Stronger Communities Fund
As part of the Local Government amalgamation process, the City of Parramatta received $15 million from the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund to kick-start the delivery of community infrastructure and service improvement projects.
The Stronger Communities Fund facilitates the funding of two programs:
- Major Projects: $14 million allocated for larger scale, priority infrastructure and service projects that deliver long-term economic and social benefits to communities.
- Community Grants: $1 million in grants of up to $50,000 to incorporated, not-for-profit community groups for projects that build more vibrant, sustainable and inclusive local communities.
After consultation with the community, City of Parramatta announced its priority list of Stronger Community Fund Major Projects on April 2017. Over 170 submissions were received with an estimated total request value of over $192 million, for projects including playgrounds, park upgrades, cylceways, and community programs. Detailed planning and community consultation will now be undertaken for each of these projects.
City of Parramatta conducted an Expression of Interest (EOI) process to solicit applications from eligible community organisations. Applications opened on Monday, 8 August and closed on 30 September 2016. A total of 131 applications were received as part of the Stronger Community Fund Community Grants, requesting a total of $4,829,446 in funding. A total of $1,056,683 in funding was allocated across 34 projects in early February 2017 and must be put to use by 31 December 2018.