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Stronger Communities Programme (SCP)


This programme aims to support 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.

Funding between $2,500 and $20,000, or up to 50% of eligible project costs, is available. A total of $150,000 per year over two years will be available to support projects in each of the electorates.

A total funding pool of $22.5 million is available for Round 4, with funding of up to $150,000 for each electorate.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants must:
- Be invited to apply by the Member of Parliament
- Have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
- Be one of the following incorporated entities:
a) An incorporated not-for-profit organisation.
b) An incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust with responsibility for a community asset or property. They will be required to provide relevant trust documents.
c) A local governing body as defined by the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995.

Please refer to the Guidelines for complete  eligibility requirements.

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities must directly relate to the project and can include:
- Installation of equipment
- Fit out, alterations and/or extensions to existing premises (e.g. air-conditioning, kitchen upgrades, TVs, furniture, fixtures and fittings).
- Acquisition of equipment such as ICT hardware and associated software.
- Modifications to leased buildings or grounds, for example, refurbishing must have the support from the owner.
- Upgrades, construction and fit-out of community spaces (e.g. men’s sheds).
- Development or upgrade of bike paths, streetscapes, skate parks or community gardens.
- Upgrades of sporting facilities including new scoreboards, spectator seating, goalposts, new turf, fit-out of change rooms, new canteen, new lights, medical equipment, upgrade drainage and water systems, gymnasiums.
- Upgrade of facilities to provide disabled access.
- Upgrade or installation of park furniture including shade/shelters, BBQs, toilet facilities, drinking fountains.
- Acquiring equipment for the local State Emergency Service.
- Acquiring vehicles and trailers for community transport/services, surf lifesaving, medical transport.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of eligible activities.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include whether:
- The applicant is eligible to apply.
- The applicant is an eligible entity.
- The project is a small capital works or capital expenditure project and contributes to an improvement in local community participation and the vibrancy and viability of the community.
- Applicant has at least $5,000 in eligible expenditure.
- The cash or in-kind contribution match the program grant on at least a dollar-for-dollar basis.
- All partner funding is confirmed.


The following are ineligible for funding:
- A for profit organisation
- An individual
- A partnership
- A Regional Development Australia Committee
- A university, technical college or school
- A hospital
- A Commonwealth, State or Territory government agency or body (including government business enterprises)

Please refer to the Guidelines for a complete list of restrictions.

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Status Pending
Opening Date 6 Aug 2018
Start By Date 4 Oct 2018
Closing Date 18 Oct 2018
Closing Information
This programme is available annually. The next funding round is yet to be announced.

Funding Type Grant
Min.Funding $2,500
Max.Funding $20,000
Total Funding Pool $22.5M
Co-contribution Yes 1:1
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
CommunityServices : Other
Infrastructure : Facilities
Gender Any
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Difficulty Rating
Tier Federal
Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities
Program Administrator
Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities
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