Stronger Communities Programme 2021

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PLEASE NOTE: Expressions of interest (EOIs) for Bean Community Grants through the Stronger Communities Programme–Round 6 HAVE NOW CLOSED.

When information about the Stronger Communities Programme–Round 7 becomes available we will provide details below.


Grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 are available for projects that will improve community participation and contribute to vibrant viable communities.

The programme has a two stage process. Firstly, an Expression of Interest to the relevant the Federal Member for Bean, David Smith MP. Following a panel process, a number of organisations will then be invited to make a full application for the funding round.

To be eligible to apply for funding you will need to:

  • Be an incorporated entity (or be sponsored by one)
  • Be based in the Bean electorate
  • Complete and submit an EOI form available for download below.

We encourage applicants to submit an EOI ASAP.

The deadline for the submission of an EOI is 11:59pm Sunday 21 February 2021

Key aspects of this funding program:

  • Unlike previous rounds the grant amount for small capital projects is up to 100% of eligible project costs except for local governing bodies where grant funding will be up to 50% of eligible projects costs.
  • MPs will establish a community consultation committee to undertake consultation in their electorate to identify eligible projects and invite applicants to apply.
  • Local government and incorporated not-for-profit organisations are eligible to apply.
  • Grants of between $2,500 and up to a maximum of $20,000 are available.
  • You'll need to give a budget and plan for how you will carry out the project.
  • Funding of $150,000 per electorate per year will be allocated for successful applications.
  • A maximum of 20 projects will be funded in each electorate.

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 and claims against this requirement must be described.
  • scheduled for completion by 31 December 2021.

Some examples of the type of project the grants would support:

  • 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.

Who is eligible for the 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 (incorporated); or
  • a trustee on behalf of a property trust with responsibility for a community asset

Who is not eligible for the grant?

  • For profit organisations
  • Individuals
  • Partnerships
  • Regional Development Australia Committees
  • Universities, technical colleges or schools
  • Hospitals
  • Australian, state or territory government agencies or bodies (including government business enterprises) unless listed in section 4.1 of the grant opportunity guidelines

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 or in-kind expenditure for volunteers;
  • 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.

Timeline

Activity

Timeframe (cumulative)

Expression of interest (EOI)

Open now and will close Sunday 21 February 2021

Successful EOI nominations notified and application process begins

Early March

Closing date of applications to Department

COB Monday 22 March 2021

Assessment of applications

4-6 weeks

Approval of outcomes of selection process

4-6 weeks

Negotiations and award of grant agreements

1-3 weeks

Earliest start date of projects

The date you submit your application

End date of grant commitment

31 December 2021

   

TO APPLY

  1. Download Bean Community Grant EOI Form here
  2. Submit form to [email protected] by Sunday 21 February 2021.
  3. Ensure you have received confirmation of your EOI
  4. Selected organisations will be invited to apply.

This grant program is administered by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (on behalf of the Department of Infrastructure Regional Development and Cities). More information and guidelines can be found at https://www.business.gov.au/Assistance/Stronger-Communities-Programme

Please get in touch with my office if you want to discuss the program in more detail on 02 6293 1344 or at [email protected]