Smart Cities and Suburbs Program - Round 2

At a glance


Provides local government agencies and bodies with grants of $250,000 to $5 million to support projects that apply innovative technology-based solutions to urban challenges to improve the liveability, productivity and sustainability of Australian cities, suburbs and towns.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • be an Australian local government agency or body (including ACT Government); and
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)

Other eligibility requirements apply.

Deadline to apply:

Contact information:

13 28 46



The $50 million competitive Smart Cities and Suburbs Program was announced as part of the 2016 election campaign. The program will support projects that apply innovative technology-based solutions to urban challenges. The program encourages local government agencies and bodies to deliver collaborative smart city projects that improve the liveability, productivity and sustainability of Australian cities, suburbs and towns. There is approximately $22 million in total funding for this round.

  • The minimum grant amount is $250,000.
  • The maximum grant amount is $5 million
  • The grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs.
  • You must complete your project by 30 June 2020.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be an Australian local government agency or body as defined in appendix A of the grant opportunity guidelines; and
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN).

To be eligible your project:

  • must include at least one partner organisation during the life of the project.

Projects must involve the innovative application of knowledge, hardware or software that:

  • is new to the organisation, the local government area, city, region or country or
  • delivers an outcome which has not previously been realised in your community.

Merit criteria

To be competitive you must score highly against all of the merit criteria.

  • Merit Criterion 1 - The extent to which your project is innovative and uses smart technology and open data (30 points)
  • Merit Criterion 2 - The scope of social, environmental and economic benefits your project will deliver (30 points)
  • Merit Criterion 3 - The extent of the project’s community focus and impact on the liveability of the cities, suburbs and towns (20 points)
  • Merit Criterion 4 - Your capacity, capability and resources to carry out the project (20 points).

How to apply

You should read the grant opportunity guidelines and sample grant agreement before you apply. Grant opportunity guidelines provide detailed information on the grant opportunity, including granting activity objectives; all eligibility and merit criteria; the assessment processes; reporting and acquittal requirements; and a description of review mechanisms.

To apply, fill in the online application form and attach any mandatory attachments.


When you submit your online application, we will provide you with an automated receipt number and a link. The link goes to a page where you can enter your email address to receive acknowledgment and a copy of your complete application.

For assistance with the application form contact us.

How we assess applications

We assess your application against the eligibility criteria and then against the merit criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the merit assessment stage.

We refer your application to an assessment committee comprised of Australian Public Service officers with subject matter expertise and independent technical experts who will make recommendations on which grants to approve.

The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide in your application should be relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested. You should define, quantify and provide evidence to support your answers. The sample application form displays character limits.

The Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities will make the final decision.

If your application is successful

If your application is successful, you will receive a written offer. If you are unsuccessful, we will notify you in writing and give you the chance to discuss the outcome with us.

Successful applicants must enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments.

We will make the first payment when the grant agreement is executed. We will make subsequent payments in arrears based on your achievement of activities and your eligible expenditure. We set aside a minimum of 10 per cent of the total grant funding for the final payment. We will pay this when you submit a satisfactory final report.

Payments will be made by direct credit into a nominated bank account.

Key documents

  • Grant opportunity guidelines
  • Sample application form
  • Sample grant agreement
  • Template letter of support from project partner
  • Template letter of support from lead applicant’s organisation
  • Example project budget

More information

For more information on the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, including information on successful round 1 projects, you can visit the link below.

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