Expressions of interest are open now for the 4th 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.

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 changes 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 an incorporated entity, such as:

  • a local government agency or body
  • a not-for-profit organisation that is a legal entity; or
  • a trustee on behalf of a property trust with responsibility for a community asset.

The following organisations are not eligible for funding:

  • a for-profit organisation;
  • an individual;
  • a partnership;
  • a Commonwealth government agency or body;
  • a university, technical college, school or hospital; or
  • a Regional Development Australia Committee

To be eligible for funding a project must:

  • be for capital purchases/activities; and
  • contribute to an improvement in local community participation and cohesion and contribute to the vibrancy and viability of the community o claims against this requirement must be described.
  • scheduled for completion by 30 June 2019

The following items are considered to be ineligible for funding:

  • expenditure incurred prior to the announcement that the project has been successful in its application for funding;
  • provision of services and support activities;
  • payment of salaries for existing staff or contractors;
  • recurring or ongoing expenditure (eg annual maintenance);
  • projects that seek funding to stage events, exhibit a display or for filming;
  • projects to undertake studies or investigations;
  • purchase of land or buildings; or
  • projects that involve the development of private or commercial ventures including licensed areas of registered clubs

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