Community Project Grants - Competitive Round

WestInvest Community Project Grants – Competitive Round will provide approximately $1.6 billion in funding for community projects in 15 eligible LGAs in Western Sydney and is open to local councils, non-government organisations, charitable organisations, community groups and other organisations.


The WestInvest Community Project Grants – Competitive Round applications are now open.

Organisations who were successful in the Registration of Interest process can now submit their application.
 

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Key Dates

  • Registration of interest open: 31 March 2022
  • Registration of interest close: 21 April 2022, at 5:00pm
  • Applications open: 2 May 2022, at 9:00am
  • Applications close: 25 July 2022, at 5:00pm
  • Assessment: From 26 July 2022
  • Successful applicants advised: From December 2022
  • Funding Deeds executed and works commence: From December 2022

Organisations who were successful in the Community Competitive Grants – Competitive Round Registration of Interest process can now submit their applications. Click here to apply.

Click here to watch WestInvest Information Session #2 – How to Apply for Funding, recorded on 9 May 2022.

Do you have questions about how to complete the Community Competitive Grants application form? Click here to register for an online Q&A session with a member of the WestInvest Team. Sessions will run for approximately 1 hour, and will have a maximum of 15 applicants. Applicants will have the opportunity to choose from 12 sessions.

Eligible Local Government Areas

WestInvest will fund projects in the below listed 15 Local Government Areas (LGAs):

  • Blacktown
  • Canterbury-Bankstown
  • Liverpool
  • Blue Mountains    
  • Cumberland
  • Parramatta
  • Burwood
  • Fairfield
  • Penrith
  • Camden
  • Hawkesbury
  • Strathfield
  • Campbelltown
  • The Hills
  • Wollondilly
a map of Sydney that highlights the local government areas eligible for WestInvest community project fund.

Focus Areas

Projects must be located in one or more of the eligible LGAs and may provide a benefit across multiple eligible LGAs. Projects must address one or more of the six focus areas, drive transformational change at a local, LGA or regional scale and demonstrate community support. 

Partnerships between applicants to deliver regional infrastructure (e.g. parks, cycleways) across one or more LGA boundaries are encouraged.

Potential outcomes for projects that may be eligible against the program focus areas are listed below:

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Quality green and open spaces

Improves amenities and variety of existing and new public spaces – for example:

  • Increase availability and accessibility to parks and natural environment.
  • Improves access for water based recreation including swimming.
  • Improves the biodiversity and environmental sustainability of an area through cleaner and natural waterways.
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Community infrastructure

Improves the amount and quality of public and community spaces – for example: 

  • Improve access to quality sport, recreation and community facilities.
  • Improve infrastructure resilience including reduction in urban heat island effect.
  • Provision of digital infrastructure that continues to improve digital and IT equality between the public and private sectors, including the next-gen ‘productivity multipliers’ of digital classrooms and virtual reality skills training
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School modernisation

Improves modernity of schools and student outcomes – for example:

  • Students are able to learn in education facilities that are fit for purpose, cooler and resilient. 
  • School facilities are adaptable to evolving educational standards and able to facilitate an increasingly technology and digital focused environment. 
  • Digital infrastructure that continues to improve digital and IT equality between the public and private sectors, including in the next-gen ‘productivity multipliers’ of digital classrooms and virtual reality skills training
     
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Arts and cultural facilities

Improves community participation and engagement in meaningful community arts and culture offerings – for example:

  • Arts and culture are accessible and reflect the diversity of the western Sydney community. 
  • Facilities promote more active and regular community participation in arts and culture activities.
  • Facilities that provide opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to celebrate culture and connections to Country.
  • Increased access to art and cultural experiences by embedding art installations, sculptures and light shows in new open and green spaces.
     
