Stronger Country Communities Fund

Stronger Country Communities Fund Round 4

What is the Stronger Country Communities Fund?

The Stronger Country Communities Fund is a grant opportunity that aims to deliver grassroots projects that reinvigorate the7rural communities in every single Local Government Area in regional NSW.



The Stronger Country Communities Fund was established in 2017 by the NSW Government to deliver local projects that enhance the lives and wellbeing of regional communities.

Round Four of the Stronger Country Communities Fund will see a further $100 million made available for community projects that increase the liveability of regional NSW communities, including up to $50 million for projects that enhance female sporting facilities and increase female participation in sport.

The Stronger Country Communities Fund is administered by the Department of Regional NSW (DRNSW).



The objectives of the fund are:

  • to boost the liveability of communities in regional areas by providing new or upgraded social and sporting infrastructure or community programs that have strong local support
  • to deliver enhanced infrastructure and programs that remove barriers to female participation in sport across regional NSW.



There is a total of $100 million available in Round Four, including up to $50 million for projects that enhance female sporting facilities and increase female participation in sport in regional NSW. The remaining funding is available for other local community and sporting infrastructure, street beautification, and community programs and local events.

Where a Local Government Area’s funding allocation is not fully exhausted, the option to utilise these funds in future will be assessed on a case by case basis.


Eligible Projects

Projects must be located in one of the 93 regional NSW Local Government Areas, Lord Howe Island or the Unincorporated Far West. Projects in Greater Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong are not eligible. Projects located across Local Government Areas are not eligible. If an applicant wishes to apply for a project across more than one Local Government Area, the project should be split into multiple projects. These applications will be assessed independent from applications in other Local Government Areas.

Each Local Government Area is strongly encouraged to dedicate up to 50 percent of their allocated funding to projects relating to female sport either through enhanced infrastructure or relevant programs. The focus on female sports applies to both adult and youth sporting activities.

Projects under the Female Participation in Sport stream must directly improve and support participation and performance opportunities in female sports at all levels through enhanced infrastructure and programs.

Female sporting related projects must meet one of the areas below:

  • encouraging engagement: The removal of barriers to female participation in sport through the delivery of new or enhanced sporting infrastructure and programs
  • fostering a sense of safety: Improving safety at sporting facilities by ensuring that female change rooms, amenities and recreational programs are appropriately designed
  • improving accessibility: Upgrading sporting facilities to ensure accessibility and inclusion as well as equitable access for female participants
  • boosting capability: Development of programs and facilities which encourage regular female participation in sport and fosters inclusive environments.

General community amenity projects must be for either:

  • construction of new, or upgrades to existing, local community infrastructure
  • capital works related to street beautification and other public places that promote the health, happiness and wellbeing of the community
  • delivering programs that benefit the local community and provide public benefit
  • infrastructure to assist the delivery of general community programs
  • nfrastructure or community projects or programs which improve and promote accessibility and inclusion.

Projects must deliver benefits and outcomes that contribute to the program objectives. Applicants will be expected to establish monitoring procedures to demonstrate the delivery of the expected benefits.

Projects can demonstrate public benefit by showing how the project will benefit the public generally, or a sufficient section of the public. Similarly, while projects can be located on private land they must not be solely for private benefit. The applicant will need to show how the facility will be open to the community.

Project costs may include those associated with:

  • building new or upgrading existing local infrastructure
  • delivering programs.

Applicants may include up to 20 percent of the total project cost for combined contingency, project management and administration costs.


Eligible Applicants

Applicants must be an incorporated entity and hold an Australian Business Number (ABN), Australian Company Number (ACN) or be registered with NSW Fair Trading under the Associations Incorporation Act 2009 or another Act. Unincorporated organisations are ineligible to apply.

Eligible applicants include:

  • regional councils and Joint Organisations
  • non-government organisations
  • community organisations registered as incorporated associations
  • Local Aboriginal Land Councils.

Councils are encouraged to work with community groups to identify priority projects and should consider project partnerships where council is the landowner. The public entity will be solely responsible for the project’s delivery and reporting through a funding deed. Applicants are encouraged to work with their local Members of Parliament to identify priority projects in their electorate to ensure projects with high community support are submitted.



Applications close 25 June 2021.


More Information


Latest News

05 April 2022 – 435 projects share in $100M to improve the lives of people in regional NSW.

The NSW Government has announced the successful projects to receive funding under Round Four of Stronger Country Communities Fund. These 435 projects share the $100 million allocated to improve the lives of people in regional NSW. 

Of the $100 million investment, almost $50 million will be injected into projects supporting female participation in sport.




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