The Stronger Communities Programme supports the Australian Government’s commitment to deliver social benefits in communities across Australia. Round 4 of the program will provide $22.5 million to fund small capital projects in each of the 150 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 Minister has the discretion to allow additional projects in each electorate subject to the availability of program funds.
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. You can fund your share of eligible project costs from any source including from state and local government. Your contribution can be either cash or in-kind. Where you provide in-kind contributions, you must calculate the dollar value.
You should complete your project by 30 June 2019.
NOTE: Grant opened 6th August and expressions of interest must be submitted to Rowan Ramsey’s office by Friday September 14th. Rowan and an independent committee will then select the successful applications and you will then need to lodge a final application by the 11th October 2018.
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