When more than 44 million people visit every year, it’s inevitable a few things get left behind. Each year at Sydney Airport, we put lost and unclaimed items to good use at our Lost Property Auction.
The money raised from the auction is invested back into our local community, supporting communities and charities who need it most.
The 2019 Lost Property Auction starts on 19 August and we're inviting charities in the local area to apply for the Bid for Good grants. The areas of focus this year include arts and culture, education and employment, women and girls and community cohesion.
Applications close at midnight on 1 June 2019. For information on selection criteria and to apply, visit the Bid for Good page on the Sydney Community Foundation website.
In 2018, the Lost Property Auction raised $170,000 to support charities in the local area.
Cana Communities received the major $100,000 grant last year and they are using the funds to help ongoing work supporting those suffering from homelessness, drug addiction and mental illness.
In addition, a further seven grants of $10,000 were given in 2018:
- The International Shift, based in Erskineville, to support its traineeship program creating pathways to participation and employment for asylum seekers, refugees and recent arrivals to Australia living in our community
- Bayside Women’s Shelter, to help fund the completion of building works for a new shelter
- Dandelion Support Network in Caringbah to provide essential items for the babies and children of more than 50 struggling families
- Full Stop Foundation in Drummoyne to fund additional specialist trauma counselling training to assist those who have experienced sexual violence
- The Harding Miller Education Foundation in Balmain to help 17 high-potential, disadvantaged girls at government schools by providing access to online homework help and funds for educational basics like books, stationary and uniforms
- Project Futures to help fund work supporting women and children affected by human trafficking in Australia and Cambodia
- Gymea Community Aid and Information Service to help fund its work bringing dignity, self-reliance and wellbeing to people across the Sutherland Shire
Read about the Stories of Change from the Bid for Good Lost Property Auction grants.
About our partner
Sydney Community Foundation, established in 2004, is Sydney’s first and only dedicated Community Foundation, granting to grassroots organisations who design and run projects that meet the needs of Greater Sydney’s local communities.