Stronger Communities Programme - Round 5

The Stronger Communities Programme funds small projects to improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant and viable communities.

It provides grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 to community organisations and local governments for capital projects.

We have had great success in the past with these grants, including funding for painting and refreshing of common user areas of the Fairfield Community Services Centre, artificial turf installation at Sherwood Grange Public School and upgrades to local parks.

Grants will be awarded through a closed non-competitive process where invited applications identified by Chris and the McMahon Stronger Communities Committee will be assessed against the programme eligibility criteria.


A total funding pool of $150,000 can be allocated to successful applications. A maximum of 20 projects will be funded in each electorate.

For each project, the grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs. The minimum grant amount is $2,500 and the maximum grant amount is $20,000.

Total funding for the project from the Commonwealth cannot exceed 50 per cent of the total project cost.

You can fund your share of eligible project costs from any source including state and local government. Your contribution can be either cash or in-kind.

PLEASE NOTE: Grant funding will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs. Applicants must match funding for the project, in cash or in-kind and should schedule to complete the project by 30 June 2020.


To be eligible you must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be one of the following entities:

  • a local government council
  • a not for profit organisation that is a legal entity. 
  • a trustee on behalf of a property trust with responsibility for a community asset


Your project should be scheduled for completion by 30 June 2020.

Applications open: 9.00am (AEST), 6 August 2019

Further information, including an expression of interest form, can be downloaded here:

If you are interested in applying, please complete an "Expression of Interest" form above and post to:

Chris Bowen MP 

PO Box W210
Fairfield West NSW 2165

or email to:

[email protected]