Expressions of Interest are now being sought for the Powering Communities Program.

EOIs must be submitted by using the online form below by 11pm on Friday 27th August 2021.

A local consultative committee will examine the EOIs and make recommendations to Brendan O'Connor who will then make his nominations.

Nominated Organisations will then need to make an application to the Department. Details will be provided to successful nominees explaining the remaining process.

For a list of other Commonwealth Government grants, please visit

Stronger Communities Round 6

Applications Close 23 February 2021

Who can apply?
To be eligible you must

 be invited to apply by your MP

 have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be one of the following entities:

 an incorporated not-for-profit organisation

(the grant opportunity guidelines provide detail on how you must demonstrate your‘not-for-profit’ status)

 a local governing body as defined by the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995

 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.

For further information on program eligibility refer to the grant opportunity guidelines.

What activities are eligible?

Eligible activities must directly relate to the project and can include:

 fit out, alterations and/or extensions to existing premises e.g. air-conditioning, kitchen upgrades, TVs, furniture, fixtures
and fittings, painting

 acquisition and installation of equipment, including ICT hardware and associated operating software and initial user licenses (See examples in section 5.1 of the grant opportunity guidelines.)

 modifications and refurbishments to leased buildings or grounds, providing approval has been given by the owner

 upgrades, construction and fit-out of community spaces, e.g. men’s sheds, community centres, scout halls etc.

 development or upgrade of bike paths, streetscapes, skate parks or community gardens

 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

 the purchase of musical instruments, sports equipment and uniforms that remain the property of the organisation

 upgrade of facilities to provide inclusive access

 upgrade or installation of park furniture including shade/shelters, BBQs, toilet facilities, drinking fountains

 acquiring equipment for the local State Emergency Service and rural fire brigades

 acquiring vehicles and trailers (and their modification) for community transport/services, surf lifesaving, medical transport

For more details please read the full guidelines and FAQ or call Brendan O'Connor's office on 03-8390-6166.

Expression of Interest

Please complete the details below to register your Expression of Interest.

If you successful, we will contact you later to explain the formal process to apply.