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

$49,080.00

Dharma Karta Pty Ltd

STARS - A new generation shining with community values

$25,000.00

Dundas Area Neighbourhood Centre Inc

FAMILIES MOSAIC TOGETHER

$10,175.00

Epping Public School P&C Association

Installation of Epping Public School Multi-Purpose Sports Field

$50,000.00

Ermington West Public School P&C Association

Multipurpose Outdoor Environment

$43,100.00

Fitted for Work Ltd

Woman Kind

$49,914.00

Hope Connect Inc

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

$6,999.16

Information and Cultural Exchange

i-Maps for Parra

$49,890.00

Jesuit Refugee Service

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

$49,873.00

Michael Hughes Foundation

Heart of the Parramatta Community - Awareness & Training Campaign

$50,000.00

Milk Crate Theatre

Outreach and workshop program

$32,099.00

North Rocks Public School P&C Association

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

$39,677.00

Northmead Primary School P&C Association

BushTucker Garden Project

$40,000.00

NSW Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service Incorporated

WIRES North West Intensive Care Units

$4,203.00

Parramatta Computer Pals for Seniors Incorporated

Scanning from Film to Digital

$549.00

Parramatta Mission

Integrated services for people who are homeless in Parramatta

$50,000.00

Parramatta/Holroyd Family Support Inc.

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

$43,950.00

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

Building Leadership Capacity in Parramatta’s Refugee and Migrant Youth

$32,000.00

Sydney Story Factory

Opening the Sydney Story Factory Parramatta

$36,463.00

Sunnyfield

TechKNOWLEDGE

$38,713.00

Symphony For Life Foundation Limited

Symphony For Life Program - Toongabbie East Public School Community

$46,800.00

TAD Disability Services

Driving to Freedom

$47,000.00

Taste Cultural Food Tours Inc

A Taste of Parramatta

$25,940.00

The Foundation for Young Australians auspicing Catalysr

Catalysr CALD Youth Startup Incubation Programme

$50,000.00

The Hills Community Aid & Information Service Inc

Young and Skilled Up

$25,275.00

The Northcott Society

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

$40,500.00

The Northern Centre

Healthy Mind & Body in Mandarin

$8,950.08

The Northern Centre

Dads n Bubs Playgroup

$10,260.00

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

Installation of Solar Battery Storage for 1st Carlingford Scout Hall

$10,000.00

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

Replace old kitchen at 1st Murray Farm Scout Hall

$9,880.00

The Scouts Australia NSW Branch auspicing 1st Parramatta Scouts

Project Extended Life

$16,800.00

The Trustee for Carlingford High School P&C Association

Carlingford High New Multipurpose Outdoor Covered Learning Area  (COLA)

$50,000.00

Wenty Hockey Incorporated

Hookin 2 Hockey

$5,592.00

Western Sydney Homeless Connect

Western Sydney Homeless Connect

$8,000.00

   

 $1,056,682.24