Building stronger communities across Australia

The Liberal and Nationals Government is providing a further $22.7 million in funding for small-scale upgrades and new equipment that communities across Australia need and deserve.

Under Round 7 of the Stronger Communities Program (SCP), local governing bodies and community groups can now nominate projects for grants of up to $20,000.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the Government is continuing to deliver for Australians in all corners of the country.

“We are funding projects, services and infrastructure upgrades that improve our communities and provide them with a platform from which to grow, regardless of their location,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“Investments under the Stronger Communities Program deliver the small things that make a big difference, like a new pie oven for a local sports club or new learning resources for community education programs.

“These types of investments bring people together by strengthening social connections, building community participation and delivering a brighter and more vibrant future for communities.

“The projects also support jobs and economic opportunities that boost local economies, which is so important in our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I strongly encourage interested organisations to contact their local member about projects important to them and their community.”

The SCP provides each of the 151 Federal electorates with $150,000 to fund projects that strengthen the fabric of local communities and bring people together.

This latest funding injection will support up to 20 projects in each electorate.

Through the SCP, the Government has provided more than $135 million for community-building projects and initiatives, including improvements to surf life saving facilities at Coogee Beach and new equipment for local State Emergency Service and rural fire brigades.

Applications for Round 7 are now open. Interested organisations should contact their local Federal Member of Parliament for more information, or visit

Media contact:

Deputy Prime Minister – Antony Perry | 0477 971 654 |