Stronger Communities Programme

About the program

The Stronger Communities Programme (SCP) provides grants of between $2,500 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.

The Stronger Communities Programme has committed funding to over 5,000 community–based projects across Australia.

All Rounds of the SCP have been 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.

Funding rounds

Round Four

The Australian Government has announced $22.5 million for Round Four of the SCP in the 2018–19 Budget. Round Four will provide grants between $2,500 and $20,000 for every electorate. It is anticipated that Round Four of SCP will be open for applications in the coming months.

Round Three

Round Three has closed.

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

Funding of up to $150,000 in each Federal Electorate was available in the 2017 to 2018 financial year.

Round One and Round Two

Round One and Round Two have closed.

Funding of up to $45 million was available for the first two rounds of the SCP in the 2015 to 2016 and 2016 to 2017 financial years.

List of projects

A list of projects for Round One and Round Two can be found on the Department's Grants Reporting webpage.

A list of projects for Round Three with a commencement date before 31 December 2017 can be found on the Department's Grants Reporting webpage.

From 1 January 2018 all Departmental grants will be published on the Whole of Government grants website GrantConnect (grants.gov.au).