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Archived Grant Opportunity View - GO1683

Drought Communities Programme - Extension

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Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
Close Date & Time:
1-Jun-2021 5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)
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Primary Category:
351001 - Infrastructure
Secondary Category:
291000 - Local Government
Publish Date:
ACT, NSW, VIC, SA, WA, QLD, NT, TAS, Administered Territories
Selection Process:
Closed Non-Competitive


The extension of the Drought Communities Programme provides funding of $301 million over three years from 2018-19 to eligible councils to deliver immediate economic stimulus and other benefits to targeted drought-affected regions of Australia. The program will support local community infrastructure and other drought relief projects for communities who have been impacted by drought.

Funding will target infrastructure and other projects that:

  • provide employment for people whose work opportunities have been impacted by drought
  • stimulate local community spending
  • use local resources, businesses and suppliers
  • provide a long-lasting benefit to communities and the agricultural industries on which they depend.

To be eligible you must

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be an eligible council, listed on and GrantConnect
  • be invited to apply by the Minister

We can only accept applications:

  • where it is submitted by the Chief Executive Officer of an eligible council or other council officer authorised to sign a grant agreement.

To be eligible your project must:

  • be located in an eligible council area
  • meet project requirements
  • include eligible activities and eligible expenditure
  • have at least $25,000 per application in eligible expenditure
  • be undertaken in the project period and completed by 30 June 2019 for eligible councils announced in 2018, 31 Dec 2019 for eligible councils announced in March 2019, 30 June 2020 for the eligible councils announced during the 2019 election campaign, 30 June 2020 for the eligible councils approved for funding in September 2019 and 31 December 2020 for the eligible councils approved for funding in November 2019; and 30 June 2021 for eligible councils announced in January 2020.

For more information on eligibility you should refer to the grant opportunity guidelines.

Total Amount Available (AUD):


Estimated Grant Value (AUD):

From $25,000.00 to $1,000,000.00

Instructions for Application Submission:

Eligible Councils will be invited to apply and will be sent a link to the application.

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