Stronger Communities Programme Round 6

Applications Close 22 February 2021

Purpose: The Stronger Communities Programme provides each of the 151 Federal electorates with $150,000 to fund a maximum of 20 small capital projects. These projects aim to improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant viable communities. Round 6 of the Programme will continue to support Australia's economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. For this special round, grant funding will be up to 100% of eligible project costs except for local governing bodies where grant funding will be up to 50% of eligible project costs. 

Eligibility: To be eligible, you must have an ABN and be one of the following incorporated entities:

  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • 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

Examples of projects which may be funded under the programme include:

  • fit-out of community spaces and centres
  • upgrading facilties to provide inclusive access
  • purchasing operating equipment such as computers, TVs, furniture and fittings
  • sporting facility upgrades including new scoreboards, BBQ facilities, seating, new turf, fit-out of change rooms, new canteen, new lights, upgrade water systems, gymnasiums, skate parks
  • purchasing equipment for local SES
  • purchasing first aid equipment


Projects funded under round 6 of the Programme will need to be completed by 31 December 2021.

How To Apply: Read the grant opportunity guidelines, and make sure that your organisation and project are eligible, then complete the expression of interest form by Monday 22 February 2021. If your EOI is approved you will be invited to complete a detailed formal application through an online portal which will be processed by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (the Department). More information on the guidelines can be found HERE 

Expression of Interest Form can be found HERE.

Amount: Up to $20,000

EOI Open Date: 19 January 2021 10AM AEDT

EOI Close Date: 22 February 2021 5PM AEDT

More information about the program can be found HERE. You can also contact my office on (03) 9687 7661 or