Strong and Resilient Communities
Community organisations will benefit from more than $65 million in funding for projects that help build strong, inclusive and resilient communities.
The Strong and Resilient Communities grants Activity will replace the Strengthening Communities Activity from 2018.
The Strong and Resilient Communities grants Activity will provide total funding of around $45 million over three and a quarter years to 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 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.
The Strong and Resilient Communities grants Activity will comprise of three new grant programs:
- Community Resilience grants – to support projects in communities to address potential or early signed of low social cohesion and/or racial, religious and cultural intolerance.
- Inclusive Communities grants – to improve the social and economic participation of vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals to enhance overall life-time wellbeing and community belonging.
- National Research grants – for research and advice projects that address emerging issues or provide innovative solutions to issues of national significance which impact upon community resilience and integration in Australia.
Total funding of around $12.3 million a year will be allocated flexibly across the three grants programs through one-off grant rounds in 2017. The minimum funding available is $20,000 up to a maximum of $150,000 per project. This means the minimum an eligible organisation can apply to receive over three and a quarter years per project is $65,000, and the maximum is $487,500. There is no limit to the number of projects an organisation can apply to deliver.
The Government is also providing $19.95 million through the Volunteer Management Activity until 30 June 2021. This funding will support volunteer organisations to nurture, encourage and increase volunteering in communities across Australia.
Opportunities for Community Resilience and Inclusive Communities grants are now available, with applications open until 23 August 2017. The National Research grants round will take place later in 2017. For more information or to apply for a grant, go to the GrantConnect website or the Community Grants Hub website.