Federal funding to support stronger communities

Round 8 of the Australian Government’s Stronger Communities Programme (SCP) is now open, with $22.7 million available to support community organisations and councils to deliver much needed local projects.

Funding of between $2,500 and $20,000 is available for not-for-profit community organisations and local governments to fund small capital projects that deliver social benefits and boost local community participation, including small-scale infrastructure upgrades, fit-outs and equipment purchases.

Each federal electorate will receive a capped amount of $150,000 to fund up to 20 local projects.

In Round 8, the Government has included a requirement for local MPs to outline the project nomination process to enhance the transparency of the program.

Nominations are open from 8 February 2023 and close 26 April 2023. Successful grantees will be notified as soon as their grant is approved, allowing them to start their projects when ready.

Further information including grant guidelines, eligibility requirements and the application process are available at https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/stronger-communities-programme-round-8.

Quotes attributable to Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King:

“Every single community in Australia is unique, and the Albanese Government recognises that local governments, community organisations and that people who live in their region best understand their local priorities.

“That’s why we have put funding on the table to support more local governments and not-for-profits to deliver projects that will have a powerful impact in their communities.

“This program will deliver lasting infrastructure and much-needed equipment based on local priorities– benefitting communities long in to the future.”