“The Stronger Communities Program seeks to deliver social benefits across Australia and Wills through small capital grants for projects that contribute to the social cohesion, vibrancy and viability of our community”, Mr Thomson said.
Under the Stronger Communities Grant Program funding of up to $150,000 per year will be made available in 2015-16 and in 2016-17 for each federal electorate to support small capital projects which improve local community participation. Grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 will be available for projects with matched contributions, in cash or in-kind, on at least a dollar for dollar basis.
Potential eligible projects that organisations may wish to consider seeking funding for under this Program include the 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, change room fit outs, new canteen, new light, water systems, gyms, skate parks, streetscapes, bike paths or the purchasing of some eligible equipment.
All subsequent Grant Applications will be considered by the Wills Stronger Communities Grant Program Panel, which will be made up of distinguished local community leaders. Final approval occurs through the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. All applications must be received by Friday 30 October. However Mr Thomson strongly encourages interested organisations to consider applying as early as possible.
For more information on the Stronger Communities Program, the guidelines, eligibility and how to apply, please visit the Australian Government website. Alternatively you are also welcome to contact Mr Thomson’s office via email or phone 9350 5777.
“I look forward to working with local community groups to help secure funding for local organisations to help lift community participation and social wellbeing”, Mr Thomson concluded.
Applications will open late August and close 30 October 2015. The grant will reopen again in February 2016.