FUNDING PROGRAMMES NOW OPEN

Stronger Communities Programme

Do you run a project that provides social benefits to the community? Round 5 applications are now open for the Stronger Communities Programme. This is an initiative that supports the Australian Government’s commitment to deliver social benefits across the nation. Its goal is to improve community participation and contribute to our vibrant and viable region.

Each electorate has a total funding of up to $150,000 per financial year that can be allocated to successful applicants. Up to 20 projects can be funded across the region, ranging from $2,500 to $20,000. The grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs (grant percentage).

  • Examples of possible projects include:

  • Fit-out of community and health centres

  • Equipment purchases such as computers, TVs and furniture

  • Sporting facility upgrades (new lights, canteen, seating or turf)

  • Acquiring equipment for rural fire brigades

  • Upgrading facilities to provide inclusive access

Last year, the Palmyra Drag Racing Club was successful in obtaining $20,000 from Michelle Landry through the Stronger Communities grant programme to help upgrade their facilities after being damaged by Cyclone Debbie. Eco Barge Clean Seas were also successful in gaining $5,790 from George Christensen to assist them in purchasing a trailer, which helps them transport marine debris from clean-up.

Submissions for this funding are very heavily subscribed - however if you have an outstanding project community members and organizations will need to contact their local federal Member of Parliament to discuss local priorities and/or their potential projects and submit it by the 6 September deadline.

Communities Environment Programme

Do you run a project that provides environmental benefits to the community? Applications are now open for the Communities Environment Programme. This is an initiative that supports the Australian Government’s commitment to support small-scale community led environmental projects that address local environmental priorities and help to recover and strengthen the environment. Its goal is to improve community participation and contribute to our vibrant and sustainable region.

Each electorate has a total funding of up to $150,000 per financial year that can be allocated to successful applicants. Up to 20 projects can be funded across the region, ranging from $2,500 to $20,000. The grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs (grant percentage).  Additional cash and/or in-kind contributions towards the project costs are strongly encouraged.

Examples of possible projects include:

  • monitoring local flora, fauna, water quality or marine debris

  • supporting the recovery of threatened species and/or threatened ecological communities

  • seed collection, propagation and planting of trees and understorey to control erosion and/or rehabilitate degraded natural habitats, riverbanks, wetlands and/or coasts

  • improving or increasing the extent of suitable habitat, vegetation linkages and available food sources for native animals, including in urban areas

  • reducing the impact of invasive weeds, pest animals, diseases and erosion on threatened species and natural habitats

  • installing infrastructure (such as boardwalks) or fencing to manage access to sensitive natural habitats

  • reducing the impact of waste and litter on natural habitats (e.g. litter clean-up events, marine debris collection or litter management infrastructure)

  • workshops to increase community skills in monitoring, conserving, and/or protecting threatened species, ecological communities or other important environmental assets.

To be eligible to apply an organisation must

  • be nominated by a local federal Member of Parliament

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN), and

  • be an incorporated entity type listed in the Program’s Guidelines

Submissions for this funding are very heavily subscribed - however if you have an outstanding project community members and organizations will need to contact their local federal Member of Parliament to discuss local priorities and/or their potential projects and submit it by the 10th October 2019 deadline.