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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 151 Federal electorates. The intended outcomes of the program are to improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant and viable communities

Funding between $2,500 and $20,000, or up to 50% of eligible project costs, is available.

Each electorate has total funding of up to $150,000 that can be allocated to successful applications. A maximum of 20 projects will be funded in each electorate.

A total funding pool of $22.65 million is available for Round 5, 2019-20.

Who Can Apply?

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

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of eligible applicants and requirements.

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities must directly relate to the project and can include:
- Fit out, alterations and/or extensions to existing premises (e.g. air-conditioning, kitchen upgrades, TVs, furniture, fixtures and fittings, painting).
- Acquisition and installation of equipment, including ICT hardware and associated operating software and user licences.
- Modifications and refurbishments to leased buildings or grounds, providing approval has been given by the owner.
- Upgrades, construction and fit-out of community spaces (e.g. men’s sheds, community centres, scout halls etc.).
- Development or upgrade of bike paths, streetscapes, skate parks or community gardens.
- Upgrades of sporting facilities and fields including new scoreboards, spectator seating, goalposts, fit-out of change rooms, new canteen, new lights, medical equipment, upgrade drainage and water systems, gymnasiums.
- The purchase of musical instruments, sports equipment and uniforms that remain the property of the organisation.
- Upgrade of facilities to provide inclusive access.
- Upgrade or installation of park furniture including shade/shelters, BBQs, toilet facilities, drinking fountains.
- Acquiring equipment for the local State Emergency Service and rural fire brigades.
- Acquiring vehicles and trailers (and their modification) for community transport/services, surf lifesaving, medical transport.

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

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include whether the project:
- Meet all eligibility criteria.
- Provide the best value for money.
- Be a proper use of public resources.


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 the list of ineligible activities and expenditure.

Documentation Uploaded
Sample Grant Agreement - Exchange of Letters 2019-08-06 Download
Sample Grant Agreement - Approval Letter 2019-08-06 Download
Factsheet 2019-08-06 Download
Guidelines 2019-08-06 Download
Sample Application Form 2019-08-06 Download
End of Project Report Template 2019-08-06 Download
FAQs 2019-08-06 Download

Use these documents as a guide only - always get the latest direct from the Administrator

Status Pending
Opening Date 5 Aug 2019
Start By Date 3 Oct 2019
Closing Date 17 Oct 2019
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 $22.7M
Co-contribution Yes 1:1
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Transport and Distribution
Infrastructure / Equipment
CommunityServices : Other
Infrastructure : General
Gender Any
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
General - Non-Industry Specific
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Difficulty Rating