Stronger Communities Programme

About the program

The Stronger Communities Programme (SCP) provides grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 to community organisations and local governments for small capital projects that deliver social benefits for local communities.

The input of the community is a key element of the SCP. Projects are selected by Members of Parliament (MPs) and their community consultation committees, and are then submitted to the Government for assessment.

The Stronger Communities Programme has committed funding to over 7,700 community–based projects across Australia.

All Rounds of the SCP have been very successful, with a wide variety of projects funded including upgrades to community halls and clubhouses, equipment for both aged care and day care facilities, men's sheds and associated equipment, scoreboards, computers, inflatable rescue boats and disaster recovery generators.

Funding rounds

Round Five

The Australian Government’s funding commitment for Round Five is $22.65 million, with funding of up to $150,000 available for each electorate. A maximum of 20 projects will be funded in each electorate, with successful projects receiving a grant between $2,500 and $20,000.

Applications for Round Five closed on 17 October 2019.

Program guidelines, contact details for enquiries and other program information is available at:

Former SCP Rounds

Rounds One, Two, Three and Four have closed.

Funding of up to $90.0 million was available under the previous four rounds of the SCP in the 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-18, and 2018-19 financial years.

List of projects

A list of projects for Round One and Round Two can be found on the Department's Grants Reporting webpage.

A list of projects for Round Three with a commencement date before 31 December 2017 can be found on the Department's Grants Reporting webpage.

From 1 January 2018 all Departmental grants will be published on the Whole of Government grants website GrantConnect (