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Stronger Communities Grants

Expressions of interest are now open for the Stronger Communities 2023 programme. 

Apply here.

Funding is available for community organisations to undertake projects across Ryan - with a particular focus on delivering social benefits in communities across Australia.

Grants are available between $2500 and $20,000.

These Grants are designed to:

  • Encourage and support participation in local projects
  • Improve community participation
  • Contribute to liveable and viable communities 

Who can apply? 

To be eligible you must:

  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN)

… and also be one of the following: 

  • 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.  
      • A Commonwealth, state or territory government agency or entity that is a fire service, rural fire service, country fire authority, state emergency service or similar. 
  • Non-distributing co-operatives 
  • Companies limited by guarantee 
  • Indigenous 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. 
    • If you are a local governing body, you must be able to match your share of the funds contributing to the project (at least 50 per cent of total project cost)

Note: your project must be located within the federal electorate of Ryan. (You can find your local electorate at the AEC website.) 

If you are an organisation that may not be able to incorporate, including parish churches, rural fire brigades, scout groups, Parents and Citizens Associations (P&C’s) or equivalent bodies, you may be able to nominate an eligible project sponsor - who themselves must meet the above eligibility criteria.

Still not sure if you’re eligible?

You can contact Elizabeth's office on 07 3378 1599 or by email at [email protected] if you would like to discuss the program or your idea with us.

We will be running a drop-in session at our office for folks wanting more information or help completing their application.

Time: 2 - 5pm on Wednesday 15 March
Location: Ryan Electorate Office, 188 Moggill Rd, Taringa

How does it work?

Applications take place in 3 steps: 

  1. Our office will be collecting expressions of interest (EOI) about local projects in the Ryan Electorate
  2. Elizabeth and a Community Committee will consult the EOI’s and nominate up to 20 projects until the allocated funding is exhausted.
  3. Nominated projects will be invited to complete an application by the Department through GrantConnect

You can submit an expression of interest here.

What can the funding be used for? 

To be eligible your project must:

  • be a small capital works or capital expenditure project that delivers social benefits to your community
  • be located at an address in the Ryan electorate
  • be used in the Ryan electorate if it includes portable equipment
  • have at least $2,500 in eligible expenditure unless the applicant is a local governing body, which requires at least $5,000 in eligible expenditure
  • have a maximum project cost of $50,000
  • be undertaken in the project period and completed no later than 31 December 2023.

A non-exhaustive list is below:

Renovations & Building Costs 

  • Fit out, alterations and/or extensions to existing premises e.g. air-conditioning, kitchen upgrades, fixtures and fittings, painting
  • Modifications and refurbishments to leased buildings or grounds, providing approval has been given by the owner and you can provide confirmation of this approval
  • Upgrade of facilities to provide inclusive access
  • Upgrades, construction and fit-out of community spaces, e.g. men’s sheds, community centres, scout halls etc.
  • Upgrades of sporting facilities and fields including new scoreboards, spectator seating, goalposts, fit-out of change rooms, new canteen, new lights, medical equipment, upgrade drainage and water systems, gymnasiums

Acquiring Equipment

  • For the local State Emergency Service and rural fire brigades
  • Vehicles and trailers (and their modification) for community transport/services, surf lifesaving, medical transport
  • The purchase of musical instruments, sports equipment and uniforms that remain the property of the organisation
  • Acquisition and installation of equipment, including:
    • ICT hardware and associated operating software that is to be used by your organisation for the benefit of your community. Examples may include:
      • Software to support and operate eligible purchased equipment
      • Initial software license, purchase, customisation and installation of customer relationship management (CRM), database, booking and scheduling software
      • Creation of a website that facilitates community access to information or services provided by the organisation

Community Green Spaces 

Development or upgrade of:

  • Bike paths
  • Streetscapes
  • Skate parks
  • Community gardens
  • Park furniture including shade/shelters, BBQs, toilet facilities, drinking fountains

Key Dates to Remember

Grant Round Open - 8 February 2023
Expressions of Interest close - 5pm, 27 March 2023
Closing date of applications - 4pm, 10 May 2023

Our Electorate Office is available to assist, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions. Further details and full program guidelines are available here.