Stronger Communities Program


What could your community group do with up to $20,000?

What is the Stronger Communities Program (SCP)? 


The Shortland electorate will have $150,000 to fund projects worth between $2,500 and $20,000 to community organisations and local governments for small capital projects that improve community participation and contribute to the vitality of our community. To be eligible for a SCP grant, applicants are required to match SCP grants in cash or in-kind on at least a dollar for dollar basis.

Expressions of interest need to be in by 1 August 2017.

Examples of previous successful Grants in Shortland:

  • $10,450 for the Eastlake Women’s Refuge to install solar panels
  •  $10,681 for the Rotary Club of Charlestown’s transport project
  • $8,018 for the Redhead Surf Life Saving Club to furnish their function room
  • $11,450 for the Charlestown Caring Group to expand their community service program

The solar panel installation is a great example of a SCP grant being used for a project which will lower the operating costs of the organisation. If you are interested in applying, I encourage you to start planning as soon as possible.

How do I apply? 

Applying for a Shortland Stronger Communities Grant is a two-step process.

  1. Fill out an Expression of Interest which will be considered by the Community Consultative Committee. (You can also find a PDF of the EOI form here.)
  2. Successful EOI applications will be invited to submit a formal submission to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

If you have any questions about the Stronger Communities Program please contact Melanie Field in my office on 02 49542611 or email

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