Applications open for community grants

Community groups and organisations are being encouraged to apply for the next round of Sydney Motorway Corporation’s (SMC) Community Grant Scheme which supports local initiatives within the WestConnex corridor.

SMC Chief Executive Officer Dennis Cliche said since the grant scheme was established last year the program had been embraced by local communities.

"As we build WestConnex, the Community Grant Scheme is one of a series of initiatives being delivered through our Community Connections Program, which aims to deliver lasting positive outcomes for communities in Western Sydney and along the project corridor,” Mr Cliche said.

“Already around 120 grants have been awarded to a wide range of very worthy groups and organisations who are delivering a range of important initiatives that are making a real difference in the community and have directly benefited more than 10,000 people.

“We are proud of our commitment to connecting communities and helping local organisations deliver initiatives that will leave a lasting legacy for those who need it most.

Chalmers Road School at Strathfield, one of 24 successful community groups as part of the most recent round of the scheme, was awarded a grant to purchase new electronic whiteboards for some of their classrooms.

“We are very grateful for this grant which will enable us to upgrade our technology and improve education outcomes for our students who come from low-socio-economic and non-English speaking backgrounds and have moderate or severe intellectually disabilities,” Chalmers Road School Principal Michelle Davies said.

“These whiteboards will have a significant impact on our school community - they will further empower our students and maximise engagement in the classroom as they cater to all learning styles and have proven valuable for the learning outcomes of students with special educational needs.”

Mr Cliche encouraged local not-for-profit groups such as schools, sporting clubs and social enterprises with a strong community focus to get their application in early for a grant up to $10,000.

"We want to hear from more community groups and organisations who are passionate about making a difference, to help them deliver important grassroots projects and initiatives that will positively benefit their local area and we encourage groups to apply ahead of the Christmas break.

“The feedback received from the groups we've assisted through the scheme has been overwhelmingly positive; the application process is simple and can be completed online.

“We’re looking forward to connecting with and assisting more local organisations in their efforts to deliver positive outcomes for their community.”

Applications for Round 1 of the 2017-18 Community Grant scheme is now open and will be accepted until 5pm, Friday 5 January 2018.

For more information on the Community Grants Scheme, eligibility criteria and to apply, visit