Up to $5M is available from Smart Cities and Suburbs Program to support projects that apply innovative technology-based solutions to urban challenges.

Smart Cities and Suburbs Program

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.

 

How to get the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program

In order to get the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program grant, you will need to focus on:

  • smart technology – the use of smart technology, open data use, interoperability and openness of systems.
  • benefits – the level of social, environmental and economic benefits
  • scale up – demonstrate the potential for replicating or scaling up your solution in other communities
  • engagement – the level of engagement with the community
  • measurement – your strategy to measure the project’s success
  • strategic focus – how your project aligns with relevant local plans
  • capability – the relevant skills and experience of the lead applicant and project partners
  • governance – your plan to manage the project
  • commitment – the total cash contributions the grant will leverage from each project partner.

 

Background

As part of the 2016 election campaign the Australian Government announced the establishment of a $50 million competitive Smart Cities and Suburbs Program to 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.

Smart cities are created by and for people with the help of smart technology. For the purposes of the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, smart technologies generate, store, communicate and process data. Smart technologies enable local governments and their communities to work together and make better decisions about designing, delivering and using public assets, services and spaces.

Smart technology can help local governments to:

  • actively engage the community in planning and policy decisions
  • address economic, social and environmental challenges
  • increase the efficiency and effectiveness of urban service delivery.

Local governments are at the frontline of smart city innovation. The program will foster smart cities capability through collaborative projects involving one or more communities.

 

Objectives

The Smart Cities and Suburbs Program supports the Australian Government’s commitment to help local governments and communities use smart technology and increase the accessibility and use of public data so that:

  • cities, suburbs and towns become more liveable, productive and sustainable and
  • urban service delivery becomes more efficient and effective.

In line with the Smart Cities Plan, the program supports projects that apply smart technology, data-driven decision making and people-focused design to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits in metropolitan and regional urban centres. Projects will deliver innovative solutions that transform the government sector, advance community goals and address the needs of residents. The program will help to establish smart city innovation eco-systems and move Australia towards a global leadership position in smart city solutions.

Collaborative projects involving partners across multiple sectors and urban centres will:

  • grow smart cities capability and capacity through shared knowledge and expertise
  • drive innovation and wide adoption of solutions
  • advance standards and improve regulation
  • realise greater outcomes through maximum leverage of program funding.

 

Funding

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.

 

Eligible Projects

The Smart Cities and Suburbs Program funds projects that apply innovative smart technologies which generate, store, communicate and process data to target urban challenges.

Additionally, 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 or
  • extends or deploys an existing smart technology in a novel way.

 

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program 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)

 

Timing

Applications for the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program close 2 July 2018.

 

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