Stronger Communities Program


The 2019/2020 round of the Newcastle Stronger Communities Program Expressions of Interest is now open.

Up to $150,000 of funding will be available for small capital projects which improve community participation and contribute to the vibrancy and viability of our local community. Grants of between $2,500 and up to a maximum of $20,000 are available, with applicants required to confirm matched funding in-cash or in-kind on at least a dollar-for-dollar basis.

How do I apply?

Fill in an Expression of Interest Form here.

Expressions of Interest are now open and will close Midnight on Sunday, 15 September 2019.

Please note, lodging an Expression of Interest does not guarantee being selected as an applicant.

Further information and Program Guidelines are available here.

How are applications assessed?

Applications will be assessed by a Community Consultation Committee, made up of Novocastrians with a strong connection to our community. Committee members include representatives with connections to the local multicultural, disability, sporting, Indigenous, environmental and artistic communities.

Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible for funding an Applicant must:

  • Be a legal entity with a current Australian Business Number (ABN) and
  • be a local governing body; or
  • a community-based incorporated not-for-profit organisation in its own right that is not owned by a state or territory government; or
  • be an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust with responsibility for a community asset or property.

While an entity’s umbrella organisation may be state-owned i.e. in the case of emergency and fire services, locally constituted bodies will not be considered state-owned. In principle, the following types of not-for-profit organisations may be eligible for funding including (but not limited to):

  • local rural fire service;
  • local state emergency service;
  • Police and Citizen Youth clubs;
  • not-for-profit child care centres;
  • not-for-profit surf clubs; and
  • not-for-profit local aged care bodies

The project must be located in the Newcastle electorate and applicants must be able to demonstrate matched funding for the project, in cash or in-kind.

Further information and Program Guidelines are available here.

What Kind of Projects Could Be Funded?

Examples of projects that may be funded include (but are not limited to):

  • construction and fit-out of men’s sheds;
  • fit-out of community centres,
  • health centres including kitchen upgrades and equipment purchases such as computers, TVs and furniture and fittings;
  • sporting facility upgrades including new scoreboards, seating, new turf, fit-out of change rooms, new canteen, new lights, upgrade water systems, gymnasiums, skate parks;
  • streetscapes;
  • community art projects;
  • bike paths; or
  • purchase of equipment for local SES

Examples of projects that are unable to be funded include:

  • payment of salaries for existing staff or contractors;
  • recurring or ongoing expenditure such as annual maintenance, lease payments, electricity or gas expenditure;
  • projects that seek funding to stage events, exhibit a display or for filming;
  • projects to undertake studies or investigations; or
  • purchase of land or buildings.

Further information and Program Guidelines are available here.

Questions and more information?

Call my office on 4926 1555 during business hours or email 

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  • Rebecca Willetts
    published this page in Community 2019-08-08 14:29:58 +1000
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