Stronger Communities Fund
New councils are enjoying a local infrastructure boom thanks to significant funding from the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund.
Up to $15 million was provided to each new council created in 2016 to kick-start delivery of new and upgraded community facilities including parks, roads, pools, playgrounds, footpaths, cycleways, libraries, and community centres.
This level of funding for new councils was unprecedented with significant investment in larger scale projects delivering long-term economic and social benefits to local communities.
Local junior sporting teams, neighbourhood centres, men’s sheds and other community groups also received grants of up to $50,000.
Each council established a Stronger Communities Fund Assessment Panel with responsibility to assess projects and make recommendations to council for funding.
The Stronger Communities Fund allocations are to be spent or committed by 30 June 2019 and all funding acquitted before 31 December 2019.
- Stronger Communities Fund – List of current major project grants awarded and information about currently funded projects – PDF
- Stronger Communities Fund – List of current community projects grants awarded and information about currently funded projects – PDF
Councils in rural and regional areas of NSW face unique challenges in sustaining their communities and maintaining local services.
The NSW Government has provided $4 million in innovation grants to help rural councils with populations of less than 10,000 explore new ways of working.
The Innovation Fund supports small councils in regional NSW to develop new ideas and innovative ways of working to improve their performance to benefit their communities. These include developing more efficient processes, different ways of delivering services, sharing resources with other councils, or using technology to help overcome the challenge of distance.
The first round of grants in 2016 provided $2 million for 13 projects covering 19 councils. The second round in 2017 provided an additional $2 million for 18 projects across 24 councils.