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Annual Community Grants Program

Community Events Grant

This category is a part of our Community Grants Round and will be opening on Monday, 1st July 2024 6AM and closing on Monday, 26th August 2024 11.59PM.


The Community Events grants aim to establish and encourage public events in the City of Parramatta which:

  • Are free to the public (or have a low entry price)
  • Welcome a diverse audience
  • Are unique events that complement the existing events calendar
  • Encourage visitors to Parramatta
  • Are celebrations of culture, sport, arts, specialist interests, community activities, family events or other themes.

Grant Information Sessions

Ready to make a difference in Parramatta? During this round, our City of Parramatta officers will be delivering short information sessions ONLINE for social enterprises, community groups and individuals that are interested in applying for our Community Events Grant. Discover how you can qualify, get insider application tips and find out about the funding details. Don't miss this chance to turn your innovative ideas into reality!

Category Objectives

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  • The grant program has a strong focus on delivering social, community, recreational and cultural benefits to Parramatta’s community.
  • The City of Parramatta supports a range of events presented across the LGA (local government area), including locations in Parramatta’s CBD, neighbourhoods and suburbs.
  • Events must align with the City of Parramatta 'Vision and Primary Priorities', must be delivered wholly or primarily in the Parramatta local government area and be of benefit to Parramatta LGA residents and welcoming of visitors.
  • The program supports events produced by eligible not-for-profit organisations, community groups, professional associations, and in some cases individuals who are auspiced by an organisation.

Available funding

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Total Funding Pool Community Grants Round Cultural Grants Round Funding cap
$80,000 $50,000 $30,000 + Remainder from Community Grants Round $10,000

Applicants may request funding of up to 50% of their total event budget, but no more than $10,000.


Program timelines

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The Community Events category is available in both our Community and Cultural Grant rounds.

Successful projects in the Community Grants round must start AFTER January 1, 2025.

Successful projects in the Cultural Grants round must start AFTER July 1, 2025.

Before funding can be paid, successful applicants must complete the tasks below within 8 weeks of the event date: 

  • Submit the acquittal form online through SmartyGrants.
  • Submit and event report.
  • Submit a final budget.

NOTE: Payment of event grant funding is made AFTER the event and after all stages above are complete.

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

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.

Contact us

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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.

If you need any further information, please feel free to contact our Community Grants Officer at Alternatively, please call 9806 5110 or 0455 876 255.


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