Federal Member for Hunter, Joel Fitzgibbon today encouraged local community groups to register an expression of interest for grants under the $45 million Stronger Communities Programme.

The Stronger Communities Programme grants will be available in 2015-16 and 2016-17 to support small capital projects which improve local community participation. Grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 will be available for projects.  All projects will need to demonstrate matched funding for the project either in cash or in-kind.
Funding of $150,000 per year over two years will be able to support projects in the Hunter electorate.

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.

Organisations interested in applying for funding should complete an expression of interest form on my website before 22nd February.
For organisations who applied for funding in Round 1 an outcome is expected in coming weeks.
Further information regarding the Stronger Communities Programme can be found at


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