09 August 2019
STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES NATIONWIDE
The Liberal and Nationals’ Government has committed $150,000 to fund up to 20 local community infrastructure projects across the electorate of Bennelong.
Federal Member for Bennelong John Alexander OAM MP said the $22.65 million Stronger Communities Program Round 5 was now open to applications and has asked local community groups to submit expressions of interest before the deadline of 6 September 2019.
“These investments in vital local infrastructure for the people of Bennelong are the sort of projects that bring our communities together, strengthen social engagement, build community participation and create vibrant and viable communities into the future,” Mr Alexander said.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Stronger Communities Programme was aimed at funding projects that deliver social benefits as part of the Government’s continuing commitment to strengthen communities across Australia.
“Our local communities are the heart of this great country and this investment in local projects under the Stronger Communities Programme is about invigorating these communities and ensuring their continued success,” Mr McCormack said.
“The program will fund small capital projects in each of the 151 federal electorates, which can range from upgrading the local community hall or sporting facility, building new bike paths, or providing essential equipment for the local State Emergency Service.”
In a past round of the program, local community group Gladesville RSL Gymnastics Club received funds to replace their old and worn out floor mat.
“The new mat is wonderful, as a result we have experienced a big boost in numbers participating is in our gymnastics club, which is great for them and for our club’s future viability. And also perfect for identifying our next Olympic gymnastics gold medallist!” Club coordinator Ms Robyn Churchill said.
Applicants need to obtain an EOI form from their local MP. Each electorate nationwide has received $150,000 to allocate towards successful projects, with a maximum of 20 projects to be funded per electorate. Grant values range from $2,500 to $20,000, and are not to exceed 50% of the project cost.
Further information and guidelines obtainable from Federal Member for Bennelong John Alexander or visit: www.business.gov.au/assistance/stronger-communities-programme