February 9, 2023

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is calling on eligible organisations to submit Expressions of Interest for Round 8 of the Australian Government’s Stronger Communities Program.

“Incorporated not-for-profit and other eligible organisations are invited to submit an EOI for small capital projects that create social benefits for the community,” Mr O’Brien said today.

“This is a great opportunity for Wide Bay’s service, sporting, and community groups to apply for a grant of between $2,500 and $20,000 to purchase equipment or undertake a small capital project that will help strengthen the community. 

“Up to $150,000 in total is available for eligible projects in the Wide Bay electorate.”

In this round, applicants can request up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs.

“This is a very popular grants program and I’m keen to see expressions of interest come in from all communities across the Wide Bay electorate,” Mr O’Brien said. 

“I encourage eligible organisations interested in bringing forward SCP project proposals to contact my electorate office on telephone 4121 2936, or the Sunshine Coast, or Wide Bay Burnett Regional Development Australia Committees through the website with any queries about the program.

“Round 8 of the Stronger Communities Program aims to support communities in recovering from the widespread impacts of adverse weather events and current economic pressures,” Mr O’Brien said.

Further information and the Expression of Interest form for Round 8 of the Stronger Communities Program can be found at and

Expressions of Interest close on 10 March 2023.

A local committee will assess the EOIs and then invited applicants will proceed to the formal application stage which must be completed and lodged by 26 April 2023.

“If your community group needs some extra help to get a project off the ground, I strongly encourage you to submit an Expression of Interest by Friday 10 March 2023,” Mr O’Brien said.


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