Up to $20,000 is available from Stronger Communities Programme to fund small capital projects that deliver social benefits in each of the 150 electorates across Australia.

Stronger Communities Programme

Stronger Communities Programme

The Stronger Communities Programme is an investment by the Australian Government to help deliver social benefits across Australia by funding small capital projects in each of the 150 federal electorates. The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (we) will be administering the programme on behalf of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.



The Stronger Communities Programme supports the Australian Government’s commitment to deliver social benefits in communities across Australia by funding small capital projects in each of the 150 federal electorates. Round 3 of the programme will provide $22.5 million.

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

Community consultation is a critical element of the programme. Each MP will identify potential applicants and projects in their electorate in consultation with their community.



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 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.


Eligible Projects

To be eligible your project:

  • must include eligible activities and eligible expenditure
  • must have at least $5,000 in eligible expenditure
  • must deliver social benefits to your community
  • should be scheduled for completion by 30 June 2019.

If your project will be located on school grounds or involves school property, the project must deliver social benefits to the broader community.

The projects listed below are a guide of the types of projects that are eligible:

  • upgrades, construction and fit-out of community spaces, e.g. men’s sheds
  • fit-out of community centres, health centres, e.g. kitchen upgrades and equipment purchases such as computers, TVs and furniture and fittings
  • bike paths
  • sporting facilities upgrades including new scoreboards, spectator seating, goalposts, new turf, fit-out of changes rooms, new canteen, new lights, medical equipment, upgrade drainage and water systems, gymnasiums
  • streetscapes
  • skate parks
  • purchase of equipment for local SES
  • upgrade of facilities to provide disabled access
  • purchase of vehicles and trailers for community transport/services, surf lifesaving, medical transport
  • park furniture upgrade or installation including shade/shelters, BBQs, toilet facilities, drinking fountains.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must:

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


  • 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
    • 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.



Applications close 11 October 2018.


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