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Stronger Communities Programme

About the Programme

The Stronger Communities Programme (SCP) provides grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 to community organisations and local governments for capital projects.

The input of the community is a key element of the SCP. Projects are selected by Members of Parliament (MPs) and their community consultation committees, and are then submitted to the Government for assessment.

Rounds one and two of the SCP were very successful, with a wide variety of projects funded across Australia. Successful projects included men’s sheds and associated equipment, scoreboards, computers, upgrades to community halls and clubhouses, equipment for both aged care and day care facilities, art works, inflatable rescue boats and disaster recovery generators.

Round Three

In the 2017 Budget the Australian Government committed $22.5 million for a third round of the Stronger Communities Programme.

Funding of up to $150,000 in each Federal Electorate will be available in 2017-18. Applicants are required to match the SCP grant in cash or in-kind on at least a dollar for dollar basis.

Applications for round three will open mid 2017. Guidance material will be available shortly. Please continue to monitor this webpage for further updates.

To find out what is happening in your electorate, talk to your local MPs. Applicants will be invited to apply by MPs following community consultation.

Round One and Two are now closed

Funding of up to $45 million was available for the first two rounds of the SCP from 2015-16 to 2016-17. Over 3,300 community-based projects across Australia received funding through rounds one and two of the programme.

A list of projects for rounds one and two can be found on the Grants Reporting webpage.

The below Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions are being updated for round three.

  • Stronger Communities Programme Guidelines Rounds One and Two PDF: 343 KB ReadSpeaker 
  • Frequently Asked Questions Rounds One and Two PDF: 243 KB ReadSpeaker

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Last Updated: 9 May, 2017