Australian Neighbourhood Houses & Centres Association Stronger Communities grants program

Partnering with Sidney Myer Fund, grants of up to $10,000 are available in the Supporting Stronger Communities. These grants provide up to $10,000 for Neighbourhood and Community Houses and Centres to tackle poverty and disadvantage in local communities. So far over 100 neighbourhood houses/centres across Australia have received them to deliver important initiatives.

The Sidney Myer fund provides grants across Australia to improve people’s lives in lasting and positive ways. So the Supporting Stronger Communities grant program has been to developed to enable Neighbourhood and Community House and Centres to apply for grants to respond to the emerging needs of poverty and disadvantaged in local communities.

Who can apply?

The grants are aimed at towns or cities with a population of more than 15,000 people. Small grants for rural and regional Australia are available through the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal’s (FRRR) Strengthening Rural Communities program. Other local community groups and organisations are apply to apply by forming a partnership with their local Neighbourhood or Community House or Centre.

What can be funded?

  • Projects that are developed in response to emerging community needs targeting poverty and/or disadvantage can apply for funding through this grant program.
  • Existing programs can also apply for funding to adapt or expand their program providing it is clearly explained how the changes are required to meet changing needs in the community.
  • You can apply for funding to cover costs associated with delivering projects which can include (and not limited to):
    • Wages for the delivery of the project
    • Equipment hire or purchase costs
    • Hall hire cost for off-site facilities
    • Community training costs.

What can’t be funded?

  • Projects that take place in towns or cities with less than 15,000 people
  • Existing or soon to start programs before the funding is allocated
  • Ongoing core operational costs (eg rent, regular wages, utilities)
  • Programs that don’t clearly outline they will target poverty or disadvantaged.

The grants will take place across 3 rounds in 2023 with Round 13 open from 13 June 2023 and extended to close on 20 July 2023.

Applications close Thursday 20 July. Find out more on the Australian Neighbourhood Houses & Centers Association website.