Stronger Communities Programme - Round 5

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The Stronger Communities Programme provides each of the 151 federal electorates with up to $150,000 to fund small capital projects that improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant and viable communities. In consultation with their community, each Federal Member of Parliament must identify potential applicants and projects in their electorate and invite them to apply for a grant.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • be invited to apply by your local MP
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be one of the eligible incorporated entities listed in section 4.1 of the grant opportunity guidelines.

Other eligibility requirements apply.

Deadline to apply:

Contact information:

13 28 46

business.gov.au/contact

Overview

The Stronger Communities Programme (the program) supports the Australian Government’s commitment to deliver social benefits in communities across Australia. Round 5 of the program will provide $22.65 million to fund small capital projects in each of the 151 federal electorates.

The program’s intended outcomes are to improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant and viable communities.

Community consultation is a critical element of the program. In consultation with their community, each MP must identify potential applicants and projects in their electorate and invite them to apply for a grant. Invited applications will be assessed against the program’s eligibility criteria through a closed non-competitive process.

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

The grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs (grant percentage).

  • 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 expenditure. You can fund your share of eligible project costs from any source including from state and local government. Your contribution can be either cash or in-kind. Where you provide in-kind contributions, you must calculate the dollar value.

You must complete your project within six months of your project start date and no later than 30 June 2020.

You may start your project from the date you submit your application. However, if you choose to start your project before you have an executed grant agreement, you do so at your own risk.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be invited to apply by your Member of Parliament
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)

and

  • be one of the following incorporated entities:
    • an incorporated not for profit organisation including:
      • incorporated associations, such as
        • Police and Citizen Youth Clubs
        • child care centres
        • surf clubs
        • local aged care bodies
        • Parents and Citizens, Parents and Friends groups and equivalent bodies
        • local rural fire services
        • local state emergency services
      • non-distributing co-operatives
      • companies limited by a guarantee
      • indigenous not for profit corporations
      • religious organisations incorporated under legislation
    • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust with responsibility for a community asset or property. You will be required to provide relevant trust documents.
    • a local governing body as defined by the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995

For the purpose of this program, 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.
You are not eligible to apply if you are:
  • a for profit organisation
  • an individual
  • a partnership
  • a Regional Development Australia Committee
  • a university, technical college or school
  • a hospital
  • a Commonwealth, State or Territory government agency or body (including government business enterprises) unless listed in section 5.1 of the grant opportunity guidelines.

How to apply

Members of Parliament are responsible for the community consultation process. If you are invited to apply by your local MP, you will receive the link to the online application form in an email from your local Federal Member of Parliament.

Applications close: 10 October 2019 5:00 pm AEDT

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

To apply, fill in the online application form accessed via the link in the email from your local MP 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.

How we assess applications

We will assess your application for completeness and against all the eligibility criteria. To be recommended for funding, your project must meet all eligibility criteria, provide value for money and be considered a proper use of public resources.

The Program Delegate decides which grants to approve taking into account the application assessment, availability of grant funds and whether funding a project will be a proper use of public resources.

The Program Delegate will make the final decision.

If your application is successful

If you are successful, you will receive notification from your MP and an approval letter or exchange of letters grant agreement from the department, including any specific conditions attached to the grant.

If you are unsuccessful, we will notify you in writing.

We must execute a grant agreement with you before we can make any payments. We are not responsible for any expenditure you incur before a grant agreement is executed. If you choose to start your project before you have an executed grant agreement, you do so at your own risk.

We will pay 100 per cent of the grant on execution of the grant agreement. You will be required to report how you spent the grant funds at the completion of the project.

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

Key documents

  • Grant opportunity guidelines
  • Factsheet
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Sample application form
  • Sample grant agreement - approval letter
  • Sample grant agreement - exchange of letters  
  • End of project report  

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