Stronger Communities Programme – Expressions of Interest

  • Please note that this Expression of Interest is only applicable to sporting clubs within the Federal Electoral Division of Bendigo. Please click here to see if you are eligible.

“The Stronger Communities Programme supports the Australian Government’s commitment to deliver social benefits in communities across Australia.”

How does it work?

Your local Federal Member of Parliament (MP) may choose to participate in the program. If they do, they must consult with either an existing consultation committee or establish a new consultation committee with representatives from the local community.
The MP and the consultation committee identify potential applicants and projects in their electorate. The identified projects must be consistent with the intended outcomes of the program and eligibility criteria.
Your MP will invite potential applicants to apply for a grant to deliver specific small capital projects. The invitation will include a link to an online application form and details on how to apply. Your MP must advise the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (the department/we) of the basis for project selection.

What activities are eligible?

Eligible activities must directly relate to the project and can include:

  • fit out, alterations and/or extensions to existing premises e.g. air-conditioning, kitchen upgrades, TVs, furniture, fixtures and fittings, painting
  • acquisition and installation of equipment, including ICT hardware and associated operating software and user licences. See examples in section 6.1 of the grant opportunity guidelines
  • modifications and refurbishments to leased buildings or grounds, providing approval has been given by the owner
  • upgrades, construction and fit-out of community spaces, e.g. men’s sheds, community centres, scout halls etc.
  • development or upgrade of bike paths, streetscapes, skate parks or community gardens
  • upgrades of sporting facilities and fields including new scoreboards, spectator seating, goalposts, fit-out of change rooms, new canteen, new lights, medical equipment, upgrade drainage and water systems, gymnasiums
  • the purchase of musical instruments, sports equipment and uniforms that remain the property of the organisation
  • upgrade of facilities to provide inclusive access
  • upgrade or installation of park furniture including shade/shelters, BBQs, toilet facilities, drinking fountains
  • acquiring equipment for the local State Emergency Service and rural fire brigades
  • acquiring vehicles and trailers (and their modification) for community transport/services, surf lifesaving, medical transport.

Amount: $2,500 – $20,000

No more than 50 per cent of your total eligible project costs can be funded from Commonwealth government grants.
You can fund your share of eligible project costs from any source including state and local government. However you cannot receive other grants for the same activities from other Commonwealth granting programs. Your contribution can be either cash or in-kind (equipment, materials or labour).

Status: CLOSED

Expressions of interest (EOI) can be submitted via email to or via post to PO Box 338, Bendigo VIC 3552.

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