Funding available: Time to build a stronger community

Our community is set to benefit from $150,000 of investment in valuable community projects with the third round of the Stronger Communities Programme launched in the Hunter electorate.

The Stronger Communities Programme offers grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 to community organisations and local governments for small capital works projects that aim to improve community participation and vibrancy throughout the Hunter.

Expressions of interest applications are now open with submissions due by 5pm Friday 11 August 2017.

To be eligible for a grant an applicant must; be a community based not for profit organisation in its own right and not owned by state government; be a local governing body and a legal entity with a current Australian Business Number (ABN).

“The Stronger Communities Programme offers a unique and valuable opportunity to make a real difference in our electorate. There are countless great ideas and projects that are simply lacking the funding to make considerable impact within the community,” Federal Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon said.

“I encourage organisations within the Hunter electorate to submit an expression of interest application before August 11 to ensure they are in the running for their projects to be funded.”

Input from the community is a key to the program with successful projects selected by the Federal Member of Parliament in conjunction with a community consultation committee which will be made up of local representatives who will assist in prioritising projects of lasting and real benefit.

Examples of projects that may be funded under the programme include the construction and fit-out of men’s sheds; fit-out of community centres, health centres including kitchen upgrades and equipment purchases such as computers, TVs and furniture and fittings; sporting facility upgrades including new scoreboards, seating, new turf, fit-out out of changes rooms, new canteen, new lights, upgrade water systems, gymnasiums, skate parks streetscapes and bike paths.

For more information about the Stronger Communities Programme and the application process, visit www.joelfitzgibbon.com/grants.

Federal Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon with Joanna Calabretta from Cessnock Multipurpose Children’s Centre. The Centre received $17,805 in 2016 under the Stronger Communities Programme for its Get Active Outdoors playground upgrade project.

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