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 small capital projects that delivers social benefits for local communities.

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

On 31 July 2018, the Australian Government announced the launch of Round Four of the SCP.

The Australian Government funding commitment for Round Four is $22.5 million, with funding up to $150,000 for each electorate. A maximum of 20 projects will be funded in each electorate, with successful projects receiving a grant between $2,500 and $20,000.

Applications open: 6 August 2018 9:00 am AEST

Applications close: 11 October 2018 5:00 pm AEDT

Program guidelines, contact details for enquiries and other program information is available at: Business.gov.au

Rounds One, Two and Three

Rounds One, Two and Three have closed.

Funding of up to $67.5 million was available for the first three rounds of the SCP in the 2015 to 2016, 2016 to 2017 and the 2017 to 2018 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).