Stronger Communities Fund

A total of 34 not-for-profit community groups have been awarded grants of up to $50,000 to deliver projects to benefit the City as part of the Stronger Community Fund Grants program.

More than $1 million in grants were awarded to the groups at a ceremony at The Mantra in Parramatta on Tuesday 7 February.

Among the projects that will be completed by the grant recipients include: the opening of the Sydney Story Factory Parramatta; integrated services for the homeless; building leadership capacity in Parramatta’s refugee and migrant youth; and North West Intensive Care Units for WIRES.

A number of Parents & Citizens Associations have also obtained grants to complete projects at local schools including, among others, a new multi-purpose sports field at Epping Public School, a new outdoor covered learning area for Carlingford High School and a ‘Playground to Plate’ health and environmental initiative at North Rocks Public School.

“The Stronger Communities Fund will provide an opportunity for community groups to undertake projects to build a more vibrant, sustainable and inclusive City. The selected projects will benefit the community across a broad range of social, economic, environmental and cultural areas,” City of Parramatta Administrator Amanda Chadwick said.

The NSW Government established the fund as part of the Local Government amalgamations process, with the intention of kick-starting projects that will deliver a positive community benefit.

City of Parramatta was allocated $15 million by the State Government for its Stronger Communities Fund, which includes the $1 million for community grants, and $14 million for major projects.

Local Government Minister Gabrielle Upton said supporting NSW communities and their grassroots projects and services was a priority for the NSW Government.

“This program recognises how much heavy lifting community groups already do but it also recognises the important role they play in making our communities resilient," Ms Upton said.

This funding is in addition to City of Parramatta Council’s comprehensive annual community grant funding program which delivers more than $480,000 to the local community. Applications for these grants are now open.

All grants awarded as part of the Stronger Communities fund must be put to use by 31 December 2018.

Stronger Communities Fund – Community Grants Recipients

Organisation name

Project Title

Funded amount

Boronia Multicultural Services Inc.

South Asian Women's Well Being Project


Dharma Karta Pty Ltd

STARS - A new generation shining with community values


Dundas Area Neighbourhood Centre Inc



Epping Public School P&C Association

Installation of Epping Public School Multi-Purpose Sports Field


Ermington West Public School P&C Association

Multipurpose Outdoor Environment


Fitted for Work Ltd

Woman Kind


Hope Connect Inc

Play & Grow - Parenting Social Group - New Outdoor & Active Play Equipment


Information and Cultural Exchange

i-Maps for Parra


Jesuit Refugee Service

Connect to Work - An Employment Support Program for People Seeking Asylum


Michael Hughes Foundation

Heart of the Parramatta Community - Awareness & Training Campaign


Milk Crate Theatre

Outreach and workshop program


North Rocks Public School P&C Association

Playground to Plate - Improving the Health of the Community and the Environment


Northmead Primary School P&C Association

BushTucker Garden Project


NSW Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service Incorporated

WIRES North West Intensive Care Units


Parramatta Computer Pals for Seniors Incorporated

Scanning from Film to Digital


Parramatta Mission

Integrated services for people who are homeless in Parramatta


Parramatta/Holroyd Family Support Inc.

Train and equip parenting practitioners to deliver Incredible Years evidence-based parenting program


Shakti Migrant & Refugee Women's Support Group NSW Inc.

Building Leadership Capacity in Parramatta’s Refugee and Migrant Youth


Sydney Story Factory

Opening the Sydney Story Factory Parramatta





Symphony For Life Foundation Limited

Symphony For Life Program - Toongabbie East Public School Community


TAD Disability Services

Driving to Freedom


Taste Cultural Food Tours Inc

A Taste of Parramatta


The Foundation for Young Australians auspicing Catalysr

Catalysr CALD Youth Startup Incubation Programme


The Hills Community Aid & Information Service Inc

Young and Skilled Up


The Northcott Society

Embracing diversity and promoting social inclusion via providing assistance to refugees with disability.


The Northern Centre

Healthy Mind & Body in Mandarin


The Northern Centre

Dads n Bubs Playgroup


The Scouts Association of Australia NSW Branch auspicing 1st Carlingford Scouts

Installation of Solar Battery Storage for 1st Carlingford Scout Hall


The Scouts Association of Australia NSW Branch auspicing 1st Murray Farm Scouts

Replace old kitchen at 1st Murray Farm Scout Hall


The Scouts Australia NSW Branch auspicing 1st Parramatta Scouts

Project Extended Life


The Trustee for Carlingford High School P&C Association

Carlingford High New Multipurpose Outdoor Covered Learning Area  (COLA)


Wenty Hockey Incorporated

Hookin 2 Hockey


Western Sydney Homeless Connect

Western Sydney Homeless Connect