Stronger Communities Programme – Round 7


The Stronger Communities Programme provides each of the 151 Federal electorates with $150,000 to fund small capital projects. These projects aim to improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant viable communities. Federal Members of Parliament (MPs) identify potential projects and invite applications from their electorate.

Open date: 26 Oct 2021 10:00 AM AEDT.
Close date: 19 Jan 2022 05:00 PM AEDT.

What do you get?

Up to $20,000 of funding for small capital projects.

Who is this for?

Applicants invited to apply by their local MP.

Overview


The Stronger Communities Programme supports the Australian Government’s commitment to deliver social benefits in communities across Australia. Round 7 of the program will provide $22.65 million to fund small capital projects in each of the 151 federal electorates.

The program intends to encourage and support participation in local projects, improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant and viable communities. Round 7 of the program will continue to support Australia’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. For this special round, grant funding will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs except for local governing bodies where grant funding will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs.

Community consultation is a critical element of the program. In consultation with their community, each MP must identify potential applicants and projects in their electorate and invite them to apply for a grant. Invited applications will be assessed against the program’s eligibility criteria through a closed non-competitive process.

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.

Project details

The grant amount for small capital proiects is up to 100% of eligible project costs except for local governing bodies where grant funding will be up to 50% of eligible projects costs. Your grant request must be between $2500 and $20,000.

Projects under round 7 of the program will have up to 31 December 2022 to complete.

Eligibility


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible, you must:

  • be invited to apply by your MP
  • have an Australian business number (ABN)

You must also be one of the following incorporated entities:

Incorporated not for profit organisations can include:

  • incorporated associations
  • non-distributing co-operatives
  • companies limited by a guarantee
  • Indigenous corporations
  • religious organisations incorporated under legislation
  • a Commonwealth, state or territory government agency or entity that is a fire service, rural fire service, country fire authority, state emergency service or similar.
  • 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
  • ACT Government

For further information on the eligibility criteria, please see section 4 of the grant opportunity guidelines.

Applying


How do you apply?

MPs are responsible for the community consultation process. In consultation with their community, each MP must identify potential applicants and projects in their electorate and invite them to apply for a grant. If your local MP invites you to apply, you will receive the link to the online application form in an email.

Read the grant opportunity guidelines before you apply. The guidelines provide detailed information on the grant opportunity, including:

  • grant activity objectives
  • eligibility criteria
  • the assessment processes
  • reporting and acquittal requirements
  • a description of review mechanisms

You need to be nominated by your MP to apply. If you are nominated you will receive an email invitation with a link to apply via the grant portal. You will need to fill in the online application form and attach any mandatory attachments.

After you submit you application you will be able to view your application online in the grant portal. You will also have the option to get a copy of your complete application.

Read more about the previous rounds of the Stronger Communities Programme and access their opportunity guidelines.

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Key documents


Grant opportunity guidelines

Frequently asked questions

Sample application form

Sample grant agreement – Exchange of letters (including end of project report)

Sample grant agreement – Approval letter (including end of project report)