2017/18 Stronger Communities Grants

The 2017/18 Round of the Stronger Communities Programme (SCP) are now closed in Paterson. 

What is the Stronger Communities Grant programme? 

The Paterson Stronger Communities Programme offers grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 to community organisations and local governments for small capital projects that improve community participation and contribute to the vibrancy of our community. To be eligible for a SCP grant, applicants are required to match SCP grants in cash or in-kind on at least a dollar for dollar basis.  

Up to $150,000 will be allocated to projects within Paterson on the advice of a community consultation committee who will review all applications. Successful applications are then submitted to the Government for review and final sign off.

What are some examples of grants that have been successful?

Examples of successful applications in previous rounds of the SCP in Paterson include:

  • $8,000 for the East Maitland Men's Shed to upgrade their mezzanine floor;
  • $15,000 for the Maitland Hockey Club to build a toilet block, canteen and change sheds;
  • $20,000 for the Kurri Tennis Club, to replace two existing courts; and
  • $8,000 to the Port Stephens SES to enable them to purchase training equipment.

Raising matching funds can be a challenge for any organisation, but my office is here to help you and to support you in meeting this program requirement (for example past applicants have successfully used crowdfunding campaigns to raise in-kind contributions for this program). We will hold an information session for interested groups in the coming months, but if you are interested in applying, I encourage you to start planning as soon as possible.

Who is eligible? 

For information about eligibility, the application process and timelines, please visit the website:



What can I do now? 

If you have any further questions about the Paterson Stronger Communities Grants please contact my office on 02 4983 2401 or email me at Meryl.Swanson.MP@aph.gov.au