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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 deliver 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 12,000 community–based projects across Australia.

All Rounds of the SCP have been very successful, with a wide variety of projects funded including upgrades to community halls and clubhouses, equipment for both aged care and day care facilities, men's sheds and associated equipment, scoreboards, computers, inflatable rescue boats and disaster recovery generators.

Funding rounds

Round Seven

In the 2021–22 Budget, the Australian Government committed $22.7 million for a seventh round of the SCP with funding of up to $150,000 available 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: 26 October 2021 10:00 am AEST

Applications Close: 19 January 2022 5:00 pm AEST

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

Former SCP Rounds

Rounds One, Two, Three, Four, Five and Six have closed.

Funding of up to $135.3 million was available under the previous six rounds of the SCP in the 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20 and 2020–21 financial years.

  • Stronger Communities Programme Rounds 1 and 2 Guidelines PDF: 343 KB
  • Program guidelines for Round Six (closed) and other program related information is available at: Business.gov.au

List of projects

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

Since 1 January 2018 all Departmental grants are published on the Whole of Government grants website GrantConnect (grants.gov.au).

Last Updated: 11 October 2021