Smart Cities and Suburbs Program

The Smart Cities and Suburbs Program provides funding 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. Applications will close at 5:00pm AEST on 30 June 2017.

  • Status: Open
  • Delivered by: AusIndustry

Overview

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 eligible organisations – local governments, private companies, research organisations and not for profit bodies – to deliver collaborative smart city projects that improve the liveability, productivity and sustainability of Australian cities, suburbs and towns.

The program involves two components:

  • A granting component which opened for applications on 17 March and will close at 5:00pm AEST on the 30th of June 2017.
  • An incubation package which is open for registrations at the link below.

Register your interest

Future Ready incubation package

Local governments that are new to smart cities and smart technology can register for the Future Ready incubation package. This package is not directly linked to the grants application process but supports capability building in local government. The package will provide participating local governments with the opportunity to collaborate with industry, build organisational capability, establish partnerships and develop innovative smart city plans and projects.

What support or funding is available?

  • the minimum grant amount is $100,000
  • the maximum grant amount is $5 million
  • the grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs.

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply you must have an Australian Business Number (ABN), be registered for GST, and be one of the following:

  • a local government agency or body
  • an entity incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
  • a not for profit organisation
  • a Publicly Funded Research Organisation (PFRO).

For further information go to the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program Guidelines.

What are the eligibility criteria?

Your project must:

  • have at least $200,000 of eligible expenditure
  • provide evidence that you can fund your minimum 50% share of eligible project costs from non- Commonwealth sources
  • involve at least:
    • one local government agency or body, and
    • one private sector organisation during the life of the project
  • have in-principle support from a local government agency or body at the time of application
  • be able to start within two months of executing a grant agreement.

For further information go to the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program Guidelines.

What are the merit criteria?

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

Merit Criterion 1

The extent to which your project is innovative and uses smart technology and open data.

Merit Criterion 2

The scope of social, environmental and economic benefits your project will deliver.

Merit Criterion 3

The extent of the project’s community focus and impact on the liveability of the cities, suburbs and towns.

Merit Criterion 4

Your capacity, capability and resources to carry out the project.

How do I apply?

To apply for the program you need to complete the online application form at the ‘I’m ready to apply’ tab. If you are unable to complete the online application form, call us on 13 28 46.

How will you assess my application?

We first 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 of Commonwealth officers with subject matter expertise who will make recommendations on which grants to approve.

The Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation decides which grants to approve taking into account the recommendations of the committee and the availability of grant funds.

For detailed information on how we assess your application, read section 7 of the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program Guidelines.

How will I know if I am successful?

If you are successful, you will receive a written offer.

How will payments be made?

If you are successful you must enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth.

The grant agreement will state the:

  • maximum grant amount we will pay
  • proportion of eligible costs covered by the grant (up to 50% of eligible project costs).

We make an initial payment on execution of the grant agreement covering up to 6 months of eligible expenditure. We will make subsequent payments in arrears based on your achievement of activities and your eligible expenditure.

You must submit progress and financial reports in line with the grant agreement. We will provide sample templates for these reports as appendices in the grant agreement.

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