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Stronger Country Communities Fund

Published 30th September, 2019

Round Three of the Stronger Country Communities fund is now closed.

Since 2017, the Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF) has supported more than 1000 local projects that make regional communities even better places to call home.

In Round One, the NSW Government invested $100 million to improve community facilities such as town halls, recreation facilities, shared paths and playgrounds. Through Round Two, the NSW Government invested a further $200 million to provide high quality community and sports-related infrastructure.

Round Three will provide an additional $100 million for community projects in regional NSW, with at least $50 million for youth-related projects. The third round of the Stronger Country Communities Fund increases the total value of the Regional Growth Fund to $1.7 billion.

Round Three is now closed

Stronger Country Communities Fund Round Three is now closed. The eligibility, assessment and approval process will run from October 2019 to January 2020. 

Stronger Country Communities Fund Guidelines (PDF, 1.06MB).

Key changes

Stronger Country Communities Fund Round Three:

  • dedicates $50 million to youth related projects
  • invites applications from councils and, for the first time, not-for-profit and community organisations
  • has been expanded to cover programs and events as well as infrastructure
  • has extended the application period to three months giving organisations time to submit their applications.

Key dates

Applications opened 9am, Monday 1 July 2019
Applications close 5pm, Friday 27 September 2019
Eligibility, assessment and approval process October 2019 to January 2020
Announcement of successful projects From January 2020
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Program information

Stronger Country Communities Fund Round Three Guidelines  (PDF, 1.06MB)

Stronger Country Communities Fund Round Three frequently asked questions


Project plan template

Project budget template 

Sample funding deed for councils

Sample funding deed for non-councils

Submit an application

Submit an application via the SmartyGrants online portal.

Applications must be completed and submitted by 5pm, Friday 27 September 2019 AEST.


The Stronger Country Communities Fund team held a live webinar on 31 July 2019 on how to apply for project funding in your Local Government Area.

A PowerPoint from the presentation is now available. (PDF, 1.28MB)

Stronger Country Communities Fund approved projects – rounds one and two

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Published 30th September, 2019
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