Expressions of interest are open now for the 5th round of grants in the Stronger Communities Programme

If you have a project that will increase community participation and contribute to our electorate of Barton, a Stronger Communities grant could help make it a reality.

Grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 are available for small capital works projects that meet the goals of the program and can show matched contributions (in cash or in kind) on at least a dollar for dollar basis.

To indicate your expression of interest please email my office on or contact us on 9587 1555.

Closing date for Expressions of Interest is Thursday, 26 September 2019.

To get you thinking, here are some examples of the kinds of project the grants would support:

  • construction and fit-out of men’s sheds

  • fit-out of community centres, health centres including kitchen upgrades and equipment purchases such as computers, TVs and furniture and fittings

  • sporting facility upgrades including new scoreboards, seating, new turf, fit-out out of change rooms, new canteen, new lights, upgrade water systems, gymnasiums, skate parks

  • streetscapes

  • bike paths

  • purchase of equipment for local SES.

Here are some further guidelines that will help you work out if your project is eligible for a grant:

To be eligible for funding an Applicant must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be a non-for-profit entity and the project must be located in the Barton electorate.

The following organisations are not eligible for funding:

  • a for-profit organisation;

  • an individual;

  • a partnership;

  • a Commonwealth government agency or body;

  • a Regional Development Australia Committee

To be eligible for funding projects

  • must be scheduled for completion by 30 June 2020.

  • must deliver social benefits to your community

Eligible projects can be upgrades or fit-outs of community centres; sporting facilities upgrades; purchase of equipment for local SES; upgrade of park furniture; BBQs; bike paths; streetscapes; and community gardens.

Projects on school grounds or involving school property must deliver benefits to the broader community.

The following items are considered to be ineligible for funding:

  • the cost of provision of services & support services (e.g. volunteer time to run the program)

  • the cost of business as usual activities not related to the project, including staff salaries

  • recurring or ongoing expenditure (e.g. annual maintenance)

  • funding to stage events, exhibit a display or for filming

  • funding to understake studies or investigations

  • purchase of land or buildings

  • funding for the development of private or commercial ventures

  • ongoing upgrades, updates & maintenance of existing ICT systems, including websites, customer relationship management systems, etc.

This grant program is administered by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (on behalf of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development). The departmental guidelines can be found here.