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Annual Community Grants Program

Growing Social Enterprise in Parramatta

This category Is designed to fund existing social enterprises that have demonstrated their ability to be sustainable and achieve high impact on their social mission and are seeking to grow and expand their operations. It is expected that anu proposals put forward for a Social Enterprise Grant will be clearly developed ideas. They must clearly articulate how the proposed project will further your social mission and what impact it is expected to have for the communities of Parramatta. 


Grant Information Sessions

In the lead up to our Annual Grants Round, the City of Parramatta Council delivers short information sessions for Organisations and individuals that are interested in applying. 

As our 2023 Annual Community Grants round is closed, we currently have no Information Sessions available.

Category Objectives

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  • The funding of a specific growth activity by a successful social enterprise that is already located with the Parramatta LGA; or
  • The re-location of a successful social enterprise to the Parramatta LGA or a replication of the social enterprise, either a as a physical presence or as a commitment to running ongoing programs, within the Parramatta LGA. 

Who can apply?

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Applications must be from an incorporated body or eligible social enterprise structure.

Social enterprises are defined as having the following characteristics:

  • Social, environmental, cultural mission/objectives core to purpose and focus;
  • Limited distributions of profits – the majority of profits are reinvested in the enterprise and/or an associated social entity;
  • Generation of a social return in addition to a financial return, and commitment to demonstrating this;
  • Can have a mixture of capital inputs – the enterprise is supported through a mixture of grant income/subsidised income and trading income, but must trade;
  • Favour democratic decision-making structures and seek high levels of accountability to their stakeholders, rather than just to shareholders.

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.

Available funding

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$75,000 is allocated to Growing Social Enterprise in Parramatta.

The maximum funding available to any one project in this category is $25,000.

Program timelines

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This program is open once a year. For our 2023 round, all projects must start after January 1, 2023. 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 date 30th January 2024 (following year)

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

Contact us

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You must discuss your application with our Community Capacity Building Team before you submit.

For projects relating to social enterprise, contact Lucy Brotherton on (02) 9806 5792 or 

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

General grant inquiries can be made to the Community Grants Officer at (02) 9806 5110 or

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