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Round Four applications are now open

Applications for the Stronger Country Communities Fund Round Four opened on 1 May 2021.

The $100 million Round Four includes up to $50 million for projects that enhance female participation in sport, including change rooms. The remaining $50 million will be made available for high-quality community amenity and sports-related infrastructure projects.

The Stronger Country Communities Fund will continue to deliver grassroots projects that will reinvigorate our rural communities in every single Local Government Area in regional NSW.

Key dates

  • Applications open - 1 May 2021

  • Applications close - 12pm on Friday 25 June 2021
  • Assessment and approval process - 28 June 2021 - 20 August 2021
  • Announcement of successful projects - From September 2021
  • Funding deed contracted - From mid-September 2021
  • Program evaluation - To commence January 2022

Eligible applicants can complete and submit applications using the online portal. Applications will close at 12pm (AEDT) on Friday, 25 June 2021.

Program information and resources

Detailed information about eligibility and how to apply can be found in the Program Guidelines below:

The following resources and tools are available to support potential applicants with their submissions:

To assist eligible applicants applying for funding in Round Four, the Department of Regional NSW will host a free online webinar at 1pm on Thursday, 13 May. The webinar will provide a high-level overview of the program and guidance on the eligibility requirements and the application process. Click here to register.

Getting support

The Department of Regional NSW has a network of Business Development Managers located across regional NSW who are available to answer questions and provide advice about completing and lodging applications and supporting documents for Round Four.

To access this support please email sccf.enquiries@regional.nsw.gov.au or call 1300 679 673. Please review the online resources provided above and the Frequently Asked Questions before getting in touch.

Previous rounds

The NSW Government has already invested $400 million into Stronger Country Communities Fund projects which boost the liveability of regional areas and enhance opportunities for young people to thrive and be work ready in regional NSW.

In Round 1, $100 million was invested to improve community facilities such as town halls, recreation areas, shared paths and playgrounds. Through Round 2, a further $200 million was invested to provide community and sports-related infrastructure.

In 2019, Round 3 provided $100 million for community projects with at least $50 million targeted to youth related projects including indoor sports programs, creative arts and culture projects, mentoring and skills training services.

Stronger Country Communities Fund approved projects – rounds one, two and three

Stronger Country Communities project success stories

Warren pool upgrade

Warren pool received an upgrade thanks to a Stronger Country Communities Fund grant.
Warren pool with kids jumping in it

Mudgee water park

A new water park is keeping kids cool in summer in Mudgee.
Mudgee water park

Armidale youth program

Armidale's youth are being supported through a program funded through the Stronger Country Communities Fund.
Aerial photo of Armidale with autumn trees

Inverell youth program

A new youth centre and youth program is providing support for the young people of Inverell.
Aerial photo of Inverell

Warren water park

A $608,000 grant funded the construction of a waterpark in Warren.
Little girl at a water park

Narrandera park

Funding provided for a new skate park and basketball practice court in Narrandera.
Boys using the Narrandera Park basketball court

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