Strong and Resilient Communities

The Strong and Resilient Communities grants program will replace the Strengthening Communities Activity from 1 January 2018.

The $18 million Strong and Resilient Communities grants support the Government’s commitment to building strong and resilient communities by supporting local community organisations in their efforts to overcome disadvantage and solve complex social problems.

This funding will help foster community cohesion by increasing people’s sense of belonging and engagement. The grants will help to strengthen the capacity of communities to become more self-reliant and empowered to address local issues. 

The grants program will place a greater emphasis on collaboration amongst organisations to develop whole-of-community approaches to emerging community challenges.  They will enable community organisations to innovate service delivery and work together to better respond to changing community need.

Strong and Resilient Communities grants will comprise of three new grant programs:

  1. Community Resilience
  2. Inclusive Communities
  3. National Research.

Organisations will be able to apply for between $20,000 to $150,000 year, on a per project basis. Funding will be available for up to three and a half years.

Community Resilience and Inclusive Communities grants will support community projects that develop both individual and community capacity through volunteering, youth sports and cultural activities. This funding will also support projects that build and strengthen community leadership.

Opportunities for Community Resilience and Inclusive Communities grants will be advertised on the Community Grants Hub when they become available.

Invited organisations will also be eligible for National Research grants that address emerging issues of national significance, such as success factors for community cohesion and harmony and increasing philanthropic partnerships.

Strong and Resilient Communities FAQ

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