They’re the people who turn a suburb into a community, and community groups were big winners recently when they shared in $20,000 of grants.

Developer Cedar Woods awarded grants between $500-$2000 to 18 Wyndham community groups late last month as part of its annual Williams Landing Neighbourhood Grants Scheme, which has donated more than $200,000 since its inception.

Community groups were encouraged to apply for the grants, with the winners selected by a committee of locals based on the criteria of community benefit, promotion of diversity, and difficulty in sourcing alternative funds.

Genevieve’s Community Kitchen, Williams Landing Estate Residents Association and Resilience Gymnastics were among some of the recipients.

Cedar Woods state manager Patrick Archer said the entries received this year came from a number of groups who played an integral part in supporting the wider community.

“We strongly value giving back to the local community,” he said.

“It is an initiative we are extremely proud of and it allows us to acknowledge the hard work of not-for-profit groups in the Wyndham area.”

Lightpoint Church, which received a $1000 grant, will put the money towards its annual Helping Hand Day, which provides free food hampers, quality clothes and new and used toys at Christmas time.

Liz Talevski from Lightpoint Church said the grant was a blessing.

“Each year we see hundreds of people looking for a helping hand, including many parents and grandparents wanting a new toy for their children that they simply can’t afford,” Ms Talevski said.