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High street activation

Improves amenities and safety across vibrant town centres – for example:

  • Safer travel after dark and cooler travel by day with connections to nature. 
  • Increased access to essential goods and services, and recreational activities within walking distance (e.g. buy groceries or coffee and walk the dog). 
  • Increased vibrancy of the hospitality and night-time economy, including dining, entertainment, retail, and vibrant and active commercial centres.
  • Renewal of facilities or public spaces to develop high quality, inclusive and attractive public spaces through public art or other improvements to support community connectedness and belonging.
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Local traffic programs

Promotes safer and more efficient travel within communities – for example:

  • Local streets are designed as comfortable places for a diverse range of needs (e.g. walking, wheeling and cycling, reducing reliance on cars) which would improve the liveability of neighbourhoods.
  • Safer travel (by car, bicycle, foot, or mobility aid) around the community.
  • Speed limits give priority to appropriate mode (e.g. pedestrian, bike, public transport or car).
  • Sufficient availability of active transport options to promote healthy lifestyles and reduce car-dependency.
     

Funding Availability

Approximately $1.6 billion is allocated to the Community Project Grants – Competitive Round.

The minimum funding amount that can be applied for eligible projects is $250,000. There is no cap on the amount of funding that can be applied for as long as the project is of a transformational scale and meets the criteria of the WestInvest program.

Applicants are permitted to submit more than one application for different projects. 

Applicants will be required to provide information in the application that is commensurate to the funding amount sought, total estimated cost of the project, project scale and risk profile of the project. 

The type of business case required for the application is dependent on the estimated project cost. 

Category Estimated total cost of the project Application required
A $1 million and under Simplified Business Case
B Over $1 million

Standard Business Case.

Projects over $10 million are required to include additional information regarding quantitative benefits.

Assessment Process

There are three steps to the assessment of an application under the Community Project Grants- Competitive Round. The steps are: 

  1. Eligibility review. This step will assess all projects to ensure the applicant and the project meet all eligibility requirements. Note this step is in addition to the ROI process outlined above that all applicants must first have undertaken. 
  2. Project assessment. All eligible applicants and projects will be assessed against the criteria in this Guideline. 
  3. Program alignment. This step will ensure final projects chosen are aligned with the key objectives of the WestInvest program to deliver benefits to all 15 eligible LGAs, all six focus areas, deliver benefits to communities at a local, LGA and regional scale.

Assessment Criteria

All eligible applications will be assessed against the following five criteria: 

  • Liveability (20%) – demonstrate how the project will enhance or improve liveability for a defined community.
  • Transformational (20%) – demonstrate how the project’s liveability outcomes will endure over time, and /or can augment community benefits with other initiatives and/or capitalises on a time-limited opportunity. 
  • Value for Money (20%) – demonstrate that the project is cost effective and will deliver benefit to the community.
  • Deliverability (20%) – demonstrate that the applicant has the capacity and expertise to deliver the project within budget and timeframe and has or can obtain all necessary approvals and consents.
  • Viability (20%) – demonstrate that the owner of the infrastructure can manage and maintain it.
     

Eligible Applicants

WestInvest is designed to fund projects that will truly make a difference. If you have questions about your organisation’s eligibility or your suggested project’s eligibility, please contact westinvest@dpc.nsw.gov.au or 92285260 and we will address your questions within the probity guidelines.

Eligible applicants must be non-government entities, not for profit and a legal entity. This will include:

  • Local councils
  • Non-government organisations, charitable organisations or community groups including: 
    • Not for profit groups incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)  
    • Organisations incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 2009 (NSW) or equivalent legislation in other Australian jurisdictions or another Act.
  • Not for profit organisations established under another Act including:
    • Local Aboriginal Land Councils
    • Public universities

Ineligible Applicants

The following applicants are ineligible:

  • Government entities (excluding local councils)
  • an individual or group of individuals, including sole traders and partnerships
  • unincorporated associations 
  • discretionary investment trusts 
  • for profit entities
  • any organisation that is not a legal entity  

Contact Us

Get in touch for more information about eligibility criteria, timeframes, and costs; or if you have any questions about the application process.

For media enquiries please contact the Department of Premier and Cabinet media team at media@dpc.nsw.gov.au

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