Local Schools Community Fund

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The Australian Government is providing $30.2 million in 2019–20 for the Local Schools Community Fund (the Fund). 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.

Applications for the Fund were open to all eligible schools—government, Catholic and independent—from 25 July 2019 to 30 September 2019.

Approved projects

On 16 December 2019, all schools who applied under the Fund were notified as to the outcome of their application.

Local Schools Community Fund 2019-20 approved projects

Project closure reports

Schools with approved projects are required to submit a project closure report through SchoolsHUB. The project closure report online form will be available in early 2020. Schools will need to provide the following details:

  • The commencement and completion dates of the project
  • Confirmation the project was completed in accordance with any relevant statutes, regulations, by-laws and requirements of any Commonwealth, State, Territory or local authority
  • Benefits to the school community
  • Public acknowledgement of Australian Government funding

Key documents

Contact

For more information, email localschoolscommunityfund@dese.gov.au

Frequently asked Questions

How to apply

Applications closed at 5:00 pm AEST, 30 September 2019.

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Application assessment

Federal Members of Parliament (MPs) in each electorate were responsible for forming a Local Advisory Committee (Committee) to assess applications from schools within their electorate. The Committee was required to consist of at least four members including the MP and representatives from government, Catholic and independent school sectors.

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Application Approval

The Minister for Education considered MP and Committee recommendations and approved projects and associated funding.

When can schools commence an approved project?

Schools can commence approved projects once formal notification of project approval has been received from the Australian Government Department of Education.

Formal notification emails were sent to applicants and school principals on 16 December 2019.

How and when will the funds be paid?

Funds will be paid by the Commonwealth to state and territory governments, who will pay the funds to the approved authority of a school.

The Commonwealth will make payments for the majority of approved projects in mid January 2020, the remaining projects funds will be paid in mid February 2020.

The approved authority for a school will be paid these funds soon after, depending on their state or territories' payment schedule.

How do I access these funds for my school’s approved project?

Each approved authority manages their funding and budgets of their own accord. You will need to contact your approved authority for confirmation on how to access the Local Schools Community Fund project funding.

Who is my approved authority?

All Australian schools receiving Commonwealth recurrent funding will have an approved authority. An approved authority is a body corporate or body politic that operates one or more schools. This may be:

  • the state or territory level Department of Education for a government school
  • the system head office for a systemic non-government school
  • the business operating an independent non-government school, or group of independent schools.

How do I complete a project closure report?

The project closure report online form will be available through SchoolsHUB in early 2020.

The department will notify successful applicants by email when it is available in SchoolsHUB for completion.

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Schools impacted by bushfires

What if my school can't complete the approved project by the 31 December 2020 deadline due to bushfires, but can complete it after?

If your schools cannot complete their project by the due deadline because of the impact of bushfires, but can spend or provide evidence you have committed funds to be spent before 1 January 2021, no further action is required.

If your school cannot complete their project by the due deadline because of the impact of bushfires and cannot spend or commit approved project funds by 1 January 2021, you should contact the department in writing as soon as this becomes apparent.

What if I can’t complete my approved project at all due to bushfires?

In exceptional circumstances, such as bushfires, a school may seek a variation to their approved project. In this instance, schools should contact the department by email providing reasons for, and details of the variation sought. Variations will only be an option in circumstances where it is impractical or not reasonable for the original project to proceed.

If my school has been affected by bushfires, can I redirect funds from the Local Schools Community Fund to other priorities at the school?

In exceptional circumstances, such as bushfires, a school may seek a variation to their approved project. In this instance, schools should contact the department by email providing reasons for, and details of the variation sought. Variations will only be an option in circumstances where it is impractical or not reasonable for the original project to proceed.

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