• Office of Hugh McDermott

Updates to Community Building Partnership program for 2021

In 2021 there will be challenges in eligibility for the Community Building Partnership Program.


Requests made must between $5,000 and $150,000 only and any application for a vehicle purchase must be selected separately to a capital works and or equipment purchase.


CBP will not fund projects by organisations with unacquitted CBP2018 projects (as at 14 May 2021) or organisations that have outstanding Progress Reports for the Community Partnership program from 2019.


Who should apply?

  • NSW association and non-distributing co-operatives registered with NSW Fair Trading.

  • Local Aboriginal Land Council, or Indigenous corporations registered with the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations.

  • NSW local councils (and their section 355 committees) operating under the Local Government Act 1993. Must provide evidence of cash matching at the time of application.

  • Not-for-profit entities incorporated under an Act of Parliament.

  • Trusts that are registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)

  • Public companies limited by guarantee.


Eligible Projects

CBP will consider funding requests between $5,000 and $150,000 for projects involving:

  • Capital works including construction of new community infrastructure as well as refurbishment, repair and maintenance of existing community infrastructure.

  • Purchase of equipment with a minimum individual asset value of more than $5,000.

  • Purchase of vehicle[s] with a minimum individual asset value of more than $5,000.


What is the application process?

Applications are made online via: www.communitybuildingpartnership.smartygrants.com.au/applicant/login


1. Applicants will be asked to register if they do not have an account.


2. Once logged into Smarty Grants they will click start new submission.


3. Applicants must complete one application form for each project location.


4. Joint applications must be successful in the home electorate first.


5. ‘Start early, submit early’-applications must be submitted by 5pm AEST Friday 14 May 2021.


Late applications cannot be accepted.


What is the assessment process?

Applications are assessed in two stages.


Stage 1: Eligibility 17 May –16 July 2021

  • Organisation is eligible to apply.

  • Project type is eligible for funding.

  • Application is completed correctly & meets program requirements.

Stage 2: Merit 19 July –13 August 2021


Application is assessed in NSW electorate where project is located.


Eligible projects will be assessed by the relevant MP and Independent Review Panel Members –Must be completed by 13 August.


SmartyGrants access to applications will be deactivated shortly after 13 August.


Recommendations for projects to receive funding are based on these assessments –further advice will be provided at next info session on 14 July.


The approval process should be concluded by October 2021.








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