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Shortland Stronger Communities Programme


Expressions of interest close 23 September 2019

The Shortland Stronger Communities Programme provides $150,000 to fund small capital projects that improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant viable communities. In consultation with a community committee, we identify potential applicants and projects in the electorate and invite them to apply for a grant. 

The Shortland Stronger Communities Programme (the program) supports the Australian Government’s commitment to deliver social benefits in communities across Australia. Round 5 of the program will provide $22.65 million to fund small capital projects in each of the 150 federal electorates in 2019-20.

The programme’s intended outcomes are to improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant and viable communities.

Community consultation is a critical element of the program. In consultation with their community, each MP must identify potential applicants and projects in their electorate and invite them to apply for a grant. Invited applications will be assessed against the program’s eligibility criteria through a closed non-competitive process.

Each electorate has total funding of up to $150,000 that can be allocated to successful applications. A maximum of 20 projects will be funded in each electorate. The Minister has the discretion to allow additional projects in each electorate subject to the availability of program funds.

The grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs (grant percentage).

  • The minimum grant amount is $2,500.
  • The maximum grant amount is $20,000.

Total funding for the project from the Commonwealth cannot exceed 50 per cent of the total eligible project expenditure. You can fund your share of eligible project costs from any source including from state and local government. Your contribution can be either cash or in-kind. Where you provide in-kind contributions, you must calculate the dollar value.

You should complete your within six months of your project start date and no later than 30 June 2020.

To be eligible you must:

  • be invited to apply by your Member of Parliament
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)

and

  • be one of the following incorporated entities:
    • an incorporated not for profit organisation including:
      • incorporated associations, such as
        • Police and Citizen Youth Clubs
        • child care centres
        • surf clubs
        • local aged care bodies
        • Parents and Citizens, Parents and Friends groups and equivalent bodies
        • local rural fire services
        • local state emergency services
      • non-distributing co-operatives
      • companies limited by a guarantee
      • indigenous not for profit corporations
      • religious organisations incorporated under legislation.
    • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust with responsibility for a community asset or property. You will be required to provide relevant trust documents.
    • a local governing body as defined by the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • a for profit organisation
  • an individual
  • a partnership
  • a Regional Development Australia Committee
  • a university, technical college or school
  • a hospital
  • a Commonwealth, State or Territory government agency or body (including government business enterprises) unless listed in the program guidelines

You should read the program guidelines before you apply. Program guidelines provide detailed information on the grant opportunity, including granting activity objectives; eligibility criteria; the assessment processes; reporting and acquittal requirements; and a description of review mechanisms.

To express your interest in applying for a grant, fill in the online expression of interest form and attach any mandatory attachments and email it to [email protected] no later than 23 September 2019.

 

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