Up to $100M is available from Stronger Country Communities Fund to deliver crucial local infrastructure and programs to improve the quality of life of people living in regional NSW.
Stronger Country Communities Fund
The Stronger Country Communities Fund was established by the NSW Government to help deliver local projects to regional communities. The fund aims to provide the kind of projects that improve the lives of people who live in regional areas.
The Stronger Country Communities Fund was established in 2017 by the NSW Government to help deliver local projects to regional communities. The objective of the fund is to provide projects that improve the lives of people who live in regional areas
Since 2017, the Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF) has supported more than 1000 local projects that make regional communities even better places to call home.
In Round One, the NSW Government invested $100 million to improve community facilities such as town halls, recreation facilities, shared paths and playgrounds. Through Round Two, the NSW Government invested a further $200 million to provide high quality community and sports-related infrastructure.
Round Three will provide an additional $100 million for community projects in regional NSW, with at least $50 million for youth-related projects. The third round of the Stronger Country Communities Fund increases the total value of the Regional Growth Fund to $1.7 billion.
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 provide programs and infrastructure that enhance opportunities for young people to be work ready and thrive in regional NSW
Projects must seek grant funding of $50,000 or more. Projects requiring grant funding of more than $1 million will only be considered where there is a financial co-contribution of at least 25 per cent of the total grant amount. The financial co-contribution may be from the applicant or other funding sources, but must be confirmed.
Where a sports project is seeking over $1 million in grant funding, the applicant must obtain a letter of support from the relevant NSW state sporting organisation.
All projects must commence within 12 months of the funding deed being signed and be completed within three years of the project announcement.
Projects must be located in one of the 93 regional NSW Local Government Areas, Lord Howe Island or the Unincorporated Far West. Projects in metropolitan Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong are not eligible. For a full list of eligible Local Government Areas, please visit nsw.gov.au/regional-growth-fund-eligibility.
Youth-related projects must be for:
- development of new or upgrades to existing infrastructure for young people; or
- delivering programs for young people.
Youth-related projects must be aligned to the areas of community, wellbeing, connectivity and work readiness.
General community amenity projects must be for:
- construction of new, or upgrades to existing, local community infrastructure
- construction of new, or upgrades to existing, local sporting 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
- infrastructure to assist the delivery of general community programs.
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.
Applicants should work with their Local Member of Parliament and their local communities to identify the priority needs for their area and ensure projects put forward for funding have demonstrated community support.
Project costs may include those associated with:
- building local infrastructure
- building a new website or app
- delivering programs
- exhibition displays
- hosting an event.
Eligible applicants are:
- the 93 regional NSW councils, regional Joint Organisations of councils, the Lord Howe Island Board and the Unincorporated Far West groups
- incorporated, not-for-profit organisations or other organisations that have a public purpose and carry out activities in NSW, including Local Aboriginal Land Councils.
Applicants must hold an Australian Business Number (ABN), Australian Company Number (ACN) or be registered under the Associations Incorporation Act 2009. Applicants must have or be able and willing to purchase at least $20 million public liability insurance. The cost of public liability insurance can be included in the project budget as part of the administration costs.
Applications close 27 September 2019.