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Annual Community Grants Program

Community Grants Recipients 2023


2023 Recipients

On the 23rd February 2023, the Annual Community Grants Ceremony was held at our new community facility PHIVE. During this time, we were able to celebrate and award 35 applicants for their future contribution to their community. Recipients were from not-for-profit, community groups and organisations, social enterprises and in some cases, individuals arts working on novels, music, and performances. The City of Parramatta Council congratulates all of the grant recipients and we look forward to seeing the fruits of these projects come to life over the next 12 months. 

The following community groups, social enterprises and creative individuals were recipients of the 2023 Annual Community Grants Program.

Community Capacity Building

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Applicant Organisation Project Title Recommended funding amount
Survivors & Mates Support Network (SAMSN) SAMSN Monthly Support Meetings $10,000.00
Sunnyfield Music and Movement $4,900.00
Jesuit Refugee Service Australia JRS Australia IT & Office Equipment Upgrade $9,906.36
Raise Foundation Raise Foundation Mentoring Program – Parramatta High School $9,613.00
Impact100 Sydney, a sub-fund of the Sydney Community Foundation Impact100 Sydney Student Resource $10,000.00
Immigrant Women’s Speakout Association of NSW inc Celebrating Grandmothers $10,000.00
Chinese Australian Services Society Limited Fostering integration of Chinese migrants $10,000.00
Young Men’s Christian Society Association of Sydney Young People and Positive Engagement: Equipment Upgrade Y Western Sydney $10,000.00
Solve-TAD Limited Ready, Set, Ride $9,894.00
Cumberland Community Radio Incorporated T/A Alive 90.5FM Studio Upgrade – Podcasting & Video Streaming / Social Media $10,000.00
End Street Sleeping Collaboration End Street Sleeping Western Sydney Collaboration $9,988.06
Somali Welfare and Cultural Centre Refugee Camp in My Neighbourhood $10,000.00
Story Factory Building organisation – wide cultural competence to better support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in our programs $8,015.00
St Merkorious Charity Association Inc. 2023 Community Capacity Building Grant $10,000.00
Early Education (Early Ed) Inc. Ready to Learn Together in Parramatta – Ready for School $9,962.00
Immigrant Women’s Speakout Association of NSW Inc Restoring dignity to vulnerable women $10,000.00
Huddle, Constitution Hill (Auspiced by Karabi Community & Development Services HUDDLE Family Fun Day $4,500.00
Dundas Area Neighbourhood Centre Telopea Topic Tasters $9,996.00
SAGE Community Services Creative Connections $9,943.00
Southern Communities Council Closing Digital Divide for the ParraDiverse and Parra Seniors $10,000.00
The Uniting Church in Australia Epping (Auspiced by The Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust (NSW) Epping Uniting Church – Aboriginal Cultural safety through Walanga Muru, Macquarie University $1,600.00
Rapid Relief Team (RRT) Ltd RRT Food and Essentials Packaging Equipment Project $7,906.00
Refugee Advice & Casework Service Refugee Women & Girls at Risk $20,000.00

Creative Projects Fund

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Applicant Organisation Project Title Recommended funding amount
New Ghosts Theatre Company Dancing Bear $14,050.00
FORM Dance Projects EDEN PARRAMATTA Creative Development $20,000.00
Pari Incorporated 50 days in Western Sydney $20,000.00
Sydney Improvised Music Association Inc The Three Seas workshop and Performance at Riverside Theatres $10,240.00

Growing Social Enterprise in Parramatta

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Applicant Organisation Project Title Recommended funding amount
Welcome Merchant Welcome Merchant Curated Experiences – A Seat at the Table $19,600.00
Plate it Forward Training & Employment for Marginalised Communities $25,000.00
Thank and Praise Australia Parramatta Expansion $10,000.00

Cultural Heritage & Stories Research

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Applicant Organisation Project Title Recommended funding amount
The Uniting Church in Australia Epping (Auspiced by The Uniting Church in Australia Property) History of Uniting Churches in Epping $5,000.00

Parramatta Artists’ Studios Creative Fellowship Fund

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Applicant Name Project Title Recommended funding amount
Ms Keg de Souza Empire of Seeds $20,000.00
Miss Lucy Clements Artistic Development Reconnection Program $10,000.00
Ms Thelma Thomas Music, Memory, and Mana with MC Trey $10,000.00
Dr Stephen Sewell A Cheery Soul $10,000.00

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