxiliary and Variety Club of NSW. We also provide the Gladesville RSL Sub Branch with office facilities and equipment to assist them in organizing events and providing welfare services to veterans.

Club Grants

Please read below for more information on the ClubGRANTS program or how to request a donation.

Gladesville RSL & Community Club Ltd participates in the ClubGRANTS scheme. This is a community development funding program sponsored by local clubs and administered by the City of Ryde Council.

The ClubGRANTS scheme provides one-off funding to non-government organisations and community groups for projects and programs which address demonstrated welfare needs of the local community. The aim is to encourage and support the development of local community organisations, services and strategies which aims to meet the specific needs of the citizens of Ryde and the local area.

2019-2020 Recipients

In 2019, Gladesville RSL contributed $140,000 to the ClubGRANTS program. This included the provision of cash and/or in-kind donations to our sporting sub-clubs, Gladesville RSL Sub Branch, Gladesville RSL Women’s Auxiliary, Gladesville RSL Youth Clubs, Legacy, Variety Club of NSW, Combined Pensioners & Superannuates Association, Gladesville Chamber of Commerce, Camp Quality and Ryde Sports Foundation.

For Category 1 applicants in the ClubGRANTS program, the following community groups were the successful recipients:

Organisation Project Description
Veterans Benevolent Fund

“Homes for Heroes”

Providing safe and secure accommodation to homeless veterans and their families, whilst also assisting in their treatment and assimilation back into society. The program provides accommodation, mental health services, drug & alcohol counselling & rehabilitation, and a range of other support. The objective is to heal these veterans and return them to their communities.

Gallipoli Scholarship Fund Inc

“Gallipoli Scholarship Fund”


The Gallipoli Fund is a not for profit charity which supports the descendants of WW1 & WW2 veterans and those from later conflicts and peacekeeping operations, in their first year of tertiary study. They provide up to seven annual scholarships of $6000 each to lineal descendants aged 25 and under of Australian Servicemen and Women.

Little Heroes Swim Academy Limited

“Putney Mad About Inclusion Program”

Provides drowning prevention and learn to swim lessons for children with a disability. Lessons are provided by a qualified swim instructor on a 1:1 basis and according to the individual needs of the students. Without this program most of the students would not be able to access lessons elsewhere because of the level of their disability, and the cost of alternate specialist programs. Many of the students have been enrolled in the program for the last few years and love it. For most of them it is the only recreational activity they do each week. The Program also provides an invaluable support network for the families. They get a chance to meet with other families once a week, and have a social catch up, and talk about any issues they may be facing. They also get to see their children achieve things they never thought they would achieve. This is a fantatic little program that means a lot to these kids lives.

Gladesville Ryde & Hunters Hill Branch of Combined Pensioners & Supperannuates Association

“Promoting Member Social Rights & Wellbeing”

To promote social rights and well-being both physical and mental of our branch members (all of whom by our organisational charter are senior citizens) and to reduce the stress associated with advancing age, reduction of family and friends, and their changing social environment.

Sydney Community Services

“Open Art Project”

Open Art Project provides a safe and secure environment for disadvantaged people to explore the arts at their own pace, and gives them an avenue for the expression of their issues and experiences.
The project will attract a range of participants including socially isolated, culturally and linguistically diverse, elderly, substance abuse, metal health and other disability, with the aim of returning them to a sense of social connectedness through the experience of art.

The Happy Hens Social Enterprise Incorporated

“Humans Grow @ the Green”

Humans Grow @ the Green is a project planned by The Happy Hens at Henley Green Community Garden. This productive community garden has welcomed a growing stream of volunteers; host a range of inclusive, intergenerational ‘work bees’, morning teas, planting, picnics and sunset drinks events. Happy Hens has also incorporated the neighbouring Riverside preschool into intergenerational planting, music and story events; hosted high tea for NSW Seniors Festival and begun to collaboratively raise a batch of hens with the preschool community.

Ryde Secondary College Parents & Citizens Association

“Gymnastics and Inclusion”


Ryde Secondary College is a comprehensive public high school with 1045 students on a small site in Malvina Street, Ryde. Many families at Ryde Secondary College struggle financially. $30,000pa in scholarship grants, funded by the RSC P&C Association, are provided to fifty low socioeconomic students to allow them to participate in school camps, buy uniforms and technology, and to pay for courses such as Hospitality, Visual Arts and Textiles.


“Vocational Education Program for Young People with Autism”

The Giant Steps Secondary and College students all have moderate to severe autism and mild to severe intellectual disabilities. They experience anxiety, depression and extreme mood swings, and without a means of communicating their needs, this often results in highly challenging physical behaviours. Giant Steps approach is designed to provide each child or young adult with the opportunity to reach their full potential while giving families support and guidance. They strive to improve the wider community’s understanding of autism and its complex nature and to research and develop the world’s best practice among carers and professionals.


Gladesville RSL & Community Club Ltd welcome all requests from charitable and not for profit organisations for ‘in kind’ prize or function donations, however due to the volume received it is not able to support every request.

The Board of Directors meet once a month, therefore written submissions need to be provided to the Board at least two months (eight weeks) prior to the date required in order for the request to be considered.

Requests should be addressed to:

The Board of Directors
Gladesville RSL & Community Club Limited P.O. Box 94

Requests MUST be in writing and include:

  • Details and description of the function/event.
  • Name, description and contact details of the organisation which will
    benefit from the ‘in kind’ request.
  • Details of the donation request. If relating to a prize this includes
    the type of prize and value. In relation to a function this includes the services seeking to be waived or subsidised. Function related requests should only be submitted after a function quote has been obtained from the Club and the organiser is aware of the costs involved.
  • he resultant benefit to the community from the support received from Gladesville RSL & Community Club Ltd.
  • Details of any recognition and the form thereof of any recognition the Gladesville RSL & Community Club Ltd will receive in return for the donation.
  • Organisations who are successful in receiving ‘in kind’ support will be notified in writing by the Club following Board approval. Conditions relating to in kind function support being provided are:
  • The requesting organisation is to provide confirmed details to the Club no later than four weeks prior to the date of the function booking, with final attendance numbers and catering requirements no later than 7 days prior.
  • The venue MUST be left in a clean and tidy state following completion of the function, otherwise a cleaning fee may be imposed on the relevant organisation.
  • Club Management and staff are to be spoken to in a polite and respectful manner.
  • Failure to comply with the above may result in additional costs being incurred by the hirer and/or future ‘in kind’ support being jeopardized.
  • Club Management reserves the right, by giving the hirer four weeks notice, to cancel the relevant booking in order to accept a paid booking. Club Management also reserves the right to relocate the booking to an alternate location within 48 hours notice to the hirer.