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Local Schools Community Fund

July 25, 2019

About the Fund

The Local Schools Community Fund is open to all school in the Paterson Electorate - Government, Catholic and Independent schools.                                                                                                                                                      The Fund will benefit students and assist schools to meet their priorities through the contribution of funding for small scale projects and their associated costs.

Schools can apply for funding for one project between $1,000 and $20,000. Where a school is composed of multiple campuses, the school or campus may submit an application for each campus to fund a project between $1,000 and $20,000.

Funding requested can be for the total cost of the project or part of the cost where the school contributes an amount.

Eligible funding activities

Examples of projects a school may wish to apply for include but are not limited to:

  • master-planning
  • small scale extensions / refurbishments
  • installation of computer or ICT facilities/equipment/ software
  • playground and sporting equipment
  • shade structures
  • landscaping
  • procurement of musical facilities, furniture, computer equipment (e.g. digital whiteboards), library resources
  • air-conditioning
  • measures to target student wellbeing
  • counselling or youth mental health support
  • excursions for students from remote areas
  • additional English as a second language support for refugee students
  • specific facilities for students with a disability in a school.

Additional eligibility criteria apply and can be found in the Local Schools Community Fund Guidelines.  

Funding is not available from the Australian Government to meet ongoing costs incurred by schools and approved authorities from approved projects under this Fund.

Approved projects can commence once notification has been received from the department and are to be completed by 31 December 2020.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply for funding, a school must be in receipt of Commonwealth recurrent funding for 2019 under the Australian Education Act 2013.

Schools will be required to address the following assessment criteria in their application:

  • who will benefit from the project
  • the expected benefits of the project to the school community
  • how the project provides value for public money
  • whether the project would proceed without this funding.

Schools will also be asked to:

  • provide assurance that the project will be completed by 31 December 2020
  • declare on the application form that they have notified their approved authority before submitting an application
  • identify what consultation has occurred with their local school community to identify the project.

How to apply

Schools can submit an application form through SchoolsHUB

Individuals applying on behalf of a school, who are not already registered in SchoolsHUB, need to:

  1. Register a user account 
  2. Link their profile to their school record and apply for the Application Officer role, then
  3. Complete and submit their application.

More information on how to register and link to a school is available in the:

Application assessment

A Local Advisory Committee will be established with representatives from across the electorate which will assess applications against the Fund criteria and make recommendations to the Minister for Education.            Each electorate has total funding of up to $200,000 that can be allocated to successful applications. There is no minimum or maximum number of projects which can be funded in each electorate.

The Minister for Education will decide which applications to approve based on each Local Advisory Committee’s recommendations.                                                                                                                                                      The Minister for Education’s decision is final.

Successful applications

Schools approved for funding for a project will receive notification in early December 2019, with funds paid to the approved authority of a school from the start of the 2020 calendar year.

Key documents


For more information, contact [email protected]