Smart cities grants program highlighted at ASCA conference

The Australian Smart Communities Association (ASCA) is pleased to continue to work with the Australian Government to support the delivery of innovative smart city projects which make our communities more liveable, sustainable and technologically empowered.

“The Australian Government will have an exhibition stand at our Australian Smart Communities Conference in Melbourne today and tomorrow and will be available to talk about Round 2 of the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program funding which has just opened for submissions,” ASCA President Brook Dixon said.

“This is a great opportunity for delegates to learn more about the application process and how to submit funding applications.”

Grants between $250,000 and $5 million are available in Round 2 for collaborative projects which apply innovative technology solutions to urban challenges, delivering economic, social and environmental benefits.

“Last year, 49 projects received a total of $27.7 million in Australian Government funding across all states and territories - about one third of the recipients were ASCA members who are at the forefront of creating smart communities,” Mr Dixon said.

“We encourage our members to take advantage of this second round of funding to grow Australia’s smart cities capability and deliver smart city solutions to advance community goals and address the needs of our residents.”

Announcing Round 2 of the Program, Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said funding was open to all cities, with 40 percent of successful projects from Round One located in regional areas.

ASCA will also represent its members on the Cities Reference Group, established to provide innovative, expert advice to support delivery of the Australian Government's Smart Cities Plan.

“Our close working relationship with the Australian Government ensures that ASCA continues to advocate on behalf of our members and partners while fostering greater collaboration across all sectors in this exciting field of smart city innovation,” Mr Brook said.

The Smart Cities and Suburbs Program is being delivered through the Smart Cities Plan which sets out the Australian Government’s vision for metropolitan and regional cities and its commitment to smart investment, smart policy and smart technology. Round 2 funding applications close on 2 July 2018.