Community Grants Program
The City of Parramatta offers a range of quarterly and annual funding opportunities across the Local Government Area (LGA). The Community Grants Program were awarded in June 2016 to 39 organisations or individuals across a wide and diverse range of activities. Find out more about the 2016 Community Grant recipients.
We aim to support local not-for-profit community, recreation and sporting groups, clubs, organisations, services, social enterprises and even individuals with a wide range of services and activities that contribute to the strategic objectives of the City's Community Strategic Plan.
2017 Community Grants Categories
|Funding cap||Funding available|
|Community Capacity Building Grants||9am 24 January 2017||4pm* 6 March 2017||$225,000||
|Growing Social Enterprise in Parramatta Grants||9am 24 January 2017||4pm* 6 March 2017||$75,000||
|Creative Project Leveraging Fund||9am 24 January 2017||4pm* 6 March 2017||$60,000||$20,000||Annual|
|Cultural Heritage and Stories Research Fund||9am 24 January 2017||4pm* 6 March 2017||$20,000||$5,000||Annual|
|Creative Fellowship Fund||9am 24 January 2017||4pm* 6 March 2017||$20,000||One Fellow||Annual|
Small Grants Fund (Quarterly Grant)
|Accepted all year||
|Social Enterprise Business Planning Grant (Quarterly Grant)
||Accepted all year||4pm*
2 Feb, 4 May, 3 August, 2 November 2017
|$40,000 (shared pool with Small Grants)||$2,000||Quarterly|
|Sport and Recreation Grants (Quarterly Grant)||Accepted all year||4pm*
2 Feb, 4 May, 3 August, 2 November 2017
|Representative Sport Grants||Accepted all year||Awarded all year||$10,000||25% of participant expenses up to a cap of $1,000||
Open all year round for faster processing
|Community Events Grants||Opens soon||4pm
11 May, 3 August 2017
|$45,000||$10 000 (a maximum of 20% of the entire event budget)||
All mandatory support material and supporting documents must be uploaded via the SmartyGrants online application form. Previously funded projects must be acquitted to be eligible for 2017 funding.
*Applications must be received by 4pm on the closing date and cannot be submitted after this time
2017 City of Parramatta Grants Programs Overview
Aims is to support community projects with a focus on creating arts, cultural celebrations and destinations, opportunities for recreation and leisure, creating vibrant neighbourhoods and precincts, promoting green paces and environment, creating a strong economy, building strong and innovative community infrastructure and managing growth and transport.
Drives the delivery of projects and programs to address identified needs and issues in the community with a strong focus on delivering social, economic, recreational and cultural benefits to Parramatta’s community. Project proposals must align with Parramatta’s vision and priorities including supporting the community to live well, steward our built and natural environment, grow local economy and jobs and being innovative in community services and productive partnerships.
Aims to support professional groups and organisation with creative projects in the Parramatta region and is open to those working in all art forms including music, sculpture, dance, painting, writing and literature, theatre, design, film and video and digital and web based projects ad apps. This category has been established as a leverage fund and applicants will be required to attract at least 50% matching funding from additional sources as a condition of receipt of funding - matching funds may in some circumstances include in-kind contributions.
Supports research projects that add to the knowledge of Parramatta’s history and heritage and aims to encourage research that will document and interpret the story of Parramatta for the benefit of current and future generations.
Grant applications must demonstrate the significance and relevance of the research topic to Parramatta’s history and heritage. Applications should aim to enhance knowledge in areas that have not been previously researched.
Support the development of new work and/or the professional development of Parramatta artists and creative workers and is open to those working in all art forms including music, sculpture, dance, painting, writing/literature, theatre, design, film and video, digital and web-based projects and apps. Aims to stimulate connection to community and/or explore the identity of Parramatta through the development and presentation of new works and/or activities and foster innovation and contribute to the growth of the arts and creative sectors.
Grants from quarterly fund funds are only available to each organisation once per financial year, although you can apply for them quarterly and organisations submitting applications as auspice for an unincorporated group are provided some flexibility. Find out more on the 3 grants below:
Small Grants - designed to assist voluntary and staffed not-for-profit incorporated organisations to fund one-off costs that will directly support the progression of their capacity building activities, projects or programs. The funding has to be linked to an existing activity, project or program
Sport and Recreation Grants - designed to increase participation in local sport and recreation activities, address barriers to participation in sport and recreation, improve the knowledge and skills of volunteers and increase the availability of resources and equipment within local sport and recreation clubs
Social Enterprise Business Planning Grants are designed for existing local social enterprises to engage professional services that can assist with the ongoing operation and sustainability of the business (such as marketing, web design, and book-keeping) and to provide funding for existing organisations or groups of individuals who are at the concept development stage of a social enterprise project and need assistance in the research, development and writing of a social enterprise business plan
This is a fast track category designed to support people who are excelling at sport and representing Parramatta at a state, national or international level; role model active lifestyles and fair play to the community; promote and develop athlete pathways; leverage off and disseminate knowledge and experience with other athletes; and develop leaders to promote participation pathways in their chosen sport or recreation fields. Please note the process can take up to 3 months from the time of closing to the receipt of payment. Projects will not be funded retrospectively so please ensure that you have left enough time between the closing date and the project start.
Supporting not-for-profit organisations, community groups, professional groups, and in some cases individuals with event projects delivered in the City of Parramatta LGA.
which grant is right for you?
Before completing the application form, read the guidelines applicable to your chosen Community Grant thoroughly. The Community Grants Program has a number of categories and it is best to read each of the guidelines and assess which is the right grant for your organisation. You should also become familiar with the criteria for the category that you wish to apply for and have your project planned thoroughly before starting the application process.
How to apply?
All applications for funding grants are completed online through SmartyGrants that requires a one-time registration. If you have applied through SmartyGrants before you can use your existing login details again to apply for City for Parramatta Grants. All applications must come through this system - hard copy and electronic applications will not be accepted.
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p: 9806 5277 (Community Grants Officer)