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Annual Community Grants Program

Growing Social Enterprise in Parramatta

The Annual Community Grants Round will open 6am on the 28th August 2023, Monday and will close 6pm on the 3rd October 2023, Tuesday.


This category Is designed to fund existing social enterprises that have demonstrated their ability to be sustainable and achieve high impact on their social mission and are seeking to grow and expand their operations. It is expected that anu proposals put forward for a Social Enterprise Grant will be clearly developed ideas. They must clearly articulate how the proposed project will further your social mission and what impact it is expected to have for the communities of Parramatta. 


Grant Information Sessions

In the lead to our Annual Community Grants Round, the City of Parramatta Council will deliver a short information for Social Enterprises, Community Groups and individuals that are interested in applying. Please click on a link below to register for one the session:

Category Objectives

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  • The funding of a specific growth activity by a successful social enterprise that is already located with the Parramatta LGA; or
  • The re-location of a successful social enterprise to the Parramatta LGA or a replication of the social enterprise, either a as a physical presence or as a commitment to running ongoing programs, within the Parramatta LGA. 

Available funding

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$75,000 is allocated to Growing Social Enterprise in Parramatta.

The maximum funding available to any one project in this category is $25,000.

Finance Documents Required

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Council administers Community Grants as the custodian of public funds. Council needs to know that recipients can manage funds and provide financial accountability. 

For funding requests of amounts between $5,001 - $25,000, applicants are required to provide supporting financial documents per one of the categories below, depending on the Total Annual Revenue (TAR) for your organisation . Please visit the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) website to find out which Category you fall in to:

  • Category 1: If your organisation is medium or large according to the ACNC for the 2021 Annual Information Statement (TAR of $250,000 or above)  - Council requires the most recent audited financial statements (last 12 months), signed by an accredited and independent Auditor or accountant as part of your application. Please note that for requested amounts between $20,001 and $25,000, Council requires these financial statements for the past 24 months.
  • Category 2: If your organisation is small according to the ACNC 2021 Annual Information Statement (TAR under $250,000)  OR your organisation has only registered within the previous 12 months and an audited financial statement is not available, Council requires the following as part of your application:

    - Profit and Loss Statement (certified by an accredited independent accountant)*
    - Organisational Balance Sheet (last 12 months)*

*Please note: for funding applications between $20,001 and $25,000, Council requires these documents for the past 24 months (if you’re organisation has been in existence for over 12 months.

Program timelines

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This program is open once a year. For our 2024 round, all projects must start after January 1, 2024. Successful recipients in this category are required to:

  • Complete their projects within 12 months of funding
  • Submit a progress report within 6 months of commencement of project
  • Submit a final acquittal report due date 30th January 2025 (following year)

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 Lucy Brotherton at  Alternatively, please call 9805 5792.


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