The Federal Government has launched the eighth round of the Stronger Communities Programme (SCP), giving local councils the opportunity to receive up to $20,000 in funding for community-benefiting projects.

Under this round, a total of $22.7 million is available to support community organisations and councils to deliver much needed local projects.

Funding of between $2,500 and $20,000 is available for not-for-profit community organisations and local governments to fund small capital projects that deliver social benefits and boost local community participation, including small-scale infrastructure upgrades, fit-outs and equipment purchases.

Each federal electorate will receive a capped amount of $150,000 to fund up to 20 local projects.

In round eight, the Federal Government has included a requirement for local MPs to outline the project nomination process to enhance the transparency of the program.

Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister, Catherine King, said the Federal Government recognises that local governments and their communities have the best understanding of what they need.

“That’s why we have put funding on the table to support more local governments and not-for-profits to deliver projects that will have a powerful impact in their communities,” Ms King said.

“This program will deliver lasting infrastructure and much-needed equipment based on local priorities – benefiting communities long into the future.”

Nominations are open from 8 February 2023 and close 26 April 2023. Successful grantees will be notified as soon as their grant is approved, allowing them to start their projects when ready.

Further information including grant guidelines, eligibility requirements and the application process are available here.

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