Stronger Communities Program, Round 5

The Stronger Communities Program supports the Government’s commitment to deliver social benefits in communities across Australia. Round 5 of the program will provide $22.65 million to fund small capital projects in each of the 151 federal electorates. The program’s intended outcomes are to improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant and viable communities.
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.
The grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs (grant percentage).

  • The minimum grant amount is $2,500.

  • The maximum grant amount is $20,000.

Total funding for the project from the Commonwealth cannot exceed 50 per cent of the total eligible project expenditure. Applicants can fund their share of eligible project costs from any source including from state and local government. Their contribution can be either cash or in-kind. Where they provide in-kind contributions, they must calculate the dollar value.

Applications Open – Monday 5th August 2019
Expressions of Interest Forms Due – Friday 6th September
Applications Close – Thursday 10th October 2019

Sara Johnston