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Opening 7th August 2017 – Stronger Communities Programme – Round 3 closes 28 September 2017

At a glance

Provides eligible local government agencies, not for profit organisations that are legal entities, and trustees of a property trust with grants from $2,500 to $20,000 to fund small capital projects that deliver social benefits in each of the 150 electorates across Australia.

Who can apply?

At a minimum, you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and
  • be one of the following entities:
    • a local government agency or body
    • a not for profit organisation that is a legal entity
    • a trustee on behalf of a property trust with responsibility for a community asset.

Other eligibility requirements may apply.


Deadline to apply: 


The Stronger Communities Programme supports the Australian Government’s commitment to help deliver social benefits in communities across Australia.

Round 3 of the programme will provide $22.5 million, $150,000 to each electorate for eligible small capital projects that improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant and viable communities.

Each Federal Member of Parliament (MP) must consult with their local community to identify potential projects that are consistent with the intended programme outcomes.

Participation in the Stronger Communities Programme is optional. Should an MP choose not to participate in the programme, the funding allocated to their electorate will be returned to the Federal Budget.

What support or funding is available?

Each electorate has a total funding pool of $150,000 that can be allocated to successful applications. A maximum of 20 projects will be funded in each electorate.

For each project, the grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs.

  • The minimum grant amount is $2,500.
  • The maximum grant amount is $20,000.

Total funding for the project from the Commonwealth cannot exceed 50 per cent of the total eligible project cost. You can fund your share of eligible project costs from any source including state and local government. Your contribution can be either cash or in-kind.

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply you must have been invited by your federal Member of Parliament, have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be one of the following entities:

  • a local government agency or body as defined in Appendix A of the guidelines
  • a not for profit organisation that is a legal entity. You are required to demonstrate your ‘not for profit’ status through one of the following:
    • current Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission’s (ACNC) Registration
    • state or territory incorporated association status
    • constitutional documents or articles of association that demonstrate the not-for-profit character of the organisation
  • a trustee on behalf of a property trust with responsibility for a community asset.

For the purposes of the programme, we also consider the following organisations to be local governing bodies.

  • Anangu Pitjantjatjara, Maralinga, Gerard, Nepabunna and Yalata local governing bodies in SA
  • Cocos (Keeling) Islands Shire Council
  • Lord Howe Island Board
  • Norfolk Island Regional Council
  • The Outback Communities Authority
  • The Shire of Christmas Island
  • The Silverton and Tibooburra villages in NSW
  • The Trust Account in the NT and
  • ACT Government.

Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply. You must have a formal arrangement in place with all parties.

What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible your project must:

  • have been identified by your federal Member of Parliament
  • have at least $5,000 in eligible expenditure
  • deliver social benefits to your community.

Your project should be scheduled for completion by 30 June 2018.

You must also:

  • have a plan for how you will carry out the project and identify the budget for your project
  • be able to meet your share of the project costs
  • provide the relevant mandatory attachments (if required).

We cannot waive the eligibility criteria under any circumstances.

For more information on eligibility please refer to the programme guidelines.

How do I apply?

Complete the online Stronger Communities Programme application form. If you are invited to apply, you will receive the link to the online application form in an email from your local federal Member of Parliament.

If you are unable to complete the online application form, call them on 13 28 46.


For more information (source) see >>> Stronger Communities Programme

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