The NSW Government is investing in infrastructure projects that deliver positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes while promoting community participation, inclusion and cohesion.

More than $334 million has been awarded to over 15,000 projects through the Community Building Partnership (CBP) program since 2009.

In 2020, there is a maximum of $300,000 to allocate in each electorate. Incorporated not-for-profit community organisations and local councils are eligible to apply for grants of between $2500 and $300,000. The average grant awarded is around $20,000.


Eligible projects will be assessed against four equally weighted program criteria:

  1. Enhancing facilities — the project develops a vibrant, sustainable and inclusive community through the enhancement or construction of community infrastructure.
  2. Meeting community needs — the project supports activities and services needed by local communities.
  3. Increasing community participation — the project encourages participation in activities or services needed by a broad section of the community.
  4. The organisation’s capacity — the applicant has the capacity to deliver the project on time and within scope.

Eligible applicants

  • incorporated not-for-profit community organisations
  • NSW local councils (and their section 355 committees) operating under the Local Government Act 1993.

Incorporated not-for-profit bodies include organisations that are registered and approved as not-for-profit bodies by NSW Fair Trading.

They can include:

  • charities
  • organisations with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) or Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) status
  • cooperatives
  • companies limited by guarantee
  • trusts that are registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)
  • associations (under the Associations Incorporation Act 2009)
  • Local Aboriginal Land Councils
  • religious organisations
  • organisations established under an Act of Parliament.

Eligible projects

CBP supports projects involving the:

  • construction of new community infrastructure
  • refurbishment, repair and maintenance of existing community infrastructure
  • purchase of capital equipment with a minimum individual asset value of more than $2500.

Applications are open now and close 12 June.

For more information, including FAQ’s and links for applications, please see the NSW Government’s website here.