Federal Government Grants

The Morrison Government have several grants programmes open to support community groups, schools and businesses in Fairfax. Below is a snapshot of each programme and links for further information and advice.

Stronger Communities Programme


2019 Stronger Communities Programme - Ted O'Brien MP


The Federal Government is working to strengthen communities across Australia, and has committed an additional $150,000 in Round 5 of the Stronger Communities Programme to support community projects in Fairfax that:

  • bring our communities together
  • strengthen social connections
  • build community participation and
  • create vibrant and viable communities into the future.

Community organisations in Fairfax are invited to apply for funding through the Stronger Communities Programme Expressions of Interest process. Grants range from $2,500 to $20,000. Applications close 6 September 2019.

Stronger Communities EOI - Ted O'Brien MP


Communities Environment Program


Communities Environment Program - Ted O'Brien MP

Under the Communities Environment Program, each federal electorate can receive up to $150,000 in grant funding for small-scale, community-led projects for environmental priorities such as:

  • waste and litter reduction
  • protecting native animals, including our threatened species
  • addressing weeds and pest animals
  • restoring and improving coasts, wetlands, riverbanks and waterways
  • greening parks and urban areas.

This program aims to support the environmental priorities of local community and environment groups on the Sunshine Coast. It aims to not only recover and strengthen our environment, but also to build and strengthen our communities. Community organisations in Fairfax are invited to apply for funding through the Communities Environment Program EOI process - click below. Applications close 27 September 2019.

Communities Environment Program


Local Schools Community Fund

The Federal Government is providing $30.2 million in 2019–20 for the Local Schools Community Fund, with up to $200,000 available in Fairfax. The Fund will benefit students and assist schools to meet their priorities through the contribution of funding for small scale projects and their associated costs.

The Fund is open to all schools—government, Catholic and independent.

Schools can apply for funding for one project between $1,000 and $20,000. Where a school is composed of multiple campuses, the school or campus may submit an application for each campus to fund a project between $1,000 and $20,000.

Funding requested can be for the total cost of the project, or part of the cost where the school contributes an amount.

Local Schools Fund - Ted O'Brien MP