What could your community group do with $20,000?
The Stronger Communities Programme asks Members of Parliament to engage with their communities to recommend capital investment projects that strengthen their communities.
Up to $150,000 of funding will be available in Griffith for small capital projects which improve community participation and contribute to the vibrancy and viability of local communities.
Grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 are available for capital projects, but to be eligible, the projects require matched contributions, in cash or in kind on at least a dollar for dollar basis.
Who can apply?
To be eligible for funding an applicant must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be one of the following entities:
- a local government agency of body
- a not for profit organisation that is a legal entity. You are required to demonstrate your 'not for profit' status through: current Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission's (ACNC) Registration, state or territory association status, constitutional documents or articles of association that demonstrate the not-for-profit character of the organisation
- a trustee on behalf of a property trust with responsibility for a community asset
The following organisations are NOT eligible for funding:
- a for-profit organisation
- an individual
- a partnership
- a commonwealth, state or territory government agency or body
- a university, technical college, school or hospital
- a Regional Development Australia Committee
The following items are considered to be ineligible for funding:
- provision of services and support activities;
- payment of salaries for existing staff or contractors;
- recurring or ongoing expenditure (e.g. 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.
What projects are eligible?
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.
Below are a range of projects that are intended as a guide only and should not be considered indicative of projects that are intended as a guide only and should not be considered indicative of projects which will be supported:
- construction and fit-out of men's sheds;
- fit-out of community centres, health centres including kitchen upgrades and equipment purchases such as computers, TVs and furniture and fittings;
- bike paths;
- sporting facilities upgrades including new scoreboards, spectator seating, new turf, fit-out of changing rooms, new canteen, new lights, upgrade drainage and water systems, gymnasiums;
- skate parks;
- purchase of equipment for local SES;
- upgrade of facilities to provide disabled access;
- purchase of vehicles and trailers for community transport/services, surf lifesaving, medical transport;
- park furniture upgrade or installation including shade/shelters, BBQs, toilet facilities, drinking fountains.
How do I apply?
- Check to see if your organisation and project fits the eligibility criteria here
- Download and complete the Project Proposal Form here
- Return the completed form by close of business Thursday 3 August 2017.
Please return completed forms via email to Terri.Butler.MP@aph.gov.au
Stronger Communities Programme
Office of Terri Butler MP
PO Box 476
MORNINGSIDE QLD 4170
If you have any questions, please contact the Griffith Electorate Office at Terri.Butler.MP@aph.gov.au or 07 3899 4031.