Grants

 

 

COMMUNITY GRANTS AVAILABLE NOW!


Submit your Stronger Communities Programme

and Communities Environment Grant Applications NOW!


Our community is set to benefit from $300,000 of investment in valuable community projects with the announcement of two very exciting grants for the Hunter Electorate: the fifth round of the Stronger Communities Grant Programme and the Communities Environment Programme.

Eligible applicants can apply for a grant between $2,500 and $20,000 to fund their project which will improve local community participation, address local environmental priorities and contribute to more vibrant and inclusive communities.

Stronger Communities Grants Programme

Expressions of interest (EOI) are now open for the chance to secure up to $20,000 for your community organisation. The closing date for all EOI applications is 5pm Monday 16 September 2019.

A total of $22.5 million is available for a fifth round of the Stronger Communities Program (SPC). This means the Hunter electorate has access to $150,000 worth of grants!

Eligible applicants can apply for a grant between $2,500 and $20,000 to fund their project which will improve local community participation and contribute to more vibrant and inclusive communities.

All applicants are required to match the SCP grant in cash or in-kind on at least a dollar for dollar basis.

Examples of projects that may be funded under the program include:

  • 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;
  • Bike paths; or
  • Purchase of equipment for local SES.

Recipients of Round Four include:

  • $4,400 for the Macquarie Shores Swimming Club for new training equipment;
  • $10,000 for the Singleton Men's Shed for new carpark paving;
  • $2,800 for the Cessnock District Hockey Association and new safety netting; and
  • $20,000 for the Greta Community Preschool for a new playground.

To be eligible for funding, an applicant must:

  • Be invited to apply by Joel after an expression of interest is submitted;
  • Be a community based non-for-profit organisation in its own right and not be owned by a state or territory government; or
  • Be a local governing body; and
  • A legal entity with a current Australian Business Number (ABN).

How do I apply?

Expression of interest forms can be filled out online HERE or can be posted or emailed to you by calling 4991 1022. Expressions of interests will close at 5pm on Monday 16 September 2019.

Please visit HERE for information on the Programme’s guidelines, frequently asked questions and a sample application form.

What next?
Following the submission of your expression of interest application, the community consultation committee will identify priority projects and invite selected applicants to complete an online application form that will be lodged with the Department for final assessment. 

If you have any questions about the Stronger Communities Grants please contact the office on 02 4991 1022 or email joel.fitzgibbon.mp@aph.gov.au.


Communities Environment Programme

If your group is in need of funds to make an important environmental project happen, expressions of interest (EOI) are now open for the chance to secure up to $20,000 for that project. The closing date for all EOI applications is 5pm Monday 16 September 2019.

Eligible applicants can apply for a grant between $2,500 and $20,000 to make an important environmental project happen.

To be eligible for funding, an applicant must:

  • Be invited to apply by Joel after an expression of interest is submitted;
  • Be a community based non-for-profit organisation in its own right and not be owned by a state or territory government; or
  • Be a local governing body; and
  • A legal entity with a current Australian Business Number (ABN)

Examples of projects that may be funded under the program include:

  • Monitoring local flora, fauna, water quality or marine debris;
  • Supporting recovery or threatened species and/or threatened ecological communities;
  • Seed collection, propagation and planting, rehabilitation of degraded natural habitats;
  • Reducing the impact of invasive weeds, feral animals, and disease on natural habitats;
  • Installing infrastructure (such as boardwalks) to manage access to sensitive natural habitats; and
  • Workshops to increase community skills in monitoring, conserving and protecting important environmental assets.

How do I apply?

Expression of interest forms can be filled out online HERE or can be posted or emailed to you by calling 4991 1022. Expression of interests will close at 5pm on Monday 16 September 2019.

Please visit HERE for information on the Programme’s guidelines, frequently asked questions and a sample application form.

What next?
Following the submission of your expression of interest application, the community consultation committee will identify priority projects and invite selected applicants to complete an online application form that will be lodged with the Department for final assessment. 

If you have any questions about the Communities Environment Grant please contact my office on 02 4991 1022 or email joel.fitzgibbon.mp@aph.gov.au

 


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