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.

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.

Funding rounds

Round Three

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 will be available in the 2017 to 2018 financial year. 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 close 12 October 2017. Guidance and application information is available at

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 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.

Over 3,300 community-based projects across Australia received funding through Round One and Round Two of the program.

List of projects

A list of projects for Round One and Round Two can be found on the Grants reporting webpage.