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Annual Community Grants Program

Creative Projects Fund

The Annual Community Grants Round will open 6am on the 28th August 2024, Monday and will close 6pm on the 3rd October 2024, Tuesday.


The Creative Projects Fund aims to support professional groups and organisations with creative projects in the Parramatta region. This category is open to those working in all art forms, including but not limited to, music, sculpture, dance, painting, interpretation, writing/literature, theatre, design, film/video and digital media. Professional groups and or organisations are those employing qualified staff at the appropriate award rate. They would usually have an appropriately qualified administrator or director.


Grant Information Sessions

In the lead to our Annual Community Grants Round, the City of Parramatta Council will deliver a short information for Community Groups that are interested in applying. Please click on a link below to register for one the session:

Category objectives

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  • Develop the skills of our local creative talent;
  • Increase participation in arts and creative sectors;
  • Stimulate connection to community, through the development of works and/or activities that explore the identity of the Parramatta region;
  • Encourage growth and increase the value of the creative sector to the Parramatta community, culture and economy;
  • Foster innovation in the arts and creative sectors.

Available funding

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$60,000 is allocated to the Creative Projects Fund.

The maximum funding available to any one project in this category is $20,000 (not including GST).


Finance Documents Required

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Council administers Community Grants as the custodian of public funds. Council needs to know that recipients can manage funds and provide financial accountability. 

For funding requests of amounts between $5,001 - $25,000, applicants are required to provide supporting financial documents per one of the categories below, depending on the Total Annual Revenue (TAR) for your organisation . Please visit the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) website to find out which Category you fall in to:

  • Category 1: If your organisation is medium or large according to the ACNC for the 2021 Annual Information Statement (TAR of $250,000 or above)  - Council requires the most recent audited financial statements (last 12 months), signed by an accredited and independent Auditor or accountant as part of your application. Please note that for requested amounts between $20,001 and $25,000, Council requires these financial statements for the past 24 months.
  • Category 2: If your organisation is small according to the ACNC 2021 Annual Information Statement (TAR under $250,000)  OR your organisation has only registered within the previous 12 months and an audited financial statement is not available, Council requires the following as part of your application:

    - Profit and Loss Statement (certified by an accredited independent accountant)*
    - Organisational Balance Sheet (last 12 months)*

*Please note: for funding applications between $20,001 and $25,000, Council requires these documents for the past 24 months (if you’re organisation has been in existence for over 12 months.


Program timelines

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This program is open once a year. For our 2024 round, all projects must start after January 1, 2024.

Successful recipients in this category are required to: 

  • Complete their projects within 12 months of funding
  • Submit a progress report within 6 months of commencement of project
  • Submit a final acquittal report due on the 30th January 2025 (following year)

Failure to acquit the grant will affect any future funding requests.

How to Apply

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All applications for funding grants are completed online through SmartyGrants.

You only need to register once. If you previously applied via SmartyGrants you can use your existing password and login.

Contact us

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To find out more about funding opportunities, workshops, leadership development, forums, training and more in the Parramatta and Greater Western Sydney area, subscribe to Parramatta e-news.

If you need any further information, please feel free to contact our Community Grants Officer at Alternatively, please call 9806 5110 or 0455 876 255.

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