Our Community

Castle Hill RSL has an active role in the surrounding community, providing necessary sponsorship and club grants to over twenty sporting clubs and charitable organisations. In 2016/17 the Castle Hill RSL Group donated over 2 million dollars to the community.

We are also committed to the highest level in sustainability practices that underpin our ongoing strategic development and operations. A cogeneration system designed by Simons Green Energy has been installed to provide Castle Hill Fitness & Aquatic centre with enough power to cover base load electricity demands while utilising waste heat to provide hot water in the pools and domestic hot water storage tanks.

Also known as Combined Heat and Power (CHP), it is the simultaneous production of 2 forms of energy, electricity and heat, from a single fuel source at the point of usage. The cogeneration plant is made up of 142 kilowatt reciprocating gas engine, a series of heat exchangers and hot water storage tanks and satisfies 70% of the building’s electricity requirements, which is cheaper and cleaner than coal-fired grid supplied electricity.

The tri-generation system is Castle Hill RSL’s $1 million project – a joint commitment with the Federal Labor Government through the Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP). The system captures waste heat and turns it into heating, cooling and surplus electricity, saving on energy costs (approx. $200,000 per year) and cutting carbon pollution (the equivalent of taking 268 cars off the roads or planting 12,000 new trees). The financial savings through this program enable the club to invest even more in to the local community.

Club Grants

Community Groups in the Hills Shire have an opportunity to formally apply to registered clubs in their local area for funding for various community-related projects. The funding is made available from profits generated at these clubs from gaming. The ClubGRANTS Scheme (formerly the CDSE Scheme) was established to formalise this funding process.

Click to see full list of Castle Hill RSL’s ClubGrants recipients for the 2018-19 Year.

Click to see full list of Castle Hill RSL’s ClubGrants recipients for the 2017-18 Year.

The ClubGRANTS Scheme was designed to ensure that larger registered clubs in NSW contribute to the provision of front-line services to their local communities; and to ensure that the disadvantaged in the community are better positioned to benefit from the substantial contributions made by those clubs.

There are three categories of ClubGRANTS available:

Category 1 funding is specifically for local projects and/or services that contribute to the welfare and broader social fabric of the local community and are aimed at improving the living standards of low income and disadvantaged people. These projects encompass Community Welfare & Social Services, Community Development, Community Health Services and Employment Assistance Activities.

Category 1 Application Form

Category 1 Application Form – In Kind

Category 2 funding is generally for projects not listed or eligible for Category 1 funding such as Sport and Recreational Clubs, Cultural Activities – Visual/Performing Arts, Charity Fundraising, Medical Research and in-kind services such as Complimentary Room Hire, Fundraising Products and Prizes and Training Facilities for Elite Athletes.

Category 2 Application Form

Category 2 Application Form – In Kind

Category 3 funding is automatically paid by the club into the NSW Government’s ClubGRANTS Fund on a quarterly basis to support and develop large scale State-wide projects or services such as Sports Venues and Facilities, Hospitals and Community Health Services, Youth Facilities, Child Care Facilities, Aged Care Facilities, Educational Facilities, Emergency Services Facilities, Parks and Recreation, Community Housing and Community Transport.

Community groups are encouraged to apply for Category 1 or Category 2 funding by downloading and completing the relevant form and returning it to Castle Hill RSL, P.O. Box 25, Castle Hill, 1765 or emailing directly to bradenk@chrslgroup.com.au along with all supporting documentation. All applications are reviewed by the Board of Directors on a monthly basis and are either approved or rejected depending on their merits and the amount of funding available at the time.

If you are unsure which category of funding your organisation may be eligible for, please contact the club and ask for advice from the ClubGRANTS co-ordinator.

Max Potential

Castle Hill RSL is very proud to manage the Max Potential Youth Leadership Program in the Hills District.

Max Potential is a coaching model for maximising personal leadership, networks and partnerships for youth. Max Potential aims to improve the capacity of the Hills Shire to create sustainable social change and leadership aptitude for youth.

Max Potential offers Hills youth (16-18 yrs) with the opportunity to explore 10 Life Principles (MAXIMISERS©) aimed at maximising their potential, particularly with respect to youth leadership and entrepreneurial directions.

Max Potential draws on leaders and professionals within the community to work as one-on-one coaches with Hills District youth. The training equips the community coaches with progressive coaching skills and tools that are then used to provide mentoring to youths so they can:

ACCELERATE their potential to achieve over 22 weeks using MAXIMISERS™, a personal leadership framework.

CHALLENGE them to lift their game through 8 hours of personalised coaching.

BUILD their ‘can do’ attitude through a community project.

EXPLORE their entrepreneurial spirit through developing their leadership.

Proudly supported by Castle Hill RSL committed to making a difference to our youth.

Shine Hills Schools Excellence Awards

Castle Hill RSL is very proud to again host the SHINE Hills Schools Excellence Awards ‘Inspiring our Youth’.

The program recognises the achievements of our youth across academic, sport, music and arts, leadership and community service.

Nominations open on Monday October 21, 2019 and will close at 5pm on Friday November 22, 2019.

Please read the information below before submitting your nomination.

Award Criteria:

  • All nominees must live within the Hills Shire local government area
  • Schools can nominate up to 5 students for the primary school awards and 5 students for high school awards.
  • All nominations will be reviewed by a Castle Hill RSL Board of Directors Executive
  • All nominated finalists and nominees will receive a letter of acknowledgment and invitation to the annual presentation to be held late November
  • Entries must be received by 5pm Friday November 22, 2019

SHINE Schools Excellence Awards Categories:

  • Academic Achievement
  • Sport
  • Music and Arts
  • Leadership and Community Service

Primary School division:

  • Finalists receive $100 educational scholarships
  • Overall category winners will receive $200 educational scholarships
  • Primary School Overall Shining Star will receive a $1000 educational scholarship

Secondary School division:

  • Finalists receive $200 educational scholarships
  • Overall category winners will receive $400 educational scholarships
  • High School Overall Shining Star will receive a $1000 educational scholarship

Each winner will be presented with their award at a special ceremony held at Castle Hill RSL on Tuesday December 3, 2019. For more information, please contact Christine Duffy on 8858 4800 or email ceoassist@chrg.com.au