Stronger Communities Programme - Round 3

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:

Applicants need to be invited to apply by their local Federal Member of Parliament.

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.

Contact information:

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The Australian Government has announced $22.5 million for Round 4 of the Stronger Communities Programme (SCP) in the 2018-19 Budget. Round 4 will provide grants between $2,500 and $20,000 for every electorate. It is anticipated that Round 4 of SCP will be open for applications in the coming months.

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 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.

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.

Eligibility criteria

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.

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 to 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.

For assistance with the application form contact us.

Applications open: 7 August 2017 9:00 am AEST

Applications close: 12 October 2017 5:00 pm AEDT

Members of Parliament are responsible for the community consultation process. Potential applicants should contact their Federal Member of Parliament for further information, including timeframes.

How we assess applications

We will assess your application for completeness and against all the eligibility criteria.

The Departmental Approver decides which grants to approve taking into account the eligibility assessment of the application by the department, any reputational risk to the Australian Government, the level of risk associated with the project, information you provide, and the availability of grant funds.

If your application is successful

If you are successful, you will be notified by your local Federal Member of Parliament. We will then provide written confirmation. If you are unsuccessful, we will notify you in writing and give you an opportunity to discuss the outcome with us.

Your grant agreement will state the maximum grant amount. 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 your project.

Key documents

  • Programme guidelines
  • Factsheet
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Sample application form
  • Sample grant agreement

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