Grants

STRONGER COMMUNITIES GRANTS PROGRAMME | EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST OPEN NOW

What could your community group do with up to $20,000?

A total of $22.5 million is available for a fourth 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 Three include:

  • $20,000 for the Rotary of Cessnock for a new catering van;
  • $5,264 for the Macquarie Shores Swimming Club for a new digital scoreboard;
  • $8,925 for the Singleton Neighbourhood Centre  for a new air conditioner; and
  • $20,000 for the Denman Sandy Hollow Junior Rugby League Club to fund stage one of the new concrete grandstand.

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. Expression of interests will close at 5pm on Friday, 7 September 2018.

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 my office on 02 4991 1022 or email joel.fitzgibbon.mp@aph.gov.au

VOLUNTEER GRANTS 

Volunteer Grants are now open for local service organisations and community groups.

Groups that can apply for the grants are any community-based volunteer groups that work in their local communities. 

These can include progress associations, scouting groups, sports clubs, community clubs, wildlife carers, bands and musical clubs – and much more.

Grants between $1,000 and $5,000 are available to help not-for-profit community organisations or groups support their volunteers through practical measures such as the purchase of small equipment items, reimbursement for volunteers’ fuel and transport costs, and contributions towards the cost of training and background screening checks. 

Applications close on the 18th of September 2018.

The Volunteer Grants 2018 Application Pack is available HERE.

Alternatively, you can contact the Volunteer Grants 2018 Hotline on 1800 020 283 or email support@communitygrants.gov.au

FUNDING AVAILABLE: COMMEMORATE THE END OF THE WAR 100 YEARS AGO

The local Hunter  community is encouraged to apply for funding under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program.

The grants program announced in November this year will provide support for projects or activities in 2018 that commemorate the end of the First World War.

Expressions of interest applications are now open with submissions due by 5pm Friday 15 December 2017.

Every electorate across Australia will receive up to $50,000 for local projects that appropriately commemorate the end of the war 100 years ago.

One-off grants of between $3,000 and $50,000 are available and I encourage all those in the Hunter who want to contribute to a significant period in our nation’s history to submit an expression of interest to my office.

Members of Parliament will be required to consult their community organisations or create a new Community Consultation Committee, whose role will be to seek the community’s views on how best to commemorate the Centenary of Armistice locally. 

The Committee will also assist me in reviewing all proposals before an application is submitted to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Expressions of interest in the grants can now be lodged HERE.

STRONGER COMMUNITIES GRANTS PROGRAMME EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR ROUND 3 HAVE NOW CLOSED.
Thank you to all who submitted an application. 

What could your community group do with up to $20,000?

In the 2017 Budget, the Australian Government committed $22.5 million for a third round of the Stronger Communities Programme (SPC). This means the Hunter electorate has access to $150,000 worth of grants!

Applicants will be eligible to apply for a grant between $2,500 and $20,000 to fund a project that will benefit the local community and increase public participation. 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.

If you think your organisation, or an organisation you are affiliated with, could do wonders with a grant, I encourage you to apply!

Recipients of round two include:

  • $14,832 to the Aberdeen Junior Cricket Club Inc. for the upgrade of Jefferson Park cricket pitch and practice nets.
  • $6,000 to the Bucketty and District Rural Fire Brigade for the A Place for Community project.
  • $20,000 to the Singleton Neighbourhood Centre Inc. for an upgrade to their bathroom and kitchen facilities.
  • $17,805 to the Cessnock Multipurpose Children’s Centre for the renovation of Dudley Street playground.

To be eligible for funding, an applicant must:

  • 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 or downloaded here and emailed back to joel.fitzgibbon.mp@aph.gov.au. Expression of interests will close at 5pm on Friday, 11 August 2017

* Please note, an expression of interest application does not guarantee being selected as an applicant.  

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. 

Timeline

STEP 1: Expressions of Interests lodged until 11 August 2017 deadline.
STEP 2: Community Consultation Committee selects successful projects to progress to application stage.
STEP 3: Selected organisations to lodge grant application by 28 September, 2017.
STEP 4: Department reviews applications and awards grants. 

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

LOCAL SPORTING CHAMPION PROGRAM

The Local Sporting Champions (LSC) program is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for young sportsmen and women aged 12-18.

If successful, applicants will receive a $500 grant that can be used towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an official national sporting organisation (NSO) endorsed state, national or international sporting championships, or a School Sport Australia state, national or international championships.

Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible to apply for a Local Sporting Champions grant, young people must meet the following criteria:

Be turning 12 to 18 years of age in the same calendar year as the nominated sporting championship.
Be an Australian citizen or have been granted permanent resident status, residing in Australia.
Be participating as an athlete, coach, umpire or referee in:
an official state championships endorsed by the relevant Australian Sports Commission (ASC) recognised national sporting organisation (NSO), or
an official state school sport championship endorsed by a School Sport Australia member body, or
an official national championships endorsed by the relevant ASC recognised NSO, or
a national school sport championships endorsed by School Sport Australia, or
an international competition as a member of an official Australian team, endorsed by an ASC recognised NSO or School Sport Australia.
Be living more than 125km from the championship venue, and travelling greater than 250km return to participate in the nominated championship.
Must complete and submit application to the ASC prior to the nominated championship commencing.
Must not have received a Local Sporting Champions grant for an application submitted in the same allocation year (1 March – 28/29 February).
Must not have received $500 or more in federal government funding for the nominated championship.
Must not be participating in a professional competition that involves prize money greater than $500.
Note: Saved applications must be completed and submitted prior to the championship.

Along with meeting the eligibility criteria, to receive a grant applicants must abide by the program Terms and Conditions.

APPLY HERE.

 

 


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