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Community Grants Program

2022 Community Grants open Monday 31 January and close at 4pm on Monday 7 March 

All applicants are supported by Grant Support Officers from the Community Capacity Building team.  For any enquiries relating to grants or acquittal of grants, please contact the team on 02 9806 5110.

Grant Information Sessions

The City of Parramatta is delivering short information sessions for organisations and people interested in applying for grants included in Council’s Annual Community Grants program. The Annual Grants Round opens on 31 January 2022 and closes on 7 March 2022. 

Community Capacity Building Grants

Further information and registration via Eventbrite:

Growing Social Enterprise in Parramatta

Further information and registration via Eventbrite:

Creative Grants

Further information and registration via Eventbrite:

Outcome Measurement Workshops

Further information and registration via Eventbrite:

City of Parramatta Council’s Community Grants provides funding opportunities for the Parramatta Local Government Area (LGA).

Please check the Parramatta Local Government Area boundary map, inserting your organisation address to see if you qualify for City of Parramatta funding opportunities.

It aims to support local:

  • not-for-profit community
  • recreation and sporting groups
  • clubs
  • organisations
  • services
  • social enterprises
  • and in some cases, individuals.

Through the Community Grants, Council supports a wide range of services and activities that contribute to City of Parramatta’s vision and priorities.

What we fund

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  • Project development and implementation
  • Capital purchase directly related to community capacity building project
  • Building the internal capacity of an organisation
  • Resource development

What we don't fund

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  • Activities and programs that duplicate existing services or repeat previously funded projects
  • Attendance at conferences or academic course fees, except within scholarship or fellowship programs
  • Religious ceremonies and/or activities in which the promotion of a single faith is the main purpose
  • Profit making activities where the profits are allocated to shareholders, owners and/or members
  • The establishment or attainment of fundraising objectives
  • Project proposals that are potentially defamatory or libellous or seek to intimidate, offend or harass members of the community.


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All applications to the Community Grants Program must meet the eligibility criteria.

Each grant category also has specific eligibility criteria.

Common eligibility criteria require that the organisation must:

  • Be an incorporated not-for-profit organisation or can provide evidence of an auspice arrangement with an incorporated not-for-profit organisation;
  • Be located within the boundaries of the Parramatta local government area and/or principally service Parramatta residents;
  • Address City of Parramatta’s vision statement and at least one of the objectives in the nominated grant category;
  • Project begins after the grant funding commencement date and does not require retrospective, recurrent or ongoing funding;
  • Not have outstanding debts to Council;
  • Not have overdue progress or acquittal reports for previously funded grants.

Planning your projects

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Developing a work plan or timeline is an excellent way to achieve a successful project as it records the major milestones for the project and who is responsible for completing them.

Providing such information is a good way to show that your project is well planned and ready to go.

To assist you in this process, we have developed a basic sample project plan and work plan for you to use in the planning and implementation process

How to apply

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Blue owl text: Apply now, powered by SmartyGrants

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.

Successful grant recipients information

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All organisations who receive funding grants from City of Parramatta are required to complete their projects within 12 months of funding.

Quarterly grant recipients are required to complete their projects within six months of funding.

For projects funded through the Annual Grants program, a progress report will be required at six months, and a final acquittal report upon completion of your project.

Projects funded through the Quarterly Grants program are required to submit a final acquittal report only.

Find out more

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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 team on or call 02 9806 5110.