Paterson Stronger Communities Grants Program - Round 5

At a glance

The Stronger Communities Program is now open for Expressions of Interest.

This Program provides community groups, not for profits and local councils with the opportunity to apply for funding towards small capital projects that improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant and viable communities. 

This Program is delivered in consultation with the community. A selection panel will be established to assist in the consideration of all Expressions of Interest.


The grant can provide up to 50% of total project costs for eligible projects.

  • The minimum grant amount is $2,500.
  • The maximum grant amount is $20,000.

Total funding for the project from the Commonwealth cannot exceed 50 percent of the total eligible project expenditure. You can fund your share of eligible project costs from any source including from state and local government. Your contribution can be either cash or in-kind. Where you provide in-kind contributions, you must calculate the dollar value. You must complete your project within six months of your project start date and no later than 30 June 2020.

You may start your project from the date you submit your application. However, if you choose to start your project before you have an executed grant agreement, you do so at your own risk.

Who can apply

At a minimum, you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be one of the eligible incorporated entities listed in section 4.1 of the grant opportunity guidelines (see below). Other eligibility requirements apply.

How to apply

Identify a project that will benefit your community group or organisation.

Complete the below Expression of Interest form (below) will all relevant information and documentation.

Submit your application by 29 August for your project to be considered.     

Successful Expressions of Interest will then be emailed a link to proceed to a formal application and will be required to complete their application online by the 10th of October 2019 5:00 pm AEDT.

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Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible you must be one of the following incorporated entities:

  • an incorporated not for profit organisation including:
    • incorporated associations, such as
      • Police and Citizen Youth Clubs
      • child care centres
      • surf clubs
      • local aged care bodies
      • Parents and Citizens, Parents and Friends groups and equivalent bodies
      • local rural fire services
      • local state emergency services
    • non-distributing co-operatives
    • companies limited by a guarantee
    • indigenous not for profit corporations
    • religious organisations incorporated under legislation
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust with responsibility for a community asset or property. You will be required to provide relevant trust documents.
  • a local governing body as defined by the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • a for profit organisation
  • an individual
  • a partnership
  • a Regional Development Australia Committee
  • a university, technical college or school
  • a hospital
  • a Commonwealth, State or Territory government agency or body (including government business enterprises) unless listed in section 5.1 of the grant opportunity guidelines.

Paterson Stronger Communities Grants Programme - Round 5