AUS: Drought Communities Programme

Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

The extension of the Drought Communities Programme provides funding of $81 million in 2018-19 to Eligible Councils to deliver benefits to targeted drought-affected regions of Australia. The program will support local community infrastructure and other drought relief projects for communities 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.

Key Criteria:

Eligible councils

To be eligible you must

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN); and
  • be an Eligible Council, listed on and GrantConnect; or
  • 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.
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