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Stronger Communities Programme (SCP)


This program aims to support the Australian Government’s commitment to deliver social benefits in communities across Australia by funding small capital projects in each of the 151 Federal electorates. It forms part of the government’s 2021-22 budget initiatives focussed on making local economies stronger and boosting community organisations.

The intended outcomes of the program are to:
- Encourage and support participation in local projects
- Improve local community participation
- Contribute to vibrant and viable communities

Funding between $2,500 and $20,000 is available. The grant amount will be up to 100% of eligible project expenditure except for local governing bodies where the grant amount will be up to 50% of eligible project expenditure.

Each electorate has total funding of up to $150,000 that can be allocated to successful applications. Applicants can include group-mart configured references. A maximum of 20 projects will be funded in each electorate.

A total funding pool of $22.7 million is available for Round 7, 2021-22.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants must:
- Be invited to apply by their Member of Parliament.
- Have an Australian Business Number (ABN).
- Be one of the following incorporated entities:
a) An incorporated not for profit organisation including incorporated associations
b) Non-distributing co-operatives
c) Companies limited by guarantee
d) Indigenous corporations
e) Religious organisations incorporated under legislation
- A Commonwealth, state or territory government agency or entity that is a fire service, rural fire service, country fire authority, state emergency service or similar.
- An incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust with responsibility for a community asset or property.
- A local governing body as defined by the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995.

Joint applications are acceptable, provided they have a lead organisation who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete eligibility requirements.

Eligible Activities

Eligible projects must:
- Be a small capital works or capital expenditure project that delivers social benefits to their community.
- Be nominated by their MP.
- Be located at an address in their MP’s electorate. (Federal electorate boundaries for the purposes of Round 7 of the program as at the 2019 Federal election. Please refer to the Guidelines for more information on determining project location eligibility in electorates)
- Be used in their MP’s electorate if it includes portable equipment.
- Include eligible activities and eligible expenditure.
- Have at least $2,500 in eligible expenditure unless the applicant is a local governing body which requires at least $5,000 in eligible expenditure.
- Be undertaken in the project period.

Eligible activities can include:
- Fit out, alterations and/or extensions to existing premises (e.g. air-conditioning, kitchen upgrades, fixtures and fittings, painting).
- Acquisition and installation of equipment, including ICT hardware and associated operating software.
- Modifications and refurbishments to leased buildings or grounds, providing approval has been given by the owner.
- Upgrades, construction and fit-out of community spaces (e.g. men’s sheds, community centres, scout halls etc.).
- Development or upgrade of bike paths, streetscapes, skate parks or community gardens.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of eligible activities/expenditure.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include whether the project:
- Meets all eligibility criteria.
- Provides the best value for money.
- Will be a proper use of public resources.


The following are ineligible for funding:
- For-profit organisation
- An individual
- A partnership
- A Regional Development Australia Committee
- A university, technical college or school
- A hospital
- In-kind expenditure
- Cost of delivering the services of the community organisation
- Cost of business as usual activities
- Funding to develop or deliver ongoing training or educational courses
- Funding to undertake studies, including feasibility studies, or investigations
- Purchase of land or buildings

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of restrictions.

Documentation Uploaded
Guidelines 2021-10-12 Download
FAQs 2021-10-12 Download
Sample Grant Agreement - Approval Letter 2021-10-12 Download
Sample Grant Agreement - Exchange of Letters 2021-10-12 Download
Sample Application Form 2021-10-12 Download
Factsheet 2021-10-12 Download

Use these documents as a guide only - always get the latest direct from the Administrator

Status Open
Opening Date 26 Oct 2021
Start By Date 5 Jan 2022
Closing Date 19 Jan 2022
Closing Information
This program is available biannually. Applications must be submitted by 5pm on 19 January 2022.

Funding Type Grant
Min.Funding $2,500
Max.Funding $20,000
Total Funding Pool $22.7M
Co-contribution Yes 1:1
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Infrastructure / Equipment
CommunityServices : Other
Infrastructure : General
Gender Any
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
General - Non-Industry Specific
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Difficulty Rating
Tier Federal
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
Program Administrator
Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
General WebsiteVisit
Program Website Visit
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