The Stronger Communities Grants Program lets Members of Parliament engage with their communities to recommend capital investment projects that strengthen their local area.

Up to $150,000 of funding will be available in Watson for small capital projects which improve community participation and contribute to the vibrancy and viability of our local community. Grants of between $5,000 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?

To apply for  the Watson 2016 Stronger Communities Grant, you can either:

  1. Fill out an expression of interest form on our Stronger Communities website; or
  2. Call our Electorate Office on (02) 9750 9088 and ask for an application form.

For further information or assistance, please feel free to call our Electorate Office on (02) 9750 9088. 

How are applications assessed?

Applications will be assessed by a Community Consultation Committee and recommended to Tony. Committee members include representatives with connections to the local multicultural, disability, sporting and historical 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 not-for-profit organisation in its own right that is not owned by a state or territory government.

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

Please refer to the Department's website, the eligibility criteria or frequently asked questions for more details.

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 out of changes rooms, new canteen, new lights, upgrade water systems, gymnasiums, skate parks;
  • community arts 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.