Stronger Communities Program

$150,000 of funding was available in Rankin for small capital projects which improve community participation and contribute to the vibrancy and viability of local communities.

The Stronger Communities Program asked Members of Parliament to engage with their communities to recommend capital investment projects that strengthen their communities.

Grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 were available for capital projects, but to be eligible, the projects require matched contributions, in cash or in kind.

Examples of eligible projects included 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;  sporting facility upgrades including new scoreboards, seating, new turf, fit-out out of changes rooms, new canteen, new lights, upgrade water systems, gymnasiums and skate parks.

Those things that were excluded from the funding include payment of salaries for existing staff or contractors; recurring or ongoing expenditure such as annual maintenance, lease payments, electricity or gas expenditure; projects that seek funding to stage events, exhibit a display or for filming; projects to undertake studies or investigations; or projects for the purchase of land or buildings.

Full eligibility criteria may be found on the departmental website here.

Further information surrounding the next available round of grants will be located here once announced.