Local council smart tech grants of up to $5million

Councils in Pearce can apply for up to $5 million in funding to support smart tech projects for local communities.

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, said the Government’s $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program was now open.

“This incredible new program will support the rollout of technology and data solutions for our local communities, both in our metropolitan and regional areas,” Mr Porter said.

Mr Porter said the Liberal Government was co-investing in projects that applied smart technology, data-driven decision making and people-focused design.

“I encourage any interested applicants in our community to put forward technology proposals that solve some of our local problems, and have the potential to be scaled up and delivered nationwide,” Mr Porter said.

“A wide range of projects are expected to be developed such as app-based detection of infrastructure wear and tear, traffic sensors, smart street lighting, or computer generated programs that support local services.”

Eligible organisations— local governments, private companies, not for profits and research organisations — can apply for grants of between $100,000 and $5 million to fund up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs.

Applications are now open and close 30 June 2017.

The Smart Cities and Suburbs Program is supported by the Future Ready incubation series for councils that are looking to build smart cities know-how.

For more information and to download a copy of the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program guidelines, visit business.gov.au.